How to plan a New Years Eve dinner? 10 easy recipes for appetizers, main courses and desserts

Written by Kristiyana Burdeva

Ring in the New Year by preparing an easy and delicious dinner party! This year, forget about the hassle of cooking a big and complicated meal, but try one of these simple recipes that will have your guests raving! From appetizers to desserts, we’ve got you covered with recipes that are both tasty and easy to make. You will have time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your New Year’s Eve dinner party. Here are 10 easy recipes for appetizers, main courses and desserts that will help you plan the best New Years Eve dinner!

Easy appetizers for a New Years Eve dinner

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Let’s start our list of easy and delicious New Years Eve dinner recipes, by first looking at some for appetizers. This year, why not make a hot crab dip for your dinner guests? To make the hot crab dip, combine 1 c/228 g of crab meat, ¼ c/0,57 g of mayonnaise, 1 tbsp. of Dijon mustard, and 1 tbsp. of a seasoning mix in a small baking tray. Bake in an oven set to 350 °F/175 °C for 20 minutes. Serve with crostini or crackers.

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What about preparing a creamy roasted red pepper hummus appetizer? For this recipe, combine 1 can of chickpeas, 1 roasted red pepper, 2 tbsp. of tahini sauce, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, and 1 clove of garlic in a food processor. Blend until the mix is smooth. Serve with Pita chips or vegetables. Yummy! Plus, this easy hummus recipe is a great choice of food if you are on a vegan diet.

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A dinner party is not one, without a cheese board! Last year, we were all so thrilled at the New Year’s Eve party when one of the boys came through the door holding a custom-ordered cheese board. Guess who ate most of the Gouda… It wasn’t me, I swear! Make your own cheese board by serving a variety of cheeses, meats, fruits, and nuts on a board for a fun and easy appetizer for your festive dinner party.

New Years Eve dinner: Main course ideas

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We have arrived at the most important part of a dinner party—the main course! For an easy and outstanding meal that will delight all your guests, why not prepare beef tenderloin? Season a beef tenderloin with salt and pepper. Then sear in a hot frying-pan for 3-5 minutes per side. After which, roast the meat in a preheated oven at 400 °F / 200 °C for 20 minutes. Bon appétit!

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And what about going for the pork tenderloin option? It’s pretty much the same recipe as with the beef meat. Just season a pork tenderloin with salt, pepper, and dried herbs. Again, sear the meat in a hot frying-pan for 3-5 minutes per side. Roast in a preheated oven at 400 °F / 200 °C for 20 minutes. Voilà!

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You can also go with the simple and classic roasted chicken recipe for the main course of your New Year’s Eve dinner. Simply, season a whole chicken with salt, pepper, and dried herbs. Then roast it in a preheated oven at 400 °F / 200 °C for 45 minutes. You can include some vegetables in the cooking tray with the chicken for extra flavour.

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Speaking of cooked vegetables, a main course meal is not completed without a side dish of seasoned roasted veggies! Just toss a variety of your favourite vegetables in a mix of olive oil and salt. You can also season them with other herbs and spices. I usually just use a universal seasoning mix. Roast the seasoned veggies in a preheated oven at 400°F / 200 °C for 20-30 minutes. Serve them on the side of your main course.

Simple and tasty New Year’s Eve desserts

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Oh yes, finally. Here come the New Year’s Eve desserts! And who wouldn’t love to dip fresh strawberries in a hot chocolate fondue? For this recipe, combine 1 c/ 169 g of chocolate chips, 1 c/ 254 g of heavy cream, and 1 tbsp. of butter in a saucepan. Melt over low heat, stirring occasionally. Serve the hot chocolate fondue with fresh fruit and cookies. Mm, mm!

last minute desserts_easy chocolate cake recipe

Let’s make a super easy chocolate cake! Start by sifting together 1 c/125 g flour, 1 c/200 g sugar, 3/4 c/80 g unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt. Add 2 eggs and 1/2 c/218 g vegetable oil. Mix well. Add 1 c/237 g water and mix again. Pour the batter in a buttered and floured baking pan. Bake at 350 °F/175 °C for 30 minutes. Top with melted chocolate or icing. Let the cake cool before serving.

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And last but not least, make it super easy on yourself when it comes to preparing dessert for New Year’s with ice cream sundaes! Serve a variety of ice cream flavours to delight all your guests. Top them with your favourite toppings, and add crushed nuts, sprinkles, little biscuits and anything else that would delight you.

These easy and delicious recipes will be sure to make your New Years Eve dinner party one to remember! A dinner party is a great way to bring everyone together to enjoy good food and good company. So, get ready to welcome the new year with a memorable dinner that will be sure to leave your guests feeling satisfied and ready to start the year off right. Happy New Year, everybody!

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