Christmas time is almost upon us, that means another excuse for a great big family meal! Pretty Bird and I live far away from our families, so it is seldom that we get a chance to host the event, but we always get to cook something. This year we came up with something special–a great mix of the traditional and the unconventional. But first, a couple of notes that, hopefully, you will find helpful when it comes time to hosting your own family Christmas.
How Much Food?
This is the standard question most people ask themselves. You never, ever want to run out, but you also don’t want to be defrosting Christmas leftovers come Valentine’s Day. Here’s a good rule of thumb:
Meat – 4-6 0z. per person. Remember to round up to account for weight loss in cooking and Uncle Sasquatch’s appetite, but that’s a good rule of thumb. It translates out to a portion about the size of a deck of playing cards.
Sauce – 2-4 oz. per person.
Veggies – 6-8 oz. per person.
Starch – 6-8 oz. per person.
Keep in mind that a pound is 16 oz. so this is in no means a skimpy menu. These numbers should satiate even the hardiest of midwestern appetites.
But enough math! On to our Christmas Menu!
Over the next few days we’ll be posting recipes for all these tasty treats. Enjoy!