New Year's Eve Dinner

Ring in the New Year with a fancy and flavorful meal. Don't forget the champagne!



Don't forget! Make your life even easier with the shopping list below.

Spicy Caponata Caviar

Creamy Tomato-Vodka Soup

Duck Breast a' l'Orange

Leek Risotto with Squash and Thyme

Roasted Pear Shortcakes with Warm Toffee Sauce

Pretzel Turtles


Tips + How-tos

Soup in Bowl

6 pears (about 2 1/2 pounds)
2 ribs celery from the heart
1 Cubanelle pepper
1 small bunch asparagus
1 large eggplant
1 small butternut squash (about 1-1/4 pounds)
2 leeks
3 onions
3 scallions
7 cloves garlic
1 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

Rice Bowl mix

2 cups half-and-half
2 cups heavy cream
2 3/4 sticks butter
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 large egg

Meat and Poultry
2 duck breasts

Sesame, garlic or plain melba toast, or sliced semolina bread

Sandwich with Gravy

1 roasted red pepper
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup rice
1 cup arborio rice
2 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup orange marmalade
6 Sicilian or other large green pitted olives
6 oil-cured black olives
1 tablespoon capers
One 32-ounce container (4 cups) chicken broth, warm
One 32-ounce container (4 cups) vegetable broth
Two 28-ounce cans Italian plum tomatoes
One 15-ounce can tomato sauce
One 10-ounce bag pretzel nuggets
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts or walnuts
2 cups natural almonds
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper
2 pinches crushed red pepper
12 ounces dark chocolate
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
One 14-ounce bag (4 dozen) soft caramels
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon sugar