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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

'Twas The Night Before Christmas (Eve): Menu

I really can't believe that it's the night before Christmas Eve. I wonder where the time has gone, to be honest. It feels like just yesterday we said goodbye to our Christmas Eve guests and put away all the dishes. Hmmmmmm...oh well, the calender really did move!

This year I got to planning the menu much later than usual - seems I couldn't get control over the "to-do" list and the time got away. So instead of pouring over books and recipes, I'm going with what works and what we all like. So I am pleased with what I've come up with. It's a smaller group this year - we're 7 adults this year and only our two little ones - so I scaled back the amount of food on the menu (I tried!!) and certainly the quantity (again, I tried!!!).

Christmas Eve Dinner Menu

Hors D'Oeuvres
* Broiled Scallops wrapped in Pancetta (this is the recipe but I'm planning to use pancetta instead of prosciutto) (
* Hot Baked Clam Dip (
* Prosciutto and Asparagus Bundles
* Assorted Cheeses (Asiago, Manchego, and Provolone)

First Course
* Salad of Fresh Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Sundried Tomato Slices with Balsamic Drizzle
* Fried Calamari with Marinara Sauce (
* Baked Clams (my mother in law makes these and they're wonderful!)
* Stuffed Mushrooms (from my mom...yum!)
* Grilled Artichokes

Second Course
* Lobster Ravioli and Petite Peas with Brandy-Tarragon Cream Sauce

Main Course
* Steamed Mussels with Arabbiata (Angry) Sauce
* Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes, Feta, and Ouzo (
* Italian Stuffed Bread (I will further adopt the following recipe and get back to you but in the meantime, if you need it: (

Salad Course
* Lemon Crab Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit Salad(

* White Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Kisses
* Peppermint Bark (
* White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies (
* Raspberry and Grand Marnier Tiramisu
* Gingerbread House

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