What are you all serving for Christmas? I mentioned earlier this week that I’m hosting both sides of the family. The Mr.’s family on the 23rd and my family on the 24th. I thought it would be fun to share the menus with you along with my Grandma’s Hot German Potato Salad Recipe.
First up on the 23rd, the Mr. has decided to take over the protein for me and is planning to roast a beef tenderloin. He recently did an Iron Chef style cooking challenge as a team building activity at work and learned how to make a demi-glace sauce (he tells me that his cuisine reigned supreme in kitchen stadium that day – easy Bobby Flay). On a side note, does anyone remember the original Japanese Iron Chef from 15 or 20 years ago? Wow, the Mr. and I loved watching late night Iron Chef episodes with goofy secret ingredients, the eccentric chairman and poorly dubbed voiceover. Ah-lay Cuisine! Anyway, I’m handing the reigns over to the Mr. for Christmas party number one, and if it’s good (mainly if he can remember how to make it, ha) I’ll post the recipe soon!
I’m trying this cheesy cauliflower gratin dish that Michael from Inspired by Charm shared on his blog. It looks amazing!
I also plan on making twice baked potatoes because I can make these a day ahead and just pop them in the oven. I make a million different variations of them, but here is a recipe I’ve made in the past.
I’ll round things out with roasted asparagus and this apple pecan blue cheese salad from the Pioneer Woman.
My sister in law is in charge of dessert, so that will be a welcome surprise, but I love this caramel apple cake I posted a long time ago, so excuse the photos ;)
Christmas eve is a bit trickier. My brother’s kids have a few different food allergies (eggs, peanuts, and gluten) so I have to be a little more thoughtful with this menu. We usually do a ham on Christmas, and thankfully Honey Baked Ham is gluten free and is simple to heat and serve, so that’s one thing easy to knock off my list.
Our family is part german, so my Grandma’s hot German potato salad is always a fave on the menu. This does contain eggs and flour, but my niece and nephew don’t like potatoes, so we are safe there. I’ll give you the real deal recipe because I just realized my mom makes it a bit different than the recipe she gave me, sneaky, sneaky…
Also, let me just say that I realize this is not the most attractive looking recipe (especially not attractive when Charlie hops on the table and helps himself to the bacon that I ever so carefully sprinkled on the top!), but it is delicious! Think potatoes, bacon and hardboiled eggs with a tangy hot bacon dressing.
- 6 medium potatoes cubed and boiled til fork tender
- ¼ C parsley
- ⅓ C diced onion
- 8 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled - save bacon fat
- 4 tbsp bacon fat
- 4 tbsp flour
- ⅔ C Vinegar
- 1⅓ C Water
- 4 tsp sugar
- 3 tsp salt
- 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
- Gently toss boiled potatoes, parsley, onion, hard boiled eggs, and bacon together.
- In a saute pan whisk reserved bacon fat with flour until smooth.
- Slowly whisk vinegar and water in.
- Add sugar and salt.
- Stir continuously until thickened.
- Pour over potato mixture. You may only use ⅔ of the sauce or use it all depending on how saucy you like your potato salad. If I'm making this ahead of time and reheating, I reserve some of the sauce to add after warming. It tends to absorb all the sauce as it reheats and can become dry.
Spiced apples are always a good kid friendly accompaniment to this meal. I just throw sliced apples, cinnamon and a bit of sugar in a crockpot and let them go. Easy and allergy friendly. I’ll saute some green beans in butter and buy some gluten free and regular rolls to serve along side.
An egg free, nut free, gluten free dessert can be a tricky one, so we alway opt for peppermint ice cream with homemade hot fudge on top!
So to recap –
Honey Baked Ham
German Potato Salad
Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundaes
Christmas on the 23rd
Filet Mignon with Demi Glace sauce
Cherry Apple Blue Cheese Salad
Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin
Twice Baked Potatoes
Caramel Apple Pecan Cake
Oh and not to be forgotten, for our own little family I make homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning breakfast every year, it’s my favorite tradition! Happy Weekend!