26 Recipes for a New Year's Buffet

These side- and main-dish recipes are great for buffet parties. Check out these delicious twists on classic dishes!


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Tex-Mex Taco Dip
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Tex-Mex Taco Dip

    Ready in just under an hour, this colorful party appetizer adds avocados, fresh spinach, and cream cheese to your typical taco dip. It's served best with scooped tortilla chips or vegetable dippers.

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Potato-Goat Cheese Gratin

    Even a rich dish such as potato gratin can be lightened by using nonfat milk and goat cheese; we've kept it robust with caramelized leeks and garlic.

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Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream

    This easy roast recipe takes just 20 minutes of prep time. Freshly cracked peppercorns coupled with a simple horseradish cream sauce add delicious flavor to the beef.

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Fresh Cranberry-Fig Relish

    This no-cook recipe takes just 10 minutes to make. Leftover relish makes a delicious spread for turkey sandwiches.

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Buffet Wild Rice

    The nutty flavor and chewy texture of wild rice and barley make pleasant contrast to the sweet flavor and crisp texture of the fresh pea pods. Curry powder adds a touch of heat.

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Cheesy Mashed Potato Pots

    Brimming with heavy cream and cheddar cheese, these scrumptious casseroles are extra indulgent.

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Honeyed Carrots

    Served whole and flavored with mildly hot red pepper and tangy lemon, these carrots are hard to resist.

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Chopped Holiday Salad

    This salad is a snap to make ahead. Marinate and tote the cut-up vegetables separately in resealable plastic bags, then unpack them in rows on a platter just before serving.

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Baked Fresh Ham with Cherry Glaze

    A gorgeous cherry-glazed ham is the centerpiece of this pure and simple Christmas dinner menu. For a unique twist, try fresh pork shoulder instead.

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Herbed Leek Tart

    Nutty Gruyere cheese, herbs, and pine nuts top this irresistible tart. Save time by making it with refrigerated pizza dough.

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Scott's Holiday Salad

    Scott Peacock's gelatin mold salad is vibrantly fresh and crunchy good -- a celebration of all things deliciously sweet and sour.

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Orzo and Bulgur Salad

    Dried cranberries add a tangy sweetness to this make-ahead salad recipe.

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Spinach and Bean Salad

    A zippy ginger-soy dressing jazzes up this quick and easy salad recipe.

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Pork with Cherry and Wild Rice Stuffing

    An herbed wild-rice-and-sausage stuffing makes this pork loin a holiday favorite. To save time, prepare the stuffing the day before and refrigerate it until ready to roast.

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Pear-Blue Cheese Salad

    The peppery flavor of curly endive makes a serendipitous match with sweet fresh pear slices and tangy blue cheese. Pecans cooked with salt, butter, and sugar add delicious crunch.

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Roasted Asparagus and Other Vegetables

    This six-ingredient side dish is ready in just 20 minutes. Carrots and potatoes make a lovely accompaniment to asparagus.

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Parmesan Breadsticks

    Serve these crowd-pleasing breadsticks with bottled marinara sauce or our easy-to-make Red Pepper Sauce (included with this recipe).

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Onion Pudding

    Serve this onion pudding, baked up with cheddar and garlic, in individual ramekins. Sage leaves make a beautiful garnish.

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Green Beans with Lime

    Lime peel brings fresh flavor to green beans cooked until crisp-tender. Toss with lime juice, salt, and pepper before serving.

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Rice Pudding with Dried Apricots

    Crystallized ginger adds a sweet note to this slow-cooker variation of traditional rice pudding.

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Chocolate Amaretto-Apricot Crunch Pie

    Thin slices of apricot, velvety whipped cream, and a sweet crumb mixture top this decadent pie.

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Cranberry Blondies

    Made from fresh, simple ingredients, these festive cranberry blondies will shine on any buffet table.

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Pomegranate Sparklers

    Pomegranate seeds steeped in brandy make a gorgeous garnish for this sparkling cocktail.

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Eggnog Punch

    Eggnog freshened up with a colorful peppermint stick and a dash of cinnamon brings cheer to the holidays.

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Cranberry-Orange Cheesecake

    For a lighter holiday dessert, try this delicious cheesecake recipe, made with reduced-fat cream cheese and low-calorie cranberry juice.

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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

    Add a twist to the traditional toast by blending bubbly with pomegranate (or cranberry) juice.

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Mixed Berry Crumble

    For a delicious indulgence that's festive enough for a holiday party -- but simple enough for a weeknight dessert -- try this tart treat.

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