Holiday meals might be the bane of my existence. There’s pressure to please many generations and many different palates. I find holiday meals to have added pressure than regular dinner parties. Not only do you need to make a meal that your guests will enjoy but because they are your family you know all their dislikes and quirks. Then there’s always the meal of holidays past that haunt the day-what fails happened and why they were never repeated. In my family there’s the always over-cooked turkey that I’d get caught picking tastes at while carving it. My grandfather hated a snacking chef. Most memorable was the year we bought a Turducken-what a bad idea. You’ve never seen displeasure until you’ve asked an eighty-five year old northern woman to eat a turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with a chicken with cajun seasoning and oyster cornbread stuffing. Never again.
I’m playing it safe this year. My menu planning is certainly underway but I’ve taken to finding inspiration for several of my holiday dishes from recipes across the webosphere. Some of the following recipes might show up at Christmas or at another smaller holiday gathering this season.
- Modernist Latkes throws a twist to a traditional latkes.
- Asiago Potato Stacks sound like an easy and delicious holiday side dish.
- This dessert contains all those holiday flavors: Cranberry Orange Frangipane
- This Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet with Bacon would be the perfect Christmas morning.
- Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Loin sounds like the perfect holiday roast.
- Orange Pomegranate Salad would be a refreshing salad for a usually rich menu.
- How about an edible holiday wreath for an appetizer.
- Spiced Beetroot and Orange Chutney would compliment both beef and pork entrées.
- I’ve always loved a good Parmesan Mushroom Caps.
- I’d happily serve this Coffee Rubbed Ribeye Roast on a holiday buffet.
- A Salty Walnut Pie that’s gluten free as well? Yes please!