Our Hunts Post Food Editors Share Their Christmas Meal Plan
10:00 am on December 18, 2021
The trees are standing, the bells are ringing, and the stockings are hung neatly by the fireplace. We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for Christmas.
The past year has been a bit of a mixed bag. Some of us were saddened by the prospect of not spending the holiday season with our loved ones. It was difficult for many.
However, we took a deep breath and found the benefits of having a more intimate Christmas.
So while the festivities weren’t canceled this year, Covid still looms ominously, so we’ve made the decision to repeat our Christmas calm again for 2021. But of course we’re doing it in style! We hope we can inspire you with our party menu ideas until the New Year.
Last year we kept this traditional and light. We opted for smoked salmon blinis with cream cheese, delicately topped with caviar. We must not stop there! Pigs in blankets are an undeniable holiday favorite, and topped with honey mustard dressing, adds a satisfying sweet tingle.
This year we’re offering a Cauliflower Velouté, with Seared Scallops and a Crumb of Pancetta, but a simpler version would be Scallop and Bacon Lollipops which are a great way to combine fine dining with simplicity.
While we challenged the traditional turkey last year and replaced it with lamb, this year we’re going to honor the Christmas tradition but with a twist fit for three. A turkey roll. Tactically wrapped in sausage meat, sage and onion stuffing, fresh herbs and wrapped in streaky bacon. This recipe is easy, suits a small crowd, and limits the chances of the dreaded dry turkey.
Admit it, you are also fighting for the finest roasted potatoes, right? Well, to avoid that you can go for a butter mash with a pinch of truffle. Believe it or not, but we also missed a tip last year, bacon with Brussels sprouts or a little chorizo. Culinary genius in our book.
Learn from our mistake, go small. Last year we made a milk pie. Not many people have heard of it but it’s like molasses pie. But it was huge. So this year we are aiming for single servings because it tastes delicious and shouldn’t be wasted.
A more modest way to go may be the classic Christmas ‘pud’ or maybe some petit fours and Irish coffee to see your intimate Christmas.