Holiday Dinner, Done Right

by Shea Homes Northern California on December 14, 2012


Turning your home into a Winter Wonderland is only one of the many things families do this holiday season. Most can agree that this month is about the time spent with family and friends. And boy is it! There is no doubt that you’ve already found yourself participating in holiday parties, perhaps multiple, so far this season and the biggest days are yet to come.

Some have already dined on their big December holiday meals but many families will celebrate with delicious dinners on the 24th or 25th. Whether you have a fancy feast or a casual dinner, we can all agree that a little recipe inspiration can go a long way.

Do you roast a turkey, or perhaps wow your guests with duck? Or do you go all out and cook a Turducken? Whatever your traditions, we just want to ensure you don’t end up with a Griswold family dinner.  We’ve compiled a list of the traditional Christmas menu items with a little twist. Feel free to try one or all of them this holiday season.

Appetizer Course:

Hors d’Oeuvres should be delicious but not filling. How do you do that? Create appetizers that will compliment your main course and side dishes, while curving your guest’s appetite so they don’t become antsy before dinner is served.

Pears with Blue Cheese wrapped in Prosciutto

Caramelized Onion Tarts with Apples

Main Course:

The Main course is always the most daunting part of the dinner. It typically takes the longest to cook and it truly sets the tone for the rest of the meal. Spoiler Alert: the main course doesn’t have to be daunting. Here are two recipes that will leave your guests feeling full with holiday spirit, and they’ll never have to know how easy it was.

Glazed Ham with Coriander and Fennel

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin with Cherries

Complimentary Side Dishes:

Side dishes round out the whole meal, without them we’d feel incomplete! Make sure your side dishes compliment your main dish. It’s good to use similar spices throughout the meal to bring the whole dinner together.

Broccoli with Toasted Garlic and Hazelnuts

Garlicky Green Beans with Pine Nuts

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Vanilla Sweet Potatoes

Dessert Round

For many, the desserts are their favorite part of the meal, even if they say they “loved” the pork loin they were probably waiting for the desserts to be served. If you want to be ambitious you can bring some of the flavors from dinner into the sweets you serve.

Cherry Trifle

Croissant and Chocolate Bread Pudding

Butterscotch Bananas with Vanilla Ice Cream


And there you have it, a delicious and fairly doable holiday meal! We hope you have a Happy Holiday, enjoy the special time with family and friends!



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