15 Top-Rated New Year's Eve Dinner Recipes

So you've gotten through Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner, but you're not quite done yet. New Year's Eve is still ahead -- your last chance to send off 2016 in style. While you could head out to your favorite...

So you've gotten through Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner, but you're not quite done yet. New Year's Eve is still ahead -- your last chance to send off 2016 in style. While you could head out to your favorite restaurant for dinner, doing so will be crowded, expensive and impersonal. So why not create a special dinner of your own at home this year instead? Read on for 15 New Year's Eve recipes perfect for ringing in 2017 in scrumptious style.

1. Lobster Fra Diavolo

Does anything say luxury quite like lobster? Both hearty and haute, this is the perfect celebratory meal.

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Ring in the new year with an Italian favorite.

 

2. Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon and Pork

Who couldn't use a little good luck heading into the new year? This recipe courtesy of Patrick and Gina Neely earns rave reviews from home cooks, who declare the meal "absolutely superb," "awesome," and "amazing." The overall consensus on this one? It just might be the best black-eyed peas recipe ever.

An essential edible for New Year's.
Ring in the new year with an Italian favorite.

 

3. Gargantuan Gougères

More than 3,100 reviews and an impressive five-star rating makes these crispy, cheesy, golden French cheese puffs a must-make appetizer or side for your New Year's Eve spread.

4. Scallops with Amaretto

This inventive recipe may be approaching its 30th birthday, but it more than stands the test of time. And besides -- what better occasion than New Year's Eve to indulge in this ridiculously rich, amaretto-infused cream sauce?

5. Bloody Mary Soup Shots with Shrimp and Pickled Vegetables

Served in a shot glass, this tasty soup featuring the bold combination of tomato, Worcestershire and vodka are both festive and flavorful.

6. Sweet-and-Spicy Cola-Glazed Ham

Like black-eyed peas, pork is considered to be one of the luckiest foods to indulge in upon the changing of the year. And while the weather outside may be frightful, but this recipe is the perfect comfort food for gathering friends and family members for a celebratory feast. The best part? It couldn't be easier to make...or more delicious to eat.

7. Baked Minty Rice with Feta and Pomegranate Relish

The Greeks may smash pomegranates for good luck at New Year's, but we prefer this approach instead.

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Why just smash them when you can incorporate them into your meal, as well?

 

8. Filet Mignon with Porcini Mushroom Compound Butter

For some people, it's just not New Year's Eve unless there's a nice, juicy steak involved. Why not feast on a phenomenal filet this December 31? Porcini butter is the perfect finishing touch.

9. Seared Steak and Polenta with Chimichurri

Looking for an alternative to straight-up steak? Carnivorous foodies will love digging into this fresh, South American-inspired meal.

10. Pepperoni and Asiago Pinwheels

Greet guests with a festive beverage and these perky pinwheels.

11. Bacon Ricotta Crostini

What do you get when you combine baguette rounds, store-bought ricotta, bacon and a drizzle of sweet honey? A show-stopping, make-ahead appetizer for your New Year's Eve fete.

12. Green Salad with Radishes and Manchego

The essence of simplicity, this green salad makes for a refreshing palate-cleanser between entrees.

13. Creamed Kale

Spinach is so 1994. Kale makes a savory substitute in this popular Tyler Florence recipe.

14. White Chocolate Champagne Fondue

Just four ingredients and 15 minutes add up to a special, statement-making dessert for your New Year's Eve dinner. Plus, fondueis interactive -- a great way to liven up the post-dinner lag.

15. Lemon Delight Trifle Recipe

Sure to elicit plenty of oohs and ahhs from your guests, this trifle is easy to assemble and yet appropriately elegant.

When you think about it, is there any meal of the year with more meaning than New Year's Eve? Serve up an appropriately special dinner with help from Cilantro The Cooks Shop. Browse food, cookbooks, barware, and much more today.