All of us want to mark the final day of this turbulent year with a good meal if you’re hoping to have a New Year’s Eve gathering, or planning an intimate evening.

New Year’s Eve can be a great time for family and friends, and spending time having good food as the year ends. If you’re going to be having a gathering of some sort or just spending time with your immediate family, you will need good food ideas.

To help you decide what to make, here’s a list of some food ideas you can carry out to celebrate this new year. Read on to learn about these New Year’s Eve food ideas.

Check Out These New Year's Eve Food Ideas to Keep Everyone Happy
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Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

This creamy dish of shrimp and grits features an addictive herbed butter sauce that will melt your heart. For this meal, bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan and slowly whisk together the grits, accompanied by salt and black pepper. 

Next, reduce the heat to low and simmer the grits for about 30 minutes until tender and thickened. Stir in 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, season with more salt, and if necessary, black pepper. Cover the pan and fire up the grits. 

Sprinkle salt on the shrimp and black pepper. Melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium-high heat in a skillet. Then, cook and stir until the shrimp, garlic, and cayenne pepper are pink and no longer translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. 

Add 2 tablespoons of water to the shrimp and mix the lemon juice and parsley together. If desired, sprinkle with more salt and pepper. Place cooked grits into serving bowls and top with shrimp and sauce; serve with wedges of lemon.

Pomegranate French 75

A delightful twist on the typical glass of champagne is this combo of sparkling wine, Cointreau, and pomegranate molasses. In a cocktail shaker, mix gin, lime juice, Cointreau, pomegranate molasses, and ice. 

Shake until refrigerated. Strain it into a bottle of champagne; top it with sparkling wine. Serve topped with pomegranate seeds and a lime twist.

Herbed Cheese Ball

This is not your typical ball of party cheese. You will never want to make another kind of party cheese again with creamy goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, and lemon zest! 

On the outside of a creamy, herb-filled cheese ball, toasted pine nuts look cute. Your guests won’t have to be persuaded to dive into this perfect holiday appetizer!

With an electric mixer, beat goat cheese, cream cheese, parsley, chives, thyme, and lemon zest at medium speed until mixed, around 1 minute. With salt and pepper, season. Chill for about 30 minutes until it is slightly firm. 

Put the pine nuts in a shallow bowl. Roll the cheese mixture into a ball with a slightly damp side. Roll the cheeseball to be thoroughly covered in pine nuts. Chill for 1 to 2 hours until absolutely strong. Serve alongside it with bread.

Cheddar Holly Crackers

These homemade crackers that are easy to make, and they are great for dips, cheese platters, or just eating on their own! Fresh black pepper and sharp cheddar make these homemade crackers extra flavorful. It’s just the thing to serve at your New Year’s annual gathering.

Beat the butter and cheddar with an electric mixer until mixed at medium level. To mix, add rosemary, salt, and pepper, and beat. Reduce the blender’s speed to low and gradually beat in the flour, then 1 tablespoon of cold water, mixing for 30 seconds only until incorporated.

Next, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thick between two parchment sheets. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days until it is solid. Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Top the parchment paper with two baking sheets. 

Print out cookies with small floured holly leaf cookie cutters of different sizes; move them to prepared baking sheets, separating them 1 inch apart. Next, bake for 8 to 10 minutes until it is firm and softly golden around the edges.

Mozzarella, Red Pepper, and Bacon Skewers

Check Out These New Year's Eve Food Ideas to Keep Everyone Happy
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Top pepper strips with basil, bacon, and mozzarella, separating equally. These skewers are tasty but light, so you won’t fill up. Roll pepper around the filling with a wooden pick and secure. Arrange it on a plate and drizzle it with oil. With salt and pepper, season.

Conclusion

There are so many ways to keep your New Year’s traditions alive, whether it’s toasting with champagne cocktails or scarfing down a hearty New Year’s breakfast. 

If you want to learn about holiday destinations, then check out our other articles. Start 2021 off right with these New Year’s foods!