10 luxurious things to eat on new year’s eve

I am thoroughly done with caring about going out on New Year’s Eve. I had plenty of fun for many years and now all I want to do is stay home. But I still like feasting in a celebratory way—one final hurrah before the chill of January’s fitness resolutions sets in. Over the years, we’ve assembled quite a roster of indulgent special occasion dishes here on butter poached, so I thought I’d do a round-up of some favorites that are definitely worthy of a spot on the table for a fancy New Year’s Eve meal. Happy 2017!

spinach gruyere dip, shrimp and grits, steams clams with chorizo, and molten chocolate cake

spinach gruyere dip, shrimp and grits, steams clams with chorizo, and molten chocolate cake

Starters

Spinach Gruyère Dip: hot dips warm hearts, especially this one, which is built on a foundation of mayo, three cheeses, and loads of spinach.

Mustard and Gruyère Batons: puff pastry sticks with sharp mustard and nutty cheese that will surely ruin your appetite for anything else you might be eating on New Year’s.

Mains

Braised Short Ribs: Jessica shared a relatively fast (3 hours) braised short rib recipe here and I raved about the braised short ribs from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook here (no recipe included…get the book!). Braising short ribs is low-stress and high reward. I made the Smitten short ribs for Christmas this year (served over mashed potatoes) and I was once again blown away by how easy, delicious, and special they are.

Turkey Sausage and Goat Cheese Lasagna: this remains the most flavorful lasagna I’ve ever made. Creamy, tangy, and hearty, I almost always make this at least once around the holidays. If I have time to spare, I make homemade ricotta for the filling.

Shrimp Scampi: a classic dish that packs a lot of wow in the form of butter and garlic. It’s simple to make (and can be prepped ahead of time) and is sure to impress.

Shrimp and Grits: because maybe you want a shrimp dish that involves sausage and a mound of carbs. Gotta fill up before January, after all.

Steamed Clams with Chorizo: steaming seafood at home will always seem fancy to me, and any dish that invites dunking fresh bread into savory juices is a party in my book.

Desserts (i.e., three of our best chocolate recipes)

Pots de Creme: make-ahead chocolate coupes of indulgence. The hardest part will be deciding which pretty glasses to use.

Molten Lava Cakes: a favorite of the 1990’s, but still a gooey, over-the-top showstopper when presented from a home kitchen.

Chocolate Cake: what could be more celebratory that a two-layer chocolate-on-chocolate cake? Nothing. Except maybe chocolate cupcakes.

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