Christmas Day 2012, Let The Celebrations Continue

So after a less than traditional seafood feast, the culinary festivities continued in full swing. Here's what we have planned. .

Here is the menu , and my favorite dish

Christmas Day Menu

Dried Hot Italian Sausages
Trimmed Smoked Country Bacon "Lardoon Chips"

Cheese Platter
    Auricchio Provolone Cheese
    Queso de Valdeón  - Spanish Valdeon Blue Cheese
    Ash Cured Goat Ricotta Cheese
    Fiore di Sardegna Cheese
    Castelvetrano Green Olives

Heart of Palm Salad in Apricot Vinaigrette

Spaghetti ai Gamberi, Basilico e Pomodoro (Shrimp and Basil Sauce)

Secondi e Contorni
Rustic Apple Cider-White Wine Beef Brisket
Greek Lemon Potatoes

Italiano espresso
Homemade Hazlenut Semi-Freddo

After skipping pasta the night before, we thought that a simple pasta dish needed to be added.  Spaghetti tossed with shrimp in a simple tomato sauce worked as a perfect primo. We served about 75 grams of pasta (small bowl) to each guest so that they could leave some space for the other dishes.

And my favorite dish

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket in Apple Cider / Chardonnay Sauce 

Rustic Apple Cider - White Wine Brisket
Slow cooked for over 3 1/2 hours in my Le Creuset Dutch Oven , the brisket was the surprise dish. Guests, with tummies filled, still devoured it without missing a bite.

Links:  Le Creuset Dutch Oven

The Greek Inspired Lemon Potatoes , worked perfectly as a side dish

Greek Inspired Lemon Potato Wedges

Note: Written on snowy day , staring out the windows at Garlick and Herbs, Greenwich Ct. Ask them about their homemade granola. They've got something special there.


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