8 Dishes You Can Prepare at Home to Welcome the New Year
Just like any other celebration, food is an integral part of the new year celebration. New Year’s Eve is an exciting time, the cusp of a new year full of hope and aspirations. A new year party is the best way to say goodbye to the old and usher in the new. For those of us who like to enjoy the new year celebration at home, the company of our loved ones and good food is better than the best New Year’s Eve events. We give you eight dishes you can prepare at home for your new year celebration.
There’s something comforting about lasagna that makes it the perfect dish to enjoy on New Year’s Eve. The layered, warm goodness and the medley of textures satiate the soul. It is one of the most popular dishes for new year celebrations. There are many variations of this dish that is also enjoyed as a traditional New Year’s Day meal in some cultures. It is easy to make. You can either follow a recipe or give it your own unique twist.
The roast chicken is a different take on the popular Christmas tradition of roast turkey that will spice up your new year celebration. Showcase it as the centrepiece of a family dinner and make it one of the annual New Year’s Eve events. It is best enjoyed with a couple of delicious side dishes: spiced onion rings and mashed potatoes. Though it takes some preparation before you can enjoy the smoky goodness, the result makes it all worth the efforts.
The new year celebration is all about enjoyment. That means less time spent in the kitchen. Though it is not a traditional New Year’s Day meal, grilled seafood is one of the most loved dishes for new year parties. It can be enjoyed with minimal mess, and it doesn’t take too much time to cook. It is the perfect accompaniment to celebratory drinks that flow at a new year party. It also gives you a chance to try something new.
This is one of the easiest new year recipes that can be enjoyed on the go. Separate the mushroom caps from the stem. Chop and cook the stems in butter until excess moisture is gone. Add minced garlic, and breadcrumbs and continue cooking. Let this mixture cool before adding parmesan cheese, cream cheese, parsley, and thyme. Stuff the mix into the mushroom caps and bake them until the tops turn golden. Serve them on a tray and watch them disappear.
Spaghetti, or noodles of any kind, are a quintessential part of a new year celebration in many cultures. Traditionally, they leave the noodles long to ensure longer life and more happiness in the new year. Traditions aside, spaghetti makes a hearty meal that will satiate your cravings without over-filling you. It opens a world of possibilities as spaghetti can be equally enjoyable in a creamy, cheesy sauce or a rich Bolognese sauce. Serve it with garlic bread for added texture.
Fried food is the life of a new year celebration, and any party. Mashed potato balls offer an interesting mix of textures. Their mushy heart is protected by a crisp cover that makes for a soul-satisfying crunchy bite. It is an easy preparation that needs boiled potatoes, cheese, eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, thyme, and other seasonings. Mash the potatoes and combine the other ingredients and portion them out in balls. Coat the balls in egg and breadcrumbs before deep-frying them.
Cheese fondue is the perfect drinking companion in a new year celebration. Sitting around a fondue pot is akin to sitting around a campfire, swapping engaging stories and enjoying the companionship of your fellow revellers. Make things more interesting by combining different cheeses and seasonings. Add fruits, marshmallows, sauteed vegetables, grilled chicken, and mushrooms to the mix to offer different textures and varied flavour profiles. Have fun with it. This flexibility makes it a must-have in a new year party.
No new year celebration is complete without a dessert. A sponge cake would make a fitting end to a heavy party meal. Light and versatile, it can be paired with any number of toppings to offer a smorgasbord of delicious creations. It doesn’t need too many ingredients. A sweet chocolate sauce or a tangy berry compote elevates this simple indulgence to a whole new level. You can even enjoy a warm slice with a scoop of plain vanilla ice cream.
These eight dishes will add new flavours and fascinating textures to your celebrations as you welcome the new year with your family and loved ones.
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