Growing up, we never did a big Christmas dinner. We had a big brunch and then just sort of grazed through the rest of the lazy day. This was fun, since it gave us plenty of time to play with our new toys and lay around and watch Star Wars (totally traditional, right?!).
Last year, for our first year as a couple, Josh and I wound up having his mom and my sister and her family over for Christmas dinner. We made a leg of lamb and yummy sides, and it was pretty great.
This year, my entire family will be in town for Christmas (yay!), so Josh and I are going to host Christmas dinner again. I think our tradition from here on out will be: huge hunk of meat. Pretty awesome.
Here’s what’s on the menu:
- Nigella’s slow roasted pork shoulder
We were able to find pork from a local farm, and the beauty of this recipe is that I’ll put it in the oven on Christmas Eve, and then we’re done. Don’t have to really touch it til Christmas late afternoon, leaving us plenty of time to be lazy
- Orzo pilaf with tomatoes and onions
- Brussels sprouts with pancetta
- Salted caramel sauce over homemade pear sorbet, and since I’ve already made the sauce and made up the base for the sorbet, I’m almost done! Just need to put it in the ice cream maker now. I will say that pear brandy was way too expensive, so I substituted an equal amount of pear nectar mixed with a shot of vodka. The booze helps keep the freezing point low and results in creamier sorbet.
- And last, but certainly not least, rosemary lime cocktails! I’ve already made the rosemary simple syrup, and it might be a new favorite. Yum.
It’s been fun to think of new dishes that might become traditions one day.
Anyone else hosting Christmas dinner? Or what about Christmas eating traditions? The weirder the better!
Since this is probably my last post til January (Rachel might write a few), I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a totally amazing New Year!