We’ve reached a critical time in the year. Christmas is one week away and Christmas dinner needs to be planned.
For us Latinos, we’re in an even bigger pickle because we do Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) dinner. So that means we have 6 days left to plan a feast.
This time of year is always particularly frustrating for me, because my family doesn’t like anything. No really, they don’t. An hour ago, I was walking around Sprouts talking to my sister about how I wanted to give up on Christmas dinner. She pumped me up a bit about it.
We decided on some random menu:
-Chicken with Lemon-Caper sauce
-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
We’ll see how that goes. I always have grand plans for Christmas dinner, but it never happens because the things I like are 1. too expensive to make for a crowd or 2. generally disliked by my family. Last year, I got close. I made awesome short ribs braised in red wine (they were a hit) served with mashed potatoes, as well as coq au vin. Guys, I got fancy. This year… it’s not looking that way…
So today, in the spirit of dreaming, I’m going to plan my ideal Christmas Dinner. I’ll probably never make it but let’s just pretend.
Of course, in my ideal world, I would have a beautiful, hipster-chic table setting
Because of course, I’ll have enough logs for everyone to sit on!
We’d start the evening with appetizers and drinks.
Along with Cheese, Crackers, Nuts and Dried Fruit. To drink, wine, beer and a fun Prosecco cocktail for those who are so inclined:
Then for dinner:
Roast Leg of Lamb on a Bed of Potatoes and Wilted Greens
Served with Roasted Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
and Mashed Potatoes
And for dessert… My favorite Bourbon Banana Pie
(which I’m actually planning to make for Christmas!)
and because you can never have enough dessert…
Gingerbread Apple Upside-down Cake
That’s it. Pretty much my perfect Christmas dinner. Mine won’t be that perfect, but it’ll still be great.
I’m being totally dramatic about Christmas Dinner. I’ll be honest, I really don’t care what we eat. I’m more excited to spend time with my family than anything else. We could eat KFC or Chinese Takeout, and I’d be happy. That said, day dreaming about fancy dinners is what foodies do.
What’s on your Christmas menu? Share your menus so I can get more inspiration!
13 thoughts on “My Ideal Christmas Dinner”
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Smile. I think our ideals are very similar! Love the tablescape and give me more Brussels please! I think an apple cake would be in order for me. I love the smell of cinnamon and apples!
Cinnamon + Apples = Amazing!
the short ribs you made last year sound amazing, although lemon caper chicken sounds pretty awesome too.
turkey, ham, scalloped potatoes and veggies are on our menu. and of course bread pudding!
Oooh scalloped potatoes! I like that! I suggested bread pudding to my sister (probably something to do with our conversation yesterday). We agreed no one but us would eat it…
Bread pudding is one of those desserts that people either really like or don’t like it at all. It’s about 50/50 in my family so we always end up with leftover dessert!
Agreed! Which I totally don’t understand bc it’s delicious!
Sounds perfect to me! 🙂 The only thing I know I’m contributing to Christmas (so far) is egg nog! It will be my first time making it!
Oooh! I’ve never made egg nog (don’t think my family would like it) but you should blog about it and let us know how it turns out!
I’m off the hook for both Christmas Eve and day, all I have to make is one vegetable. My mother in laws family tradition is Sweedish meatball and Lefse on Christmas Eve. At my Mom’s on Christmas Day were going to have a Crown Roast with Apple pecan stuffing and a Cauliflower/Broccoli medley.
Holy Moly! Crown Roast with Apple pecan stuffing and a Cauliflower/Broccoli medley sounds awesome!! Merry Christmas!
I’m not a foodie but the brussel sprout recipe looked so good I had to make it for Christmas. It was wonderful and you’ve made a sprout lover out of me!
Thanks for sharing.
Sara’s Aunt Bev
Bev, you made my day! Happy New Year!