Christmas Eve Dinner for 10 with a red and green theme
- dragonfly Dec 13, 2006 01:44 PM
Help Chowhounds! Thinking of putting together an elegant Chiristmas Eve menu that incorporated red and green colors. I haven't gotten too far and thought I'd put it out there ....
Drinks-Christmas Coladas, Pomegranite or Cranberry Margaritas garnished with lime, cucumber.
Wilted Spinach greens, bacon, red onion, tossed with pomegranite seeds.
I did a couple of nice red and green apps a couple of years ago:
cucumber cups with creme fraiche, roasted pepper and chili oil
peel a cucumber decoratively (either stripes or by running a fork along the peel to make little lines)
cut into 1.5 in. rounds
hollow each round to make a cup
fill with creme fresh
top with a small square of roasted pepper and drop of chili oil
Another is to use a star cookie cutter to cut out pumpernickel bread, then cut out a star from roasted red pepper. Spread the bread star with herbed cream cheese; top with the pepper star; put a dollop of herb cream cheese on top of that, then plunk on a toasted pine nut. A little fussy, but very pretty.
Or what about arugula pesto and sun-dried tomato pesto as dips? Or small mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes, and fresh basil on skewers?
pasta with pesto;
lasagne bolognese (red sauce);
chicken in red wine;
mesculin greens with sun dried tomatos and roasted peppers (red and green);
brushetta with olive oil and chopped tomatos and basel to name a few ideas
There are a raft of Italian, Mexican and Hungarian dishes that pick up this theme, btw, as red and green are national colors...