For the past 8 years or so we’ve had a few friends over on Christmas Eve. We cook something little outside our comfort zone, the little one gets to open a present or two and we celebrate as one should, with family. Here’s a few pictures from last night’s menu.
Baked Brie using homemade Puff Pastry
Watercress and Endive Salad with Pistachios and Dried Cranberries
Crown Roast of Pork
Wild Rice, Sourdough and Apple Stuffing
Creamy Smashed Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Homemade Fruitcake flamed with brandy. Optional whipped cream.
6 gathered for dinner this week (5 adults; 1 kid).
Ted made the puff pastry, the baked brie and the fruitcake.
The salad and potato recipes came from The Way We Cook by Sheryl Julian and Julie Riven with a couple of tweaks to make them my own.
The pork recipe was based on one from The Joy of Cooking. The stuffing is from an old copy of Gourmet magazine that we have kicking around. I’ll get a recipe for both up within a week or so.