Cooking for a big occasion can be stressful. Having guests in large quantities around and making sure the food is cooked on time and this meets the required standards can put a great deal of pressure on you and your party. This can be even greater if the occasion is New Year’s Eve dinner.

With the below guide on what to cook for the last night of the year, you mustn’t fear a thing, however. We have prepared the perfect meal for you and your guests to enjoy.

The Dessert

We’ve included the dessert first, as this is the king or queen of the party, the course that will make or break your New Year’s Eve dining experience and what your guests will try last. This is why you better cook something extraordinary. Christmas pudding recipes are widely available on the net, but we will show you how to produce your best dessert to date by following the simple steps below.

Cooking needs to happen the day before you steam the pudding. In a mixing bowl, place the suet, breadcrumbs, sugar and spices. Stir these and slowly add in the dried fruit, nuts and zests from the oranges and lemons you would have peeled off earlier. Mixing the rum, barley, wine and stout in a separate bowl, add the mixture to the base and leave overnight, covered. The following day, add the sifted flour and tie it in ahead of steaming it for about eight hours.

Tired of serving your guests pudding? Why not browse through these baking challenges by Sunny and give one of them a go! It might result in this New Year’s Eve being one your party will never forget!

The Turkey

No New Year’s Eve dinner is complete without the turkey. Having been eaten as part of the Christmas festivities as early as the 17th century, turkeys were once such a commonplace bird that they were eaten all year round. The secret to cooking a succulent turkey is to get the roasting temperature and time perfect. Cook it too little and it could be health hazard, too long and it will be dry and uneatable.

Preheat the oven to 165 degrees celsius and place the turkey in a roasting pan, covered. Before putting the turkey into the oven, mix olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper on a separate bowl and apply the combination to the uncooked turkey with a brush. Adding water to the bottom of the pan, put the pan into the oven and let it cook for about three to four hours. Once cooked, let it stand for another half an hour.

Want to try something more exotic? Give this Jamie Oliver recipe a go!

The Veg

Whether it’s carrots, potatoes or brussel sprouts, accompanying a good meat dish with some greens is always a great idea. Preheat the oven to 200C and place the potatoes in a pan covered with water. After boiling and simmering these, splash some oil into a baking tray and add the potatoes when the oil is piping hot. Roast for 40 minutes, turning them around 20 minutes in.

Separately, heat up some olive oil in a wok-like pan and add the sliced carrots. Cook over a medium heat for about 20 minutes, until these are golden brown. If you would like to add some taste to these, throw in a slice of butter.

Brussels sprouts are a “hate it or love it” veg, so be mindful of this fact when deciding to include it in you New Year’s Eve dinner. Cut the outer leaves of the sprouts and discard the base. Slice them in half and boil them for a few minutes (until they are slightly soft). Fry these with some garlic in olive oil immediately afterwards to infuse them with flavour.

These BBC Christmas Trimmings Recipes might have some tips you would like to follow if you want to let your inner Chef take over and master harder dishes. Happy New Year and enjoy your last supper of 2017!



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