Non-Traditional Christmas Eve/Christmas Menu
As I mentioned in a previous post, we are all about Thanksgiving in my house. Hands-down, it is my favorite holiday. We cook for a week in anticipation of that meal. In the past, we did a repeat variation of Thanksgiving for Christmas dinner, but years ago, roughly coinciding with having a toddler and a young baby underfoot, we threw that idea out and decided to go for something far simpler and non-traditional that would stop stealing Thanksgiving's thunder and create its own. These days, we take an Italian-inspired approach. Christmas Eve is focused on pasta and seafood + artichokes, my favorite. The recipes we will be having this year are included below.
Easy Steamed Artichokes a la Martha Stewart (skipping the hollandaise) with lemon-garlic butter sauce (on low heat, melt 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, and then gently sauté with two to three teaspoons of minced garlic - depending on how much you like garlic - for a couple of minutes. Set aside and squeeze in some lemon and a small pinch of salt to taste). Serve warm.
Steamed King Crab Legs (we get these pre-cooked from Whole Foods) served with lemon-garlic butter sauce (see above).
Wild Mushroom Lasagna a la Grace Parisi for Food & Wine.
Katharine Hepburn's Brownie Recipe a la New York Times. They had me at "rich" "gooey" and "super easy".
Christmas dinner (as we know we will be dog tired after our excited children wake us up at the crack of dawn) will be leftover lasagna and a simple salad with whatever veggies we have in the fridge. And brownies!