Say au revoir to 2017 and bon appétit to 2018 with these appetizing small plates and elevated entrees! Your rockin’ New Year’s Eve gets a bit of glamour with some ideas involving fresh crab and diver scallops. Plus, scroll for some sensational new cocktail ideas involving fresh orange — orange you glad we shared?!
Those perfect pulled pork and cilantro pancakes you see above were made by our friend Darren McGrady, Princess Di’s former chef. He makes them with jalapeño cream cheese and a dot of peach jam. Get the recipe here and watch here has he walks you through how to make Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite beef tenderloin with burgundy chocolate sauce.
Crowd Pleasing Party Dips
This roasted beet and walnut dip is especially delectable when you serve it with almond and olive biscotti. Get this party favorite recipe here.
We’re so grateful to finally have the recipe for Picnikins’ amazing Bourbon Glazed Brie Dip. Your guests will love this luscious little dip, especially with freshly baked French bread. Get the recipe here and watch them make it here.
Sumptuous Small Plates
These fajita wraps on a stick are fun and festive from my friend Rosie Benner. They’re perfect little pick-ups and come together easily. Get the recipe here.
These crab stuffed mushrooms are a gourmet treat for your guests, but don’t take a whole lot of preparation and time. Get Central Market’s recipe here.
Bring a little Southern influence into your appetizer spread this New Year’s Eve with Barnlight Eatery’s Chicken Fried Shrimp with Chipotle Apricot Sauce. Get the recipe here and watch this family-friendly Frisco restaurant make them right here.
Here’s a fun starter idea: scallop sliders! This recipe from Tommy Bahama features a homemade chipotle aïoli, ‘Island slaw’ made with crispy wontons and even a fresh lime vinaigrette. Get the recipe here.
How about this for a luxurious and lovely starter using Louisiana crabs? The Louisiana Crab and Brie soup is simple but absolutely sumptuous by the spoonful! Get the recipe here — and don’t forget to pick up some crusty bread to go with it.
If you’re hosting dinner this New Year’s Eve, you may as well make it the best one yet! Our friends at Ouisie’s Table gave us the recipe to their red snapper filet with brandied oysters, made with their sassy sauce. Get the recipe here and watch them make it here.
Give risotto a rest for a minute and give this creamy mushroom quinotto a go! Goya Foods Executive Chef Fernando Desa gives ancient grains a refresh by pairing the quinoa twist with tender beef filet and salsa criolla. Get the recipe here.
We’ll say it again: The Royal Chef Darren McGrady’s delicious Beef Tenderloin with Burgundy Chocolate Sauce and Kale Goat Cheese Whipped Potatoes… simply DIVINE! This dish is Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite beef dish, and you’ll understand why when you take your first bite. Get the recipe for the beef filet here and the recipe for the potatoes here.
Unzip the recipe to one of our new favorite cocktails “The Orange Zipper.” It uses a brûléed orange with spiced orange syrup and bourbon. Get the recipe here.
There’s nothing tragic about the Orange Ophelia, but the flavor is definitely dramatic! Shake up this Shakespearean cocktail with blood orange juice, gin, and fresh rosemary. Get the recipe here.