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Dec 23, 2008 05:39 AM

Help me with Christmas DInner Menu I am making a Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce and Cognac and Mustard Sauce, Mashed Potato Casserole, Braised Baby Onions with OJ and Balsamic Vinegar, Broccoli,Cauliflower and Carrot Casserole, and Rolls.
I feel like I need another veggie but am unsure what to serve. I would like another veggie that is crunchy...any ideas? I have 15 people coming including 4 nephews (all are over 6'2" and big eaters). Any other suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I always go towards something that is easy and refreshing. People tend to stress themselves out a bit during holiday meal preparation and if you can put a nice dish on the table that is also easy to prepare (and maybe even prepare in advance) go for it!

    You have all hot items here, why not go for a nice salad? You don't have to make a caesar salad or a chef salad, but any combination of cool, crisp veggies is always a good idea when everything else is hot and steamy. Think cucumbers, celery, and white onions. Slice everything real thin (got a mandoline?) and add a good homemade vinaigrette with a sprinkling of salt and pepper on top right before serving. Replace any of those vegetables with anything you might like or have on hand. Fennel, red onion, radish, bell pepper, hot peppers, add some mint, add some chili flakes, jicama... the sky is the limit here and none of these items requires the addition of any heat at any time. Good luck!

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    1. re: HaagenDazs

      Good idea. Fennel, shallots, orange segments and goat cheese is really wonderful.

      If you don't want something cold, glazed brussel sprouts keep their texture well and convert all non-sprout eaters.