Pull Out All the Stops With This Decadent New Year's Eve Feast
New Year's Eve will be the grand finale of 2014, so it's the perfect occasion to go big. Put on your sparkliest holiday ensemble. Kiss that lady or gent you've been eyeing. Take a spontaneous vacation. And most definitely cook something fabulous. The rest of the year we tend to put an emphasis on easy or quick recipes—we're busy, afterall! But now we're talking about decadent dishes and a statement-making presentation. Make this complete menu, down to the sparkling cocktail you offer your friends upon arrival, and you will most certainly impress.
Everyone expects to drink Champagne on New Year's Eve, so I like to serve guests a bright Champagne cocktail when they walk in the door to start things off on a festive foot. The Airmail is made with rum, honey syrup, lime juice, and chilled Champagne. It's elegant, not cloying. The perfect beginning for a sophisticated evening.
Native to the Pacific Ocean, Dungeness crabs are currently in season, but not for long, so they're a real treat. If you don't live on the West Coast, you can have them shipped overnight for $20/lb. Make harissa butter and lemon-garlic butter dips and you have yourself a totally indulgent little appetizer.
Now here's where you're really going to push yourself! Tart bourdalue is probably one of the most beautiful tarts of all time. It features a buttery, sugary toasted crust with a moist, cooked almond cream center blended in between gorgeous slices of vanilla-poached pears. I mean... can you really imagine anything more divine? In this recipe, the dessert is given an even more glamorous makeover, thanks to a chocolate pastry base and cocoa almond cream. You must try it!
What do you usually serve on New Year's Eve? Tell us in the comments below.