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Old 12-10-2015, 12:01 PM   #1
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Menu help for holiday bash

So - we are having a last minute tree trimming party and I need some menu help as the tree decorating commences around dinner time and most folks will be coming directly from work. Drinks and munchies and lots of milling around and tarting up my Christmas tree are on the agenda. Not formal - these folks all know each other well.

I won't have much time to make food and spruce up the place... Here's what I was thinking about for a self serve buffet but need a few more ideas to fill in the gaps.


Beef stew (Crock Pot)
Popcorn
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Christmas cake

Wine
Cider
eggnog

I was thinking of making a dark gingerbread or maybe chocolate and decorating it the way this one was done in the recent william sonoma catalog.

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This menu seems lean - Beef stew has potatoes and big chunks of veggies, but there is no fresh veg here and very little hand food.

What should I add?

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Old 12-10-2015, 12:07 PM   #2
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A cheese ball with fresh veggies and crackers would be good. Roll it in minced red, green and yellow bell peppers to make it look festive.
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Old 12-10-2015, 12:37 PM   #3
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Beef stew... add cornbread..
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I made cornbread with roasted red peppers yesterday. Add some minced jalapeños and it will look Christmas-y 🎄
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Beef stew... add cornbread..

Cornbread is a great idea :)
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Are your plans locked in to beef stew? I just made my favorite soup again and thought about how good it would be for this kind of crowd. Guests milling around would find it easier to eat from steaming mugs with spoons. A large crock pot or electric roaster oven would work beautifully to keep it hot.

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Favorite for my house for a gathering (traditional for Christmas, no cooking) - Various luncheon meats such as sliced corned beef, various salamies, summer sausages, sliced cheeses, sliced black olives, onions, pesto, breads, Pita Pockets, condiments, etc. Everyone makes what they want, when they want it. My one son, every Christmas morning was as excited by The Feast!, as he would excitedly exclaim, as he was by the gifts. You could keep an electric skillet handy if anyone wants to grill their sandwiches. And if you use disposable plates, clean-up is minimal as well. Everyone can concentrate on having fun, without anyone having to fuss over meals or cleanup.

Oh, and serve that egg nog either hot, with a bit of nutmeg, or ice cold.

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Are your plans locked in to beef stew? I just made my favorite soup again and thought about how good it would be for this kind of crowd. Guests milling around would find it easier to eat from steaming mugs with spoons. A large crock pot or electric roaster oven would work beautifully to keep it hot.

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The beef stew is locked in - it was a DH request and he rarely makes them so I'm working with it....
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If the ingredients are cut small enough, you can serve beef stew in little cups, too
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Beef Stew it is Janet!! Can you share a recipe you'll be using as I'm never happy with mine.

Good idea GG!!
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