23 December 2022
New Year's Recipes To Add Flavor To New Year's Eve Celebrations
We have already started the countdown to ring in the new year with fresh hopes, new beginnings, good health, and happiness. One of the things that makes New Year's Eve, one of the most popular times of the year, is undoubtedly the overflowing, delicious and varied New Year's Eve tables that we share with our loved ones. Whether you celebrate intimately, with all of your friends, or with your entire extended family, roll up your sleeves and get into the kitchen. Soon you will be enjoying a special New Year’s Eve meal and celebrating the New Year to the fullest.
Richmond Nua's skilful chefs are here with another rich New Year’s Eve menu worthy of the spirit of new beginnings. We are sure that you will enjoy this special night to the fullest with the menu we have prepared for your dinner This meal is practical to prepare, is a feast for your palate, and whets the appetite with its appearance as well as its taste. If your aprons and kitchen utensils are ready, here we go:
Starter: Fresh Chestnut Soup
Chestnuts, one of the most beloved nuts of the winter season, can make an enjoyable start to New Year's Eve with their satisfying and delicious taste. We know that chestnuts can be enjoyed boiled, baked, cook in embers, and even as a soup. You are sure to surprise your guests with this fresh chestnut soup recipe:
- 200 gr chestnuts
- 40 gr butter
- 60ml olive oil
- One onion
- One carrot
- 100 gr heavy cream
- Fresh thyme and rosemary
- A pinch of black pepper and salt
- Put water and salt in a saucepan, let boil on the stove. After scratching the shell of the chestnuts using a knife, throw them into the boiling water and scald for about ten minutes. After the chestnuts have cooled, peel them with your hands.
- In another saucepan melt the butter and the olive oil together. Finely chop the onions and add them to the butter and oil until they turn slightly pink. Then add the carrots you have diced and stir until roasted.
- Stir in the peeled chestnuts to the roasted onions and carrots along with the fresh rosemary and thyme. Once all the ingredients are well combined, season with salt and pepper.
- Add hot water until it covers all of the ingredients, then let boil with the lid closed.
- Add the cream and then let boil for about 15-20 minutes stirring frequently. If needed, add more salt to taste.
- Using a mixer, blend the soup carefully until it reaches a smooth consistency and serve hot. Bon Appetit!
Main Course: Baked Turkey Leg
One of the most delicious things that can be the main dish at the New Year's table is, of course, turkey. For those who do not want to cook a whole turkey, we have a great recipe that you can prepare with only the turkey leg:
- One turkey leg
- Three to four baby potatoes
- One red onion
- One small carrot
- Two cloves of garlic
- Half a teacup of olive oil
- Coarsely chop all the vegetables place them on a baking sheet or on an oven tray.
- Stir in the olive oil, salt, and pepper to the vegetables until evenly distributed.
- Coarsely chop the garlic sprinkle over the top of the vegetables.
- Marinate the turkey in a deep bowl with olive oil and powdered paprika.
- Place the turkey leg over the vegetables and wrap them together, first in the baking paper and then wrap with aluminium foil.
- Let it cook for two hours in a 180-degree oven.
- Remove the aluminium foil and baking paper, place back in the oven, until the skin of the turkey browns.
- Serve after separating it from the bone along with the iç pilav (seasoned rice) described below. Bon Appetit!
Garnish: İç Pilav (Seasoned Rice) with Mint
This delicious rice enriched with plenty of spices is a great side dish and will be among the unforgettable tastes of the night:
- Two medium onions
- Fifty grams of pine nuts
- Two tablespoons of currants
- Half a teacup of olive oil
- Two cups rice
- Three cups water (boiled)
- One tablespoon butter
- Half a teaspoon of black pepper
- Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
- Half a teaspoon of allspice
- Two teaspoons salt
- A little dill
- A little parsley
- Half a bunch of fresh mint
- Wash the rice, place in a bowl adding just enough water to cover the rice. Place to the side.
- Soak the currants in warm water until they soften.
- Chop the onions into small pieces.
- Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and add the onions to the oil.
- When the onions begin to brown lightly, add in your pine nuts
- Strain the rice and pour it in the saucepan and add the black pepper, cinnamon, allspice, and currants together and mix until evenly distributed.
- Add the boiling water, salt and butter to the rice and let it cook a covered saucepan over low heat.
- Cover the rice with paper towel then close the lid tightly.
- Stir in the finely chopped mint, dill and parsley, your rice is ready to serve. Bon Appetit!
Dessert: Gingerbread Cookies
Even if you do not regularly eat desert, a New Year’s Eve meal wouldn’t be finished without something sweet! Gingerbread cookies, a classic flavour of new years, smells delicious in your home while they are baking, and, even better, can be eaten over the next few days because they do not go stale like some other sweets. You can make this easy recipe together with your children who will enjoy making, and love eating them.
- Three cups flour
- Two teaspoons powdered ginger
- One tsp baking soda
- One tsp cinnamon
- One pinch of salt
- Three quarters of a cup of butter (at room temperature)
- One cup plus one tablespoon granulated sugar
- One egg
- One tablespoon water
- Three quarters of a cup of molasses
- Four tablespoons granulated sugar
- Sift the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and set aside.
- In a bowl beat the room-temperature butter and sugar, add the egg and continue beating. Lastly add the molasses and water and beat until all the ingredients are completely mixed.
- Slowly, add the dry ingredients to the liquid mixture until you can knead into a dough.
- Between two sheets of baking paper, spread the dough until it is a half an inch thick. Cut with your cookie cutters and place on the baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with granulated sugar and bake at 180 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Your cookies are ready.