If you’re still undecided on what to make for your New Year’s Eve dinner, look no further because we’ve compiled incredible New Year’s Eve recipes for you! It’s been a pretty intense year, so it’s time to bid farewell to the old and ring in the new just the right way!
New Year’s Eve Recipes To Celebrate An Amazing Year
Endings mean being able to look back and contemplate everything you’ve achieved and yet to accomplish. New Year’s Eve is both an ending and a beginning, so let’s approach it the best way we can by trying to be better home cooks! Food has always been the refuge of many of us. When we are stressed, down, anxious, nervous, or excited—no matter what the feeling or the mood, we turn to food! So, it’s only fitting that such a momentous event—a beginning and an ending—involves the most festive spread of the year! Together, let’s usher in 2018 with joy, grace, and excitement by cooking a handful of these sumptuous New Year’s Eve recipes!
1. Garlic Lemon Butter Scallops
This is the grand finale of 2017! Go all out and make these fancy garlic lemon butter scallops by Karyl’s Kulinary Krusade! Don’t worry, this recipe will guide you throughout this intricate but easy process.
2. Fish Taco Appetizers and Avocado Crema
Serve these fish taco appetizers with avocado crema at your cocktail party, and you’re off to a healthy start for the New Year!
3. Spicy Maple Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Shrimp is a staple of any collection of New Year’s Eve recipes. As suggested in this Inspired Taste recipe, you can spruce up shrimp by wrapping it in bacon and spicing it up with maple syrup and Sriracha hot chili sauce. Putting these appetizers on sticks will make them easier for your guests to eat.
4. Spinach Artichoke Dip
Always have some greens! We are entering a new chapter, and as always, we wish for a fuller and longer life! This spinach artichoke dip recipe by My Sequined Life can help you achieve this.
5. Prosciutto-Wrapped Greens
Serve some prosciutto-wrapped asparagus with a lemon garlic aioli dipping sauce as the appetizer for your New Year’s Eve dinner! Consider these ingredients as a culinary power couple. Prosciutto and asparagus just go so well together, everyone loves them without question! This recipe by Tastes Lovely will show you how to make the Paleo version of the classic appetizer.
6. Beef Burger with Bacon, Horseradish Mayo, and Fried Onions
We don’t know about you but a beef burger with bacon, horseradish mayo, and fried onions might just be the best thing to eat on New Year’s Eve. Like who are we kidding? It’s a crowd pleaser! You can surely make burgers on your own for the cocktail party with this recipe by Salt and Lavender.
7. Chicken Meatballs
If you’re planning to serve meat but want it to be light and extra savory, then you must check out this chicken meatball recipe by Natasha’s Kitchen. This dish is truly a treat; it’s delicious as well as quick, easy, and inexpensive to make.
8. White Wine Mushroom Bruschetta with Halloumi
I know for a fact a lot of people will have the same New Year’s resolution: eat healthier. Why wait for the first day of 2018? Start with the last dinner of 2017 with this healthy mushroom appetizer by Amuse Your Bouche.
9. Jack Daniels Glazed Baked Chicken Wings
Bake batches of these glazed babies for New Year’s Eve! Glazed chicken wings are not exactly the best things to eat if you’re not into licking your fingers clean. But there is room for compromise for food this good. Check this recipe and learn how the Chunky Chef puts a spin on this classic.
10. Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls with Hoisin Peanut Sauce
These Vietnamese spring rolls by Bowl of Delicious are just what you need to start a healthy year. You might hesitant to serve them at a party—and we understand. After all, canapes, caviar, and shrimp cocktails are what you would expect to eat at a New Year’s Eve cocktail party. But why not try something new and unconventional for a change?
11. Sausage Stuffed Shells with Spinach
Add this to your collection of New Year’s Eve recipes! Made with sausage, spinach, tomato, and ricotta cheese, these stuffed shells are filling enough to be served as appetizers, or even as an entree at a party. What’s good about this Inspired Taste recipe is it’s a time saver. And you know what’s even better? You can make the stuffing in advance! So, on the day of the party, you only need to worry about preparing the shells to complete this dish.
12. Grilled Cumin Cardamom Steak Kebabs
You know how they say, the way you begin the New Year will be the way you live out its entirety? Well, in case that’s true, here’s a fulfilling steak kebab recipe by My Sequined Life so all your meals throughout 2018 will be as satisfying and unforgettable!
13. German Beef Rouladen
Seasons and Suppers surprised us yet again with this version of the German beef rouladen. At first glance, the dish may look like it’s difficult to make—but don’t roll up your sleeves just. The recipe is pretty comprehensible and following it is easier than you think. What you basically need to do is roll beef along with ingredients like bacon and pickles, then voila! You’ll have this delicious entree for your New Year’s Eve party!
14. Salmon Tartine
These salmon tartines by Salt and Lavender are made with baked salmon and crusty bread, with a Greek yogurt and dill spread. Sounds like they’re the perfect sandwiches for lunch. But of course, salmon tartines have their place in a cocktail party, serving as appetizers or even as the main course.
15. Skinny Baked Broccoli Mac and Cheese Cups
Jessica in the Kitchen’s baked broccoli mac and cheese recipe is a much lighter dish compared to the other dish we featured on this list. We care about you, so we want to include healthy items as well. This recipe definitely deserves a spot in your collection of New Year’s Eve recipes. Even if you’re not vegan and have no plans to cook vegan food, this recipe will still come in handy in case you’ll have a vegan guest coming over.
16. Chocolate Chia Pudding
We’ve presented a couple of recipes for appetizers and entrees already. Now, it’s time to move on to desserts! Here’s a chocolate chia pudding recipe by Simple Veganista. You can indulge in this lovely treat without feeling too conscious about the calories because it’s made with healthy ingredients!
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17. Cheesecake Minis
Cheesecake, baby! It’s like the epitome of decadence when it comes to desserts! Serve these cheesecake minis by Love From The Oven at your cocktail party and your guests will surely ask for more.
18. Strawberry Brownie Sundae Bites
These petite treats by Bakingdom is basically a combination of all sorts of delectable things—waffle cone, chocolate brownies, strawberry buttercream or ice cream, homemade whipped cream, cherries, and sprinkles. You get all these in one bite! Imagine!
19. Sparkly White Chocolate Lemon Truffles
We need something sparkling for New Year’s Eve. These white chocolate truffles by How Sweet Eats has just enough spark to be attractive and sophisticated, the kind you really need in a cocktail party with grownups.
20. Spicy Austin Mule
This spicy Austin mule cocktail by Karyl’s Kulinary Krusade can give you a ‘serious kick’ (after all it has vodka and jalapenos in it), which might be what you need on a chilly winter night. That said, remember to drink moderately.
21. Sparkling Sangria
What you need to keep a party going is a punch bowl full of sparkling sangria. And thanks to this recipe from One Ingredient Chef, we’ll know how to keep this drink flowing. It’s so delicious and refreshing, it’ll be hard to keep track of the number of glasses you’ve had. That said, again, don’t forget to drink party cocktails moderately. You don’t want to have a nasty hangover on the first day of the year, right?
Watch this video from The Domestic Geek for more New Year’s Eve party ideas:
Is it just me or does time really just fly by? No worries, I am armed with the best way to make every moment count and every memory last! These New Year’s Eve recipes help me remember what 2017 has been like and what I want 2018 to be! I’m sure by having this lovely dinner with the people dearest to you has also made you realize the new directions—personal, professional, and, most importantly, culinary—all you want to take this coming year! Let’s welcome it with open arms and an appetite for life!
Which of these New Year’s Eve recipes have you tried? Let us know how your experience went by writing a comment below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on December 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.