Welcome the new year with style and good taste with this collection of 13 recipes for New Year’s Eve (I’ve always been partial to a baker’s dozen). Whether you’re celebrating solo or having a few people over, there’s no reason not to toast the dawn of a new year with some good things to nibble and drink. There’s something on this list for everyone … make as many of these dishes as you need to suit the size of your crowd and your tastes.
A New Year’s Eve celebration is just the time for a fizzy and festive beverage, whether alcoholic or not. Of course, a glass of bubbly is the quintessential New Year’s Eve quaff, but if you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, these days my choice is kombucha. Serve it in a special glass, and add some adornments that complement that flavour you’ve chosen. Or, why not try this pomegranate cosmopolitan?
If you’d like something hot and substantial on your New Year’s Eve nibbles table, I recommend these Belgian meatballs with a sour cherry sauce. The unusual combination of the savoury meat with the cherries definitely adds a celebratory touch to meatballs.
Hot soup is always welcome on a cold winter’s night. “Soup,” you say, “Isn’t that a little rustic for New Year’s Eve?” Not if you serve it in shooter glasses, like this roasted red pepper and tomato soup. Presentation is everything sometimes.
Nuts are the quintessential party nibble food, and I find their rich saltiness especially pleasing if I’m drinking sparkling wine (or, hey, I suppose I could splurge and buy real champagne … okay, probably not). I offer these spicy, maple-glazed walnuts, as well as spicy almonds and rosemary cashews.
A tasty and somewhat unusual dip is always a crowd pleaser, even if you’re celebrating New Year’s as a party of one. This roasted red pepper and walnut dip is my take on Middle Eastern Muhammara.
French cheese puffs, which you may know as gougères, are always popular and here are three variations for you to choose from.
Staying in the puff department, but moving to the sweeter side of things, these ginger sour cherry puffs say “special occasion” and are sure to draw some oohs and aahs.
If it’s just not a party without chocolate, these choco-caramelilcious patties are the indulgent touch you’re looking for (and you’d never guess that they’re vegan!).
Creamy and luscious lemon posset in little shooter glasses makes for a tart and tasty dessert that will help you stay awake until the clock strikes midnight!
You can never go wrong by including a sophisticated cookie among your celebratory offerings, like these Chocolate, Cherry & Pistachio Macaroon Meringues.
Happy New Year! May the year ahead bring all you’re wishing for (including someone to clean up after the party).
Want to Celebrate with Cake?
If it’s just not a celebration for you without cake, here are a few of my favourites that will help make your New Year’s Eve even more special: Queen Elizabeth Cake, Pecan Coffee Cake with Cranberry Pecan Topping and a Cranberry Cheesecake.