16 Family-Friendly Recipes to Make for New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is always worthy of a celebration but it doesn't require a night out on the town. Whether you have little ones or just want to stay in for the night with your friends, we have plenty of family-friendly recipes that are spectacular additions to your New Year's Eve gathering. From appetizers that will last all night long, such as our flavorful Honey-Sesame Popcorn or classic Pigs in Blankets, to main courses ranging from easy to elegant and fabulous desserts (we're looking at you, No-Bake Chocolate-Eggnog Crème Brûlée), there are plenty of delicious options guaranteed to keep your guests satisfied until the ball drops.
One of the most dazzling main courses for the holiday is Pork Wellington with Prosciutto and Spinach-Mushroom Stuffing. It has double the pork, too (slices of prosciutto are layered on puff pastry, which then wraps around two large pork tenderloins)! The recipe serves eight to 10 people, which is ideal if you're hosting a large party. Serve the stunner with Peppery Greens with Meyer-Lemon Dressing and Rutabaga-Sweet Potato Mash with Garlic and Sage. Or make these festive Pomegranate Skirt-Steak Kebabs, pictured here, which can be marinated overnight so all you need to do is grill them—the impressive meal comes together in less than 10 minutes on New Year's Eve.
For a sweet ending to the year, we also encourage you to bake a family-friendly dessert. We think Milk-Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes are the perfect option. With four different kinds of chocolate, who could possibly resist biting into one? Even more festive and just as enticing are our Candy-Cane Sundaes, which combine a classic flavor combination—peppermint and chocolate—in one easy scoop.
Our festive appetizers, comfort food mains, and tempting desserts are sure to help you go out with a bang on New Year's Eve.
No-Bake Chocolate-Eggnog Crème Brûlée
Pigs in Blankets
Roman-Style Thin-Crust Pizzas
Looking for the ease of serving pizza on New Year's Eve but with a slightly fancy spin? Here are three inspired combinations of toppings so everyone can taste what they want—ricotta-peas-prosciutto; spinach-Parmigiano-pepper flakes; and potato-red onion-arugula.
Rosemary-and-Garlic Lamb Chops
Milk-Chocolate Pudding Cupcakes
Perfect for a crowd, these quadruple-chocolate cupcakes are luxurious and sure to dazzle guests on New Year's Eve. They're chocolate cupcakes filled with chocolate pudding and topped with chocolate ganache and chocolate curls. Need we say more?
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Eggnog Semifreddo Genoise Cake with Meringue Frosting
Semifreddo, which is a semi-frozen mousse-like dessert, doesn't just have to be served in summer. In fact, it makes a fabulous holiday dessert, especially when covered in a luscious toasted meringue.
Swiss-Fondue Mac and Cheese
Pork Wellington with Prosciutto and Spinach-Mushroom Stuffing
This traditional English entrée is the centerpiece of a very special dinner. It's typically made with beef, but we think this version made with pork tenderloin is even better. You can make a portion of the recipe in advance, which eases day-of prep work.
Have yourself a merry little ice cream sundae party. Vanilla ice cream takes a trip through the candy cane forest for a minty, festive flavor and is then topped with hot fudge for one sweet scoop.
Barley Risotto with Mushrooms and Dill
Test Kitchen's Favorite Buffalo Wings
Baked Camembert with Bacon, Rosemary, and Pine Nuts
We're declaring this the easiest New Year's Eve appetizer ever. But given how special it looks, you would never guess! Just bake a whole wheel of brie or camembert cheese with rosemary sprigs, then serve alongside chopped bacon and nuts and crostini.
Oil-Poached Halibut With Fennel, Tomatoes, and Mashed Potatoes
This attractive preparation of halibut is light, fragrant, and buttery. If you want a restaurant-worthy dish made in the comfort of your own kitchen, this is the answer.