NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER

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I think it is becoming more and more popular to stay home to celebrate the New Year! So…I thought, how perfect to create a blog with some amazing recipe ideas for you and your party guests! Many of these can be made ahead, so that you too can enjoy the festivities. Or, maybe you just want a quiet dinner for you and your significant other? It’s all here! Cheers to the New Year…the New Decade…may you all prosper in every way imaginable!

COCKTAILS

CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

Even though I do not drink anymore…well..maybe one here and there, I love sharing a good cocktail with you. A must for New Year’s Eve is champagne…so why not make it into a Champagne Cocktail. I made mine a bit fancy this year and lined the rim with gold sugar! To prepare, line the rim of the champagne glasses with the inside of an orange and roll in sugar (gold sugar if you can find). Place a sugar cube in each glass. Pour on a few dashes of orange bitters. Fill the glass with champagne and garnish with an orange twist!

two champagne cocktails
CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

CHARLOTTE FASHION PLATE COCKTAIL

My signature drink! It’s definitely worth a try…and yes…those are olives!

my signature cocktail
CHARLOTTE FASHION PLATE COCKTAIL

APPETIZERS

SHRIMP COCKTAIL

This may be very old school, but everyone I know enjoys a great Shrimp Cocktail. Always a crowd pleaser. For ease, I would suggest buying cooked shrimp, stick to nothing over 21-25 per pound. Or purchase raw, and poach in a seafood stock/coconut milk bath. Serve with an amazing cocktail sauce and lemon wedges…and do not forget the Old Bay!

a plate of shrimp cocktail
SHRIMP COCKTAIL

OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER

One of my most sought after recipes! You want to WOW a crowd…add these to your menu! So very decadent…I had the pleasure of making these at my local Williams-Sonoma…they were a BIG hit! You can prepare ahead of time and bake right before the festivities. TIP: You may want to ask your fishmonger to shuck for you!

a plate of oysters rockefeller on
OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER

CHEESE BALL

Cheese Balls are so fun! Today there are so many versions…not like the cheese balls from the 70’s! Here’s my take…hope you enjoy!

a cheese ball
TOASTED ALMOND CHEESE BALL

GRILLED OR RAW OYSTERS

As you can tell, I am all about the seafood. Oysters are one of my favorites. Here is a great recipe for Grilled Oysters. I love, love, love a super briny oyster served raw, on the half shell. Ask your fishmonger for the best variety. One of my favorites are the Beausoleil oysters out of Canada. I call them the champagne of oysters. As an additional treat…serve in a shooter!

MAKE YOUR OWN SUSHI

This is so fun to do…even if you do not want to do on NYE…definitely have a party in the future. This is my signature roll…The Charlotte Fashion Plate roll! Think of your favorites and make one just for you! Want to know what’s in mine? Just ask!

Charlotte Fashion Plate Sushi Roll
CHARLOTTE FASHION PLATE ROLL

SAUSAGE STUFFED MUSHROOMS

By far one of my favorite appetizers…love making them and eating them. You can definitely prepare ahead of time and bake just before your guests arrive!

a marble plate of sausage stuffed mushrooms
SAUSAGE STUFFED MUSHROOMS

MAIN COURSE

If it were up to me, I would only serve Filets and Lobster Tails on New Year’s Eve. Not sure anyone wants a heavy pasta or more complicated meal. So…here you go…my recipe for the most perfect Broiled Lobster Tails and How to prepare the Perfect Steak. I would definitely choose a small filet to pair with the lobster tails.

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade! Happy 2020! May you all enjoy a safe start to the New Year with your Family and Friends! Thanks for a great year and all of your continued support…love you all!

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