5-main-dish-ideasIn a few days I will be hosting a New Years Eve dinner for the first time! If you haven’t figured it out from my blog, I am crazy about cooking and entertaining, so I’ve put plenty of thought into this dinner. Two other couples will be joining my hubby and I so I wanted to serve a meat dish for the main course that would be easy to prepare in large quantities. I haven’t narrowed it down yet, but here are my ideas:

Pork Tenderloin- Pork tenderloin is one of my personal favorites, especially when it’s served with baked apples. Cooking one big tenderloin and then slicing it to serve guests is easier than grilling individual pork chops, just be careful not to overcook or under-cook the pork! Overcooked pork can be dry and tough, and undercooked pork might give your guests a very unhappy New Year. Use a meat thermometer and play close attention while your meat is cooking. Another option is to get a high quality pre-cooked tenderloin that you can reheat, like this honey glazed pork loin by Nueske Applewood Smoked Meats. Your guests will never know the difference, and you can sit back and enjoy the party.

Ham – Most of the year I only enjoy ham on sandwiches, but when the holidays come around, ham takes center stage. There always seems to be leftovers when it comes to ham so you can enjoy it in scrambled eggs, sandwiches, and much more in January. Like the tenderloin, you can also purchased pre-cooked ham by Nueske Applewood Smoked Meats.

Prime Rib- Prime rib is the ultimate celebration food, so it’s a great choice to make New Years Eve extra special. Again, use a meat thermometer to ensure your prime rib is perfectly cooked.

Beef Tenderloin- Beef tenderloin is an elegant dish that is completely worthy of the last meal of the year and like the pork tenderloin, it is easy to cook, cut and serve to a group of guests. Enjoy it with some red wine and a potato side dish.

Beef Stew- Beef stew is a bit more rustic that the other options, but just as tasty! You can even make it the day ahead and reheat it for the party since beef stew gets better when it sits for a day. Serve your beef stew with egg noodles, rice or potatoes, plus plenty of bread to mop up the stew!

What’s your favorite dish to eat on New Years Eve?