Holiday Special – Turkey for Christmas Dinner

Throughout December I’m sharing menus to help you create beautiful feasts for the holidays. You can find helpful cocktail party hints as well as a beautiful Mediterranean menu and recipes to ensure that your open house it is both fun and fabulous. I’ve got perfect dishes for a Feast of Seven Fishes Tapas Party for Christmas Eve and more.

Will you be serving a big dinner on Christmas or a festive holiday brunch? Big crowd or intimate gathering, I’ve put together some great suggestions for a tasty  Holiday Brunch.

If it’s dinner, I’ve got menus for two traditional favorites. Are you looking forward to a beautiful  roast beast? I’ve got you covered with a delicious menu for beef or pork tenderloinAnd today … 

… let’s talk turkey!

Are you among the 22 million who eat turkey for Christmas? Here are a few menu tips and recipes for a delicious turkey dinner with family and friends.

First – enjoy a few nibblies!
You don’t want to spoil anyone’s appetite but a few Sweet & Spicy Nuts, some Spicy Olives and a dab or two of Smoked Salmon Mousse will keep keep hunger at bay while the turkey roasts.

Kick off your feast with a great salad!
Salad is a great way to start your holiday feast. Mixed Greens with Roasted Grapes, Olives & Feta is a festive combination of sweet and savory. Mixed Greens with Roasted Mushrooms, Gorgonzola & Toasted Walnuts combines the woodsy flavor of mushrooms with a sprinkle of salty gorgonzola and toasty walnuts.

Move on to the main event!
Of course the star of show is a wonderful Turkey roasted to perfection. Cranberry Sauce is optional but I’m guessing most families will insist! Simplify the meal by combining the stuffing and veggies. Savory Butternut Squash & Swiss Chard Bread Pudding is one of my favorite festive cold weather dishes.

For a more traditional feast, serve the turkey with my Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions and Decadent Cheesy Potatoes.

For a sweet finish!
Aunt Anna’s Pecan Pie was a long standing tradition at our house when I was a kid. THen again, many families bake gingerbread for the holidays. Gingerbread Cupcakes are a sweet little take on this traditional favorite. Will there be lots of kids at your table? If yes, add some fun to your feast with Frosty the Snowman Cupcakes.

For an elegant, creamy dessert, the kind that everyone dreams of, try my Ginger Crème Brûlée. I’ll be making it on Christmas Eve again this year. Another creamy delicious option is my White Chocolate & Cranberry Trifle. It is just wonderful.

Bon appétit and Happy Holidays!

For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click Here!!

What are you cooking for Christmas? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2011

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