Easy Recipes for Entertaining: Ring in The New Year with Good Friends, Family and Food

To make your New Year’s planning easy and stress-free, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite easy recipes for entertaining.
Easy Recipes for Entertaining - Aviva Goldfarb

I remember that when I was a teenager and young adult, there was so much build-up to New Year’s Eve and a lot of (self-imposed) pressure about making it a really special night. 

Maybe it’s age, maturity, or just comfort with where I am in life, but that pressure has essentially vanished.  I’ve become very content with the idea of gathering with a few close friends or family and having a nice dinner and some good cocktails or wine. 

Of course, the most important element of a New Year’s Eve gathering is the people you’re surrounded by but we also love to share great food as we bid farewell to one year and welcome the next. 

To make your New Year’s planning easy and stress-free, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite dishes to serve to company:


Caramel Apple Martini

Grapefruit Margarita

Karma Apple Cocktail


Guacamole with Carrots

Mumbai Meatballs with Dipping Sauce

Kale Balls with Creamy Dill Dip

Cheesy Stuffed Bread

Main Dishes:

Indian Spiced Salmon

Rosemary-Garlic Pork Roast with Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Spiced Chicken with Maple Butter Glaze

Baked Pesto Penne with Italian Sausage

Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Toasted Cashews and Dried Cranberries

Side Dishes:

Apple, Cabbage, and Gorgonzola Slaw

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Whipped Potatoes

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Crispy Sage


Amazingly Easy Key Lime Pie

French Silk Chocolate Pie

Microwave Baked Apples

Chocolate Bark with Pomegranate Seeds, Coconut, and Ginger

While there are many options above to choose from, visit AvivaGoldfarb.com, The Scramblog, or The Six O’Clock Scramble website for additional recipes and inspiration.  If you are a member of The Scramble, you can easily find more recipes for company by going to our recipe browse page and checking the Company/Entertaining box under Meal Types.

All of us at The Scramble hope that your holiday and New Year celebrations are filled with great friends and family, good times, and delicious food!


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