31 Dinner Ideas for New Year's

Whether you're planning a blow-out dinner for New Year's Eve or a chill New Year's Day meal, these celebratory recipes will help you turn the page and look forward to the future. Plus, some of these dishes might even bring you good luck! For smaller bites, check out our round-up of finger foods, then plan an epic brunch for January 1st.

Instant Pot Prime Rib

"It might seem crazy or down right impossible to make an entire prime rib in an Instant Pot, but I'm here to tell you that it is possible and totally delicious."

-Jonathan Melendez

Shrimp Cocktail

Whether you like your prawns done classic (boiled) or avant-garde (roasted!), shrimp cocktail is an essential part of any good party spread. Check out the recipe and pick your preferred method.

Oysters, Three Ways

Fried, grilled, raw... Pick your favorite! With garnishes and a bunch of different sauces to choose from, there's never been a better year to add an oyster bar to your holiday plans.

Coq au Vin

"I loved that this recipe uses boneless skinless chicken thighs. I felt like they were super tender and the sauce tasted amazing. I highly recommend."

-Jonathan Melendez

Beef Tenderloin

"Perfect! This is the easiest way to cook a rare tenderloin. I followed the recipe exactly and roasted our five-pound tenderloin for 25 minutes and let it rest for 20 minutes. It was cooked to perfection... pink and juicy."


Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

"Easy and very tasty! We had this for supper tonight with rice and broccoli. If you are in doubt about the need to cut your scallops in half go ahead and do it. The smaller ones seemed to taste better than the larger ones."


Spicy Szechuan Beef Noodles

Long, tasty noodles are the best good luck charm for the new year. Slurp some down and enjoy longevity!

Champagne Crème Brûlée

Take the end of the year's favorite beverage and incorporate it into a sweet, custardy treat with a shockingly crackling sugar crust.

New Year's Pizza

Craving one last slice of pizza before the ball drops? Roll out some dough in the shape of the past year and devour it!

Rolled Flank Steak

"Loved this recipe so much! It was very flavorful. I do recommend seasoning the steak with a bit of salt and pepper before filling and rolling. Other than that, it's a winner!"

-Jonathan Melendez

Hoppin' John Combo

"This is very yummy. Make sure to use a good barbecue sauce."


Sautéed Collard Greens

"Very easy and enjoyed the red pepper flakes. This could serve more than two people as a side dish, unless you are really into collard greens!"


Champagne Sorbet Floats

Take your glass of champagne to the next level by turning it into dessert. Adding sorbet gives the bubbly a sweet twist, while strawberry adds a bit of freshness.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

"Wow, I love cabbage rolls but usually avoid making them because of the long, involved process! They were very simple to make and so very tasty! I did use my own homemade tomato sauce and added some garlic."


Charcuterie Board

There's no better centerpiece for a holiday or end-of-year party than an epic meat and cheese platter. Here are some tips for choosing the best products and arranging them in a stunning way.

Smoked Salmon Blinis

A quick yeast batter makes these little pancakes super fluffy, while smoked salmon pairs perfectly with tangy cream cheese and a bit of fresh dill.

French 75

"Lovely cocktail; bright and delicious. The gin plays quite well with the other ingredients."


Bloody Marrow

What makes a bloody mary even better? Bone marrow, of course! (Of course?) Of course. Roast it up with some salt, then scrape it out and mix it with tomato juice and all your favorite fixings.

Champagne-Battered Chicken Nuggets

"Easy, delicious batter. Fast cooking if you use a deep fryer. If you don't have herb salt I recommend a mix of tarragon, rosemary and salt. I prefer making aioli with a whole egg, it comes out thicker and easier."

-Emma L.

Slow-Cooker Black Eyed Peas

"Delicious. I eat a lot of black-eyed peas and sausage over rice just using canned peas and add some salsa for spice. These have ruined the canned version for me especially since it is so easy. I do add some smoked sausage during the last couple of hours and serve over rice."



"Whoa baby! I've been looking for a recipe like this for so long. It was moist, held together well, it cut well, it crisped on the bottom but didn't get too done in the middle and—best of all—it was hands-down the best-tasting cornbread I have ever eaten."

-Caryn Dalton

Butterflied Lobster Tails

"This was a great marinade. I've worked in fine dining restaurants for 20 years and believe this was better than most I've had in restaurants."


Low & Slow Pork Shoulder

With an apple-studded bed of baked beans and a zesty cabbage slaw on the side, this crispy pork shoulder, with its spiced mustard rub, is crispy, balanced and delicious.

Roasted Lamb Chops

"This was absolutely exceptional. Quick, easy and darn-near foolproof—with enough complex flavor to serve to guests. We served it with balsamic asparagus, which complemented it. We also served Yukon Gold potatoes and a central California red zinfandel."

-Lord Neuf

Linguine with Clam Sauce

"I made this for a special romantic dinner for me and my husband. Very delicious and surprisingly easy to make. The pepper flakes were an added twist. We both thought we were dining in a classy restaurant."


Veal Osso Buco

"This is a great recipe. Very tender and full of flavor. I used beef shank in place of the veal shank and added two fresh Italian tomatoes chopped to the recipe. Served it with mashed potatoes on the side. My family loved it."

-Jeanne Brown

Roast Duck

"I knew this would be good, and I wasn't disappointed! It was easy and the smell as it cooked was mouth watering. The only change made was to use fresh ginger as I always think dried ginger is for baking and fresh (if you have it on hand) for savory."


Ham & Bean Soup

"Just finished making and tasting this recipe. Fabulous! It is really worth taking the time to make this recipe. I know many people shy away from using dried beans, but the method used in the recipe is foolproof."

-Donna S.

Baked Ham

"I'm not much of a cook. I've also never made a ham and I was very nervous as I was entertaining 20 of my soon-to-be-inlaws for Christmas. It was juicy and delicious! Everyone commented how moist it was, I attribute that to the foil baking method. Thanks to the foil, clean-up was super easy. I highly recommend the recipe and the method of cooking!"


Chinese Chicken Noodle Salad

"I made this salad for my oldest daughter who loves Chinese noodle dishes... it was a huge hit. This is a recipe I'm sure I'll make again. I also love how super simple it is to prepare."


Jamaican-Style Slow-Cooker Short Ribs

"Came across the recipe and just HAD to try it. The meat was amazing and fell off the bones as promised. I also added a scotch bonnet that I pierced but left whole. That gave that little extra kick that to the dish that was wonderful!"

-Michelle M.