Our Best Recipes For New Year’s Eve

Celebrate With Finger Food And Cocktails Or A Special Dinner

It’s party time around the world! Out with the old and in with the new! Did you know that the first countries to ring in the new year are Tonga, Samoa, and Kiribati in the Pacific Islands? The last to raise a glass are on the opposite side of the globe in the outlying islands of the United States.

Wherever you celebrate, it’s high time to let the year’s troubles fall away and count your blessings. Yes, it’s been a tough year all over the world, but New Year’s Eve is time to remember the good things and look to a better year ahead. Let there be music, dancing, fireworks, good food and drink, and of course, a champagne toast at the strike of midnight. In the U.S., the annual Times Square ball drop in New York City will still be televised, albeit without spectators. Tune in and enjoy the festivities.

Whether you prefer to spend the evening with a meal of endless appetizers and cocktails or an extravagant sit down dinner, we’ve got all kinds of recipes to fit the bill. Sip your beverage of choice and graze on snacks like Frico Cheese Crisps, homemade Boursin Spread with crackers, Sandra’s Candied Cocktail Wienies, the easiest Moink Balls ever, and Oysters Grilled with Roasted Garlic Butter and Romano. Or sit down to a very special meal of Surf and Turf or Rack of Lamb with creamy Lobster Bisque, Grill Roasted Brussel Sprouts, and Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potatoes, capped off with Lusty Chocolate Truffles for dessert.

Happy New Year!

chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Chestnuts Roasted on an Open Fire, in the Oven, in the Microwave, Steamed, or Boiled

By:

Meathead

Everything you need to know about chestnuts, how to buy them and cook them. Warm fresh chestnuts are soft, fleshy, sensuous, creamy, and sweet. They are best served plain with a glass of port or a mug of hot glögg and, on the bearskin rug, in front of the fireplace, with Nat King Cole in the background.
rosemary roasted nuts

The Ultimate Guide To Making Roasted Nuts And Snack Mix At Home

By:

Meathead

Spicy, savory, sweet roasted nuts are always a hit as a snack. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven, though they will lack the deep smoky flavor of the grill.
Deep fried pickles in a serving platter

Fried Pickles Are An Addictive Appetizer, Especially When Prepared On The Grill

By:

Clint Cantwell

Why fry inside? Your outdoor grill handles the job better and makes incomparable fried pickles. Coated in a light and airy tempura batter, this delicious fried pickle recipe is a novel appetizer for your next cookout. Be prepared to make multiple batches, as everyone will be clamoring for more.
Grilled oysters in the shell

Grilled Oysters With Roasted Garlic Butter And Romano

By:

Dave Joachim

If you've only ever eaten oysters raw, this recipe will be a revelation. And if you've never warmed up to oysters, give this recipe a try. Oysters Grilled with Roasted Garlic Butter and Romano are easy to make, drenched with rich flavors, and utterly delicious.
Mussels in a pile

Mussels Mariniere: Great Finger Food From France That Works For Clams Too

By:

Meathead

This classic mussels (Moules Mariniere) recipe from France is so easy. And it's finger food. After simmering in a flavor rich white wine, cream, and tomato sauce, the mussels are served, shells and all, into big shallow bowls with plenty of the liquor laden broth and serve with crusty bread or grilled bread.
making glogg

The Saintly Swedish Glögg (A Killer Hot Mulled Wine) That You’ll Crave This Winter

By:

Meathead

Warm yourself in the winter with this delicious recipe for Scandinavian Glögg, a hot mulled wine made from spices, red wine, port, and brandy. Because it is served warm it is especially popular around Christmas. It is the perfect cold-weather drink, warming the body and soul from the inside out.
stuffed pepper holder

The Smoked Jalapeno Poppers Recipe That Puts All Others to Shame

By:

Meathead

A cheesy appetizer with a kick, this easy grilled jalapeño popper recipe is sure to please, and the smoked version is better than the fried version. This appetizer is a big hit with people who like a little bit of heat in their food, but you can remove most of the heat to accommodate wimps if you wish.
Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

MOINK Balls, The Easiest Grilled Appetizer Ever

By:

Clint Cantwell

We'll bet you can't stop at just one of these tasty smoked bacon wrapped meatballs, a.k.a MOINK balls. This recipe is the perfect appetizer for any tailgating, couchgating, or backyard bash. The best part is that they are as easy to make as they are to eat!
Hot Southern Comfort cider in glass with cinnamon stick

Hot Southern Comfort Cider Recipe

By:

Meathead

This hot Southern Comfort cider recipe is the perfect cold weather drink, après ski if you will, or après snow blower. While it can be made with other liquors and liqueurs, Southern Comfort works best. It is technically a liqueur, but not as sticky sweet as most, making it perfect for the hot cider.

Party Planning: How Much to Cook for a Crowd

By:

Meathead

So you're cooking for a crowd. How much food do you need? Here's how to plan for a party or special occasion, including some basic rules of thumb and tips on how to handle dietary restrictions, how to prep ahead, and how to calculate the right amount of food so no one goes hungry.

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Weber SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Weber has a new pellet smoker and it is alone among pellet cookers in that it can properly sear steak across the entire cooking area. Read our review of this groundbreaking design.

Cuisinart 3-in-1 Stainless 5 Burner Gas Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Cuisinart's 3-in-1 Stainless 5 Burner Gas Grill is a pretty nice package deal for a pretty low price. It's called 3-in-1 because it's a gas grill that comes with a smoke tube and a cast iron griddle. we tested and reviewed this model. Despite a few quibbles, we feel 3-in-1 is a good choice in this price range, earning our Best Value Gold Medal.

OXO Chef’s Precision Thermocouple Thermometer Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The OXO Chef's Precision Thermocouple Thermometer is a high-end instant read thermometer that is waterproof to IP66 standards (excellent protection) and incorporates some features that make it attractive for left-handed users. Its unique features and solid construction rate our top award.

Char-Griller Grillin’ Pro Gas Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Low cost gas grills are the instrument of choice for most residential outdoor cooks. We're always on the lookout to review models that deliver a lot of bang for the buck. Grillin' Pro earns our Platinum Medal for exceptional performance under $200. Not built to last, but it will out sear any comparably priced gasser.

The Science Of Slow Cookers

By:

Dave Joachim

Slow cookers are not truly “set it and forget it”. If you just throw everything in the crock, turn it on and walk away, you’re likely to get soggy, bland results. A little effort yields much more delicious food. Check out this list of Do's and Don'ts to maximize your cookers strengths and minimize its weaknesses.

Sous Vide Que Made Easy: How To Deliciously Marry Sous Vide With The Grill And Smoker

By marriage of water and fire, sous vide with the grill and smoker, we can achieve extraordinary results, in some cases, better than with either cooking method on its own. You can get extraordinarily tender, juicy, safe, and flavorful foods. With this exclusive book you will learn all the basics of sous vide que.

Wow – New Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill Is A Looker And A Heckuva Cooker

By:

Max Good

Kalamazoo has a rarefied space in the BBQ cosmos with some of the best grills money can buy, and you'll need a lot of money to buy one. Their new Shokunin Kamado Grill is rectangular and made of stainless steel instead of ceramic. We'll be getting a Shokunin soon for thorough testing. Read our review to learn what we know so far.

Remembering BBQ Legend Mike Mills

By:

Meathead

Barbecue Hall of Famer Mike Mills died Tuesday morning December 29, 2020 due to issues unrelated to COVID. I first met Mike and his daughter Amy in October 2005 at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue. He was introduced to me as “The Legend.” And he truly is.

Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Amazing Chicken On the Grill And Smoker E-Book

With “Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Amazing Chicken On the Grill & Smoker” by Meathead and Brigit Binns, you can master the art of perfectly grilled and smoked chicken. Say goodbye forever to charred skin, burnt sauce and undercooked meat. Explore chicken recipes, tips, and so much more.

Amazing Ribs Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About America’s Favorite Food, Pork Ribs

Discover everything you need to know for preparing America's favorite food, pork ribs, with this comprehensive book. In it you'll find several tasty recipes, a glossary of rib terminology, a guide to prepping ribs including how to remove the membrane and trim them, recommended smokers and grills, and so much more.

The Saintly Swedish Glögg (A Killer Hot Mulled Wine) That You’ll Crave This Winter

By:

Meathead

Warm yourself in the winter with this delicious recipe for Scandinavian Glögg, a hot mulled wine made from spices, red wine, port, and brandy. Because it is served warm it is especially popular around Christmas. It is the perfect cold-weather drink, warming the body and soul from the inside out.

Give The Gift Of Membership With The AmazingRibs.com Pitmaster Club Gift Card

By:

Dave Joachim

We can up your game! The Pitmaster Club is a real barbecue community, a place to learn, make friends, and have fun. Membership is only $23.95 a year. Give someone the gift of membership and they'll receive a gift that keeps on giving!

Slow ‘N Sear Kettle Grill

By:

Max Good

The Slow 'N Sear Kettle Grill is mighty nice, but very similar to the Weber Performer, which is not a bad thing. If you're in the market for a new charcoal kettle grill, read our review because this one may be for you. It's definitely worth consideration. We award the Slow 'N Sear Kettle Grill our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

ThermoWorks Thermapen IR Review

By:

Bill McGrath

The ThermoWorks Thermapen IR has both an instant-read temperature probe and an infrared sensor in one package. It features a rotating display to enable easy reading in any orientation. It is well constructed, as is usual for ThermoWorks products and exhibits excellent performance. A solid top rating!

Published On: 12/28/2020 Last Modified: 3/24/2021


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