Christmas Menus

The holidays are full of good cheer and joyous celebration. They can also be loaded with endless preparation...and little time.

Christmas Menu Planning Tips

¤ Plan the menu well in advance (or simply use Chef-Menus as your guide)

¤ If you really have no time, plan a menu that consists of dishes that can be made 3-4 days ahead. Don't feel guilty about that!

¤ If using recipes, review them thoroughly as you prepare your shopping list

¤ Decide which items can be purchased well in advance and either safely stored or frozen. Leave fresh items for last and purchase a day or two before the event

¤ Try to plan for everything to be done at least one hour before you wish to serve (good luck with that!). That way you can change into your party clothes, sip a cocktail and enjoy your guests!

Christmas Menus

Seafood Family Christmas
A favorite tradition that's extra special tasty.  Terrific menu for a small intimate gathering.  Lots of appetizers makes things so festive.  Serve an additional protein for non-seafood lovers


Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans

Spicy Hot Crab Dip

Tapenade
Serve with crispy pita chips

Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
 
Easy Baked Citrus Chicken

Dijon and Herb Roasted Salmon

Shrimp In Champagne Sauce
Serve with Angel Hair Pasta

Roasted Asparagus with Orange Vinaigrette  

Favorite Green Salad
Add dried cranberries, mandarin oranges and toasted walnuts

Bourbon Chocolate Cake
or
Chocolate Toffee Trifle





Christmas Brunch
This brunch is light enough not to "spoil your dinner". There are no recipe links for this easy menu

Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows

English Muffins and Cranberry Cream Cheese
Mix whipped cream cheese with dried cranberries, a pinch of sugar and dash vanilla

Ruby Red Grapefruit Halves
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and put a cherry on top

Sauteed Turkey Sausages and Boiled Eggs
Top egg halves with a dollop of sour cream or mayo mixed with chives

Juices and Mineral Water


Please Come Home for Christmas Menu
Growing up in New Orleans, this menu was a holiday family favorite. Yes, we loved our desserts! Leftover ham was used for delicious Po'Boys the next day

Assorted Fruits and Cheeses

Gumbo

Southern-Style Cola Baked Ham

Creole Potato Salad

Green Salad with Sliced Tomatoes and Olives

Pecan Pie

Easy Orange Rum Cake

How to Cook Ham


Big Flavor-Full Family Dinner

Marinated Cheese Appetizers
Serve with crackers or crispy flatbread

Easy Ambrosia

Orange Roasted Brisket

Rich Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Green Beans with Mustard and Mushrooms

Cranberry Salad
Prepare your favorite green salad. Add dried cranberries, pecans and blue cheese

Spiced Coconut Cake

Gingerbread Cookies and Ice Cream



Easy Classic Christmas
All our favorite holiday flavors. Make the brisket up to 2 days ahead and purchase the soup and bread.

Ham and Dijon Butter Canapes

Butternut Squash Soup

Cranberry Nut Bread

Family Favorite Brisket
Serve with Sweet Apple Chutney

Rich Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Potatoes AuGratin

Favorite Vegetables

Banana's Foster Crisp

Easy Chocolate Cake with Berries and Cream


New Traditions


Hot Cider - Wine - Mixed Drinks

Olives, roasted peppers, other antipasto-type veggies

Spicy Hot Crab Dip
Serve with an assortment of crisp crackers or vegetables

Herb-Rubbed Turkey with Roasted-Garlic Gravy

Pea and Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Sweet Potato Souffle

Roasted Asparagus with Orange Vinaigrette

Rolls - Butter

Bourbon Chocolate Cake


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