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New Year's Recipes and Menus

New Year's Eve and Day celebrations provide occasions to share and indulge in culinary delights, whether in a casual, party or intimate atmosphere. To that end, I have posted three very different menus with easy or make ahead recipes so you can enjoy the festivities. The first is a simple and delicious New Year's Eve Late Night Supper featuring Shrimp with Marinara Sauce. The second is a New Year's Eve Party Buffet with assorted finger foods, perfect for ushering in the New Year. As for New Year's Day, tradition calls for eating certain foods which are thought to bring good luck and fortune for the upcoming year. What those foods are usually depends on family ancestry. My favorite menu is based on my Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. It features pork, which is traditional because the New Year is a time to look forward and a hog cannot look back. Sauerkraut is a must and the perfect accompaniment to the pork. And just for good measure, I added a few traditional southern dishes, such as black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread, all of which complement the Pennsylvania Dutch foods perfectly. Good luck or not, it is all delicious. Each menu is complete with notes and preparation tips, and every recipe includes links to similar options. If you do not find what you are looking for, you can use the search box above or browse the Recipe Files for many more choices.

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New Year's Eve Menu I - Late Night Supper
New Year's Eve Menu II - Finger Foods Party Buffet
New Year's Day Menu - Pennsylvania Dutch 'Good Luck' Dinner
PA Dutch New Years Dinner Photo
Traditional New Year's Day Dinner

New Year's Eve Late Night Supper

Toasted Bruschetta
Spinach, Mushroom and
Cheese Topping

Shrimp Marinara

Polenta with Garlic and Parmesan

Sautéed Broccolini

Ice Cream Parfaits with Chocolate Sauce, Berry Sauce or Liqueur
and Optional Garnishes

Preparation Notes

This is an easy and delicious menu that can be served as a casual or elegant presentation. The spinach topping can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before baking. The bruschetta can be toasted a day ahead and stored in an airtight container. On New Year's Eve, set a festive table early in the day. Clean the shrimp, make the shrimp broth from the shells and refrigerate both. Clean the broccolini and refrigerate. The meal itself takes very little time to cook and the heated appetizers can be served in the meantime. Enjoy!

New Year's Eve Party Buffet

Assorted Hors d'oeuvres, Spreads,
Dips, Toasts and Chips

Assorted Cheese and Crackers

Party Sandwiches
Deli Tray with Mini Sandwich Buns

Pickled Vegetables and Olives

Assorted Cookies

Assorted Beverages
Preparation Notes

My favorite New Year's Eve presentation is a buffet of finger foods that can be nibbled on throughout the evening. Choose several homemade hors d'oeuvres, dips and spreads from the links, then add a few of your favorite store-bought items. Many hors d'oeuvres can be made ahead and reheated. Dips and spreads can be refrigerated, then brought to room temperature as needed. See the recipes for details. Party sandwiches are delicious and can be made the day before, storing as indicated. Alternately, present a platter of deli meats and cheeses with rolls and condiments. If desired, purchase pastries from the bakery to serve with, or in place of, the Christmas cookies. For large parties, include beer, red and white wines, and several liquors for mixed drinks. You will need soft drinks and coffee for the designated drivers, as well as champagne for toasting at midnight.

New Year's Day 'Good Luck' Dinner

Roasted Bone-in Pork Loin


Mashed Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Chunky Cooked Apples

Black-Eyed Peas

Cooked Collard Greens

Buttermilk Cornbread

Shoofly Cake
served with
Whipped Cream

Preparation Notes

My Pennsylvania Dutch heritage dictates that pork and sauerkraut be included in the New Year's Day dinner. For extra luck, I add a few southern dishes that conveniently complement the meal. Make the cake and cornbread the day before. Cover the cake and wrap the cornbread in foil. Cook the apples and refrigerate. The sweet potatoes can be assembled the day before and refrigerated. New Year's Day, all you need to do is roast the pork, cook the sauerkraut, bake the sweet potatoes, cook the peas, collard greens and mashed potatoes, which sounds like a lot but is very simple. Check the recipes for time requirements. Make the whipped cream for the dessert and refrigerate. If desired, warm the cornbread in the oven while the roast is resting. The apples can be served cold or room temperature. If you are making gravy, do that while the roast rests, keeping the other dishes warm on the stovetop or in a low oven. That is it. Enjoy, have a happy day and good luck for the new year!

Shrimp Marinara

Shrimp with Marinara Sauce Recipe Photo

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Candle Image
Christmas Menus

Christmas Cookies

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Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tarts in
Mini Phyllo Cups

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tarts Recipe Photo