With a brand-new year nearly at your doorstep, you’ll need a few fresh dishes to fortify you and your guests for the New Year’s Eve festivities. To guarantee a happy start to 2014, try some of Food Network’s top recipes for New Year’s, starting with a fizzy toast, of course. Giada’s Sgroppino is a classic Italian cocktail that combines Prosecco with chilled vodka, fresh mint and a lemon sorbet float. Refreshing and full of festive sparkle, it’s a great way to cleanse guests’ palates before dinner and build excitement for the big night ahead.
Roasted Shrimp Cocktail: Serve Ina’s foolproof roasted shrimp with a homemade cocktail sauce that features chili sauce, hot sauce and extra horseradish for three times the heat.
Classic Pot Roast: Build showstopping flavor by adding whole allspice, fresh thyme and a splash of cognac to this hearty beef roast as it braises. Served with tender root vegetables and extra gravy, this one-pot main is perfect for a dinner party, since it moves straight from oven to plate, with less mess to clean up later.
Red Wine Poached Pears with Mascarpone Filling: Easy and undeniably elegant, Michael Chiarello’s pears are gently simmered in spiced wine until they turn a deep crimson, and are finished with a smooth, cinnamon-laced mascarpone filling.
Breakfast Bake: After a long night of New Year’s revelry, get a fresh start on January 1 with this comforting breakfast casserole that’s stuffed with hot Italian turkey sausage, red bell pepper and melted Gruyere.
For more ways to celebrate another delicious year in the making, check out Food Network’s full list of All-Star New Year’s Recipes.