What will you be serving for the holidays this year?
As the title say, I was wondering what everyone will be serving. Menus and recipes are always welcome. What will you be serving liquid wise also!
Happy holidays everyone!
This year will be very quiet for just the two of us. However it won't stop me from cooking a few culinary feasts.
My vague and very simple plan thus far is:
Christmas Eve: 2 seafood based dishes (1 appetizer & 1 main) with at least 2 sides. Lobster will figure in there somewhere and I absolutely love grilled smelts and stuffed quahogs. Perhaps a tossed salad for the veggie component???
Christmas Day: Roast goose with potatoes (roasted under the goose), Brussel sprouts, baked winter squash, cranberry something-or-other. We're not big dessert eaters but I have a luscious gingerbread recipe that I haul out every now and then, so this is a good time to make it. It's layered with whipped cream and makes me swoon just thinking about it.
New Year's Eve: We are going to cook from Fuschia Dunlop's book Land of Plenty. I haven't decided which yet but I'm leaning toward at least 5 recipes not including obligatory rice. If I decide on a noodle dish... no rice.
New Year's Day: Sausage and lentils, polenta, at least one more dish but haven't decided yet, escarole salad.
Kind of vague, as I said... prosecco will make an appearance, champagne on NY'sE, more champagne and a nice Chainti classico on on NY'sD, and I have to sip Gewurztraminer somewhere along the line.
For Christmas, my host is doing her usual baked and pineapple-glazed ham with the usual sides, smothered cabbage, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and mushrooms, glazed carrots (different glaze from the ham, thank God.)
Dessert will be a glazed (!) cheesecake, chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and an apple pie.
To drink, Coquito and an assortment of red and white wines.
Same thing as last year, but I have to say she's a great cook and I am grateful for her in my life and her cooking efforts. Plus the ham gets better every year. I guess practice makes perfect.
New Year's Day: Hoppin' John (with leftover hambone,) collards, bisquits and assorted salads, the classic stuff. Dessert TBD.
To drink: champagne and more Coquito.
I am thinking of doing Mario B's seafood risotto for Christmas eve and some type of light salad, Biscotti for dessert. I will make my salmon spread for an appetizer and serve with celery, crackers, maybe some roasted pepper salad, and olives. Christmas day everyone wants Lasagna, which normally I would be fine with. But I have been taken off gluten and dairy. So, I am processing what to make for myself. Maybe polenta and sausage would be good. BACON for breakfast is a must, with maybe fruit crepes or blintzes, again can't eat. DARN food intolerances!!! I am eager to hear others ideas!