Happy New Year 2020! I definitely didn’t expect to cook this New Year since we just came from the cruise just a couple of days ago.
I hope you will find these Holiday Recipes and presentations practical to create a special occasion dinner for your family!
We ate so much on the cruise that I didn’t want to look at food and think about preparing elaborate meals. BUT… I’m an impulsive cook, after all! If the cooking wind picks me up, I need to go with the flow!
Preparing Holiday Table
On the way from the cruise, we stopped by the European Deli and got so many Russian delights! That encouraged me to make a special New Year’s meal!
Plus I have collected so many beautiful plates over the years that it would be a shame to keep them in a china cabinet and not use them.
Actually, it may look like a lot of food, but it didn’t take me that long this time around. Experience definitely comes in handy! And I decided not to bake any desserts; we had plenty of candy and fruit and didn’t need the extra calories.
New Year’s Dinner Menu
Cod Liver salad
Smoked Fish selection
Bread with red caviar
Smoked Veal Tongue with garlic
Mussels in garlic sauce
Polish Tortik (the Best)
HOW TO MAKE SHUBA SALAD
from the bottom layer:
- Seledka thinly cubed
- Marinated onion
- Shredded potatoes
- Shredded carrots
- Shredded Beets
- Grated egg whites
- Grated egg yolks
- Decorations on top
HOW TO MAKE COD LIVER SALAD
I don’t have exact proportions, but here are the layers. Mayo, is just a very thin layer, just for flavor and to hold it together.
Thinly sliced cucumber and green onion
Grated egg whites
Grated egg yolks
Decorate on top as you like.
HOW TO MAKE ASPARAGUS SALAD
Add olive oil and butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add and cook garlic for a minute, but do not brown. Add asparagus, and cook for a couple of minutes to desired tenderness, turning asparagus to ensure even cooking. Remove to a plate.
Pan-fry sliced colorful bell peppers and sliced tomatoes.
To serve this dish lay cooked asparagus, peppers, and tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle sumac, Za’atar, salt/pepper. Add olives, feta cheese, red and green onion.
Refrigerate for an hour to overnight for the flavors to mix.
This Russian Delight definitely doesn’t need any instructions. There are millions of ways to serve it!
Seledka is usually served with boiled potatoes.
These are store-bought from Publix. You can find them in the freezer section and just need to reheat them and serve! They taste amazing! Recommend!
Another one of the Russian Delight served on holidays!
We love potstickers, and these Beef Bulgogi dumplings from Costco are one of our favorites.
I make a MEAL out of them by adding caramelized onions, mushrooms, and peppers. It makes it healthier and definitely more satisfying.
This dish is my mother-in-law’s favorite, so I always make it when she comes over.
How to make Chicken Fried rice with snow peas
- 1 pound cooked chicken, sliced
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1 Tbsp. light olive oil
- 2 tbsp. sesame oil
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups. cooked long-grain rice
- 3-4 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
- frozen veggie mix
- snow peas
- salt/pepper to taste
Heat a large skillet over high heat.
Add butter and oil, cook garlic until fragrant.
Add cooked rice, sesame oil, soy sauce, and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring until heated through.
Move rice to the sides making room to cook the eggs.
When eggs are cooked, add mixed veggies and cooked chicken.
Mix well and serve.
I always prepare a lot of food even though we have a small family since I pack food for my mother-in-law to take home.
My MIL doesn’t cook much for herself since she takes care of her husband, that has been through so much and can’t eat most of the things. So it’s a big treat for her to have Yummy leftovers!
I hope you will find this post useful! I have tried to be as detailed as possible with every recipe, which takes a LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT!
If you use and like any of the recipes, please let me know! Your feedback always delights me!