The Ultimate Romantic Dinner Menu for New Year's Eve

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With all the hustle and bustle of the winter season, sometimes what you're craving by the time New Year's Eve rolls around is romantic couple time. When you and your sweetheart want to ditch the holiday hype, there's no better way to celebrate your love than with a private, romantic dinner at home on New Year's Eve. But what should you make for dinner on this special night, when you want to serve something more special than the usual dinner recipes? Whether you decide to dress up to the nines, or dine in your jammies, we've got you covered for New Year's Eve at home with our ultimate romantic dinner menu for New Year's Eve. With genius recipes for every course, including cocktails, appetizers, entrees and desserts, and options for both meat-loving and vegetarian couples, you can't go wrong with this menu that's surprisingly easy to put together, but so impressive to serve and share.

Note: The steak recipe provided here is meant to be served alongside the included side dish recipes for potatoes and asparagus. For vegetarians who opt to make the pasta dish, you can serve this as a one-dish entree, perhaps with a simple green salad on the side.

  • 01 of 08

    To Drink: Champagne Cocktails

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    Get your New Year's Eve dinner started right, by handing that special someone a shimmering flute of bubbly champagne cocktail that announces this isn't going to be any ordinary night in. Champagne is the perfect choice of drink for a romantic dinner at home on New Year's Eve. This simply elegant champagne cocktail brings a hint of rich, fruity sweetness, thanks to the addition of Chambord liqueur, that makes it feel fabulously special.

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    Appetizer: Baked Sea Scallops

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    Sea scallops make a fantastic special occasion appetizer for your New Year's dinner at home. Meaty, firm and flavorful, there's just something sexy about this shellfish dish. Best of all, it's incredibly quick and easy to make and serve. Just toss the scallops with butter and seasonings, top with panko bread crumbs and bake. You can also prepare the scallops ahead of times with their crumb coating, and refrigerate until you're ready to eat. Just 10 minutes in the oven and they're done!

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    Appetizer (Vegetarian Option): Olive Tapenade

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    Silky, savory olive tapenade makes an excellent romantic appetizer course for two, and is perfect when you want to serve a vegetarian New Year's Eve menu. Tapenade is a sophisticated, gourmet dip made from olives, capers, olive oil, lemon juice and herbs, that has a smooth consistency similar to a hummus. This recipe also includes roasted red peppers, for a cheeky twist on the traditional recipe. Serve it on crackers, or with toasted baguette slices, for a tasty first course that will impress your date, and wake up their palate for the New Year's Eve dinner to come.

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    Entrée: Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon

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    What could make a mouth-watering filet mignon steak even more exciting? Adding bacon, that's what. Your New Year's Eve date will swoon when you serve them this juicy, filet mignon steak, grilled simply with a salt and pepper spice mix, and wrapped luxuriously in savory, salty, crispy bacon. While filet mignon is a more expensive cut of steak, the incredible flavor this recipe packs is really worth the splurge, if you can afford it. It's also a super-easy way to cook an impressive steak - there's no basting, or monitoring a hot pan. Just pop it under the grill, flip it once, and let it rest for a few minutes before digging in.

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  • 05 of 08

    Entrée (Vegetarian Option): Creamy Mushroom Pasta

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    Make a vegetarian entree for your romantic New Year's Eve dinner in that's to-die-for delicious, when you cook up this easy pasta dish that truly delivers on flavor. The fantastic mushroom sauce, prepared with yummy brown crimini mushrooms, add a meaty taste and hearty texture to this elegant pasta dish, that's also suitable for vegan diets. Impressive to serve, yet simple to make in just about 20 minutes, this New Year's Eve recipe idea is ideal when you want to wow your dining companion, but don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen.

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    Side Dish: Potatoes Savoyarde

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     When you're serving steak, you've got to serve potatoes! This delicious recipe for Potatoes Savoyarde is a very elegant way to do just that, making it perfect for a romantic New Year's Eve dinner at home. It's name refers to its origin in Savoy, France, where genius chefs combined pillowy sliced and baked potatoes with butter, cheese and chicken stock to create a gratin worth celebrating.

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    Side Dish: Roasted Asparagus

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    The perfect accompaniment to a steak dinner, this roasted asparagus is a wonderful way to enjoy greens, and is ready in only 10 minutes. Roasting the asparagus gives it a complex, green flavor that simple steaming or boiling simply can't achieve.

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    Dessert: Chocolate Mousse

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    Did you really think we were going to suggest anything else for dessert on New Year's Eve? Chocolate mousse is the quintessential romantic French dessert, and a decadent way to wrap up your at home dinner menu. Best of all, you can make it several hours before dinner and leave it to chill in the fridge, until you're ready to treat yourselves to dessert.