Growing up Christmas dinner was never anything huge in my family. After going all out (and I mean, all out!) for Thanksgiving, all of December, Christmas eve, and Christmas morning, I think we were all out of festive holiday-ness. Especially my parents.
Now, as I have started celebrating and hosting the holidays as an adult, I couldn’t imagine hosting a festive, all out Christmas dinner either. While I have always loved the idea of Christmas dinner, I always focus more on Christmas eve and Christmas morning. Leftovers for dinner in pajamas has always been good enough for me. But I want to bring that to an end and start going big for Christmas dinner.
Even though I plan to add on a big meal to our holiday season eating, I don’t want the events leading up to Christmas dinner to loose any of their festiveness. I want the menu for Christmas dinner to be full of easy but delicious dishes that don’t keep me in the kitchen all day.
The carrots are so simple, but the secret ingredient (found on page 52) make them unique and delicious. The creamy soup is one of my all time favorites and keeps well, make it a few days before and warm just before serving. The honey ham is the easiest of all, done in the slow cooker. It does require being braised every few hours, but that takes just a minute and very worth while!
And the winning dish of this meal, and easily the most delicious, I promise it will impress everyone at dinner, is the Poorman’s beef wellington. They are made in individual servings, making dinner easy, and can be made ahead (up until they go into the oven) and stored in the fridge until just before cooking.