Curious what you consider the perfect balanced menu for Thanksgiving/Christmas.
Holiday menu ideas
|by Anonymous||reply 45||November 24, 2023 12:24 PM|
Gin AND regret.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||November 20, 2023 11:30 PM|
Pumpkin pie AND pecan pie!
|by Anonymous||reply 2||November 20, 2023 11:46 PM|
Utter lack of consideration. It's one day a year.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||November 21, 2023 12:20 AM|
Christmas is anything but “one day a year.”
|by Anonymous||reply 4||November 21, 2023 12:40 AM|
Greg, where are you?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||November 21, 2023 1:18 AM|
I do a big dinner Christmas Eve, usually a roast and all the traditional sides. Brunch on Christmas Day. Leftovers in the evening if anyone is still hungry.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||November 21, 2023 1:43 AM|
I'll bite. I think it's important to consider not just flavor, but color, and especially texture. Making sure you have a variety of textures in a menu is incredibly important.
What if everything you served were pureed and stewed? Not so much. Texture matters.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||November 21, 2023 1:46 AM|
[quote]I do a big dinner Christmas Eve, usually a roast and all the traditional sides.
Thank you for not typing "and all the fixins."
|by Anonymous||reply 8||November 21, 2023 3:34 AM|
Do Thanksgiving meals include a salad? I rarely hear of salads being served as part of TG dinner.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||November 21, 2023 6:09 AM|
R5, please don't summon it. It is not the end all and be all for cooking.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||November 21, 2023 3:13 PM|
We always do a rib roast for xmas.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||November 21, 2023 3:14 PM|
My guests are due to arrive at noon.
Once they’re there, we will go to the beach and have cups of haddock chowder. It will be around 50 degrees outside.
Back at the house we will have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres—simple things like cheese and crackers, Medjool dates, warm spiced pecans, gougeres, and celery stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, chives, and parsley.
We will sit down to eat at 3:00 and will have a pretty traditional Thanksgiving dinner:
Roast Turkey and Gravy
Sautéed Haricots Verts with Chopped Hazelnuts
Creamed Pearl Onions
Bourbon Pecan Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
|by Anonymous||reply 12||November 21, 2023 3:35 PM|
No such thing. Why would you even want to try?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||November 21, 2023 3:43 PM|
That sounds amazing, Greg. Would you share your recipe for Sautéed Haricots Verts with Chopped Hazelnuts?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||November 21, 2023 3:51 PM|
And your cranberry sauce recipe (o:
|by Anonymous||reply 15||November 21, 2023 3:52 PM|
Greg I am 74 and you are the only other person that I have heard talk about celery with cream cheese which my mother used to make all the time. I wonder if it is a New England thing since that was where she was from. Because of that I just absolutely Love celery, even plain.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||November 21, 2023 5:31 PM|
Every Boston Irish mother served cream cheese on celery…kinda blah. Irish dads used peanut butter instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||November 21, 2023 5:34 PM|
My mother wasn't Irish. She would mix the cream cheese with a little milk and then put it in the celery and then top it with paprika.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||November 21, 2023 5:38 PM|
Thanks, R14. Here you go:
[bold] GREG’S DELICIOUS HARICOTS VERTS WITH CHOPPED HAZELNUTS [/bold]
[bold] INGREDIENTS [/bold]
-8 ounces haricots verts
-1/4 cup dried, roasted hazelnuts, crushed
-3.5 ounces of Hazelnut oil
-7 ounces of olive oil
-3.5 ounces of sherry vinegar
[bold] PROCEDURE [/bold]1.
Trim just the top end of the beans and drop in salted boiling water.
2. Cook for just 1 to 1.5 minutes. You want them crisp-tender.
3. Mix oils and vinegar together.
4. Once beans have cooked, drain, season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, and dress the beans lightly with oil and nuts.
5. Important—start slowly! Don’t pour all of the oil and vinegar dressing on the beans. There is more than you need here.
The oil and vinegar emulsion will provide enough dressing for twice as many beans as is in this recipe.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||November 21, 2023 5:53 PM|
My mother (half Irish) would simply stuff celery stalks with cream cheese and would top with paprika and she would top some with canned sliced black olives.
We always had this before dinner on Thanksgiving.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||November 21, 2023 5:56 PM|
Tons of cocaine.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||November 21, 2023 6:18 PM|
[quote] Tons of cocaine
On the stuffed celery?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||November 21, 2023 6:37 PM|
In the UK, Saint Delia rules Christmas.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||November 21, 2023 7:17 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 24||November 21, 2023 7:29 PM|
Butternut squash soup with creme fraiche
Roast turkey with stuffing with pecans and sausage. and graxy Mashed potatoes with garlic Mashed sweet potatoes with orange, cinnamon, maple syrup and butter Fried brussel sprouts Creamed spinach Cranberry sauce with orange
This is very rich but I fast the day before and eat small helpings of everything.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||November 21, 2023 7:30 PM|
Well, after reading Greg's menu this is really plain but it is good. Turkey and stuffing with sage sausage, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, Creamed Pearl Onions sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||November 21, 2023 7:43 PM|
Sounds very good, R25.
Do you know that you can purée your sweet potatoes in a food processor, if you like them smooth?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||November 21, 2023 7:49 PM|
R26, that sounds delicious!
Thanksgiving is a day to stick to the tried and true and to serve food that reminds people of previous Thanksgivings and traditions.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||November 21, 2023 7:52 PM|
Yes, Greg. It's a great tip.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||November 21, 2023 8:03 PM|
Hazelnuts are nasty. I’ve never had anything they were in where they didn’t make the whole thing taste musty and rancid.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||November 21, 2023 10:07 PM|
Greg's shit is always overwrought and pasted from a magazine. Bitch isn't cooking whatever it says it is.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||November 21, 2023 10:09 PM|
[quote] Greg's shit is always overwrought and pasted from a magazine. Bitch isn't cooking whatever it says it is.
And I cook everything I say I do.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||November 21, 2023 10:50 PM|
[quote] Hazelnuts are nasty. I’ve never had anything they were in where they didn’t make the whole thing taste musty and rancid.
You’re not eating in the right places.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||November 21, 2023 11:53 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 34||November 22, 2023 2:38 AM|
Thanksgiving is a day to mix tried and true with something different and to serve food that both reminds people of previous Thanksgivings and creates new traditions.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||November 22, 2023 2:47 AM|
R35, I completely agree.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||November 22, 2023 3:29 AM|
Diet Coke and a pack of Marlboro Lights.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||November 22, 2023 3:31 AM|
Is R31 GapPlaylist guy?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||November 22, 2023 4:32 AM|
The holiday menus in question are not "Balanced". A balanced meal has a moderate amount of some sort of protein, a moderate amount of some sort of carbohydrate, a variety of vegetables, and possibly some fruit based dessert.
For Thanksgiving, that would mean one slice of turkey breast, a moderate spoonful of potatoes, a spoonful of sweet potatoes, a generous helping of cooked vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, green beans), possibly some salad, and creme fraiche or lightly sweetened yogurt over a bowl of raspberries.
Not one American in 100,000 would recognize that as being an appropriate Thanksgiving dinner however.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||November 22, 2023 6:27 AM|
Balance can refer to nutrition as in a balanced diet or flavors. I assume OP is speaking about the latter.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||November 22, 2023 1:17 PM|
This chef just won a round of the Julia Child competition in Chopped so I looked up his restaurant, the Heritage Inn, in Madison, Wisconsin. This is their holiday spread for 300. for five people.
Heritage Thanksgiving Feast (Serves 5, reheating instructions included) AVAILABLE 11/22 ONLY
Creamy Apple & Market Vegetable Slaw; side of market greens
Roasted Brussels Sprouts; bacon lardon, chili-candied pumpkin crumble
Maple Candied Sweet Potatoes; cranberry gastrique
Willow Creek Farms Italian Sausage, Pecan & Door County Cherry Stuffing
Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes; garlic confit
Juniper and Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Confit Turkey Thighs, Smoked Turkey Drumsticks, Riesling Wine Turkey Gravy
½ Dozen Brioche Buns & Whipped Honey-Thyme Butter
Pumpkin Pie with Mascarpone Whipped Cream
Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce
|by Anonymous||reply 41||November 22, 2023 2:27 PM|
My Irish grandmother was born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey and no holiday was complete without celery stuffed with cream cheese and topped with black olives! Make sure to carry the tradition every year in her memory. It does seem dated, but I had no idea it was so regional.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||November 22, 2023 2:34 PM|
That chef is a crazy person, r41, but one if the most talented chefs I've ever seen.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||November 22, 2023 3:10 PM|
"Mascarpone Whipped Cream"
!!! never heard of this but that sounds great!
|by Anonymous||reply 44||November 24, 2023 12:04 PM|
R23 -- "So that is what that Delia Wheelwright is up to these days! She was always such a social climber, always pushing herself and family on others. So people now think she can cook?! Had YOU ever tasted her custard tarts?! Ghastly!"
|by Anonymous||reply 45||November 24, 2023 12:24 PM|