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!