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Christmas Menu

December 9, 2015 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Filet of Beef

I think Christmas deserves a special menu.  Unlike Thanksgiving, however, there is no universally accepted Christmas meal.  I understand that “special” means different things to different people.  Some like menus I would consider to be “traditional” – turkey or ham.  But, every family has a different tradition.   My relatives in Rhode Island always include a pasta course in the Christmas meal.  Some prefer to have the main event on Christmas eve, others wait until Christmas day.

When I was growing up, we always had a Christmas “dinner.”  That dinner usually occurred on Christmas day, somewhere between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The timing allowed for a bigger breakfast than usual and gave the cook plenty of time to prepare dinner.  The meal itself usually involved ham and all the trimmings – brown & serve rolls, salad, scalloped potatoes, zucchini casserole, jello mold (yes, I am a child of the 70s), and Christmas cookies for dessert.

Once my sister and I got married and started families of our own, Christmas became less predictable.  The menu depends on who is hosting and what they feel like doing that particular year.  When I host, I tend to make beef for dinner and this year is no different.  Here is the menu that I am planning this year (follow the links for recipes).

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Endive, Pear and Stilton Salad

Slow Roasted Filet of Beef (skip the sauce in the recipe; the beef doesn’t need it).

Spinach and Gruyere Gratin

Mashed potatoes (I don’t have a recipe for mashed potatoes.  Peel and boil the potatoes.  Once tender, mash the potatoes with cream and butter until you reach the consistency and richness you desire.)

Popovers

You will notice a couple of things about my menu.  First, many of my recipes link back to Ina Gartin’s recipes.  There is one very simple reason for that – her recipes are always delicious and relatively easy.  I have made each of the recipes above and can say from personal experience that they always, ALWAYS, work.  I cannot recommend them highly enough.  Second, I do not include dessert.  There are a couple of reasons for that.  My son’s birthday is on Christmas so our dessert is always birthday cake.  Separately, my guests always ask what they can bring for dinner.  I find that people love bringing dessert and, because I don’t really love to make dessert, I tend to farm it out.

Happy Holidays!

All images, except image of Spinach and Gruyere Gratin, courtesy of FoodNetwork.com.

Image of Spinach and Gruyere Gratin courtesy of RealSimple.com.

 

 

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