I know most people are in thanksgiving mode right now, but we are all set for that menu and I'm already excitedly planning for Christmas Eve. :)
This will be my first xmas as a married woman, and because we are going to another home on Christmas day, I'll be hosting a Christmas Eve dinner for my parents and two grandmothers.
I'd like to make something that I know they will all love, so I'm thinking individual Shepherd's Pies (Alton Brown's recipe) for the main course with a light green salad, and for dessert a raspberry white chocolate almond trifle.
Should I open with a soup? I was considering lobster bisque or an easier celery root bisque (maybe with sauteed lobster on top?)
Also- the Alton Brown shepherd's pie recipe calls for ground lamb. Does anyone think I should use chunks of lamb shank instead?
I don't think I'll do more than 3 courses, because it will be very filling as it is. Maybe I can bake some bread and make an herb butter for the table...
I welcome any input fellow chowhounders have to share!
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