December 27, 2010
Christmas Eve dinner is kind of a big deal at my parents’ house. This is not a dinner of turkey, stuffing and potatoes (which we usually get on Christmas Day) – it’s a dinner of all the things we love. The dinner has no star player, nor does it have cohesion; it’s a mishmash of all the loved foods we rarely eat during the year. It’s a serious meal of indulgence, and probably the thing I look forward to the most on Christmas.
We all contribute some dishes to the meal, as well as desserts. I will slowly get around the writing about the dishes and desserts I made, with recipes and more detail, but for now, a taste of all the delicious, carb-heavy, cheese-laden things we devoured over the course of one short evening.
Baked Artichoke Dip
Made by my sister – this stuff is a meal on its own! When she offered me a spoonful while she was doling it out into the baking dish, I thought I was getting deviled egg filling…the garlicky, cheesy, tangy dip was quite the (pleasant) surprise. This stuff always, always gets quickly devoured when served as an appetizer at parties.
Jalapeno Pie and Pork Buns
I made the jalapeno pie and will do a post about it in the coming days. Cilantro, roasted jalapenos and cheese – how can you go wrong. My mom makes the pork buns, a Christmas staple. I’m not quite sure what goes into the mixture except for ground pork and chicken gumbo…I do know that I love these things.
These are probably my favourite Christmas Eve dinner addition, and I can’t even say why. Pillsbury crescent rolls wrapped around pastrami, mustard and cream cheese. Simple, and completely addictive. I can’t stop eating them – fresh out of the oven, nuked in the microwave, or straight from the fridge.
My mom makes these. I have no idea what’s in them or how she does it. I know my sister loves them, and I know they are a fun addition to the meal. I like to scoop some of them up with my beloved pastrami rolls.
Turkey Salad with Grapes
My mom makes this as well. I haven’t had a better chicken or turkey salad ever. I think it’s the grapes that do it – the juicy sweet crunch does me in every time. The dill is also one of my favourite parts…also, I believe she only used the white meat, and when it comes to a chicken salad, dark meat is not something I want.
I made these, and will be doing a separate post about them. This was not my first time making them, and I love them. They were a good addition to a very carb-heavy meal!
I made some desserts, and again, I’ll write about them soon. Here’s some of the desserts my sister and mother made…cherry chews from my sis and toffee chocolate bars and Greek Christmas cookies from my mom:
I think our Christmas dinner is pretty unique – what does everyone else need to have on Christmas?
And – happy holidays to everyone!