Critique my Christmas Brunch/Lunch menu!
Guest list is pretty small. At the most I will have 20 people, at the least 12. Still waiting on a few replies but my gut says we will be16-18. Food will be set up as a buffet with no courses. I will have various nibbles set up near the bar (nuts, olives, etc) and plan on having things like ribbon candy and chex mix in the areas where people will mingle.
Spiral ham w/ biscuits and assorted mustards
Bagels with lox, cream cheese, capers, onions, etc
Prosciutto wrapped mac and cheese (from this site)
Cinnamon rolls (guest is bring her famous ones!)
I was thinking about some kind of fruit salad or maybe sliced melon but this is not the season for good fresh fruit. And what about another veggie?
I am known for having a signature cocktail at my parties but decided against it? Is that wrong? Should I offer people something festive as they arrive?
looks great! i have made mini mac and cheese thingies, but wrapped in black forest ham. still delish, people rave and it is a $$$$-saver and sorry, but it seems wrong to me to cook good prosciutto. :) (also use martha stewart's mac recipe which reheats beautifully, so can be made ahead.)
you could add pomegranate seeds, grapefruit or clementine segments to your endive salad for color and tartness.
and citrus actually is in season now and apples and pears are still quite good. i'd definitely offer some fruit.
i wouldn't worry about a cocktail for a daytime party either.
I wish citrus was in season around here! What I see being trucked in from Fla and CA doesn't seem great. The last batch of oranges I bought were mediocre. But I really like the idea of some pink grapefruit and pomegranate in the salad!
Thanks for the tip on the ham too, for a bigger crowd that would a $$ saver!
I'm south of Boston and yes the citrus travels far and the quality is all over the place. I have seen whole pineapples and kiwis at the store. They could add some brightness-kind of tropical salad.
I am so good about buying local and in season until I have a party! Then I swear my resolve goes out the window.
You can still get decent tomatoes for roasting then drizzled with pesto oil, or balsamic glaze. Hot spiced apple cider is festive.
I would make a winter fruit salad-mix of different citrus, pears, pomegranate seeds. You can even do an infused syrup over it.