Rachael Ray's Lucky New Year Party Ideas

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Whether you are throwing a big bash or cuddling up with loved ones at home, here are some delicious recipe ideas that are sure to bring you good fortune in the New Year!

Drinks:

If you like champagne but are looking for a new twist, check out our Cocktail and Liquor Guide. It even has food recipes you can make with wines and booze, like Rach's famous You Wont Be Single for Long Vodka Cream Pasta!

Appetizers:

Wear something red and pass around these Asian-inspired appies, as the Chinese believe that red is a lucky color:

Asian Glazed Wings

Coconut Shrimp

Sesame Five Spiced Roasted Nuts

Balsamic Soaked Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Other Party Appetizers:

Spicy Fennel Shrimp

Bacon and Herb Cheese Tartlets

Mom's Nut and Cheddar Ball

Sweet Baked Brie

Lemon-Pepper Ricotta Spread

Meals:

New Year's Day Sausages with Garlic Lentils

New Year Lucky Lentils and Hot Sausages

Holiday Brunch Gustinis

You can make any number of festive dishes for New Year's Eve or Day, but tradition has it that serving Hoppin' John Stoup will have you off to a lucky start, especially if it is the first thing you eat when the clock strikes twelve, along with a glass of champagne! In the old days, people used to hide a penny in the beans and if you bit into it, you had the most luck, but really anyone who eats this soup on New Year's Day gets good luck for the whole year!  Hoppin' John Soup is an oldy timey dish from the south made with black-eyed peas and ham hocks but substitutions can be made. Here is Rachael Ray's version of Hoppin' John Stoup.

A good snack or meal for the kids is the Chicken Cordon Blue Panini, which also makes a great lunchbox idea.

Dessert ideas:

Here's a new way to use that leftover Pannetone!  Eggnog Pannetone Bread Pudding. It's delish!

Berries, Lemon Curd Cakes

Oatmeal Carmelitas

Pear Galette

Mistletoe Biscotti

Happy New Year!