22 Recipes That'll Make New Year's Eve Dinner Extra Special

Ring in the New Year with Great Food

Classic lobster bisque recipe

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Create a stunning New Year's Eve dinner menu with these special-occasion recipes that will impress even your foodie friends. Use these ideas to plan the ultimate end-of-year dinner party, with recipes included for every course, plus champagne cocktails for sipping. From oysters on the half-shell to wow-factor beef wellingtons, creamy champagne chicken, and indulgent desserts, you'll find everything you need here for the ultimate New Year's Eve feast.

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    Champagne Cocktail

    Champagne cocktail
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    Kick off your New Year's Eve shindig on a celebratory note by serving shimmering flutes of a bubbly champagne cocktail. This elegant, effervescent drink includes a hint of rich, fruity sweetness from Chambord liqueur, making it even more fabulously special.

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    Duck and Pork Terrine

    Duck and Pork Terrine

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    It takes some time to prepare this elegant French country duck and pork terrine, but the impressive results are worth it. Cook up a delicious crostini topping using duck and pork meats, chicken livers, bacon, mushrooms, fortified wine, milk-soaked bread, aromatics, and herbs. Make it a day before serving and chill in the fridge to set and develop the flavors.

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    Oysters Rockefeller

    Oysters Rockefeller

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    If you have a good local fishmonger, you can make special occasion-worthy oysters Rockefeller, named after a famous American businessman. Bake fresh oysters on the half shell nestled in a bed of rock salt and topped with buttery, liqueur-infused breadcrumbs.

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    Baked Sea Scallops

    Baked scallops

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    Sweet, meaty, buttery baked sea scallops make a fantastic New Year's Eve appetizer. Toss the scallops with butter and seasonings, top with panko breadcrumbs, and bake for 10 minutes. To make ahead, combine scallops and crumb coating and refrigerate until guests arrive, then pop in the oven.

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    Lobster Bisque

    Classic lobster bisque recipe

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    The name lobster bisque conjures visions of expensive French restaurant dining. Make the rich and creamy lobster-studded chowder for your parties with this classic bistro recipe. It makes an excellent starter for fancy get-togethers or serve bowls as an entree alongside crusty bread.

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    Olive Tapenade

    Olive tapenade

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    This luscious olive tapenade makes a sophisticated topper for crostini. This elevated version is made with olives, capers, olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs and adds roasted red peppers for extra sweetness. Whirl it up quickly in your food processor and chill in the fridge up to three hours before serving.

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    Mini Beef Wellingtons

    Mini Beef Wellingtons

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    Make individually-sized mini beef Wellingtons to wow your holiday guests. Each features six ounces of tender filet mignon surrounded by buttery mushroom duxelles, then baked inside golden-brown puff pastry bundles. Top with red wine sauce and optional gorgonzola cheese. 

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    Chicken With Champagne Cream Sauce

    Chicken With Champagne Cream Sauce

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    Save half a cup of bubbly from your New Year's stash for this luxurious chicken with champagne cream sauce. Gently poach tender chicken breast filets with a simple mirepoix, then smother with the sauce, which gets a boost of flavor from prosciutto and shallots. Serve over rice.

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    Creamy Mushroom Pasta

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    Impressive to serve, yet simple to make in just about 20 minutes, this rich vegan and vegetarian creamy mushroom pasta is a great secret weapon for dinner parties. Brown cremini mushrooms add meaty taste and hearty texture to the flavorful sauce.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon Steaks

    Bacon-wrapped filet mignon
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    Meat-loving guests will be in heaven when you serve these juicy bacon-wrapped steaks. While filet mignon is an expensive cut, the incredible flavor justifies the splurge if your party budget affords it. Grill the meat simply with a salt and pepper spice mix, then wrap them up in crispy bacon slices.

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    Roast Pheasant With Port Wine Marinade

    Roast Pheasant With Port Wine Marinade

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    Your foodie friends will be delighted with the flavor of roast pheasant with port wine marinade, which is richer than chicken. Start by marinating the game bird in a 24-hour brine to season the meat and help it retain moisture. Cooking and resting take only an hour or so and the whole bird makes a beautiful statement on the dinner table.

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    French Beef Burgundy

    French Beef Burgundy

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    Tender, fall-apart chunks of beef and tasty root vegetables simmered slowly in a rich, red wine gravy makes French beef burgundy the ultimate French entree. Tiny pearl onions are a pretty addition, but you don't really need them for this dish. (If you do include them, trim the ends and blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds to loosen skins, and aid peeling.)

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    Chimichurri Chicken en Croute

    Chimichurri Chicken en Croute

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    Wrap seasoned chicken breast meat with chimichurri-flavored cream cheese inside puff pastry and bake until golden-brown for a ritzy entree. This eye-catching chimichurri chicken en croute dinner is surprisingly easy to make, including the chimichurri sauce, which comes together quickly in your food processor.

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    Osso Buco

    Osso Buco

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    Osso buco is a rich-tasting, traditional Italian veal stew. Braise the meat and vegetables low and slow in a Dutch oven on your stovetop in a highly-seasoned broth of white wine, stock, and aromatics, for flavorful, fall-off-the-bone meat.

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    Prime Rib Roast

    Prime Rib Roast

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    Prime rib roast makes a show-stopping dinner party entree and needs only a little salt and pepper for seasoning. Slice it at the table to give your guests a show, serving the meat with horseradish sauce.

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    Potatoes Savoyarde

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    You can let guests know that the name potatoes Savoyarde refers to this dish's origin in Savoy, France, where clever chefs combined pillowy sliced and baked potatoes with butter, cheese, and chicken stock to create a gratin worthy of celebration.

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    Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Parmesan

    Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan

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    Roasting a whole, spice-rubbed head of cauliflower is an easy way to create an eye-catching vegetable side dish. Olive oil and spices help to caramelize the surface of the cauliflower. Top with grated Parmesan at the end of cooking for added richness.

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    Roasted Whole Artichokes

    Roasted Whole Artichokes

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    Roasting artichokes is a great way to tenderize this vegetable and enhance its delicate flavor. Dress trimmed roasted whole artichokes simply with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt, and wrap in tin foil for the oven.

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    Chocolate Mousse

    Chocolate mousse
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    Chocolate mousse is the quintessential French bistro dessert and a must-have for sophisticated New Year's Eve suppers. You can make it several hours before guests are due to arrive, and leave it to chill in the fridge, until ready to unveil dessert.

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    Bananas Foster

    Bananas Foster

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    Bananas foster is more than a special treat to serve with ice cream. This flambéed dessert is also an after-dinner show! Invite guests into the kitchen to watch you pan-saute bananas in a rich brown sugar and butter sauce with cinnamon. Then, pour banana liqueur and rum into the pan and ignite with a flame.

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    Wine-Poached Pears

    Poached Pears in White Wine

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    Wine-poached pears make a chic dessert for your end-of-year dinner party. Poach the peeled fruit whole in a delicious, syrupy liquor, flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, lemon zest, and sugar. Serve warm over bowls of good-quality vanilla ice cream drizzled with the warm cooking syrup.

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    Chocolate Crepes

    Chocolate Crepes

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    Dessert crepes are a sweet way to treat your closest friends. Make the classic chocolate crepes recipe work for chocoholics by adding cocoa powder, and replacing granulated sugar with powdered sugar. Serve warm topping with dark chocolate sauce or raspberry dessert sauce.