Is it dinner for 2 – a sit down dinner for 8-12 or a buffet for more than 20?
Whatever your plans this New Years Eve most people I have spoken with will be making a celebratory dinner of it. So I have decided to pull together 3 different menus for New Year’s Eve depending on your plans.
I have searched our site and chosen dishes that go together – these aren’t my recipes but they are my chosen favourites for the big night!
Romantic meal for 2
I like this because it is light and quick and special – it reminds me of going away for a weekend with my husband for our anniversary and he made me a romantic dinner with this for starters – sure to impress – just make sure you have all the ingredients prepared before you start!
This recipe uses a little crumbly cheese to add a kick and a bit of red wine to finish off the steaks. It can be served with a baked potato dish and asparagus with parmesan.
To finish I like to have something made in advance – and to make it a really speacial meal I have chosen Deborah Meaden’s champagne sorbet
Special New Year’s Eve sit down dinner for 8-12 people.
If you are having a celebratory sit down dinner then you don’ want to be rushing back and forth to the kitchen whilst everyone else is enjoying the party. So my advice is make dishes that are special but that you can make today and tomorrow before the dinner party.
This is a great way to use up any of those cranberries left from Christmas dinner. It is easy to make in advance and prepare by making up the plate and lating on the table in advance of the guests arriving.
The main course can also be par cooked in advanced and finished off in time to serve. The rice can be put on whilst you are eating hors doeavre and the Asparagus can be pan fried and then baked in the oven.
For dessert a choice of individual chocolate mousse pots or a special New years eve treat of Tiramisu which means pick me up – just in time to keep you going till midnight.
New Year’s Eve buffet
Roast new potatoes
Crunchy coleslaw salad
Cheese plate and biscuits
For starters I love the different selection of canapes that people can just snack on.
Followed by a choice of salmon or lamb with buffet style sides such as crunchy coleslaw, roasted potatoes and saute beans. The lamb dish I have chosen as it is a little different and the owner of the recipe Annabel says this is great for lots of people – so if you like something with a bit of spice – give it a go!
I have chosen these recipes from our collection but I am looking for your menu combinations for 2012 – we are still on our challenge to get a different menu for each week – I have some great ones ready for January but if you have a special menu that you love and you know works well – please send it to me to share with our members
HAPPY NEW YEAR WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE TO EAT!