New Year’s Eve is a time for glitz, glamour and Champagne. Not cooking—or, at least, not cooking a lot. These five pricey foods are worth buying for a year-end party because they offer shortcuts to luxe flavor.
Nothing says “I’m fancy” like a small dollop of roe. And that’s all you need. Put it on blini with smoked fish and crème fraîche, and you've just created an hors d'oeuvre that cannot be beat. You don't have to spring for Sturgeon caviar, either—trout or salmon roe are amazing, as in this wonderful tapas recipe from chef José Andrés.
There's no way around the expense here, but a little truffle goes a long way. This pasta calls for just a few ingredients, but it's hard to imagine anything better.