DH & MIL have requested Sauerbraten for Christmas Eve dinner. I gave them a few choices and they chose pickled pot roast! So, yesterday I found the roast I wanted at QFC. And, they were having a BOGO sale! I found 2 roasts just under 4 pounds each. One will go into the pickling brine today, The other, I'm going to make a new batch of burrito meat for the freezer.
Along with the Sauerbraten, we'll have Rotkohl (red cabbage) -- both are Jeff Smith recipes. I'll make a salad too, bread of some kind or two. And, I'm thinking Sous Vide Fingerling Potatoes, as that it super easy. Although, if I'm feeling energetic, maybe I'll make potato pancakes instead...to be served with apple sauce and sour cream, of course.
I still want to make some kind of wreath looking appetizer. But, it needs to be on a smaller side, as there will be just the 3 of us. For dessert, either Swedish Cream (a Timberline Lodge recipe) or Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake, since I can make one of those the day before. Not sure if I'll ask DH and/or MIL to make that choice!
So...MIL is ailing. Seems to be a reaction to her flu shot or something. I think I'll cut the menu back. The roast is still pickling, so I'll be cooking that. I made the cabbage yesterday, with the plans to make dessert today. I may or may not do that. DH isn't a dessert fan. We will take a plate to MIL, but she'll not come to our house.
The weather report now says snow for Saturday and Sunday. We had plans to have friends over on Sunday. If there is snow, it won't be good for travelling and they live about 1.5 hours away with GOOD weather. And, they bring their Corgis too. Probably not going to be a good day for a visit. Sigh.
I was planning to make Albondigas for Sunday. I may still do that, but more of it will go into the freezer for another day.
So...plans change. Better safe, as they say?