Christmas Dinner – Menu Options

by feastonthecheap on December 20, 2009

Mary Anne here. Over the years I have experimented with an inordinate number of Christmas dinner menus. Past favorites have included Turkey with all the trimmings and Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding, but the all-time winner in our house is my Herb and Honey Marinated Filet of Beef.

After the economy crashed in September of ’08, Filet Mignon became far too expensive for our Christmas banquet, and so I created a cheaper version, swapping out the Filet for more affordable Sirloin steak. Mariel swears she cannot taste the difference and so we never again have to break the bank on Beef Tenderloin. The Sirloin version now enjoys center stage on our holiday table.

For your elaborate Yuletide meal, we decided to offer some of our favorite starters, entrees, sides, and desserts along with several new recipes as you craft and prepare your own family feast. We feature the “Highs “ and “Lows” to accommodate most budgets — sort of a “Chinese Menu” offering to choose from as you design a celebration fit for your family.

From our house to your house, we wish you a very blessed Christmas!

Prosciutto Spirals
Garden Guacamole
Caramelized Onion Tartlets
Valerie’s Fig and Olive Tapenade

Curried Pumpkin Soup
Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Our Thanksgiving Menu
Marinated Filet of Beef
Honey and Herb Marinated Sirloin Steak

Side Dishes:
Wild Rice Salad
Creamy Corn Pudding
Roasted New Potatoes
Green Salad with Montrachet Croutons
Roasted Asparagus with Sesame Seeds

Breads and Desserts:
Pumpkin Bread
Nana’s Date Nut Bread

Chocolate Mint Brownies
Nana’s Chocolate Gateau
Lemon Pudding Cake
Ultimate Cheesecake