Merry Christmas Eve-Eve! Just in time, A Quick & Easy Christmas Menu…& let me tell you…it will save your life! From Christmas Eve through the weekend, many people will be celebrating Christmas & there will be a bunch of get-togethers in the coming days. But, I know you are behind on your Christmas To-Do List, so I know you need this menu. Why? Because this menu is quick & easy! I promise, you can pull off a menu…for a bunch of people…with an hour of preparation…with a little help from your favorite elf, of course!
Let’s organize! The first thing you need to prepare are Red Velvet Peppermint Crinkle Cookies...the cookie takes about 15 minutes to make, but the dough needs to sit in the fridge for about 2 hours to chill & firm so the dough can be rolled & baked.
Next…turkey. A Simple Holiday Turkey Breast is the perfect Holiday food for any Christmas menu…after all, so many think “turkey” when they think “Christmas”…the problem is this…who wants to deal with a whole turkey? We just did that for Thanksgiving, right? The beauty of preparing a turkey breast is there is little waste with a whole lot of sandwiches or sliders…perfect for a crowd. Prepare the turkey…in 3 hours, you will have a beautiful turkey ready to serve & enjoy.
Once the onion dip and bisque are ready, make the Skinny Caviar Dip. This dip is the best…truth be known, I make one recipe for our friends, Pete & Neil…I make a second for everyone else. Enough said. Be sure to serve the Caviar Dip with both shrimp & chips…after all, it’s Christmas!
Next, pop the ham biscuits in the oven. I highly recommend that you buy Ladyfingers Ham Biscuits. In Greensboro, you can go by Feather Your Nest in Irving Park Plaza. If you live outside of North Carolina, buy frozen biscuits in your grocery store, then go by The Fresh Market & buy shaved ham…mix with a little brown sugar, stuff inside the biscuits…brush with melted butter & bake…voilà! I will also be serving these New Year’s Day since pork is good luck & these ham biscuits are the bomb! I like to serve the biscuits with Cranberry Mostarda…I serve it with the turkey as well…there’s nothing better.
For Christmas Eve & Christmas, I like to set everything as a buffet & let everyone graze…it’s a little more casual & intimate to have everyone eat & chat as they wish. I have found that’s its preferable to a more formal dinner, especially when people have other obligations & may be exhausted. It is also helpful to the hosts, especially when, in my house at least, a certain elf may not have all her wrapping done for Christmas morning! I typically set out both appetizer & white dinner plates or Christmas china, depending on the crowd. For the bisque, I like to use tea cups, as the cups are easier to maneuver…it’s also fun to sip the bisque!
As far as a centerpiece goes, I have fallen in love with floating roses & tealight candles! Green spider mums would also work well, depending on the type of vessel you have, & may be a little less expensive. The Fresh Market, though, has great prices on roses, so I am sticking with this!