Our traditional Christmas Eve meal - Swedish meatballs over egg noodles with green beans. The one year I branched out and did something different (because the boys complained that they didn't like the meatballs), I almost traumatized them. So when either or both are home on Christmas Eve, these are on the menu.
Dessert is almost always an assortment of cookies and maybe ice cream.
Cranberry-Citrus Coconut Bundt Cake at Breakfast
Definitely good, and different, but when I figure in the effort, not sure I'll be making it again soon. My usual "Farm Journal Best Buttermilk Pound Cake" gives more bang for the buck! (Effort wise AND cost wise!) Our traditional Christmas breakfast is the cake, bacon, and orange juice. And of course coffee! Simple and quick to prepare, this evolved out of the kids' impatience to get to the present opening. No presents until after everyone is up, dressed, and fed!
No pics from our dinner, unfortunately, but it was a continuation of tradition. We usually splurge and get something like a standing rib roast. This year we splurged on a spoon roast instead because it was "only" $4.89/lb instead of the $7.99/lb for the rib roast. I worried a bit that it might not be as good, but frankly, it was one of the best roasts I've made. It was a huge roast (over 9 lbs!) but a lot of it went home with others. It took about 3 1/2 hours at 325° F. I seasoned it with garlic, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, and black pepper rubbed into the meat which I had lightly misted with olive oil. I then sliced some onion thinly and laid the onion over the meat surface. I poured in about 1/2 can of beef broth, and then tented it with foil. After it finished cooking, I made a beefy onion gravy from the pan drippings and a little more broth, thickened with some corn starch. This was served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and steamed carrots, and homemade horseradish sauce. For dessert (yes, another splurge!) we had this Raspberry Walnut Tart from Simply Recipes. (their photo, not mine.)
This is all that was left!
This recipe is DEFINITELY a keeper!
As I told my family, I'm done cooking for the rest of the year. We have tons of leftovers, and when they're done, we're going out to eat. I feel like I've spent the past 4 days in the kitchen. Not that I have to, it's because I want to. But it's still exhausting!!
Merry Christmas to All!