Welcome to the APBWeb.
Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 88

Thread: Holiday Meals

  1. #1
    IMGreat101's Avatar
    IMGreat101 is offline The Butcher
    Supporting Member Lvl 2
    Join Date
    11-17-09
    Location
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Posts
    4,674
    Rep Power
    3969921

    Holiday Meals

    Post your menu plans for the Ho-Ho-Ho/Bah Humbug Holiday.

    Appetizer

    Soup

    Salad

    Palate Cleanser

    Entree / Side Dishes / Breads

    Dessert

    Drink Pairings

    Complex or simple, post your recipes or ideas.

    Any questions?

    Need help with recipes?





    I will answer all questions except directions to my house.

  2. #2
    IMGreat101's Avatar
    IMGreat101 is offline The Butcher
    Supporting Member Lvl 2
    Join Date
    11-17-09
    Location
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Posts
    4,674
    Rep Power
    3969921

    xmas meal plans

    In the past, we have done theme meals, specifically countries.
    Some of our favourites were, S.E. Asian, Indian, Greek, Italian, or American Comfort Food.

    We always do a Prime Rib for Xmas eve.

    Here is the whole ribeye loin I bought. It was about 19lbs @ $5.99/lb. Not bad for USDA Choice or higher. I usually try to find one that is in the 20lb range.



    I cut the roasts from the rib end where it is most marbled.



    (I cut a few steaks for dinner too!)

    Roasts wrapped and designated assignments.



    The ribeye roasts will be given a dry rub of knorr-swiss aromat for meat. Dry aged (kind of) for about 10 days.
    Xmas day I apple wood smoke these on my weber for about 45 minutes and then slow finish in my oven.

    We will do some classic courses to go along with this.

    A 2005 Bordeaux might go with this meal.

  3. #3
    pgg's Avatar
    pgg
    pgg is offline Damnit, I'm hungry again.
    Verified LEO
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    06-16-08
    Location
    Fled the Emerald Triangle
    Posts
    10,998
    Rep Power
    4007681
    What the heck is a
    Palate Cleanser
    'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
    delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
    promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
    holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
    possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'

    ďA fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.Ē Sigmund Freud

  4. #4
    Buttercup's Avatar
    Buttercup is offline Thrives in sunshine
    Supporting Member Lvl 1
    Join Date
    04-29-06
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    18,093
    Rep Power
    4329092
    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    What the heck is a
    A palate cleanser refreshes your taste buds so there's no flavor contamination/interference from one course to another. I actually use them all the time when I do culinary demos and at the formal holiday dinner that I host each year. Generally I make a sorbet (often basil-lemon, lemon with a very subtle mint, or pear-apple) to use as a palate cleanser. If the flavor progression of the tasting or meal takes a leap from mild to strong (or very spicy) then I make a cream-based palate cleanser, usually whipped cream with just a little bit of agave or honey. The meal or tasting determines what I use as a palate cleanser.




  5. #5
    IMGreat101's Avatar
    IMGreat101 is offline The Butcher
    Supporting Member Lvl 2
    Join Date
    11-17-09
    Location
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Posts
    4,674
    Rep Power
    3969921
    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    What the heck is a
    I usually do a sorbet.

    The bottle of calvados that I brought back from France should work out well as an ingredient.


    Traditional French Palate Cleansers – Trou Normand – Norman Break

  6. #6
    Buttercup's Avatar
    Buttercup is offline Thrives in sunshine
    Supporting Member Lvl 1
    Join Date
    04-29-06
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    18,093
    Rep Power
    4329092
    Quote Originally Posted by IMGreat101 View Post
    Post your menu plans for the Ho-Ho-Ho/Bah Humbug Holiday.

    I host an annual formal holiday meal, this was one of the menus. I was challenged by my guests to do a bacon theme.

    I haven't decided yet on this year's menu, I'm still thinking although right now I'm leaning toward lamb.






    Appetizers: The old standby of dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon, miniature open-faced peppered bacon BLT sandwiches on crostini.

    Soup: Butternut squash with crumbled bacon.

    Salad: Mache with bacon vinaigrette

    Palate Cleanser: Basil-mint sorbet made with a little Prosecco

    Entree: Roast pork loin with bacon-Calvados jus.

    Sides: Roasted beets, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, sauteed spinach with crumbled bacon, carrots roasted with a little Meyer lemon-fig balsamic vinegar.

    Dessert: There were two - the novelty dessert was homemade bacon/blue cheese/butter pecan/pear ice cream served with homemade shortbread cookies. The dessert demanded of me was triple chocolate cheesecake topped with bittersweet chocolate ganache.

    Drink Pairings: I always have a "signature" cocktail with the appetizers, I think the one I served with this meal was composed of Lillet blanc, Calvados, and orange bitters. The wine with the meal was a Willamette Valley Pinot, I don't remember which one (I can't find the other half of my menu card - and yes, I save them ).

    I generally don't serve a defined dessert wine, I feel like my guests have been subjected enough to my whims during the meal. However, I always have a muscat or some other type of dessert wine and/or port on hand as well as a selection of liqueurs.




  7. #7
    Jenna's Avatar
    Jenna is offline sheep
    Premium Lifetime Member
    Join Date
    06-11-06
    Posts
    24,378
    Rep Power
    4817858
    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    I haven't decided yet on this year's menu, I'm still thinking although right now I'm leaning toward lamb.

  8. #8
    cajunguy's Avatar
    cajunguy is online now I LOVE my ParaOrd .45ACP!
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    12-03-05
    Location
    South La.
    Posts
    1,938
    Rep Power
    2608091
    Buttercup,

    If you do have lamb, don't forget to invite Jenna. (You know she won't eat much - - if ANY.)


    Who loves ya, Jen?


    .
    The Swamp Mafia -
    "Heaven doesn't want us,
    and Hell's afraid we'll take over!!"
    .

  9. #9
    Jenna's Avatar
    Jenna is offline sheep
    Premium Lifetime Member
    Join Date
    06-11-06
    Posts
    24,378
    Rep Power
    4817858
    Quote Originally Posted by cajunguy View Post
    Buttercup,

    If you do have lamb, don't forget to invite Jenna. (You know she won't eat much - - if ANY.)


    Who loves ya, Jen?


    .
    Buttercup and her guests will love me!


  10. #10
    cajunguy's Avatar
    cajunguy is online now I LOVE my ParaOrd .45ACP!
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    12-03-05
    Location
    South La.
    Posts
    1,938
    Rep Power
    2608091
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    Buttercup and her guests will love me!

    Careful you don't end up on the menu.


    .
    The Swamp Mafia -
    "Heaven doesn't want us,
    and Hell's afraid we'll take over!!"
    .

  11. #11
    2 Blue 4 U's Avatar
    2 Blue 4 U is offline Retired NYPD
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    06-07-08
    Location
    Bronx,NY
    Posts
    2,280
    Rep Power
    483429
    Since I will most likely have to go to my mother-in-laws, whose kitchen is lacking, space and the essentials to work with, I will most likely do the easiest of meals. I am leaning on lasagna, because I can make it ahead of time in the comfort of my own kitchen. Second choice will be a spiral ham, can do most of the trimmings ahead of time, again, in the comfort of my own kitchen. Third choice, would be the best but really not an option is get the heck out of town!

    That is a great price for your roast IMGreat101, looks good too

    Tentative menu plans for the Ho-Ho-Ho/Bah Humbug Holiday.

    Appetizer: Simple Shrimp Cocktail
    Salad: Mixed Greens, depending on menu, either blue cheese or italian dressing
    Palate Cleanser: Water LOL, not eating anything fancy enough to clear the taste buds for

    Entree / Side Dishes / Breads: See note above, have not decided on the sides yet, bread will either be italian Semolina or biscuits with the Ham

    Dessert Tiramisu, pastries (from a local bakery) Cheesecake for M'in-law

    Drink Pairings Water, Diet Pepsi (gave up alcohol several years ago as a public service)



    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    I host an annual formal holiday meal, this was one of the menus. I was challenged by my guests to do a bacon theme.

    I haven't decided yet on this year's menu, I'm still thinking although right now I'm leaning toward lamb.

    Appetizers: The old standby of dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon, miniature open-faced peppered bacon BLT sandwiches on crostini.

    Soup: Butternut squash with crumbled bacon.

    Salad: Mache with bacon vinaigrette

    Palate Cleanser: Basil-mint sorbet made with a little Prosecco

    Entree: Roast pork loin with bacon-Calvados jus.

    Sides: Roasted beets, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, sauteed spinach with crumbled bacon, carrots roasted with a little Meyer lemon-fig balsamic vinegar.

    Dessert: There were two - the novelty dessert was homemade bacon/blue cheese/butter pecan/pear ice cream served with homemade shortbread cookies. The dessert demanded of me was triple chocolate cheesecake topped with bittersweet chocolate ganache.

    Drink Pairings: I always have a "signature" cocktail with the appetizers, I think the one I served with this meal was composed of Lillet blanc, Calvados, and orange bitters. The wine with the meal was a Willamette Valley Pinot, I don't remember which one (I can't find the other half of my menu card - and yes, I save them ).

    I generally don't serve a defined dessert wine, I feel like my guests have been subjected enough to my whims during the meal. However, I always have a muscat or some other type of dessert wine and/or port on hand as well as a selection of liqueurs.
    That is an awesome menu Buttercup! Funny, actually not so funny, because of kidney stones I have been put on a Low Oxalate diet, and most of the healthy foods on your menu is on my "Foods to be restricted or avoided list" Chocolate, Carrots, Spinach, Beets, pecans, figs. Shoot me now! LOL! Well, on a good note, the bacon will not contribute to the growth of my stones. Ah, heck I will start my low oxalate diet after the holidays!

    http://www.officerresource.com/forums/signaturepics/sigpic5657_1.gif
    Liberty & Justice For All!

  12. #12
    Buttercup's Avatar
    Buttercup is offline Thrives in sunshine
    Supporting Member Lvl 1
    Join Date
    04-29-06
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    18,093
    Rep Power
    4329092
    This was a Southern-themed meal.


    Appetizer: Crawfish "Newburg" sort of, served over a buttermilk biscuit.

    Soup: Spicy green tomato soup.

    Salad: Potato salad, coleslaw.

    Palate Cleanser: Sweet tea/lemon sorbet.

    Entrees: Smothered pork chops, fried catfish.

    Sides: Macaroni & cheese, collard/mustard greens, blackeyed peas and rice, candied yams, corn pudding, hoecakes. Plenty of Tabasco and peppered vinegar on the table.

    Dessert: Peach cobbler, banana pudding.

    Drink Pairings: The cocktail of the evening was a Southern Comfort martini. I had a California Zinfandel on hand (Bonny Doon), but beer was the preferred beverage (Sam Adams Brown Ale).



    I wasn't sure what I was going to do for a soup, if anything, but I'd made a different type of green tomato soup for a customer and had several frozen green tomatoes. The crawfish tail meat was frozen also, but it lent itself well to the recipe.




  13. #13
    Buttercup's Avatar
    Buttercup is offline Thrives in sunshine
    Supporting Member Lvl 1
    Join Date
    04-29-06
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    18,093
    Rep Power
    4329092
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cajunguy View Post
    Buttercup,

    If you do have lamb, don't forget to invite Jenna. (You know she won't eat much - - if ANY.)


    Who loves ya, Jen?


    .

    Haha! I love lamb, absolutely love it. I found some really good looking lamb chops the other day and cooked them for dinner yesterday, that's what made me think about having lamb for my holiday dinner.




  14. #14
    Buttercup's Avatar
    Buttercup is offline Thrives in sunshine
    Supporting Member Lvl 1
    Join Date
    04-29-06
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    18,093
    Rep Power
    4329092
    Quote Originally Posted by 2 Blue 4 U View Post
    Since I will most likely have to go to my mother-in-laws, whose kitchen is lacking, space and the essentials to work with, I will most likely do the easiest of meals. I am leaning on lasagna, because I can make it ahead of time in the comfort of my own kitchen. Second choice will be a spiral ham, can do most of the trimmings ahead of time, again, in the comfort of my own kitchen. Third choice, would be the best but really not an option is get the heck out of town!

    That is a great price for your roast IMGreat101, looks good too

    Tentative menu plans for the Ho-Ho-Ho/Bah Humbug Holiday.

    Appetizer: Simple Shrimp Cocktail
    Salad: Mixed Greens, depending on menu, either blue cheese or italian dressing
    Palate Cleanser: Water LOL, not eating anything fancy enough to clear the taste buds for

    Entree / Side Dishes / Breads: See note above, have not decided on the sides yet, bread will either be italian Semolina or biscuits with the Ham

    Dessert Tiramisu, pastries (from a local bakery) Cheesecake for M'in-law

    Drink Pairings Water, Diet Pepsi (gave up alcohol several years ago as a public service)





    That is an awesome menu Buttercup! Funny, actually not so funny, because of kidney stones I have been put on a Low Oxalate diet, and most of the healthy foods on your menu is on my "Foods to be restricted or avoided list" Chocolate, Carrots, Spinach, Beets, pecans, figs. Shoot me now! LOL! Well, on a good note, the bacon will not contribute to the growth of my stones. Ah, heck I will start my low oxalate diet after the holidays!
    Thanks! I served so many things on your restricted list!

    I don't cook quite so many courses most of the time I entertain. I've been hosting this dinner for more than 10 years now. It's virtually the same group of people every year, and right around Thanksgiving I'll start hearing, "so what day is the holiday dinner?"




  15. #15
    Jenna's Avatar
    Jenna is offline sheep
    Premium Lifetime Member
    Join Date
    06-11-06
    Posts
    24,378
    Rep Power
    4817858
    Quote Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
    Haha! I love lamb, absolutely love it. I found some really good looking lamb chops the other day and cooked them for dinner yesterday, that's what made me think about having lamb for my holiday dinner.

  16. #16
    Buttercup's Avatar
    Buttercup is offline Thrives in sunshine
    Supporting Member Lvl 1
    Join Date
    04-29-06
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    18,093
    Rep Power
    4329092
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post

    They were SOOOOOOO good!!




  17. #17
    Xiphos's Avatar
    Xiphos is offline I Void Warranties
    Verified LEO
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    03-09-08
    Location
    Thermopylae
    Posts
    8,379
    Rep Power
    7772240
    I'm working Christmas week so this is what my menu looks like.

    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

    That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.

    If I lived every day like it was my last, the body count would be staggering.

    I intend to go in harm's way. -John Paul Jones

    Hunt the wolf, and bring light to the dark places that others fear to go. LT COL Dave Grossman

  18. #18
    Jenna's Avatar
    Jenna is offline sheep
    Premium Lifetime Member
    Join Date
    06-11-06
    Posts
    24,378
    Rep Power
    4817858
    Well at least it's fresh!

  19. #19
    Join Date
    12-05-05
    Location
    Bismarck, ND
    Posts
    3,114
    Rep Power
    7749107
    BC I want to come for dinner!!!!!
    Thereís a promise I need you to make
    While Iím gone you take care of the love
    And Iíll deal with the hate.

    Donít worry about me; Iíll be all right
    Just care for your children and sleep tight
    Iíll keep you safe on my watch tonight
    ~
    On My Watch Tonight - Mike Corrado

  20. #20
    Xiphos's Avatar
    Xiphos is offline I Void Warranties
    Verified LEO
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    03-09-08
    Location
    Thermopylae
    Posts
    8,379
    Rep Power
    7772240
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    Well at least it's fresh!
    Fresh when they put it on the grill 12 hours ago.
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

    That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.

    If I lived every day like it was my last, the body count would be staggering.

    I intend to go in harm's way. -John Paul Jones

    Hunt the wolf, and bring light to the dark places that others fear to go. LT COL Dave Grossman

 

 
Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •