New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to just be all about crowded bars and overpriced drinks. Those options can be great, but sometimes a tasteful dinner party can be even more fun and celebratory. Picture this: an array of Champagne cocktails and all kinds of fancy finger foods for your giddy guests before you serve up a fantastic dinner. Top the night off with a New Year’s toast, and suddenly you’ve hosted the perfect gathering. To get you started, we’ve gathered elegant meal options that range from Asian-inspired to the ultimate adult grilled cheese sandwich.

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup With Curry Roasted Acorn Squash New Year's Eve Dinner Recipe

1. Crock-Pot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup With Curry Roasted Acorn Squash: Who knew a crockpot meal could look so beautiful? We love this for an NYE party because it has a little bit of everything, thanks to some truly mouth-watering flavors. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Pan Seared Ribeye With Herb Butter New Year's Eve Dinner Recipe

2. Pan Seared Ribeye With Herb Butter: If your New Year’s Eve is going to be an intimate night just for you and bae, it might be time to whip out the top-quality ribeye. Don’t forget to dowse it in the homemade herb butter. YUM! (via Joyful Healthy Eats)

Apple & Gouda Grilled Cheese New Year's Dinner Recipe

3. Apple and Gouda Grilled Cheese: Elevating cheese and apples… from the hors d’oeuvres tray to the dinner plate. If you feel like something more casual, try a grab-and-go instead of a sit-down meal. This sandwich ticks all of the boxes. (via Domestic Superhero)

Oven Baked Salmon With Lemon Cream Sauce New Year's Eve Dinner Recipe

4. Oven Baked Salmon With Lemon Cream Sauce: If your NYE tablescape is in need of some beautiful color, this salmon recipe should do the trick. Paired with asparagus and rice, your guests will leave absolutely stuffed. (via Natasha’s Kitchen)

Braised Red Wine Short Ribs New Year's Eve Dinner Recipe

5. Braised Red Wine Short Ribs: We don’t want to get too fancy on you, but the Parmesan polenta made with this dish totally sold us. Plus, the braised ribs are super easy — toss them in the oven, then simply pull them out when guests arrive. Done! (via Inquiring Chef)


6. Bacon, Brie, and Apricot Grilled Cheese With Balsamic Reduction: This might be one of the most mouthwatering sandwiches we’ve ever come across. The thick slabs of Brie melting into the apricot preserves goes perfectly with the crunchy, toasted bread. (via Yammie’s Noshery)


7. Chicken in a Creamy Parmesan and Sundried Tomato Sauce: These chicken breasts can be whipped up in a snap and are truly drool-worthy, which obviously makes them the ideal choice to serve at a holiday dinner party. This would be perfect on a bed of noodles or wild rice. (via Closet Cooking)


8. Curry Roasted Eggplant With Smoked Cardamom and Coconut Milk: We think whipping up a curry would be super unexpected and a great surprise to dinner guests. They might be hesitant at first, but once they taste the tender eggplant, all bets are off. (via The Bojon Gourmet)


9. Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake With Bacon: Alfredo and bacon, friends… the savory combination we didn’t even know we needed. Make sure you’re ready for the cream overload, though, because this gnocchi bake is chock-full of ricotta, sour cream, cream cheese, and Parmesan. (via Cooking and Beer)


10. Honey Dijon Roasted Pork Tenderloin: This dish is great for an intimate gathering of friends or family to celebrate the new year. Other than the pork, you only need four pantry ingredients (plus salt and pepper), so you can have this whipped up in no time. (via The Seasoned Mom)


11. Savory Parmesan French Toast With Hollandaise Sauce: We’re noticing that Parmesan cheese is a recurring ingredient on this list, but we’re obviously okay with it. Take this savory French toast, for example. It’s breakfast for supper, only better. (via The Food Charlatan)


12. Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Sauce: Instead of just drinking red wine, you can cook your meat in it too. Serve these shanks on top of mashed potatoes and you have yourself a meal fit for your finest guests. (via Recipe Tin Eats)


13. Mushroom and White Truffle Mac and Cheese: This dish isn’t for the faint of heart; it’s the most grown-up of the grown-up macaroni and cheeses out there. If you love noshing on truffle fries, then this meal is right up your alley. (via The Almond Eater)


14. Parmesan Spinach Gnocchi: We’re mixing up the usual pasta dish and subbing gnocchi in this recipe. It’s warm, delectable, and makes for a comforting winter dish. Everyone craves a cheesy, cream-based meal when it’s cold, so they might as well get it at your NYE dinner party. (via Life As a Strawberry)


15. Pasta With Light Avocado Cream Sauce: Don’t be fooled by the green — these aren’t zoodles, although those would make a great NYE meal too. These noodles get their pretty green color from being tossed in avocados and creamy spinach. (via Yummy Healthy Easy)


16. Pear, Prosciutto, and Gorgonzola Pizza: This pizza brings together a whole lot of flavors we love and want more of. It’s salty and sweet perfection for dinner. The best part? It’s loaded with Gouda, mozzarella, and Gorgonzola. (via Recipe Runner)


17. Simple Osso Bucco: Don’t be intimidated by the term “Osso Bucco.” The phrase translates to “bone with a hole” and it’s a dish that’s usually made with lamb shanks, but this recipe uses beef. It’s equally as delicious and surprisingly simple to prepare — trust us. (via Taste of Divine)


18. Smoked Salmon and Avocado Pizza:Everyone will want to grab a slice of this pie (or the whole thing). If you weren’t sold at avocado, the “sauce” is made up of cream cheese, dill, and garlic, then melted together with grated mozzarella. (via Cafe Delites)


19. Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Chicken Breast With Parmesan Risotto: Risotto and stuffed chicken are sure to delight even the pickiest of guests. We’re especially sweet on this Parmesan risotto. It’s definitely NYE material. (via Jessica N Wood)

20. Instant Pot Lamb Chops With Creamed Cauliflower: If you got an Instant Pot for Christmas, this recipe will have you putting it to good use by making these tender and herbaceous lamb chops served over creamy puréed cauliflower. (via A Pleasant Little Kitchen)

21. Butternut Squash Ravioli With Roasted Cauliflower and Brown Butter: This innovative take on ravioli includes a velvety butternut filling, crunchy walnuts, roasted cauliflower, and browned butter. (via Hello Glow)

22. Barramundi en Papillote: Flaky barramundi is steamed in parchment alongside Meyer lemons, ginger, bell peppers, and butter for a meal that promises big flavor and little clean-up. (via Jelly Toast)

23. Apple Bacon and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops: There truly is no better way to enjoy a pork chop than when it’s stuffed to the max with a mouthwatering medley of sweet apples, tangy blue cheese, and salty bacon. (via Jo Cooks)

24. Instant Pot Korean Beef Tacos: Everyone loves tacos, so feeding your pals these tender and juicy Korean beef tacos topped with fresh cilantro, kimchi, peanuts, and Sriracha mayo is a surefire way to win at hosting. (via Pinch of Yum)

25. Garlic Butter Scallops With Lemon Sauce: Scallops will win over the heart of any dinner guest — especially when they’re pan-seared to golden perfection in buttery garlicky goodness. (via Rasa Malaysia)

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(Additional reporting by Dana Sandonato)