Holiday memories, we all have them, some good, and some bad. As long as I can remember, my holidays have been filled with the three F’s – family, friends, and food (some good and some definitely bad.) Although food and menus evolve, it has been my experience that we cannot always expect the cook to. I AM SICK of the classics (roast turkey, mashed potatoes,dressing/stuffing, gravy, candied yams, and pumpkin pie for dessert). They have become so ordinary after years of the EXACT same menu.
I now try to incorporate new menu items with, of course, the façade of a standard holiday food item (I certainly didn’t want to scare off the traditionalists). My first year, I started small – Spicy Cranberry Chutney instead of Cranberry Sauce from a jar. After a positive review, the following year I decided I would renovate the entire menu: Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin, Parmesan Crusted Porcini Mushroom and Caramelized Leek Dressing, Potatoes Anna, Roasted Butternut Squash and Root Vegetables, Dark Lager Gravy, and for dessert, Caramelized Pear and Cardamom Buttermilk Cake with Crème Anglaise. The meal was an absolute hit. Since then, holidays are not only delicious, but are exciting again.
This year, as with years past, Just Catering chef Dave Page, has created a phenomenal ‘take’ on holiday menus. Some of the items include: Winter Chopped Salad – Romaine, Apples, Beets, Celery Root, Bacon, Candied Hazelnuts, Point Reyes Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, Gratin of Butternut Squash, Chard and Pearl Onions, Certified Angus Prime Rib, Natural Jus. All of which are outstanding. Please visit http://www.justcatering.net/holiday-catering/ to see more options like this for your holiday catering. Enjoy!