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New Years Eve Dinner

Updated on December 27, 2017
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In search of fascinating travel destinations, seeking relaxation and fun, and (of course) eating great food.

On New Year's Eve, I always cook something wonderful, decadent, over-the-top for my family. It's our one last bit of extravagance before the resolutions kick in.

I vary the side dishes, salads, and dessert from year to year, but it seems our main course is always prime rib, also known as standing rib roast. Our daughters do NOT eat beef—one is a vegetarian and the other eschews anything other than poultry (white meat please) or salmon. Today both daughters are away from home, so tonight we are enjoying our New Years dinner in a most decadent way.

In the words of Martin Luther—"What does this mean?" Well, it means that we are having a delicious prime rib using a recipe found online for "low and slow" roasting. I have had amazing success using this method for pork roasts and chicken so I am hopeful that this method will also create a wonderfully moist and tender prime rib for Mr. Carb Diva and me.

For the sides, I'm going with (1) crostini topped with wild mushrooms, garlic, hazelnuts, rosemary, and Gorgonzola, (2) potatoes Delmonico, and (3) a simple wilted green salad with arugula, endive, radicchio, dried cranberries, candied pecans, and a sherry vinaigrette.

In years past I have relied on a recipe from the December 2009 issue of Cooking Light Magazine. This year, I'm going with the wisdom of my new BFF, my idol, J. Kenji López-Alt.

Reverse-Sear Prime Rib

Kenji's method is to forego the preliminary sear and start the room-temperature roast on a low-and-slow bake in the oven. When the internal temperature registers perfection, he uses the broiler to exact the burnt, crisp bits we yearn for on the edges of our Heavenly prime rib.

Although he doesn't mention this, I have a very sensitive smoke detector in my kitchen (too sensitive, if you ask me. It goes off every time I cook stir-fry). I think it would be helpful (wise) to place the roast into a clean (no drippings on the bottom) pan before going in for the final sear.

Crostini with Wild Mushrooms


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms (a mix of shitake, oyster, porcini, chanterlle) sliced
  • 1/4 pound crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced rosemary
  • 18 1/2-inch-thick diagonal bread slices cut from 1 sourdough baguette
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add all mushrooms and garlic and sauté until mushrooms are cooked through and brown, about 10 minutes. Add cream and boil until liquid is completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add Gorgonzola and stir until cheese melts. Mix in hazelnuts and minced rosemary. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer mushroom topping to bowl. (Mushroom topping can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange bread slices on baking sheet. Bake until just golden, about 5 minutes. Mound 1 generous tablespoon mushroom topping on each slice. Return to oven; bake until topping is heated through, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Carb Diva's Potatoes Delmonico

Wilted Green Salad

  • Olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 head radicchio, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups baby arugula, washed
  • 2 heads Belgian endive, cut into 1/2-inch lengths, crosswise
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons candied pecans

Heat olive oil in large sauté pan over low heat. Add the shallots to the pan, and let them cook until slightly softened. Add the Dijon and sherry vinegar to the pan and whisk to combine. Add the radicchio, arugula, and endive and season with salt. Toss to fully incorporate with the vinaigrette and to allow the salad to slightly wilt. Taste to make sure it is delicious.

Divide the wilted salad between serving plates. Top with dried cranberries and candied pecans.

(Recipe adapted from Anne Burrell Wilted Bitter Greens with Crispy Walnut Goat Cheese)

© 2014 Linda Lum


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      Linda Lum 3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Thank you Victoria Lynn. Please let me know if you try any of these recipes. The diet can always resume tomorrow.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sounds lovely and decadent delicious!

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      Linda Lum 3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Thanks peachpurple. Indulgent, but worth the effort. I hope you try them some time.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love those potato, look like air fried

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      Linda Lum 3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, there you are again. The ink hadn't even dried on this (LOL).

      "Food" is what I do. That's my passion.

      Beautiful mental images from an amazingly talented mind that crafts words into feelings, desires, memories--that's what YOU do.

      I wish a very happy New Year to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Darn it, Linda, stop with the delicious recipes. It's a good thing I don't know where you live or I'd be camped out on your porch New Year's Eve. :)

      Happy New Year, Linda!