16 Recipes for a Swanky New Year's Eve Soirée

December 30, 2014

You can have a casual dinner party any night of the week. Take advantage of New Year's Eve to finally cook the recipes that caught your eye last winter (and to put your favorite plates to use, too). 

Don't worry about dirty dishes or wine stains on the carpet -- you can deal with those next year. For now, queue up the Miles Davis albums, unearth your punch bowl and some Champagne flutes, and get ready to watch the ball drop. We've gathered 16 recipes that will make it worth it to dress up this year, even if you're just staying in and celebrating with friends.

Molly Stevens' Roasted Fennel, Red Onion, and Orange Salad by Genius Recipes

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Chicken Liver Spread (née Pâté) by Nicholas Day


Virigina Willis' Deviled Eggs by Genius Recipes


Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce by MySocialChef


Rum Punch by Erik Lombardo


Branade de Morue by ChefJune


Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash by foxeslovelemons


Squash Butter Crostini with Blue Cheese, Celery, and Bacon by Callie Canlas


Wintry Braised Cabbage, Plus Some Jelly by Nicholas Day


Caesar-Style Kale Salad with Roasted Onions and Ricotta Salata by cookinginvictoria


Pasta with Slow-Cooked Cauliflower, Anchovies, and Garlic by Alexandra Stafford


Scallion Pesto-Crusted Chicken by secretsofahomecook


Pasta with Ricotta and Saffron by Emiko


Coconuttiest Shortbread Cookies by Hilarybee


Crêpes with Salted-Butter Caramel by Mimi Thorisson


Pink Peppercorn Buttercream by Tessa_StyleSweetCA

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