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29 Realistic New Year's Eve Recipes That Are Just A Tiny Bit Fancy

This New Year’s Eve might look a little different for many people, but you can still get a little festive and celebrate at home. Here are a bunch of special New Year’s recipes that are just a step above the ordinary but still totally realistic. Because the end of 2020 is something worth celebrating, right?

1.

Bruschetta With Burrata, Brussels Sprouts, and Pancetta


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In place of tomatoes, this seasonal bruschetta calls for shaved Brussels sprouts and crispy pancetta on top of creamy burrata cheese.

Recipe: Bruschetta With Burrata, Brussels Sprouts, and Pancetta

2.

Whipped Feta and Goat Cheese With Hot Honey

Feta and goat cheese dip with hot honey.


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It wouldn’t be a holiday without party dips. Or cheese, for that matter. So this feta and goat cheese dip topped with hot honey checks off both boxes.

Recipe: Whipped Feta and Goat Cheese With Hot Honey

3.

Smoked Salmon Flatbread

A flatbread topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, and red onion.


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Start with pizza dough, flatbread, naan, or even crackers as the base of this sophisticated appetizer. Top it with cream cheese, thinly sliced smoked salmon, capers, red onion, and a drizzle of lemon for good measure.

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Pizza


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These mini crab cakes are made with lump crab meat, yogurt, lemon, and panko breadcrumbs, then they’re baked from start to finish.

Recipe: Mini Baked Crab Cakes and Sriracha Sauce


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These mini crab cakes are made with lump crab meat, yogurt, lemon, and panko breadcrumbs, then they’re baked from start to finish.

Recipe: Mini Baked Crab Cakes and Sriracha Sauce

5.

Stuffed Mushrooms


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White button mushrooms are stuffed with a mixture of diced cornichons, shallots, cream cheese, Parmesan, and mushroom stems that have been sautéed in butter. They’re baked in the oven until melty and golden brown.

Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms

6.

Mini Lobster Rolls

Lobster meat being mixed with mayo and salt and pepper.

A plate of mini lobster rolls with melted butter on the side.


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New year’s resolutions include: eat more lobster.

Recipe: Mini Lobster Rolls

Lobster meat being mixed with mayo and salt and pepper.

A plate of mini lobster rolls with melted butter on the side.


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New year’s resolutions include: eat more lobster.

Recipe: Mini Lobster Rolls

7.

Eggplant Rollatini

Ingredients for eggplant rollatini in small bowls.

Cheesy baked eggplant rollatini in tomato sauce.


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Thinly sliced eggplant gets rolled with ricotta cheese, covered in pesto and marinara sauce, arranged in a baking dish, topped with even more cheese, and baked until tender and melted.

Recipe: Eggplant Rollatini

Ingredients for eggplant rollatini in small bowls.

Cheesy baked eggplant rollatini in tomato sauce.


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Thinly sliced eggplant gets rolled with ricotta cheese, covered in pesto and marinara sauce, arranged in a baking dish, topped with even more cheese, and baked until tender and melted.

Recipe: Eggplant Rollatini

Cauliflower florets on a baking sheet.

Roasted cauliflower with breadcrumbs, capers, almonds, and raisins.


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This crispy, roasted cauliflower is a delicious mix of salty and sweet, and it makes for a show-stopping side dish. Or it can be served with pita bread and dips like hummus or romesco, making it a standalone main.

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower With Breadcrumbs, Capers, Almonds, and Raisins

Cauliflower florets on a baking sheet.

Roasted cauliflower with breadcrumbs, capers, almonds, and raisins.


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This crispy, roasted cauliflower is a delicious mix of salty and sweet, and it makes for a show-stopping side dish. Or it can be served with pita bread and dips like hummus or romesco, making it a standalone main.

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower With Breadcrumbs, Capers, Almonds, and Raisins

9.

Chili Soy Salmon With Crispy Rice and Kale

A marinated salmon fillet over crispy rice with kale.


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The underrated ingredient in this Japanese-inspired salmon dish is the rice. Pan-sear sushi rice in a thin layer of coconut oil or vegetable oil until it gets golden and crunchy.

Recipe: Chili Soy Salmon With Crispy Rice and Kale

10.

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

Spinach artichoke dip in a bowl.

Four chicken breasts stuffed with spinach artichoke dip.

Spinach artichoke dip in a bowl.

Four chicken breasts stuffed with spinach artichoke dip.

11.

Grilled Lamb Chops

A serving platter of lamb chops topped with herb sauce.

Lamb chops topped with chimichurri sauce and radishes.


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Lamb chops aren’t cheap, but for a special occasion they’re a real treat. Easy to prepare, you don’t have to be an experienced chef to make these taste restaurant-quality.

Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops

A serving platter of lamb chops topped with herb sauce.

Lamb chops topped with chimichurri sauce and radishes.


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Lamb chops aren’t cheap, but for a special occasion they’re a real treat. Easy to prepare, you don’t have to be an experienced chef to make these taste restaurant-quality.

Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops

Raw steaks seasoned with rosemary and garlic.

A skillet with steaks in a creamy mushroom sauce.


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These steaks are simply seasoned with rosemary and garlic, then they’re pan-seared and topped with an incredibly creamy sauce made with butter, shallots, mushrooms, mustard, milk, and white wine.

Recipe: Rosemary Beef Tenderloin With Mushroom Cream Sauce

Raw steaks seasoned with rosemary and garlic.

A skillet with steaks in a creamy mushroom sauce.


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These steaks are simply seasoned with rosemary and garlic, then they’re pan-seared and topped with an incredibly creamy sauce made with butter, shallots, mushrooms, mustard, milk, and white wine.

Recipe: Rosemary Beef Tenderloin With Mushroom Cream Sauce

13.

Rigatoni With Sausage and Kale

A skillet of rigatoni with spinach and kale in a cream sauce.

Two plates of sausage and kale rigattoni.


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The best way to start any new year on the right foot is with a bowl of creamy and hearty sausage pasta, am I right?

Recipe: Rigatoni With Sausage and Kale

A skillet of rigatoni with spinach and kale in a cream sauce.

Two plates of sausage and kale rigattoni.


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The best way to start any new year on the right foot is with a bowl of creamy and hearty sausage pasta, am I right?

Recipe: Rigatoni With Sausage and Kale

14.

Mushroom Parmesan Shrimp Risotto

Shrimp and mushroom risotto in a skillet.

A bowl of Parmesan mushroom risotto with shrimp.


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If you don’t love shrimp, you could top this creamy risotto with just about anything. Or just stick with the mushrooms and keep it vegetarian.

Recipe: Mushroom Parmesan Shrimp Risotto

Shrimp and mushroom risotto in a skillet.

A bowl of Parmesan mushroom risotto with shrimp.


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If you don’t love shrimp, you could top this creamy risotto with just about anything. Or just stick with the mushrooms and keep it vegetarian.

Recipe: Mushroom Parmesan Shrimp Risotto

15.

Pork Chops With Dijon Cream Sauce

Four pork chops in Dijon cream sauce in a pan.

A pork chop topped with Dijon sauce on a plate.


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While you can use any kind of pork chops for this recipe, thick-cut boneless pork chops are the best option for absorbing lots of the delicious Dijon sauce.

Recipe: Pork Chops With Dijon Cream Sauce

Four pork chops in Dijon cream sauce in a pan.

A pork chop topped with Dijon sauce on a plate.


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While you can use any kind of pork chops for this recipe, thick-cut boneless pork chops are the best option for absorbing lots of the delicious Dijon sauce.

Recipe: Pork Chops With Dijon Cream Sauce

16.

Baked Gnocchi

A skillet of cheesy baked gnocchi.


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If you want to get really fancy, try making potato gnocchi from scratch. Or just grab your favorite store-bought kind.

Recipe: Baked Gnocchi

17.

Garlic Butter Flank Steak

Four steaks in a skillet being topped with garlic butter pan sauce.

Sliced steaks in garlic butter sauce in a skillet.


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You don’t need many ingredients to whip up this cast iron skillet steak. It’s seasoned simply with salt and pepper, then tossed in a pan sauce made with garlic, butter, parsley, and white wine.

Recipe: Garlic Butter Flank Steak

Four steaks in a skillet being topped with garlic butter pan sauce.

Sliced steaks in garlic butter sauce in a skillet.


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You don’t need many ingredients to whip up this cast iron skillet steak. It’s seasoned simply with salt and pepper, then tossed in a pan sauce made with garlic, butter, parsley, and white wine.

Recipe: Garlic Butter Flank Steak

Three portobello mushrooms caps in a skillet.

Portobello mushrooms with chimichurri.


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For a vegetarian meal that even meat-lovers will enjoy, these thick and juicy portobello steaks are topped with a herbaceous avocado chimichurri made with parsley, garlic, shallot, olive oil, and lemon juice.

Recipe: Portobello Steaks with Avocado Chimichurri

Three portobello mushrooms caps in a skillet.

Portobello mushrooms with chimichurri.


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For a vegetarian meal that even meat-lovers will enjoy, these thick and juicy portobello steaks are topped with a herbaceous avocado chimichurri made with parsley, garlic, shallot, olive oil, and lemon juice.

Recipe: Portobello Steaks with Avocado Chimichurri

19.

Creamy Tuscan Ravioli

A skillet of ravioli in cream sauce.

a bowl of creamy ravioli with sun dried tomatoes and herbs.


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Cheese-filled ravioli is a secret weapon in any kitchen. Tossed in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce and topped with some fresh herbs, it’s effortlessly fancy.

Recipe: Creamy Tuscan Ravioli

A skillet of ravioli in cream sauce.

a bowl of creamy ravioli with sun dried tomatoes and herbs.


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Cheese-filled ravioli is a secret weapon in any kitchen. Tossed in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce and topped with some fresh herbs, it’s effortlessly fancy.

Recipe: Creamy Tuscan Ravioli

20.

Creamy Mozzarella Scallop Pasta

Creamy pasta with scallops.


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You can use any seafood you can get your hands on to make this decadent pasta: lobster, mussels, littleneck clams, shrimp, you name it.

Recipe: Creamy Mozzarella Scallop Pasta

21.

Halibut Piccata

Breaded halibut topped with caper butter sauce.


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This classic Italian dish is usually made with chicken, but this creative version calls for halibut instead. You can really use any firm, white fish like skate wing, sole, flounder, or even cod.

Recipe: Halibut Piccata

Meatballs on a baking sheet.

Creamy polenta topped with turkey meatballs.


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If you’re not a fan of turkey use whatever ingredient you like best for the meatballs: chicken, pork, or even a vegetarian version would taste delicious.

Recipe: Baked Turkey Meatballs With Creamy Polenta And Marinara

Meatballs on a baking sheet.

Creamy polenta topped with turkey meatballs.


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If you’re not a fan of turkey use whatever ingredient you like best for the meatballs: chicken, pork, or even a vegetarian version would taste delicious.

Recipe: Baked Turkey Meatballs With Creamy Polenta And Marinara

Carbonara ingredients including bucatini, bacon, Brussels sprouts, eggs, and Parmesan.

Bucatini carbonara with Brussels sprouts.


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Holidays call for carbo-loading, and this carbonara recipe with a twist is the perfect way to celebrate.

Recipe: Bacon, Egg, and Brussels Sprouts Carbonara

Carbonara ingredients including bucatini, bacon, Brussels sprouts, eggs, and Parmesan.

Bucatini carbonara with Brussels sprouts.


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Holidays call for carbo-loading, and this carbonara recipe with a twist is the perfect way to celebrate.

Recipe: Bacon, Egg, and Brussels Sprouts Carbonara

24.

Prosciutto Chicken Involtini with Spinach & Ricotta

A skillet of five chicken breasts rolled with prosciutto, spinach, and ricotta cheese.


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If you’re tired of boring roast chicken, this recipe is the perfect way to switch things up. Thinly sliced chicken breasts are rolled with zucchini, spinach, ricotta cheese, and prosciutto, then they’re cooked in olive oil, white wine, and garlic.

Recipe: Prosciutto Chicken Involtini with Spinach & Ricotta

25.

Seared Scallops With Mango Salsa

Ingredients for mango salsa in a mixing bowl.

Seared scallops over coconut rice with mango salsa.


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Ingredients for mango salsa in a mixing bowl.

Seared scallops over coconut rice with mango salsa.


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26.

Easy Pistachio Cake Recipe

A pistachio bundt cake sliced into pieces on a plate.


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This moist and fluffy cake gets its flavor from two secret ingredients: 7Up soda and instant pudding. It might sound strange, but the decadent result will dispel any doubts.

Recipe: Easy Pistachio Cake Recipe

27.

Mini Key Lime Pies

Mini key lime pies with whipped cream.


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The best thing about mini pies is that no one can judge you for having two…or three or four.

Recipe: Mini Key Lime Pies

28.

French Silk Pie

A whole French silk pie with whipped cream.

A slice of French silk pie.


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This delicate yet rich pie features a two ingredient chocolate crust and a luscious chocolate filling made of cocoa, cream, eggs, and butter.

Recipe: French Silk Pie

A whole French silk pie with whipped cream.

A slice of French silk pie.


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This delicate yet rich pie features a two ingredient chocolate crust and a luscious chocolate filling made of cocoa, cream, eggs, and butter.

Recipe: French Silk Pie

29.

Milk Chocolate Mousse


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Light and airy yet totally indulgent as all chocolate mousse should be, this dessert calls for just four ingredients: egg yolks, granulated sugar, heavy cream, and milk chocolate.

Recipe: Milk Chocolate Mousse


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Light and airy yet totally indulgent as all chocolate mousse should be, this dessert calls for just four ingredients: egg yolks, granulated sugar, heavy cream, and milk chocolate.

Recipe: Milk Chocolate Mousse

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