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First-timer hosting Christmas dinner - critique my menu?

bdegregory | Dec 15, 2011 05:04 PM

Hello hounds! This will be my first attempt at hosting Christmas dinner. We will have 22 adults and a handful of kids to feed. I've tried to choose dishes that are classic because there aren't too many adventurous eaters in the group. However, I think the group would be open to new/different dishes as long as the flavors are traditional/simple New England-ish (e.g., no French- Asian fusion, foie gras, or caviar) I'm also trying to choose dishes that can be prepped the day before as much as possible.

So here's my menu so far. Fire away!

-Stuffed mushrooms
-Sausage (salami or summer sausage), mustard, aged cheddar, Parmesan crisps, fancy store bought crackers
-veg n dip
-Spiced bar nuts (gramercy tavern?)
-Caprese sticks (skewered cherry tomato, mozzarella ball, basil)
-Puff pastry pinwheels or cheese straws

Main event:
-CI's grill-roasted prime rib with Horseradish whipped cream
-2x baked potato casserole
-Green beans w pine nuts and lemon
-Slow-roasted tomatoes with rosemary
-from scratch crescent rolls (MIL is bringing these)
-Waldorf salad

-Pecan pie
-Chocolate caramel tart or s'more pie
-Cheesecake (MIL is bringing this)
-carrot cake (SIL is bringing)

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