It’s amazing to think that a week from today we’ll all be reflecting on our Christmas and recovering from the indulgence of the holiday season.
Until then, I’ve got a lot of work to do! This year we’re hosting Christmas Eve drinks, appies and a gift exchange, and then a smaller group for Christmas dinner on the 25th. My parents are coming over from Vancouver Island, and my brother and his girlfriend will join us as well.
So that’s three menus to plan – Christmas eve, breakfast the next morning and, of course, Christmas dinner.
I’ve got a plan for the first two, but haven’t settled on the specifics of the last.
Here’s what I’m thinking so far:
I love turkey, but it’s nice to mix things up occasionally. This leg of lamb recipe from Ina Garten looks amazing. Garlic, tons of rosemary and the roasted red tomatoes sounds delicious – and it’s festive looking too! It cooks together in one-pan, and no need to make gravy afterwards – the juices become the sauce.
Roasted Root Vegetables
My brother’s girlfriend is going to roast some root vegetables. Yum!
Carrots with Ginger and Honey
I found this recipe on Martha Stewart’s website. Sounds delicious.
It’s nice to have a fresh, crisp salad accompany an otherwise heavy holiday meal. This recipe looks interesting and features grapefruit, avocado, green onions and mixed greens. Very unique.
Another option is a spinach, pecan and cranberry salad, which feels like a more traditional fit.
My Mom’s the pie maker in the family, so maybe she’ll bring something over with her (hint hint Ma!). I’m thinking of also doing Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles.
I came across the recipe on Pinterest. Seems easy to do as there’s no baking involved, and they look very impressive.
Are you hosting Christmas dinner this year? What do you have planned?