12 Over-the-Top Recipes to Kiss This Year Goodbye
It's time to close the year out with a celebratory bang, but what's on the menu? These indulgent recipes are the answer. From caviar spreads to bacon-topped desserts, each dish will bring a new level of well-deserved pleasure.
Saffron Mussel Bisque
Leeks, garlic, and beautifully cooked mussels are simmered in a mixture of broth and heavy cream. Luxuriously flavored, this bisque is perfect for the seafood lovers in your life.
Chef John's Cassoulet
Cassoulet is a slow cooked, deeply flavored meat and bean casserole that is the definition of sublime. Sausage, duck confit, pancetta, and white beans are blanketed by buttery breadcrumbs in this traditional French dish. While the ingredient list is lengthy, the finished product is worth working your way through each step.
Seafood extravagance at its finest. Lobster meat is topped with a rich sauce of white wine, cream, and sautéed shallots. The addition of fresh parsley adds a bright, earthen element that brings the perfect balance to this decadent dish.
Goat Cheese Stuffed Lamb Burger
Bite into this well-seasoned, creamy burger that's sure to pique your tastebuds. Recipe creator LeeleeCooks says, "I use basil and oregano in mine, but feel free to use your favorite herbs and spices, this recipe is very forgiving."
All of this rich goodness demands a palate cleanser. A tart, smooth sorbet should do the trick. Raspberries are blended with honey and other sweeteners in a food processor for a cold, silky treat in between courses.
The classics speak for themselves. This traditional oyster recipe is a smoky and briny delight to the senses. Reviewer gg810 says, "I used this recipe for New Year Eve with couples for good luck in the aphrodisiac department for the upcoming year. It was fantastic!"
A simple, 2-ingredient recipe that needs no alteration. All you need is a jar of your favorite caviar and cream cheese. The incredible flavors do the rest of the work.
The French know how to handle a ham and cheese sandwich, and we're following suit. Thick sourdough slices enclose deli ham, Gouda, and Dijon mustard. Béchamel is poured on top and the result is pure decadence.
Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes
Death by chocolate...and bacon? What a way to go. These sinfully rich cupcakes are flavored with cocoa powder, brewed coffee, and buttermilk. "If you love chocolate and you love bacon you have to try this! This definitely is the perfect marriage of sweet and salty," raves reviewer Jillian.
Chocolate Creme Fraiche Ice Cream
Utilize your ice cream maker and have a scoop of this boldly flavored dessert. The subtle tartness of creme fraiche coupled with the deep flavor of dark chocolate is an experience you'll want to revisit again and again.
Grand Marnier® Souffle
This orange liqueur-flavored confection is sure to impress. Each ramekin is filled with a zesty, sweet cloud of flavor. Get your fancy on in under an hour with this delicious soufflé recipe.
This is how you end your year on a sweet note. The marshmallow-like texture of pavlova is topped with caramel, bananas, whipped cream, and grated chocolate. Beautiful to look at, but even better to bite into. "The best thing I have ever tasted," says no2fauxd.