31 Recipes for an Extra-Special New Year's Eve Dinner
Countdown to a delicious meal.
It's almost the New Year! While your New Year's Eve celebration will likely be a bit different this year due to COVID-19, it's still a cause for celebration—albeit, on a smaller scale. So, as you reflect on the past 12 months and what you hope to accomplish next year with a more intimate group, we recommend dining on a delicious dinner while you mull over what's to come. From showstopping American classics to Italian-inspired recipes like Red Wine Pasta and Chicken Scarpariello, there's a meal here that is sure to please even the most discerning of palettes.
Since New Year's Eve falls on the last day of December, you may want to warm up with a cozy, comforting meal such as our Cream-Free Shrimp Alfredo. Just because this recipe isn't made with heavy cream doesn't mean that it's lacking in flavor—it's simply indulgent. The sauce is made from a combination of unsalted butter, pasta water, egg yolk, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Another fantastic shrimp dish for New Year's Eve is our master recipe for Shrimp Scampi Three Ways—keep it classic with a lemon and white wine sauce or try our two delicious iterations (caper and tomato or mustard and thyme) for dinner.
Another winner? Our Pork Wellington with Prosciutto and Spinach-Mushroom Stuffing, pictured here, will be downright delicious for New Year's Eve dinner—two pork tenderloins are wrapped in all-butter puff pastry, which becomes golden brown and flaky when baked. Another traditional special occasion recipe for New Year's Eve is Roast Chicken with Vegetables and Potatoes; there's nothing overly fancy about this pure comfort food, but we guarantee you and your loved ones will devour it. Make the most of your New Year's Eve festivities with one of these marvelous main courses.
Drunken Mussels with Chorizo and White Beans
Red Wine Pasta
Serving pasta with tomato sauce is so last year. Celebrate the arrival of the new year with this totally innovative pasta dish. The sauce uses an entire bottle of red wine, which cooks with pancetta, shallots, garlic, red pepper flakes, and plenty of Pecorino Romano.
Baked Chicken Legs with Chickpeas, Olives, and Greens
Pici with Short-Rib Ragu
Vinegared Pork Chop Milanese with Radish Salad
Cream-Free Shrimp Alfredo
Warm Duck Salad with Caramelized Beets
The ultimate special occasion meal, seared duck breasts are served over a combination of roasted golden and red beets, sliced grapefruit, and pomelo—it's the perfect use of winter produce.
Clams and White Fish in Carrot-Saffron Broth
Beef Braciole with Olives and Raisins
You might not have the time to make this Italian beef recipe on a typical weeknight, and that's why it's just the thing to make for New Year's Eve dinner. A filling made from a combination of pimiento-stuffed green olives, raisins, parsley, and Parmigiano-Reggiano makes for a flavorful, memorable meal.
Sautéed Black Sea Bass With Capers and Herb-Butter Sauce
Classic Beef Stew
Swordfish with Sicilian Oregano-Caper Sauce
Upgrade meaty swordfish with an aromatic sauce made from garlic, lemon juice, red-wine vinegar, capers, oregano, and peperoncino. Serve alongside roasted vegetable or a light citrus salad for a dazzling New Year's Eve dinner.
Chicken Saltimbocca with Sage
Miso-Tomato Braised Short Ribs
Pepper-Crusted Lamb with Roasted Vegetables
Trout with Almond-Parsley Butter
Inspired by traditional trout almondine, this broiler-friendly, 45-minute meal makes a fabulous dinner recipe for New Year's Eve.
Shrimp Scampi Three Ways
Pimiento Mac and Cheese
Roast Chicken with Vegetables and Potatoes
Sea Scallops Over Shallot-Herb Pasta
Whole Stuffed Cabbage
Seafood in Fennel Broth
Oil-Poached Halibut With Fennel, Tomatoes, and Mashed Potatoes
If you're looking for a lighter New Year's Eve dinner recipe, how about poached halibut with an assortment of flavorful vegetables? It's sure to please.
Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
Pomegranate-Glazed Ham with Jammy Cipollinis
Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Pressure-Cooker Pot Roast
Chicken-and-Gnocchi Bake with Broccolini
Turn store-bought gnocchi into an amazing New Year's Eve dinner by building a sauce made from butter, garlic, chicken broth, and a little bit of flour (just to thicken it). Toss with torn cooked chicken, broccolini, and plenty of cheese and bake until bubbly.