5 Secrets to a Stress-Free Christmas Dinner

December 23, 2021 in Blog

From the hostess with the mostess comes this list of 5 unofficial rules to a stress-free Christmas Dinner. When you take the worry out of holiday planning and follow these simple steps, you will be well on your way to a delicious holiday meal!

Take the worry out of holiday planning!

Rule 1: Ask your guests about any special diet considerations.

Picture Recipe: Chard & Herbed Ricotta Galette

Now that you’ve decided on your menu, it’s time to make sure everyone will be able to eat it! Food allergies and intolerances can limit what people eat, but there are plenty of dishes that everyone can sink their teeth into. Before you decide what goes on your table, consult with your guests about their special dietary needs and make sure everyone is happy and fed.

Rule 2: Start with the main event.

Pictured recipe: Garlic-Rosemary Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce

When planning a dinner party menu, always start with the main course. From there pick your sauces, side dishes, and The key to planning a successful dinner party is picking the right main course. It’s important to remember that when you’re picking the main course, your accompaniments should lighten its impact as well as bring out flavors from the dish itself. So if you plan on serving something with a lot of flavor (like lamb or curry, for example), then pick something like fish or chicken and stick to simple accompaniments like steamed vegetables or a salad. Or vice versa, if you’re making something really light and flavorful (or with a delicate sauce), keep things simple and pick a meaty main course and side dishes that will stand up to its richness like roasted veggies or mashed potatoes.

Rule 3: Plan for at least three side dishes for a well-rounded meal.

Pictured recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese & Pomegranate

When preparing a meal for guests, plan on three side dishes to go with the main dish. A salad can be made ahead of time, but you need to make sure that it is stored properly in the refrigerator until serving time. Frozen vegetables can also be thawed in advance and thrown into a hot skillet to cook while you are making the rest of your meal. Everybody needs their daily dose of veggies and I believe that there should be at least one green vegetable at every dinner party. Potatoes, squash, and sweet potatoes are the best choices after artichokes because they are filling and they taste great cooked outdoors on the grill while the cleanup is being done or when we are just not ready for dessert yet.

Rule 4: Keep the apps quick.

Pictured recipe: Cranberry Brie Bites

The food. The friends. The fun. Small plates, big appetites, drink in hand and life’s moments shared with the people you love. That’s it. It’s that easy.

Rule 5: Don’t forget dessert!

Picture recipe: Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

What’s a holiday meal without dessert?┬áTry Christmas pudding, mince pies, trifles, and cheesecakes. Peppermint bark is the unofficial flavor of winter, and this cheesecake BRINGS IT.

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Filip Hajduk

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