New Year's Eve Menu and Recipes

Make your New Year's Eve menu one to remember for years to come. These New Year's Eve menus and recipe ideas will impress family and friends. If you're still deciding on the menu, let us help you plan the ultimate dining experience. From traditional to international foods, we have you covered.

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Traditional New Year's Eve Menu

If your New Year's Eve food falls on the traditional side, enjoy a vegetable soup, an old fashioned cocktail, and classic honey-glazed ham with individual creamy mashed potato pots, then finish off with a traditional apple pie. Despite the change to a new year, these familiar dishes will make the best New Year's Eve menu yet.  

Appetizer: Butternut squash, thinly sliced carrots, and chopped onion combine for a rich and flavorful vegetable soup. This creamy appetizer tops the menu for a traditional New Year's Eve dinner.

Get the Recipe for Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Drink: This drink's long-lived popularity is a testament to its delicious flavor and traditional roots. A dash of sugar muddled with bitters and an orange slice makes a citrusy-sweet base for this classic cocktail

Get the Recipe for an Old Fashioned

Main Course: Tender honey-glazed ham brings a light sweetness to your New Year's Eve dinner. This holiday classic is a guaranteed hit with family and friends.

Get the Recipe for Honey-Glazed Ham

Side: This classic recipe for mashed potatoes will do you proud every time. The individual mashed potato pots are coated with oodles of cheese for rich flavor and color.

Get the Recipe for Cheesy Mashed Potato Pots

Dessert: The most traditional American dessert is old-fashioned apple pie. This quintessential dessert is bursting with pleasantly tart apples and is perfectly spiced.

Get the Recipe for Old-Fashioned Apple Pie

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Make-Ahead New Year's Eve Menu

Our make-ahead New Year's Eve dinner ideas include quick and easy recipes for a stress-free celebration. Nibble on bacon-wrapped sausage bites while sipping a refreshing mocktail. For dinner, serve make-ahead stuffed pork tenderloins alongside oven-roasted carrots. For dessert, enjoy a a sweet fruit tart as you wait for the clock to strike midnight.

Appetizer: Take basic smokies up a notch with a slice of bacon and a light coating of brown sugar. This appetizer recipe is so simple, and you can make it the day before your New Year's Eve party.

Get the Recipe for Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

Drink: Mint and lime combine for a refreshing mocktail. To speed up this recipe, make the simple syrup in advance. This drink takes just 10 minutes to prepare. 

Get the Recipe for Minted Cucumber No-Jitos

Main Course: These stuffed pork tenderloins can be frozen and stored up to a month in advance of your New Year's dinner. Filled with ham and herb-seasoned stuffing, this make-ahead pork tenderloin is simple and delicious.

Get the Recipe for Make-Ahead Stuffed Pork Tenderloins

Side: A thyme and brown sugar glaze and crunchy toasted pistachios add just the right amount of savory and sweet flavor to this quick and easy side dish. To make ahead, cook the carrots and toast the pistachios the day before, then glaze and reheat before serving.

Get the Recipe for Glazed Carrots with Pistachios

Dessert: Enjoy the delicious flavor combination of sweet apples with sharp cheddar. This fruit pastry can be chilled up to 24 hours in advance.

Get the Recipe for Apple Tart with Cheddar Cheese Crust

Potluck New Year's Eve Menu

For easy potluck recipes, look no further. This extensive menu ensures that no matter which course you volunteered to contribute, there is a delicious and simple recipe everyone will love. Our potluck appetizer, dinner idea, side dish, and dessert are simple to take on the go for your New Year's Eve party.

Appetizer: Precooked chicken, bubbly cheese, and a packet of ranch dressing mix make this slow cooker dip worthy of its own celebration.

Get the Recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip

Drink: Our big-batch recipe for champagne punch includes pureed peaches for a tasty, surprising spin on the traditional mimosa recipe.

Get the Recipe for Prosecco-Peach Champagne Punch

Main Course: No need to order in pizza for your New Year's celebration. This casserole combines vegetable noodles with the crowd-pleasing fixings of pizza for a creative dish that can be warmed up in less than 30 minutes. 

Get the Recipe for Zoodle Pizza Casserole

Side: Combine a mayo sauce with broccoli, bacon, and sunflower kernels. This satisfying side dish is sure to bring compliments (and requests for a copy of the recipe) in the New Year.

Get the Recipe for Creamy Broccoli-Bacon Salad

Dessert: Decadent cocoa powder and chopped chocolate pieces give this classic chocolate pie double the chocolate-filled goodness.

Get the Recipe for Classic Chocolate Meringue Pie

New Year's Eve Wine and Cheese Menu

Appetizer: When it comes to cheese platters, you can select a variety of flavors for a fuss-free treat. Out favorites include chèvre, smoked Gouda, and fresh mozzarella.  

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Drink: While your favorite bottle of wine will go perfectly with this menu, we offer a delicious sangria recipe for a sophisticated sip. We're partial to this wintry sangria with dried fruit, brandy, and red wine. Honey and cinnamon lighten up the deep, rich flavors of this sparkling party drink recipe.

Get the Recipe for Apple-Cinnamon Winter Sangria

Main Course: Gruyère cheese and Swiss cheese combine with a splash of white wine flavor in this gooey appetizer fondue that is delicious when dunked with bread chunks.

Get the Recipe for Cheese Fondue

Side: Charcuterie is a fancy name for cooked cold meats, and they go perfectly with cheese assortments. Try our cranberry-pistachio pâté and see our best charcuterie platters.

Get the Recipe for Cranberry-Pistachio Pâté

Dessert: This creamy chocolate-peanut butter dip is low in calories yet high in protein for a sweet and delicious dessert. Plus, no wine and cheese menu is complete without chocolate.

Get the Recipe for Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookie Dough Dip

Elegant New Year's Eve Menu

Host an elegant dinner party to start off the New Year celebrating with family and friends. This classic New Year's Eve menu will tie together your New Year's gathering with delicious food and elegant displays. Start your New Year's party by serving a sophisticated tomato-basil bruschetta with a bubbly pomegranate sip. For the main course, serve lobster and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. Finish your elegant New Year's Eve dinner with luxurious cheesecake.

Appetizer: Bruschetta topped with chopped tomatoes and sweet basil leaves takes just 25 minutes and is an elegant starting dish for any New Year's Eve menu. Bonus: Our make-ahead recipe can be stored a day in advance. 

Get the Recipe for Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil

Drink: Serve a bubbly beverage with tart pomegranate flavor to complement your sophisticated menu. This New Year's Eve drink includes chilled champagne so it's perfect for when midnight strikes.

Get the Recipe for Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Main Course: A fresh lobster tail cradled in a coral-color shell makes a delicious main course for New Year's Eve. Serve with melted butter infused with snipped fresh chives and finely shredded lemon peel.

Get the Recipe for Lobster Tails with Chive Butter

Side: Wrap thin slices of provolone cheese and prosciutto around fresh asparagus spears for a simple yet elegant side dish. These crispy bites are sure to delight a celebratory crowd.

Get the Recipe for Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Dessert: This luxurious dessert is full of white chocolate with cocoa butter and cream cheese. Top this cheesecake with fresh strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries for an even sweeter finish.

Get the Recipe for White Chocolate Cheesecake

Vintage and Retro New Year's Eve Menu

This vintage dinner menu provides an old-fashioned approach for your New Year's menu. Make these favorite retro dishes like fruit-filled bread, sweet party punch, slow cooker shepherd's pie with green bean casserole, and old-fashioned butterscotch pie. This vintage New Year's Eve dinner is a delightful throwback to start a new beginning.

Appetizer: The sweet dough of our fruit stollen is chock-full of candied fruits and peels. Your whole home will smell like fruit and serve as a reminder of the scent of baking bread in your childhood home.

Get the Recipe for Fruit Stollen

Drink: Our sparkling peach punch can be placed in the freezer and served at the spur of the moment before the New Year strikes. Fill this old-fashioned punch with peach gelatin, canned peaches, and peach nectar.

Get the Recipe for Sparkling Peach Punch

Main Course: This slow cooker turkey shepherd's pie cooks for 6 hours on low heat for a tender and savory meal. 

Get the Recipe for Slow Cooker Shepherd's Pie

Side: Who would guess that this classic and traditional casserole could get even more delicious? We upped the ante by adding some bacon and wild mushrooms to your childhood favorite.

Get the Recipe for Bacon-Topped Green Bean Casserole

Dessert: Homemade butterscotch pie baked to a golden brown makes for a classic go-to dessert. The flaky pecan pastry is finished with finely chopped nuts and a warm meringue filling.

Get the Recipe for Butterscotch Meringue Pie

Breakfast-for-Dinner New Year's Menu

This late-night menu includes yummy upgrades to classic breakfast staples. To ensure the celebration lasts until midnight, serve our coffee shake shots. For a breakfast-for-dinner menu, consider peanut butter and jelly French toast sticks, savory breakfast sandwiches, fried smashed potatoes, and banana-chocolate chip muffins.

Appetizer: PB & J French toast? Perfect! This twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich makes a delicious breakfast that's perfect for dunking.

Get the Recipe for PB & J French Toast Sticks

Drink: These coffee bean-topped shots are perfect for making it to the New Year's Eve ball drop. Combine coffee ice cream, chocolate syrup, and coffee liqueur for a guaranteed method for staying up until midnight. 

Get the Recipe for Coffee Shake Shots

Main Course: For a customizable breakfast treat, offer a breakfast sandwich bar. Our favorite option includes thick slices of whole wheat toast topped with an avocado spread, asparagus spears, and hard-boiled eggs.

Get the Recipe for the Asparagus-Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Side: Parmesan and parsley dress up these simple smashed potatoes for a flavorful side dish. Bonus: These breakfast potatoes can be made up to 24 hours in advance of your New Year's celebration.

Get the Recipe for Fried Smashed Potatoes

Dessert: Sweet banana-chocolate chip muffins are a perfect on-the-go breakfast item, but they're also delicious for dessert. Try our moist, golden muffins.

Get the Recipe for Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins

New Year's Eve Pizza Party Menu

Kick off the New Year with a homemade pizza party! For a fuss-free celebration, serve these pizza-inspired menu items. Start off with roasted cherry tomato pizza poppers, creative flatbread toppings, cheesy garlic bread, and sweet dessert fruit pizza.

Appetizer: These bite-size pizza poppers brighten any party with cherry tomatoes atop fresh mozzarella. Arrange these pizza snacks alongside spicier pizza poppers to balance the sweetness.

Get the Recipe for Roasted Cherry Tomato Pizza Poppers

Drink: If you cannot get enough of the tomato flavor, try this gin and tonic with a kick. This spicy drink will entertain with its unique flavor and colorful look.

Get the Recipe for Spicy Tomato Gin and Tonic

Main Course: These flatbread pizza toppings are delicious anytime of year, but we especially like them for special-occasion dinners: think figs, roasted veggies, pepper jelly, and sage. Sweet and savory dinners in minutes await your New Year's celebration.

Get the Recipe for 5 Must-Try Flatbread Pizza Toppings

Side: Garlic bread is so easy to make at home—and it's delicious, too. In fact, you'll probably like this version even better than the stuff you get at your favorite takeout restaurant! Double the batch to go back for seconds (or thirds!).

Get the Recipe for Cheesy Garlic Bread

Dessert: Try this tasty fruit pizza recipe that takes all the guilt out of pizza eating. Cover a sugar cookie with a sweet cream cheese spread and top with your choice of fresh fruit. Drizzle with honey for added flavor!

Get the Recipe for Dessert Fruit Pizza

New Year's Eve Chili Cook-Off

Begin the New Year with a bit of friendly competition with these chili cook-off ideas.

Appetizer: These vegetarian nachos are the perfect addition to any gathering. Black beans, roasted peppers, salsa and reduced-fat cheese make this the best loaded nachos recipe.

Get the Recipe for Triple-Pepper Nachos

Main Course: Rich, chunky, and filled with fabulous flavor, this traditional chili is a classic recipe for a reason! Add an extra sprinkle of cheese and a spoonful of sour cream for a smooth finish.

Get the Recipe for Ground Beef Chili

Side: Classic corn bread gets a spicy kick with diced green chile peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, and Monterey Jack cheese. It's perfect for scooping the last bits of chili in your bowl.

Get the Recipe for Green Chili Corn Bread

Dessert: No need to get complicated after your chili cook-off. Enjoy a simple and sweet helping of dried fruit dipped in unsweetened cacao chocolate. 

Get the Recipe for Chocolate-Dipped Fruit

BBQ New Year's Eve Menu

Appetizer: Crisp, crumbled bacon and crunchy sunflower seeds almost make this creamy slaw a meal in itself, but it's also the perfect accompaniment for a BBQ-filled main meal.

Get the Recipe for Creamy BLT Coleslaw

Main Course: Tangy mustard and wheat beer give this tender brisket plenty of big flavor. Serve each sandwich with some homemade BBQ sauce for delicious flavor.

Get the Recipe for Beer-Soaked Brisket Sandwiches

Side: OK, so maybe delicious BBQ sauce isn't technically a side, but it definitely can be when you add it to every part of the meal. Plus, this homemade BBQ sauce has less than a quarter of the sugar compared to some store-bought brands.

Get the Recipe for Homemade BBQ Sauce

Dessert: Looking to indulge? Forget about sweet ice cream sundaes—this savory version takes sundaes to the next level. With mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and bratwurst, this sundae is a BBQ must-have.

Get the Recipe for BBQ Split Sundae

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