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Dec 6, 2011 12:57 PM

An Elegant Christmas Dinner for a Crowd

I am hosting Christmas Dinner for 27 people this year. In spite of the crowd I still want elegance. I would love to do Tenderloin and Poached Salmon, but beef has been vetoed. I thought about a Fruited Stuffed Pork Loin, but I am having a hard time coming up with another entree that marries well with pork. Any ideas? Thank you in advance for all of your thoughts.

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    1. Have a caterer prepare Cornish hens for each guest and deliver them on the day of the dinner. If they are to have a serving of your pork with the other entree, then it most likely be enough to have the small birds as well.

      1. I think the salmon would work just as well with pork as with beef - why not? Alternately, you could do a leg of lamb, or a couple of whole roasted birds (ducks, capons, geese - or even turkey if you don't want anything too fancy).

        1. Why not stay with your salmon, glaze it with mustard/brown sugar and create side dishes that will go well with both? Bitter greens or brussels sprouts would go well, as would potatoes baked with onions in a chicken stock, rice pilaf with cashews, yams roasted with olive oil and herbs. Or you could go creamy with the potatoes and make a gratin--everybody's favorite.