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Xmas menu - Tips needed!

estilker | Nov 25, 200906:24 AM

I will be travelling to Europe (Belgium to be precise) to visit my family and have offered to cook for Xmas for 9 people. Belgium doesn't really have a typical Xmas meal, so I wanted to introduce them to some local Quebecois or Canadian/North-American dishes.

There are a couple of challenges: perishables are hard to take along and most are not allowed to enter Europe (think meat, cheese, etc). Although I might sneak some in ...
Also some of the ideas I had so far e.g. Tourtiere Lac St. Jean are not "festive" enough IMO. Maybe there are ways to upscale this dish (with venison, cranberries, etc).

Some of the ideas I had:
Appetizers: mini-burgers, mini-hot-dogs, lobster rolls
Main: turkey or tourtiere Lac St. Jean
Dessert: tarte au sucre, Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheese cake
Others: eggnogg, cidre de glace, cretons

Note: Belgian cuisine is very close to French, but lighter. So nothing in the French bistro direction. Often Belgian cuisine is described as French finesse with the German abondance.

So what are your ideas? How would you start? Anything obvious I missed.

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