What’s Up for Christmas Eve Dinner? Special

Christmas_StockingIt’s the weekend before Christmas… a good a time as any to put the final touches on your decorations and holiday menus. Or start decorating and planning those meals.

First comes Christmas Eve . From Stockholm to Sicily and New England’s rocky shores, seafood is the night-before dinner of choice. A feast of seven fishes might be more than you want to take on but how about …

Start with Gravlax with Tarragon-Caper Mustard Sauce or Smoked Salmon Mousse. Depending on the size of your crowd, you might want to add some Artichoke Leaves with Shrimp or Roasted Shrimp with Tarragon Aioli.

When you’re ready, gather around the table for a great salad. Toss together colorful reds and greens with Radicchio, Fennel, and Arugula Salad or Rainbow Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette.

Moving on, think cozy for the main course with a seafood stew or chowder. Continental or Latino, you can’t go wrong. Try my Fish Stew Provençal, Mediterranean Seafood Stew or Caribbean Seafood Stew. Unless you prefer pure New England. If that’s the case, stir up some of my Lobster-Corn Chowder or Nana Nye’s Prize Winning New England Fish Chowder.

Finish up the evening with a sweet treat. Tradition at my house would demand Aunt Anna’s Pecan Pie. Until I started a new tradition a few years ago – Chocolate-Espresso Cheesecake. Then again, maybe you prefer a touch of orange with your chocolate. (It is a wonderful combination!) If that’s the case, then try my Double Trouble Chocolate-Orange Cupcakes or Chocolate-Orange Tart.

Unless … do you have a few dozen Christmas cookies tucked in your freezer (or know a great bakery)? If yes, break them out for a quickest and easiest dessert possible.

Want some help with dinner this weekend? Good enough for company and easy enough for family … Start with Roasted Cauliflower, Radicchio & Arugula Salad. Move on to Lemon Roasted Chicken Thighs with Israeli Couscous. And finish off the evening on a sweet note with Rustic Apple Tart.

Stay tuned for Christmas breakfast and dinner menus!

Have fun counting down to Christmas! Happy holidays and bon appétit!

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

What are your plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear from you. Let’s get a conversation going.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! © Susan W. Nye, 2015

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