Bay Area Bites Christmas Dinner Menu

Bay Area Bites shares a six-course Christmas Dinner Menu to celebrate the holiday.

Herb & Gruyere Gougères: Perfectly Cheesy Puffs for Holiday Appetizers
Even though these feel fancy and special, they are very quick to make and pop into the oven at a moment’s notice. They are great alongside just about anything: soup, salad, bubbly, or on their own.

Herb and Gruyere Gougeres: Perfectly Cheesy Puffs for Holiday Appetizers. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Herb & Gruyere Gougères: Perfectly Cheesy Puffs for Holiday Appetizers

An Elegant Starter: Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) Soup with Chestnut Pesto
This silky, creamy vegetable soup gets a burst of flavor from extra lemony pesto. It’s special enough to kick off a holiday dinner, and easy enough to serve it for a cozy winter weeknight supper.

An Elegant Starter: Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) Soup with Chestnut Pesto
Recipe: An Elegant Starter: Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) Soup with Chestnut Pesto

Christmas Kale Salad with Pomegranate,Tangerine and Avocado
Why do you need another kale salad recipe? Because not only will this one blow your mind with awesomeness, but I can give you five good reasons to make it.

Christmas Kale Salad with Pomegranate,Tangerine and Avocado. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Christmas Kale Salad with Pomegranate,Tangerine and Avocado

Glamorous Comfort Food: Succulent Braised Short Ribs for Christmas
Rich and decadent doesn’t have to mean hours sweating over the stove, or a huge dent in your wallet. Make these succulent braised short ribs the centerpiece of your Christmas dinner, and you won’t be disappointed.

Braised Short Ribs with Gremolata. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Glamorous Comfort Food: Succulent Braised Short Ribs with Gremolata.

British-Style Roasties: A Whole New Potato
These roasted potatoes are classic in the UK but unbeknownst to most Americans, so I’m going to introduce you. Meet the crispy, creamy, decadent rock stars of the potato world.

British-Style Roasties: A Whole New Potato. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: British-Style Roasties: A Whole New Potato

Decadent Dessert: Vanilla Panna Cotta with Caramelized Blood Oranges
Wobbly panna cotta, which means “cooked cream” in Italian, is a light but decadent dessert worthy of the holidays. It is the perfect antidote to a rich and heavy dinner.

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Caramelized Blood Oranges. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Vanilla Panna Cotta with Caramelized Blood Oranges

Author

Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen. Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013. She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and their child, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at http://www.kimlaidlaw.com.

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