This Christmas was all about traditions. With my family scattered about, I decided that if I couldn't be with them on this wonderful holiday, I would at least cook all of our traditional recipes.
A few weeks before Christmas, I was Skyping with my eldest niece (9 years old), La Petite Critique, who is living in Paris. We started chatting about our favorite Christmas dishes and La Petite Critique kept saying, "Zia you have to make this. And you have to make that!" Before I knew it, she had listed every one of my family's traditional recipes! And then that huge smile on La Petite's face disappeared. "What's wrong?!" I asked. She replied, "Well, it's just that...I just realized....I won't be there to eat it with you!" So I reminded her that the best cook in the world, aka my mom, was going to visit her for Christmas and there was a good chance she would willingly cook anything La Petite wanted. And her huge smile returned.
As I post each recipe, I'll give you the background story and why it's a traditional recipe in our family. Click on blue links below to be redirected to recipes. Recipes without links will be posted shortly. To see Table Décor, click here.
The menu border design came from the first Christmas card Mr. Stranded and I sent after we were married. I'm a sucker for damask and anything monogrammed. Click on the menu below to enlarge.
Christmas Dinner Menu
Baked Brie en Croute
Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese, Minced Onions and Capers
Prosciutto di Parma
Veal Ravioli in a Clear Chicken Broth
Ricotta-Filled Manicotti with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Porcini and Rosemary Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce
Brandied Sweet Potatoes with Apples
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Chesnuts, Bacon and Shallots
Garlicky Broccoli Rabe
White Mushrooms with Garlic and Parsley
Glazed Pearl Onions
Fennel and Green Apple Salad
Fried Cookie Ribbons
Clementines and Nuts