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2019 Christmas Menu

Consider this your Holiday Helpline!

Molly AdamsStamford, CT
NYC cook making the most out of a tiny kitchen! Senior Editor, feedfeed.
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The holiday season can be hectic, and while we can’t finish up your shopping, wrap your presents or remind you to move the elf, we can plan your menu for you! Here are a few of our favorite festive holiday recipes for the perfect Christmas dinner!

-xx The Feedfeed Editorial Team

THE MENU
To Start
Pomegranate, Persimmon and Brie Crostini
Salad 
Kale, Radicchio and Brussels Sprout Salad with Delicata Squash, Candied Pecans and Spiced Vinaigrette
Side Dishes
Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Homestyle Gravy
Creamed Kale with Crispy Mushrooms
Main Event
Beef Bourguignon
Cocktail
Pear, Bourbon & Thyme Cocktail 
Dessert
Peppermint Tiramisu
Gingerbread People

THE GROCERY LIST
(the must-haves!)

 

1 delicata squash
3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
1 stalk celery
2 shallots
1 head garlic
2 yellow onions
1 pound pearl onions
2 carrots
1 bunch curly kale
3 bunches Lacinato kale
1 head radicchio
1/2 pound Brussels sprouts
2 pounds baby bella mushrooms
3 oranges
1 green apple
1 pear
6 lemons
1 pomegranate 
3 persimmons
1 bunch sage
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch mint
2 bunches thyme
1 dozen eggs
2 pounds unsalted butter
2 pints heavy cream
1 (8 ounce) tub sour cream
1 (8 ounce) wheel Brie cheese
2 (8 ounce) tubs mascarpone cheese
1 cup pan drippings
4 ounces slab bacon
3 pounds beef chuck
1 (32 ounce) carton stock
1 (32 ounce) carton beef stock
4 ounces dark chocolate
48 lady fingers
Peppermint candies
1/4 cup cognac
3 cups dry red wine
2 ounces Bulleit Bourbon
3 tablespoons brandy
1 bottle seltzer
1 cup strongly brewed coffee
1 large baguette

PANTRY ESSENTIALS
(things we assume you have,
but if not, stock up!)

 

Kosher salt
Black peppercorns
Ground ginger
Smoked paprika
Ground cinnamon
Cinnamon sticks
Ground nutmeg
Ground cloves
Onion powder
Cayenne pepper
Bay leaves
Honey
Hot honey
Molasses
Light brown sugar
Golden sugar
Granulated sugar
Peppermint extract
Olive oil
Vegetable oil
Dried cranberries
Pecans
All-purpose flour
Baking powder
Baking soda
 

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The Game Plan

Four Days Ahead:
Make Thyme Syrup for Cocktail
Make Candied Pecans for Salad 

Two Days Ahead:
Shred Brussels
Shred Radicchio
Make Gingerbread Cookie Dough
Make Salad Vinaigrette

One Day Before:
Cook Beef Bourguignon
Slice Bread
Prep Crostini Ingredients
Bake and Decorate Gingerbread Cookies (leave some out for Santa!)
Make Tiramisu
Prep and Blanch Kale
Deseed Pomegranates for Salad and Crostini
Roast Delicata Squash for Salad

The Big Day:
Assemble and Bake Crostini
Assemble Cocktails
Reheat Beef
Make Mashed Potatoes
Assemble Salad
Make Creamed Kale
 
THE MENU
TO START & SALAD
Pomegranate, Persimmon and Brie Crostini by @thefeedfeed

Keep things simple with these super flavorful Brie, persimmon and pomegranate crostini bites! You can speed things up by prepping all the toppings and slicing the bread ahead.

GET 100+ HOLIDAY APPETIZER RECIPES > 
Kale, Radicchio and Brussels Sprout Salad with Delicata Squash, Candied Pecans and Spiced Vinaigrette by @thefeedfeed

This festive salad has just about everything you could want in a plate of holiday greens! 

GET 100+ HOLIDAY GREENS RECIPES > 

Feedfeed Tip: Make an extra batch of the candied pecans. They make a great snack and are perfect to pack up as a holiday gift.
 
SIDE DISHES
Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Homestyle Gravy by @momllyjean4

The secret to perfect mashed potatoes? A ricer!  Add it to your Christmas list and you’ll have the fluffiest mashed for miles!

GET 50+ HOLIDAY POTATO RECIPES >

Feedfeed Tip You can make these potatoes one day ahead and reheat them gently in a slow cooker the day you are serving them.
Creamed Kale with Crispy Mushrooms by @mollyjean4

Step aside spinach, we’re eating creamed kale from here on out!

GET 250+ CHRISTMAS SIDE DISH RECIPES > 

Feedfeed Tip If you are short on time, feel free to buy bags of chopped kale from the produce department.
 
MAIN EVENT
Beef Bourguignon by @jakecohen

We love serving a hearty braise on holidays because you can make it in advance and it only gets better as it sits!

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Feedfeed Tip If you make this ahead,  before you reheat the beef, scoop and discard any solidified fat before reheating it for a perfect sauce!
 
COCKTAIL
Pear, Bourbon & Thyme Cocktail  by @thefeedfeed

It isn’t the holidays without a little bourbon, right?

GET 250+ HOLIDAY COCKTAIL RECIPES >

Feedfeed Tip This thyme syrup will keep for about a week in the fridge, so hang on to any excess for New Years cocktails!
DESSERTS
Peppermint Tiramisu by @thefeedfeed

This peppermint laced tiramisu is make-ahead magic!

GET 250+ HOLIDAY DESSERT RECIPES >

Feedfeed Tip Let the tiramisu sit overnight sans whipped cream on top, then add freshly whipped cream on top right before serving!
Gingerbread People by @thefeedfeed

Who can resist the classic holiday flavors of gingerbread? Love these little cuties by our @jakecohen.

GET 100+ GINGERBREAD RECIPES >

Feedfeed Tip If you are baking for little ones, you can use pasteurized egg whites in the royal icing.
 
 
 






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