Although we’ve been married for almost three years, this is the first year my husband and I are celebrating Christmas together (last year we were in India and didn’t celebrate and the year before we split to be with our respective families). We are also hosting. The decorating is done. The travel arrangements are made. The guests are confirmed. The presents are being wrapped. But for two weeks we’ve been wrestling with what to serve for the actual meal. In my family, Christmas and Thanksgiving both mean turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, brown-sugar buttered yams, and pumpkin pie. Jim’s tradition with his girls is to make ham, broccoli, and au gratin potatoes. With Christmas only a week away I think we finally have a joint meal figured out.
Christmas Meal Menu
Appetizers: Cougar Gold cheese, Humboldt fog, and brie with baguette, apple and pears.
Salad: Mixed greens with roasted beets and blue cheese.
Entrée: Honeybaked Ham and Sage TurkeySides: Turnips a la Julia Child, Roast Lemon and Pepper Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan, au gratin potatoes, Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce and of course, stuffing.Dessert: Pumpkin Spice Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting and maybe Chocolate Pecan Pie or just a cookie bonanza (we’ll be making Christmas cookies anyway so not sure we need both).
Definitely enough food to feed way more than the seven of us that will be at dinner. But, we’ll have loads of good leftovers! I’m already thinking of ham and cheese omelettes for breakfast the next day . . .