Dinner For One: A New Year’s Eve Tradition

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to involve a crowded party or a complicated meal. Even if you’re flying solo this year, you can still create a delicious and festive dinner to ring in the new year. Here are some easy and flavorful recipes perfect for a single serving, along with some tips to make your solo celebration special.

Festive Appetizer: Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Crostini

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These elegant and simple crostini are the perfect way to start your New Year’s Eve feast.

Ingredients:

1 baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • Fresh cracked pepper, to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Brush baguette slices with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
    2. Spread goat cheese on top of warm crostini. Top each crostini with a piece of prosciutto and a sprinkle of fresh cracked pepper. Enjoy!

    Main Course Options:

    Choose one of these delicious options for your New Year’s Eve main course:

    1. Seared Steak with Herb Butter and Roasted Vegetables

    This classic dish is surprisingly easy to make for one.

    Ingredients:

    6 ounces filet mignon or New York strip steak

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 cup assorted vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus all work well)

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Toss vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until tender-crisp.
    2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season steak generously with salt and pepper. Sear the steak for 2-3 minutes per side for medium-rare, or to your desired doneness.
    3. In a small bowl, combine softened butter, garlic, and thyme. Let sit for a few minutes to allow flavors to meld.
    4. Plate roasted vegetables and top with the seared steak. Spoon herb butter over the steak and enjoy!

    2. One-Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta

    This comforting dish is perfect for a cozy New Year’s Eve celebration.

    Ingredients:

    4 ounces dried pasta (such as penne or farfalle)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, chopped (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
    2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
    3. Add diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and heavy cream to the saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. Drain pasta and add it to the sauce. Toss to coat and cook for an additional minute, or until heated through.
    5. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired.

    Festive Dessert: Decadent Dark Chocolate Mousse

    End your meal on a sweet note with this rich and delicious mousse.

    Ingredients:

    2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler or microwave in short bursts, stirring frequently, until smooth. Set aside.
    2. In a separate bowl, whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
    3. In another bowl, whisk together egg yolk and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
    4. Gently fold the melted chocolate into the egg yolk mixture. Then, fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture until just combined.
    5. Spoon mousse into a serving dish and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. Dust with cocoa powder, if desired.

    Tips for a Special Solo Celebration: