I'm looking for ideas for a menu for New Years Eve dinner at home this year. I'll be working until mid-to-late afternoon, and although we will not eat until late, I don't want anything too involved. My current thoughts were to start with a lobster (or shellfish) bisque, and then for the main course to have strip steaks, some sort of potato, and a steamed green vegetable.
I've never made a lobster or seafood bisque before. Can this be done with lobster tails (perhaps stretched with some shrimp to save costs)? I don't want to deal with live lobsters. I am assuming this can be made ahead and just reheated. Any recipes would be welcome.
As to potatoes, I am looking for something different and festive but not that involved. Either something that can be popped in the oven before we sit down to the 1st course, or something that can be prepped entirely in advance, and cooked quickly between courses.
Alternate suggestions to this menu are welcome.