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Nontraditional Menu Ideas for New Year Eve Dinner

A fresh new year, with a clean slate, awaits you. Why not kick it off with a fresh perspective and break out of the traditional mold by trying something new. After all, the traditions you follow now had to start someplace and your kitchen is as good as any to start a new one.

A fresh new year, with a clean slate, awaits you. Why not kick it off with a fresh perspective and break out of the traditional mold by trying something new. After all, the traditions you follow now had to start someplace and your kitchen is as good as any to start a new one. Have a memorable dinner with one of these nontraditional New Year’s Eve dinner ideas and get ready to take your bows. christmas celebrations

*Chinese

Spice up your life with this very non traditional menu of Spicy Fried Calamari, fried noodles and cucumber sticks as the appetizers. Follow this with Sweet n Sour Pork on a bed of fried rice. The pork is battered and deep fried and then added to a stir-fry of pineapple and sweet n sour sauce. Or, try Chinese Dumplings,  which can be a bit labor intensive with all the chopping but this recipe makes a lot and you can buy the wraps instead of making them to save some time.

An inexpensive and simple side of bok choy with cashewsand egg rolls that you can purchase frozen will free you from the kitchen to enjoy the dinner. christmas gifts ideas

*German

Ahhhh, the Germans know how to eat hearty! Start with pickled herring or herring in a sour cream sauce followed by beef short ribs or sausage and sauerkraut as your main course. Fried Cabbage is easy to prepare and will insure plenty of cash comes your way in the New Year. Another great side is German Potato Salad served with a hearty loaf of bread. For dessert serve a Viennese Apple Strudel with vanilla sauce.  christmas decorations

 *Italian

A large pot of your favorite pasta, some large savory pizzas with bubbling mozzarella and a few loaves of crusty bread served with a fine wine will whisk your guests away to old Italy for a New Year’s feast they will long remember. Add a tossed salad with olives and cheese and you’re ready to join in the festivities.

*Tex-Mex

Greet your guests with with Nacho Grande as the appetizer and follow with cheese stuffed jalapenos. Cover a platter with tortillas and top with chopped green onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, black olives and re-fried beans. Now,  top that with melted nacho cheese and sweet sour cream. Stuff the jalapenos with cream cheese or cheddar, dip in a batter and deep fry until golden brown. christmas flowers

Serve hot tamaleswith guacamole dressing and a big pot of beans with spicy peppers or add some beef and you have every ones favorite, chili con carne! For a luscious dessert serve bunuelos, which are sweet, crispy and flaky fried tortillas that are delicious despite the simplicity.

Traditions have to start somewhere and your kitchen is as good a place as any. Start this year by choosing a country and trying their foods for New Year’s Eve dinner. Then next year, choose another country and delight your guests by decorating your home to match the menu. christmas eve

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