Christmas Eve 2010 Menu – with recipes!

Christmas Eve dinner is invariably the most elaborate and stressful meal I cook all year. It’s a lot of work and I do always wonder if it’s really worth the effort – though Mike, at least, seems to appreciate it. That said, my recollection of most Christmas dinners usually fades quickly, though some dishes (the roast from 2004, the amazing rack of lamb from 2008) are well worth remembering. This year’s meal was OK. Everything was good, nothing was spectacular. Or maybe I’m just bored with cooking and eating, who knows? In any case, here are the recipes.

Mac & Cheese – made this for the kids, but they were too excited to eat anything at all that night. The only one who had some was Mika and she loved it.

Hors d’ouvres

Mixed Nuts
Blue Cheese & Caramelized Onions Squares
Persimmon Bread with butter


Mushroom Soup – an old favorite

Piperade on sun-dried tomato bread toast

Beef Wellington served with
Collard Greens with Bacon and
Buttertnut squash gnocchi with sage butter

For dessert my friend Lola brought a cake which I served with homemade Maple Walnut Ice Cream.

I’d say that my favorite dish were the blue cheese squares, though everything was quite good.

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