Maybe you’ve already procured the silly glasses, and that’s cool, but you likely won’t be throwing a big bash and kissing strangers at the strike of 12. So mix it up: Celebrate at home with easy cocktails and appetizers to graze on all night long, or plan for a midnight menu to eat next to the fire while 2020 whistles through the night and behind us at last. If the latter is your jam, here’s a decadent but simple French-inspired menu to get cozy with into the wee hours.
Have you had celery root in pureed or soup form? Have you? If you have, you know it’s an absolute delight, velvety and creamy and decadent and good for you. Consider celery root soup with truffle oil. (Yes, we have the latter!) It’s whoa-nelly good, requires a mere 10 minutes of prep, and is hearty enough that you can serve it with crusty bread and a charcuterie board and skip the rest of this menu, if you wish!
Endive and apple salad is as luxe as salad gets thanks to those fat wedges of blue cheese and a bunch of candied walnuts. Wintry as all get out, Belgian endive is very slightly bitter and wholly gorgeous. The cheese balances out the whole, as do a light lemon-Champagne vinegar dressing and apple petals.
Have you ever thought to make a soufflé at home? If an entrée could say “BOOM” as it hits the table, a soufflé would. Gruyère and Parmesan soufflé looks gorgeous towering over its mold. Pro tip: You can make the egg custard ahead, then fold the custard and bake it just before eating. (And hey, we’d forgive you if you served this to family along with a “You’re welcome.”)
A flower comprising fanned slices of pear? That’s the hallmark of this dreamy pear tart. Simpler than it looks, employing one of those balls of basic pie dough you smartly stashed in the freezer, it’s just divine. “Frangipane” is just a fancy name for ground almonds, sugar, eggs, almond and vanilla extracts, rum, salt, lemon zest and melted butter, all mingling together. There’s a layer of it tucked in here, a secret love letter to all the good things coming your way in 2021.