Ah, Christmas dinner. The sights. The smells. The thought can make visions of turkey drumsticks, heaping bowls of stuffing, cranberry sauce and slices of pumpkin pie dance in your head. All of the traditional foods we love just waiting to be eaten are enough to stir anyone’s taste buds into a frenzy.
But who says you have to serve the same foods you’ve always served for Christmas dinner? You can try something new if you’re tired of always having the same meal and you can even center your food around a holiday theme or you can serve foods from another country. With a little bit of thought, you can come up with the main courses and deserts you’d like to serve or you can try these tasty suggestions.
For meat, instead of turkey, how about filet mignon? This delicious meat, which was a hit among the French before it arrived on America’s plates, is easy to cook and if you wrap a piece of bacon around it before you broil it, there won’t be any leftovers!
If you’d prefer something different than beef, you can try a savory lamb roast cooked with tender vegetables like asparagus on the side. Instead of roasting a turkey, you can roast a chicken or duck.
If you’re having trouble making a choice between which meat to get, have more than one. Christmas kabobs would be a hit with juicy morsels of beef, chicken and pork. Flavored with red pepper, cherry tomatoes and pineapples, this is sure to please any crowd.
Side dishes don’t have to be the same old stuffing or green bean casserole. Squash that’s baked with cinnamon sprinkled apples or with juicy chunks of pineapple will disappear as fast you serve it.
If you don’t believe you’d like a side dish that’s slightly sweet to the taste, you can op for cranberry stuffed squash instead. If you’re not a fan of squash, try tomatoes stuffed with cheese and salmon spread.
You can also make mashed garlic cauliflower. This vegetable tastes like a potato. Prepare it just like you would mashed potatoes-cook until you can run a fork through it. You can also mix cauliflower with cheese such as Parmesan.
Some people say the best part of any Christmas menus are the desserts guaranteed to delight guests of all ages. You don’t have to have fruitcake or pumpkin or apple pies year in and year out.
Try something different. How about Elegant Cheesecake Pie? Quick and simple to make yet this dessert will quickly become a favorite. The ingredients are a regular sized bar of cream cheese, and an eight ounce tub of whipped cream, one third cup sugar and a teaspoon and a half of vanilla.
Mix together, put ingredients in a graham cracker pie crust. Top with strawberry pie filling, or apple pie filing or blueberry pie filling. Refrigerate for five hours until set. Helpful hint: if using store bought pie crust, invert the plastic pie covering, gently wash it and use it to cover the pie once it’s made.
Make It a Crystal Christmas at Your Dinner Table
Christmas is not an ordinary day and Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day dinner is not an ordinary meal. It’s one to be celebrated with the best of family and friends and with the best of foods. Don’t serve the meal on plain dishes that you have around the house and don’t serve this extraordinary food on dishes you can get anywhere.
You want to use dinnerware and decorations on your dinner table that show your effort, items that will make your table memorable. Why use crystal? Crystal, despite its name, is a very sturdy dinnerware, but more than everyday dishes, it has an elegance that deserves a class of its own.
If you can afford to set your entire table in crystal at once, then go ahead and do so, the beauty is stunning and gives the impression of opulence, almost like one is about to dine in a winter wonderland.
But if can’t afford to set the table completely with crystal, then buy it a piece at a time until you have everything you need. Begin with place settings. You’ll want to get these first.
You’ll need enough place settings for yourself and every person who lives in the home. Then you’ll need to figure how many guests you usually entertain at your Christmas meals.
After you have your place settings, then begin buying the glasses. Some of the pieces will cost you more but elegance is always worth the extra price you pay and crystal does retain its value. You’ll want to get both glasses and flutes. When the settings and glassware have all been purchased, begin buying those extras that make a holiday table one of a kind.
Make sure you purchase a cake plate for those holiday deserts. You can find large crystal cake plates that are footed and well suited for large gatherings or you can find ones with a smaller diameter and height.
A tip for those cake plates is that you don’t have to always serve cake on them. You can serve pies and other holiday treats as well. Many of the finest crystal cake plates are limited edition within their collections so you don’t want to wait too long to get your dinnerware complete. You’ll also need a crystal punch bowl and cup set for holding that special holiday punch recipe.
Holiday crystal doesn’t just end with the dinnerware. There are also the table decorations to consider. Small, round crystal dishes are perfect for filling with Christmas ornaments or flower heads or candles floating in water. A crystal vase in the middle of the table can house those gorgeous Christmas poinsettias. This year, aim to deck your table out in fine crystal.