New Years Day - menu planning help
I know it may be a bit early but I need your advice folks. We've been holding New Years Eve parties for the past couple of years and decided after last year we needed to shake things up a bit. It was getting a bit routine, good, but routine.
So instead I was planning to hold our dinner on NY Day and do a traditional turkey dinner. Up until this past weekend, it seemed like a great idea and I was really looking forward to it. But after consuming 2 turkey dinners this past weekend I have come to the conclusion turkey puts me to sleep and is way too filling. I need to come up with a main course idea and I want it to be special, but comforting and homey.
I should tell you that normally we have about 10 people over. We've done the beef tenderloin, veal dishes, etc. I'm thinking now of serving either a lobster pot pie or seafood boulaibasse. Whaddya think?
I'd probably stay away from the turkey; people will be eating enough of it during Thanksgiving & Christmas, with sandwiches & leftover in between, they'll be turkey'd out.
It's traditional in the South (where I live) to have something pork, black eyed peas & some kind of greens for New Year (luck & money), However, seafood is a very good choice. I like to get banana leaves and wrap a combination of whatever seafood looks good at the market in them. Steam in the oven and serve each packet in a shallow bowl. Make a good tomato garlic seafood stock to serve at the table, along with buttered rustic bread and a salad. Once the guests open their "packet", they'll pour the stock over the top. I love the wow factor with this one. To top it off, I serve a Blackberry Dumplings topped with Limoncello Whipped Cream. Light & they won't feel like napping afterward....
It may not be glamorous, but my family tradition is to have a big pot of creamy white clam chowder -and loads of tasty appy's with it. Sometimes I a put out a big pot of mussels with red peppers and wine sauce. Lots of crusty homemade breads for dipping and spreading. It is cold here in January, this hits the spot for comfort and easily serves 10 people casually.