What to Serve for New Years Eve

If you’re like me, you struggle with what to make for New Years Eve.  I love to celebrate with Cocktails & Nibbles, but I also like to serve a casual, yet elegant dinner.

Not to worry, we’ve got you covered with a menu that will work for either foodiestyle:

Poinsettia Martini,
Decadent Cheese Platter,
Spicy Shrimp with Ginger-Garlic Haricot Verts,
Christmas Fudge or Coconut Cake

Tips for cocktails & nibble foodiestyle:

  1. Add more variety to your cheese platter.  Instead of just one cheeese, serve 3 different types.  examples:  Rembrandt (aged gouda), aged cheddar, and blue cheese.  Garnish your platter with dried fruits like, apricots, figs, or pomegranite seeds, almonds or pecans, crackers, and baquette slices.
  2. A baked brie is always a lovely addition during the holidays.  My Pinterest page has lots of ideas.  This is one of my favorites:  Place a round of brie on top of a piece of puff pastry.  Spread a 1/4 cup of holiday jam (cranberry bourbon is amazing) on top of the brie.  Wrap the brie with the puff pastry.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.  Set on its own serving platter – gorgeous!
  3. Serve the spicy shrimp on a white platter and garnish with Italian parsley.
  4. Serve the haricot verts on a separate platter and garnish with additional red pepper flakes – yum!
  5. Poinsettia Martini recipe: Fill 2 martini glasses with ice.  In a cocktail shaker add 5 oz. Trader Joes Raspberry Cranberry Spritzer and 2 oz. Vodka –  Stir.  Remove ice from Martini glasses and divide the Poinsettia martini between the two glasses.  Garnish with frozen cranberries or raspberries and a sprig of Rosemary.  Enjoy`


Tips for Casual Dinner foodiestyle:

  1. Begin your evening with a Poinsettia Martini and the cheese platter.
  2. Serve the entree family style – always says casual. I always use cloth napkins when serving a casual dinner – it’s a simple touch that adds the elegance.

    3.  The spicy shrimp with haricot verts looks gorgeous on a large white platter.  Remember, we eat with our eyes first!

    4.  This menu pairs well with a Sauvignon Blanc or Reisling.  I would recommend Rodney Strong Charlotte Sauvignon Blanc or Dr. Konstantin Frank Reisling.

  3. A side dish of creamy, Parmesan risotto would be lovely.

Happy New Year and here’s to your best year ever!

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