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Oct 13, 2008 04:50 PM

Christmas dinner for qourmet group

We belong to a qourmet group and it will be held in our home two weeks before Christmas. I want to do a great Christmas theme. I prefer to cook most i of the foods in advace so I can enjoy the guests. The centerpiece will be a beautiful , large Llardo Santa. ( Spain) We have already done a paella theme. This current month the hosts are doing German - so I don't want to do that theme. My husband is of English/German heratige and I am very Irish with some French and German. Any suggestions would be most welcome. Thaks.

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  1. The term "gourmet group" may be a little intimidating. Perhaps you could get some ideas from the menus of expensive Spanish restaurants.

    1. YOu can always go with the italian all fish dinner.

      1. What is a Llardo Santa? Does that mean you want to have a Spanish theme? How many people are you catering for?

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        1. re: greedygirl

          No, not necessilary a Spanish theme. I want a theme that is very' 'Christmas.' The Llardo Santa is called The Spirit of Christmas and the pastel Santa holds doves and flowers - it is a very loving and peaceful fugurune about 18" and shows a love of nature continued through generations. Thus my heritage theme. We will be a group of 10 people. Quite often I plan a dinner party around a centerpiece idea. Guess that's because I am an artist. .

          1. re: klmsfd

            Do you mean Lladro - the Spanish pottery? My mother has shed loads of the stuff.

            You mentioned English/Irish heritage. How about roast goose? You could have a Dickensian British theme maybe, and it's definitely special occasion food. And think of the lovely fat! I'd serve this with a restrained starter, as it's very rich - maybe a salad with smoked fish. And Christmas pudding to finish, obviously. I've also done a ham for Christmas gatherings, which is a thing of beauty and always goes down well. I'd serve it with a potato or root vegetable gratin and some kind of greens to cut through the richness. I usually have potted shrimps at Christmas as well. If you don't want Christmas pudding (is that traditional in the States?), you could make bread and butter pudding using Pannetone. Oh, and port and stilton is a must.


            I've made this for a New Year party, and you can make the whole thing ahead of time:


            If you can get it, Delia Smith's Christmas book is great.

            1. re: greedygirl

              I had the same thought about a traditional English Christmas, goose and all. You could also fill Christmas crackers with edible treats - you can buy ones on line that you put together yourself.

              You could try to find some Irish smoked salmon for a starter.

        2. We did a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas a few years ago, with 'traditional' foods - Christmas roast duck and a pork loin stuffed with apricots and prunes, a wassail bowl, etc... It was a fun break from the usual themes.