Christmas Eve menu-my first time hosting!
I know most people are in thanksgiving mode right now, but we are all set for that menu and I'm already excitedly planning for Christmas Eve. :)
This will be my first xmas as a married woman, and because we are going to another home on Christmas day, I'll be hosting a Christmas Eve dinner for my parents and two grandmothers.
I'd like to make something that I know they will all love, so I'm thinking individual Shepherd's Pies (Alton Brown's recipe) for the main course with a light green salad, and for dessert a raspberry white chocolate almond trifle.
Should I open with a soup? I was considering lobster bisque or an easier celery root bisque (maybe with sauteed lobster on top?)
Also- the Alton Brown shepherd's pie recipe calls for ground lamb. Does anyone think I should use chunks of lamb shank instead?
I don't think I'll do more than 3 courses, because it will be very filling as it is. Maybe I can bake some bread and make an herb butter for the table...
I welcome any input fellow chowhounders have to share!
My go-to Christmas Eve meal is clam chowder, individual fresh dungeness crab louies, sourdough bread (toasted with cheese or just fresh pull apart with butter), wine of course. Dessert or a cheese plate with fruit, followed by an Irish coffee or port.
I don't think chunks of lamb will work well, both in cooking and texture. Sheps pie should consist of a ground meat. As for soup, a non meat sounds good. Enjoy, you'll do well and have fun.
You have a great opportunity to start a new family Xmas Eve tradition, as this is your first one with your "new" family.
On the lamb question about chunks of meat. Absolutely not!. Shepherd's pie is made with minced lamb. Always. If you make it with chunks, it ain't shepherd's pie any more. It may be absolutely delicious and become your new family tradition, though.
The celeriac soup (or celery root, as you call it) will be excellent as a starter. This is a good recipe and the little drizzle of pesto is a great touch. http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes...