Christmas Eve 2016

We enjoy having a few friends over on Christmas Eve. We often use it as an occasion to try out something fancier than our usual Saturday night dinner fare. This year, though, we are both feeling the need for comforting food that was fairly simple for us to put together.

Baked Brie
Roasted Pear and Spiced Pecan Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Lamb Pie with Puff Pastry
Farro with Mushrooms and Thyme
Roasted Carrots
Strawberry Shortcake Pie

Notes under the cut

Christmas Eve 2015

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.

[Christmas Eve 2015]

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.

Notes under the cut

Christmas Eve 2014

Every year we have 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 the menu from this year.

Starters – turnip tots, cheese and crackers, grapes,
First course – Cranberry Crunch Salad
Main course – Pork Tenderloin Wellington, Roasted Potatoes, Cinnamon-Braised Carrots
Dessert – Pistachio-Cherry Crumble, Buttermilk Ice Cream, Mixed Nut Brittle

Notes under the cut

Beet-Pickled Deviled Eggs

While trying to come up with the menu for Christmas Eve dinner I came across a suggestion of deviled eggs as a party appetizer. This is nothing new, I’ve been making deviled eggs for probably as long as I’ve been cooking for friends. They are easy and generally well liked.

So in and of themselves they weren’t a fit for the menu. However I saw a suggestion of using a pickled egg as the basis for the dish and that intrigued me. We love us some beets in this house so a beet pickled deviled egg seemed fun and a bit different. And I think they look quite extraordinary.

[Beet Pickled Egg]Beet Pickled Deviled Egg

Recipe under the cut

Christmas Eve Dinner 2012

Every year we have friends over on Christmas Eve for dinner. It is usually a subset of the group from our regular Saturday night gathering. We use it as a chance to present a slightly fancier meal than usual, with plated service instead of family style.

Hors d’oeuvre – Tomato-Rosemary Palmiers, picholine olives, cheddar, crackers
Amuse bouche – Beet-Pickled Deviled Eggs
First course – Butternut Squash Ravioli, Sage Brown Butter, Gingersnap dust
Entree – Pomegranate-glazed chicken thighs
– Smoked Paprika and Salt Crust Potatoes
– Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Dessert – Gingerbread with mascarpone cream, sweetened whipped cream
Cranberry Sorbet
– Blackberries

Beet Pickled Deviled EggButternut Squash Ravioli
Pomegranate Glazed ChickenGingerbread with Cranberry Sorbet

Notes under the cut

Christmas Eve 2011

Christmas Eve rolls around once again. Ted and I always set out to make something a little different for our friends who join us on this special night. There was much laughter and joy, and good food if I do say so myself.

Assorted nibbles – cheddar & mimmolette cheese, chopped liver, picholine olives, crackers

Salad with roasted beets, sauteed chestnuts, pomegranate, hazelnuts and lemon pomegranate
Homemade rolls

Braised “country-style” pork ribs with butternut squash and tangerine
Forbidden Rice
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A sweet tart, painted with dark chocolate, filled with vanilla & rose custard and topped with pomegranate seeds, hazelnuts and candied tangerine peel

Notes under here for the curious.

Christmas Eve 2009

ted_badger put together the following menu for a handful of friends who were able to join us on Christmas Eve this year.

  • Hot Popover with Apricot Whipped Cream
  • Red Leaf Salad with Roasted Beets, Chestnuts, Tangerine & Pomegranate with tangerine vinaigrette
  • Butternut Squash Custard with Black Pepper Mascarpone and Oregano Oil
  • Braised Lamb with Fennel, Onion & Carrots, Pomegranate Red Onion Relish, Couscous
  • Meringue tart with Chocolate Ganache and Pears, Apricot Glaze

Under the cut below you’ll find photos for each of the courses. Here’s a little something to wet your appetite.

More photos under here

Christmas Eve 2008

ted_badger and I invited some friends over for Christmas Eve dinner. We wanted to do something a bit different from our usual Saturday night routine which is family style. We decided on a multi-course plated meal. It was a lot of fun to put together and folks seemed to enjoy themselves.

Christmas Eve Menu
Antipasto with mozzarella & Parmesan cheese, speck, roasted red peppers, marinated olives and assorted breads.

Cha Siu Bow (steamed rolls filled with stir fried pork)

Escarole Salad with Salt Cod, Tuna and Olives

Roasted Cornish Game Hens served upon a bed of Braised Leek Dressing with Wilted Kale & Pancetta and Cranberry Chutney (picture under the cut)

Rice Pudding Brulee with currants and blackberries

Notes under here.