If you were alone on New Years: what would you treat yourself to?
I recently moved to a new area.. with no friends or family nearby... therefore, I get whatever I want (no matter how ridiculous) for dinner on New Years since I will be dining/cooking alone.
Suggestions?! What would you cook/bake/purchase if you were celebrating the New Year by yourself?
I would make a nice little picnic to pick at for hours while watching festivities on TV.
Truffle butter (room temp)
Splurge on a little caviar, I like the small black paddlefish. Eat it with a spoon!
Best charcuterie I could afford
Blue cheese and a soft goat cheese
Pecans and dried cherries
and if I felt like cooking I'd make a Pissaladière. If you haven't tried this before it's simple to put together, but really depends on the best anchovy in olive oil and the best olives. I use a puff pastry, not pie dough or pizza dough which could also be used. Even if you think you don't like anchovy this will convert you.
Here's the recipe I use http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php...
One New Year's Eve when I had a cold and didn't want to go out, I made a really ridiculous amount of shrimp cocktail and ate it all.
We are almost always alone on NYE, by choice. DH is always glued to the football games, but we have a special dinner, and snacks. Tonight it will be salmon sashimi, a humus dip I made, salad with homemade roquefort dressing, our favorite liquids, and maybe some sweedish meatballs @ midnight.
Hitting the road to get the salmon, and remember AA calls tonight Amateur Night!!
Everyone have a safe and happy NYE and a prosperous healthy 2011.
A crazy expensive bottle of woody white Bourgogne + grillef lobster + clarified butter?
A Cote du Boeuf + Amarone ?
Foie Gras D'oie + Monbazillac or Sauternes?
Bowl of Epoisses + Tokaj honey?
For something simple:
3 Freshly laid eggs scrambled soft, with a golf ball sized white alba truffle shaved over the top - served with any DRC red
Our writers' group usually get together for New Year's Eve, but New Years Day I almost always spend alone.
What I have is usually a good homemade soup I've pulled out of the freezer and put into my mini-crockpot. Or I make simple appetizers for myself that are easy to do for one person.
As I type this, I'm roasting garlic and soaking beans for hummus for me tomorrow with flafel chips. I'll have that with a good bottle of wine tomorrow, cheese and crackers. Oh, and Bennie, my dog, will have a fancy can of Caesar's doggie food.
My SO is a musician, so we seldom are together for NYE. I prefer to stay off the roads that night, so I do a solo (with kitties) evening.
I kept it simple last night. Had a bourbon while snacking on rosemary pecans in the early evening. Made the much talked about crash potatoes, mushroom/bourbon gravy, medium rare steak and green beans and a nice red wine. Coconut pie for dessert. Got my blackeyed peas in the crockpot for NY day.
I just do whatever appeals to me each year! Our text messages usually cross right at midnight!
Today we have a bit of time together, so blackeyed peas, white rice, corn bread, collards with pot likker, and ham!
Note: Those crash potatoes are delicious! I just about polished them off with the gravy while the steak was cooking!
Well, I WAS alone last night, but I spent the whole night and then some wrestling with my primary computer that just came home from the shop, and it ain't fixed! And I've got a deadline I'm working against! But....
NEXT New Years Eve, if I'm alone, then I'm going treat myself to some top beluga caviar (I can't afford a bucketful so not having to share will be the joy), some really good bubbly (Hello, Dom!) and I can't t hink of anything I want as a main course. Maybe just cut straight to dessert? I'll think of something. I have three hundred and sixty four days to come up with an idea! '-)
Thanks for all of the suggestions! I had lobster--since I had never had it. I will definitely be eating it again in 2011!