Photo: Mikkel Vang
Good morning and Merry Christmas! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, a holiday morning is an ideal time to indulge in the pleasures of a homemade hearty breakfast. Christmas traditions in our household begin with a big breakfast, and potatoes, eggs, and bacon still reign as the top choices. Even though our girls have become quite proficient with their hash browns, the real family favorite when it comes to potatoes is what is affectionately known as potato gratin, but titled Crispy Oven-Browned Potatoes on gourmet.com.
Think of it as a lazy person’s Pommes Anna, the French buttery potato cake. Instead of carefully layering thin slices of potato with melted butter, you quickly toss the slices with butter in a large bowl, then slide them into a shallow baking dish, and cook the gratin in a hot oven until the potatoes are, indeed, browned and crisp on top. Former Gourmet magazine food editor Melissa Roberts developed this winner of a recipe for the Christmas breakfast menu in the December 2008 issue of Gourmet. In fact, all her recipes for that menu are winners. Thanks to Roberts, we’ll also be making her Maple and Black-Pepper Bacon, as well as her Baked Egg Custard with Gruyere and Chives.
Fortified by the potatoes, eggs, and bacon in our bellies, we have the energy for unwrapping presents, as well as the cleanup afterwards, which is then followed by a long nap before dinner. That means there are only two meals to cook on Christmas Day. Now that’s what I call a gift!
Now that the Chrsitmas countdown is in the final stretch, we’ve got one thing and one thing only on our minds: dessert! Celebrate the holiday season with a handful of our favorite festive cakes from across the Web.
I hear a slight jingle of sleigh bells ringing through New York City’s crisp winter air and I know that Christmas is soon to arrive. While I enjoy a good stocking-stuffer or paper- and bow-wrapped surprise, Christmas Eve dinner is what I truly look forward to. This year I will serve friends and family an exquisite, tasty, and memorable meal featuring my Christmas holiday favorites.
My Christmas Eve menu begins with a few festive h’ordeuvres including Foie Gras with Date Purée and Pomegranate. These perfectly-proportioned bites combine flavors of tart pomegranate, sweet date, and smooth foie gras. A silver tray of Pecan and Goat-Cheese Marbles replaces a tired cheese plate and nut assortment for a new twist on older snack traditions.
Guests then rush to the dining room with obvious anticipation as bowls of lush Olive-Oil Mashed Potatoes and steaming Swiss Chard with Raisins and Almonds grace the table. As the sides are dished out, a Spice Roast Goose with Dried-Fruit Pan Sauce with crisp skin and sweet aroma swoops in. At the Christmas Eve table, stories are shared and a hearty chuckle travels across the room as we all catch my grandfather characteristically licking his dinner plate. When no one has the belly room to reach for another bite, little bowls of Warm Sweet-Potato Pudding with Apples and Chestnuts line guest’s place-settings to finish the meal.
Photo: Romulo Yanes
Every winter my family and I travel from all corners of the country to the sloping hills of Beaver Creek, Colorado. This year, 23 of us have gathered to celebrate Christmas together, and today we’ll be cooking up a feast of all of our holiday favorites.
We pair our family recipes with our go-to cold weather cocktail, Prosecco with a splash of cranberry juice. The sound of the first cork popping signals the start to a day devoted to eating, drinking, playing football in the snow, and dancing the night away as we wrap up the evening with a dish-washing party fueled by the year’s Top 40 blasting through the kitchen.
Today we’re expanding our cocktail lineup and serving a few of Gourmet’s Christmas-inspired beverages. I love kickstarting brunch with bright and citrusy Blood Orange Mimosas, but for anyone looking to add a savory touch to their cup, opt for Garnet Punch, which pairs tangy cranberry juice with chopped fresh rosemary. And for a sweet finale to the day, toast with a colorful glass of Cranberry Liqueur (pictured above).
What is your favorite way to celebrate the holiday season?
Photo: Condé Nast Archive
The holiday season is a time for family, friends, celebrating, and eating! Everyone has their favorite traditional holiday dish. With seasonal selections like honey baked ham, green bean casserole, braised brisket, sugar cookies, potato latkes, gingerbread, prime rib roast, and jelly doughnuts, there is no shortage of indulgent options. But we want to know:
What is your favorite holiday food?
Regardless of the fact that you probably haven’t eaten a raw candy cane since you were in middle school, you’ve got to admit to getting at least a little bit excited when they start showing up on the shelves at the local Duane Reade. Candy canes are one of those Christmastime harbingers that seem to spread cheer simply by existing. But why?
Candy canes have actually been around for about 350 years. At their inception, they were just plain white sugar sticks being produced by professional candy-makers and at-home cooks/sugar aficionados alike. With the advent of the Christmas tree in the late seventeenth century, European Christians began using them to decorate their trees, along with other sweets like sugar cookies. Continue reading
Kick up the flavor factor of your holiday spread with an entire menu of sweet and savory recipes from our A Christmas Feast collection, now available in the Gourmet Live Store.
Toast to an evening of family and friends with our Pink Champagne Punch while you snack on Potted Crab piled atop crispy baguette slices. Move on to a main dish of tender Boneless Rib Roast with Garlic and Herbs before a sweet finale in the form of Cranberry Clementine Tartlets garnished with candied zest.
Download the free Gourmet Live app then head to the Library to access the Store for our A Christmas Feast collection.
In this week’s roundup we’re taking the guesswork out of breakfast fare for Christmas morning. From eggnog muffins and citrus cakes to bacon hash browns and classic pancakes, we’ve got you covered for a morning full of seasonal feasting.
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