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While it might not be possible to spend New Year’s Eve with a host of people this year, that doesn’t mean it can’t be memorable. So, whether it’s a roast dinner with the family, an all-out Hogmanay feast at home or a toastie for one with a glass of red, ring in the New Year with one (or more) of these extra-special meal ideas.
A roast dinner to rival
You just can’t beat a proper roast dinner — complete with all the trimmings, of course – and this recipe for roast beef with vegetables and gravy is sure to steal the show! Crispy roasties would work well here, or for something extra special, try this two potato dauphinoise. It’s made with both white and sweet potatoes and is really easy to make.
Finally, every roast dinner deserves a properly good pud to finish. In my opinion, it’s got to be a crumble. You can’t go wrong with this pear and berry number, but for something a little different, then these raspberry crumble bakewell bars are easy, moreish and totally delicious.
Nibbles and cocktails
If New Year’s Eve isn’t the same without cracking canapés and flowing fizz, there’s no reason why you have to forfeit them both this year. Add a touch of sparkle to your New Year’s celebrations with mince pie mimosas, marmalade mojitos and coconut snow balls. Or, if you’re skipping the booze, check out this blog for 10 non-alcoholic drinks to get you in the spirit.
And not forgetting the fun bit — the nibbles! The whole household will be fighting over this baked Brie with caramelised onions and it only takes 30 minutes to prepare. Balance out the cheese with these Brussels sprouts bruschetta — they’re vegan, low in saturated fat and super-speedy!
If ease is what you’re looking for this year, then pick up a few boxes of crackers and crisps to serve with these easiest-ever homemade dips: a 5-minute chilli mayonnaise and 10-minute herb and yogurt dip. You can’t go wrong.
Let’s hear it for Hogmanay!
As someone who was born and raised in Scotland, Hogmanay is my preferred way to celebrate the New Year. We’d traditionally go first-footing at home, which is when you leave the house after midnight and head to a friend or family member’s home to be the ‘first foot’ over the door. I expect that particular tradition won’t be on the cards this year — we might have to consider calling up loved ones at midnight instead! Then, there’s the food, which for me is the best bit. We’d eat haggis with neeps and tatties, followed by cranachan for something sweet. And on New Year’s Day, it had to be a classic steak pie topped with crisp shortcrust pastry. Ah, how I love Hogmanay!
Small but mighty
Keeping it small this year? There’s no shame in cosying up on the couch with a bowl of something comforting and a glass of your favourite wine. Treat yourself! It could be a toasted sandwich with bells on or a dainty red onion and mascarpone tart — the beauty of keeping it quiet means it’s up to YOU.
Looking for more festive food to finish off the year? Check out all our Christmas recipes for more starters, mains, desserts and drinks.
Co-op Food editor