The best menu for christmas dinner
This year I have to cook christmas dinner for the family, and need some help with the menu. Traditional is good but something with a twist would be great.
Guinness Mashed Potatoes, with Guinness Turkey and Guinness Green Bean Casserole;
Hmmm I'm fixated with Guinness eh! LOL I'm still in the Guinness Recipe Mode!
I don't know what's traditional for you. Some people I know do turkey, some roast beef and some ham. But how about one of these menus? (Email me if you want any of the recipes...) I've served all of these menus at one time or another. The first one is delicious, but not much can be made ahead. If your family is the kind that congregates in the kitchen and helps out, then you can pull it off. Some of these dishes may sound intimidating, but trust me -- the most difficult recipe is Martha Stewart's potato & onion tartes tartin -- and that's not even too hard!
Appetizer: Chilled lobster cocktail w/ lemon-truffle aioli
Salad: Pear and mixed baby green salad with blue cheese & walnuts
Main: Standing rib roast
Sides: Chateaubriand sauce for the roast (or asst of flavored butters)
Yorkshire pudding or popovers
Mushroom or sun-dried tomato risotto (or garlic mashed)
Roasted asparagus with balsamic butter
Assortment of roasted root vegetables with herbs
Dessert: Pumpkin cheesecake
Appetizer: Pan-seared scallops with tarragon butter
Soup: Roasted red pepper soup or acorn squash bisque
Main: Stuffed crown pork roast
Sides: Roasted new potatoes, carrots & onions
Spinach sauteed with garlic
Haricots vert Lyonnaise
Parker House rolls
Dessert: Rustic apple-cranberry tarts
Appetizer: Shrimp Ceviche
Salad: Traditional Caesar salad
Sides: Individual potato & onion tartes tartin
Green beans & broccoli sauteed in garlic, olive oil & crushed red pepper
Braised winter squash
Pumpkin dinner rolls
Dessert: Applesauce-steamed gingerbread with vanilla whipped cream
Good Lord, got lots more menus in my head! I wish I knew the # of people, budget and available time/help and I probably could have targeted a menu better for you.
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