Just as New Year's Eve is the time to break out that velvet suit, sparkly dress, feather boa, what have you—it's also the time to treat yourself to over-the-top ingredients, from caviar to champagne. And if your NYE plans involve little more than Netflix and pajamas (honestly, you're winning), all the more reason to cook up something special and toast to another year in the books.
A very fuss-free take on onion dip. You just, ahem, skip the onions (which take around an hour to caramelize) and swap in crispy garlic.
Potato chips to the rescue! Instead of the usual wedges, cut this tortilla into itty-bitty squares, perfect for munching with drinks.
How to upgrade baked brie: Add a DIY cranberry jam, sumac, and pistachios.
Buckwheat blini plus champagne equals a party. Feel free to swap in any smoked fish, like salmon or whitefish.
You had me at sweet potato pancakes. If you’re doing a sit-down dinner party, these would make a great side dish, too.
More blini! For a vegetarian option, try a slice of hard-boiled egg and aioli or crispy mushrooms and hummus.
Truffle fondue. Really, what else do you need to know?
Beneath this pile of glossy endive hides a cheesy bread “granola,” tossed in an anchovy vinaigrette.
A quick ice water bath and a generous pour of Manchego vinaigrette tames radicchio’s bitterness.
Caesar salad is already full of umami (thanks, anchovies)—but Senior Editor Eric Kim’s version takes it one step further with crispy nori.
Every winter soiree needs some brightness. Try to find Castelvetrano olives if you can, which are butterier and less briney than the pimento-stuffed ones.
Can a salad be a conversation starter? This one from Joshua McFadden’s Six Seasons thinks so, and we think it’s right.
A little pinch of saffron makes a big difference in this simple pasta with creamy ricotta and salty guanciale (feel free to swap in bacon or pancetta if you can’t find it).
14. Lobster Diavolo
Come to me, spicy lobster pasta. Bump up the chile flakes if you dare and go wild with the herbs if you want (I’d do a big handful each of basil, parsley, and mint).
It’s hard to overstate how obsessed our office is with this braised onion sauce. I like to top mine with a boatload of freshly ground black pepper.
This recipe’s alternate title is “instant dinner party.” Best part is you can make the whole thing a day (or two!) ahead, just reheat and add to hot pasta.
A contest-winning spaghetti with a creamy lemon sauce and lots of crunchy, herby bread crumbs.
How to make creamy Alfredo not too creamy? Add a splash of something bubbly and acidic, like champagne (prosecco or pét-nat work wonders, too).
Think of roasting as a foot-in-the-door path to loving radicchio. Any remaining bitterness is mellowed out with creamy ricotta and sticky dates.
Pair any shaved, crunchy vegetable (from fennel to radishes) with burrata and you’re halfway to a party-ready salad.
Think of this garlicky walnut-miso sauce as a vegan bagna cauda. It’s dreamy on just about any roasted vegetable—especially sweet ones like carrots or squash.
22. Estela's Taleggio Sauce (With Roasted Anything)
A two-ingredient cheese sauce that would love to be poured on whatever vegetable you’re serving, be it roasted potatoes or sautéed green beans.
This pistachio gremolata was dreamed up with roasted cauliflower in mind, but don’t let that stop you from putting it toward broccoli or fennel or pumpkin.
Charred radicchio, juicy fruit, and salty Parmesan are a dream team. For when cherries aren’t in season, try apples, pears, or even oranges.
Latkes, but make them parsnip. These come with two sauces (one savory, one sweet), which you can 10/10 make in advance.
If you’re hosting a smaller group, it’s hard to beat crispy-custardy fried oysters. These come with a from-scratch aioli, but no one will know if you doctor up store-bought mayo instead.
Any meaty fish would be happy to be covered in this Sicilian-inspired sauce with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and capers.
29. Poached Tuna
Fish poached in olive oil is “an old-standby” for our co-founder Amanda Hesser. Here’s why: Despite the gentle heat, it cooks quickly (10 to 20 minutes). And because you’re cooking in warmish oil, it’s almost impossible to dry out.
30. Barbecue Shrimp
This shrimp dish is all about the spicy-buttery sauce. Make sure there’s lots of bread to tear and pass around.
31. Steak Au Poivre
A foolproof menu any carnivore will love: This recipe with Genius fake frites, a super-simple green salad, and lots of red wine.
This herby leg of lamb serves 8 to 10, perfect for a crowd. Serve with lemony labneh or horseradish Greek yogurt.
Here’s an easy way to brighten up any meat dish: Sprinkle juicy pomegranate seeds on top. A handful of fresh herbs wouldn’t hurt either.
Mustard and grapes may sound like odd bedfellows, but just trust: They add just enough spice and sweetness to make roast chicken feel special.
The most important thing about rack of lamb is: Everyone should pick up the chops and gnaw at them by hand. Otherwise, there’s no point.
Another good reason to always have jarred marinated artichoke hearts in your pantry. Pick a white wine that you like to drink so the rest of the bottle can be enjoyed while you eat.
Vanilla extract in a winey, meaty braise? Yes. It’s a game-changer for short ribs—and we can’t wait to try it with pot roast and brisket, too.
These flourless chocolate cookies are like two-bite walnut brownies with the crackliest, shiniest shell around.
A golden-hued rice pudding, fragrant with rosewater, cardamom, and cinnamon, begging to be served in your cutest cocktail glasses.
Here’s a game: Put out a plate of these truffles and invite everyone to guess what’s in them. Winner gets bragging rights for all of the new year.
Pink champagne does double duty in this layer cake: First, it goes toward the fluffy cake layers. Second, it’s whipped into a tangy vanilla buttercream.
According to community member Ms. T, this festive brittle is “the closest you can get to eating the Christmas tree without getting tinsel in your teeth.”
From Samantha Seneviratne’s new book, The Joys of Baking: a chocolate-studded tea cake that practically glows thanks to earthy saffron.
Instead of heavy cream, these chocolate truffles get their silky texture from avocado.
A happy drink to kick off the night: gin, blood orange juice, and honey, all topped off with a pour of bubbly.
Good to know: This crowd-favorite punch serves 12 people—twice.
These sugar cubes are the best party trick to pull out before midnight strikes. They also make an A+ host gift if you’re traveling somewhere else.
48. Pom Fizz
This DIY pomegranate syrup (it’s just pomegranate juice, reduced) can be made in advance whenever you get the chance. Just keep in an airtight jar in the fridge.
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