11 Party-Ready Recipes to Ring In 2016 on New Year's Eve (and at Brunch the Next Day)
You've decked the halls, made the season bright and let it snow (depending on where you live), and now it's time to ring in the new year with a party-ready menu fit for the final feast of 2015. Though New Year's Eve fare might seem downright decadent — Champagne, anyone? — your menu doesn't have to be especially extravagant to feel fancy. All it takes is a few dressed-up dishes, and perhaps some bubbly at midnight, to kick-start 2016 on a high note.
Finger food is the name of the New Year's Eve game, as easy, fuss-free bites allow for casual chitchatting — and a free hand to hold your cocktail. Ina Garten's speedy recipe is best served alongside her tangy cocktail sauce, spiked with horseradish for extra bite.
It's all about the meaty filling in Rachael Ray's top-rated appetizer. She stuffs two-bite mushrooms with a garlicky mixture of sweet Italian sausage, spinach and nutty Parmesan cheese.
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To transform everyday spinach-artichoke dip, Rachael swaps in an unexpected cheese that delivers bold results — creamy Gorgonzola — for the usual cream cheese. Follow her lead and save time in the kitchen by starting with frozen spinach and artichoke hearts for simple prep.
Put a signature spin on your bottle of bubbly by making Bobby Flay's 10-minute sipper, featuring a fresh strawberry mixture laced with orange-flavored liqueur.
Not just for weekend tailgates, sliders can get dressed up for a holiday party, too. In this recipe from Food Network Magazine, spicy lamb sausage and ground lamb replace the traditional ground beef in the meatballs, while an herbed goat cheese spread brightens up the dish with cool, fresh flavors.
Just like chocolate and peanut butter, caramel and salt are simply better together, as Ina's richly decadent brownies, featured in Food Network Magazine, show off with a next-level topping.
The key to serving a fancy ingredient like lobster at a party is stretching it in a less-indulgent dish, as Ina does in this easy mac and cheese from Food Network Magazine. Gruyère and extra-sharp cheddar make up the gooey cheese sauce in Ina's comforting recipe, while a breadcrumb topping offers a crunchy texture to the dish.
Crispy on the outside and warm on the inside, these breaded-then-fried olives transform a Spanish meat-and-cheese plate into a next-level platter.
If your New Year's plans focus more on a January 1 brunch than on the countdown to midnight the night before, you can still raise a glass to 2016 with Giada De Laurentiis' big-batch cocktail bar. She prepares a trio of fruit purees, then lets guests choose which to use in their sippers with bubbly Prosecco.
Topped with a buttery cinnamon-brown sugar topping, The Pioneer Woman's 30-minute muffins will sweeten up the spread at your New Year's brunch.
The beauty of Trisha Yearwood's all-in-one morning meal is that it can be prepped the night before. When you're ready to enjoy this cheesy sausage-egg casserole in the morning, simply bake it until slightly golden.