After a successful Thanksgiving dinner that I cooked completely from scratch, I volunteered myself to make the dinner on Christmas night. I was hoping that you, my fellow hounds, could give me any recommendations on how to improve the Christmas Day Dinner menu that I am planning to prepare. Here is an outline of the menu:
-Roast Pork Loin/Tenderloin: I am looking for a good recipe that doesn't require too much fuss and prep work. I have no problem brining the pork; but don't want to spend an hour on Christmas Day in the kitchen prepping it.
-Roast Fingerling Potatoes: To be done with a mixture of garlic, EVOO, shallot, and herbs (especially rosemary).
-Red Wine Braised Red Cabbage: Found a good-looking recipe for Rotkohl on Cooking Light that I am planning to use.
-Spiced Cinnamon Apples.
-Vegetable: This has been my biggest problem so far. I was thinking of broiling some asparagus drizzled with EVOO, salt, & pepper for dinner and artichokes for an appetizer. If someone can suggest a better vegetable alternative it would be greatly appreciated!
-Pan-Fried Mushrooms: My sister is a creature of habit and needs to have mushrooms.
-Whole Wheat Rolls.
-Desert: Pear-Cranberry Pie or Bread Pudding.
All suggestions are welcomed and thanks in advance!