6 New Year’s Recipes to Try

While a lot of people enjoy going out to ring in the New Year, there are some benefits: no crowds, no need to get dressed up, home-cooked food. What more could you ask for? Staying home doesn’t have to be boring, especially with these festive New Year’s recipes for venison, trout, salmon, and more.

Enjoy some bubbly while you prepare Fish with Champagne Cream Sauce, or a glass of bourbon with your Venison with Bourbon Butter Sauce.

Or fire up the grill for Orange Marinated Trout, Venison Steak with Balsamic Morel Sauce, Cedar Plank Salmon.

Whichever recipe you try, you’ll be sure to start 2022 off enjoying one of the greatest pleasures in life: delicious food. Sounds like a celebration to me!

Venison with Bourbon Butter Sauce

Bourbon is one of my go-tos — both in and out of the kitchen. It brings a smokey flavor that works well with any cut of venison or dark game meat. You can leave the bourbon out of the recipe if you prefer, but you’ll lose the depth of flavor in the sauce.

Venison with Bourbon Butter Sauce

Get the recipe for Venison with Bourbon Butter Sauce here.

Grilled Orange Marinated Trout

Trout has a delicate flavor that works perfectly with the marinade made of sweet orange juice, honey, and white wine vinegar. After the fish marinates for 2 to 4 hours, it cooks up fast over medium-hot coals, in about 6 to 8 minutes per side.

Get the recipe for Grilled Orange Marinated Trout here.

Fish with Champagne Cream Sauce

With just six ingredients, this Fish with Champagne Cream sauce is simple but delicious. And there’s no need to break the bank on the champagne. Anything $10/bottle or less will suffice.

Get the recipe for Fish with Champagne Cream Sauce here.

Grilled Venison Steak with Balsamic Morel Sauce

The balsamic morel sauce in this New Year’s recipe is a perfect way to fancy up your venison for New Year’s festivities. It packs a lot of flavor with red wine, rosemary, Dijon mustard, and, of course, morel mushrooms.

Get the recipe for Grilled Venison Steak with Balsamic Morel Sauce here.

Good Luck Duck

They say eating black-eyed peas first thing on New Year’s Day brings good luck. So here’s a New Year’s recipe you can make to tip the scales of fortune your way in the new year. For even more flavor, throw an oven-browned duck carcass into the pot while the black-eyed peas are cooking.

Get the recipe for Good Luck Duck here.

Cedar Plank Salmon with Lemon Mint Pesto

I like to serve this salmon with angel hair pasta and sauteed zucchini, red onions, garlic, and lemon juice. Make sure to soak the cedar plank in salted water ahead of time; two hours should be sufficient. If the edges of the plank start to catch fire while you’re cooking, mist with water, or move to a cooler part of the grill.

Cedar Plank Salmon with Lemon Mint Pesto

Get the recipe for Cedar Plank Salmon with Lemon Mint Pesto here.


  1. Lila on January 14, 2024 at 4:28 pm

    The link to the Good Luck Duck recipe seems to be broken and I can’t find a way to search for it on your website. Could you please forward it to me?

    By-the-way, I Absolutely LOVE your recipes, however, so far I’ve been unable to watch your show due to poor satellite coverage in my area.

    I was also wondering if there was a way to get a copy of your cookbook on your website, or if I have to order it from elsewhere?
    Thank you for the GREAT recipes!

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