After Christmas Comes The Feast-ivities
After all of the presents are opened and the excitement wanes, the grumbling of tummies takes over. The adults need energy to put together all of the new toys and the kids need steam to play with them. Here are a few suggestions on what to serve the hungry crowd:
- Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs
- Toad In A Hole
- Baked Eggs With Tomato, Chorizo & Mushroom
- Cranberry Vanilla Coffee Cake
- Butterscotch Sticky Buns
- Maple-Pepper Bacon
If you are lucky enough to be able to sleep in on Christmas morning and hold off on serving food until a bit later, then you and your family may enjoy:
- Prosciutto, Melon, and Mozzarella
- Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwich Canapés
- Herb-Crusted Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream
- Roast Prime Rib of Beef with Horseradish Crust
- Roast Duck
- Seafood Chorizo and Vegetable Stew
Whatever you do, do not forget the pecan pie. It is the quintessential American Christmas dish. While believed to have originated in New Orleans with French settlers, it remains popular due in part to the fact that the US is the world’s largest pecan producer.
There are also a number of dishes that can help you celebrate not only your heritage, but the unique way that this holiday is celebrated around the world. For example, in the Philippines, many families roast a pig for their Christmas meal. Lechon (roast pig) merchants do the majority of their business during the month of December.
Venezuelans serve Hallacas which are a meat and dough mixture that is wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. Since Venezuela is as diverse as the US, many have their own twist on this delicacy and make it with:
- Raisins, nuts and olives if they are of European descent.
- Smoked plantain leaves are used for wrapping if your ancestors came from Africa
- If your family is indigenous to the region, then you make it with cornmeal that is colored with annatto seeds.
Finish the meal with a Yule Log, a sponge cake iced with buttercream or ganache and you will, and you will not only feel French (ooh la la), but you will also guard you and your family against evil. The log is meant to symbolize a real piece of wood that was used “to cleanse the air of the previous year’s events and to usher in the spring.”
Of course, if you are too tired to cook, you can just do like the Japanese and bring in KFC. For over 40 years, the KFC in Japan has had its busiest days on and around Christmas. This is due to an extremely successful marketing campaign that appealed to more than the small Christian population of the country and turned it into a national tradition.