Christmas Eve 2012


Happy (belated) holidays, everyone!

In my family, Christmas eve is always spent with friends and Christmas day with family. My parents always hosted Christmas eve, so my mom and I wanted to keep that tradition alive even though we were away during the holidays last year. I was excited to do all of the menu planning and cooking this year!

Our menus have varied over the years, but the meal always concluded with my dad’s fish and corn chowder. Using my dad’s old, marked up recipe, I made his chowder for the first time on my own this year (along with way too many appetizers, of course).

Here’s a glimpse of our menu:


Buratta with Garlic Chili Oil


Antipasto Platter: Meats (Prosciutto di Parma, Coppa, Spicy Sopresatta), Sliced Pear, Roasted Beet and Gorgonzola Salad, Eggplant Caponata


Roasted Shrimp with Garlic Aioli


Butternut Squash Arancini with Truffle Honey and Fried Sage Leaves


Veal and Ricotta Meatballs


Homemade Gorgonzola Tortellini with Walnut Brown Butter, Arugula, and Pomegranate Seeds


Fish and Corn Chowder

It was a great night, and I’m already looking forward to next year!

What are your holiday food traditions?

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  • Megan

    Wow. Everything looks amazing! I love how you served the homemade tortellini with greens. On Christmas day we make a big dinner and everyone gets to request one thing they like… so dinner can sometimes be random… like beef tenderloin, potstickers or wonton soup (the only things that aren’t homemade), and clams casino… but it’s a lot of fun.

  • Shannon G

    oh man, that burrata is making me drool 🙂 we usually do shrimp, salmon, pierogi’s on xmas eve, then ham and kielbasa on xmas day… and whatever veggies i can squeeze in! certainly a feast, but it’s the preparations with family that make it worthwhile 🙂 happy new year!

  • In and Around Town

    That burrata looks amazing!!! Food alone definitely makes it an event special! Christmas always means butter cookies in my house 🙂

  • Michelle Collins

    Wow, looks like an amazing spread! Happy New Year!

  • Elizabeth

    That burrata looks phenomenal! Did you make it yourself?

    • Colleen

      No – I wish I knew how! I bought it from Whole Foods 🙂

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