It's Christmas Day and you have family for dinner. The only thing you can think of is how much work you will have to put into this thing. Even a list of eight guests can be a chore to cook. And the last thing you want is for your family to come home and whisper how bad the meal was, especially if some of these family members are step-parents. This may be your only chance to really make a good impression. But how do you do that without having to hire a high-priced chef?
Well, believe it or not, there are Christmas dinners that you can prepare that are easy, inexpensive and tasty enough to send your guests home with a full stomach and a smile on their faces. If you think it may not be that simple, keep reading because it's easy to make a dinner.
The first thing to do is to break down your dinner in class; the more the better. Customers who get a lot of food tend to be easily satisfied because they feel that they are getting a lot for their money. And heaven knows that there are many things you can do during a meal such as an appetizer, soup, salad, and so on. So where to start?
Starting with the appetizer, the best way to impress your guests is a good cocktail of shrimp. Do not take these lean and lean shrimp. Get the ones that are thick and long and fleshy. This is a great icebreaker and you will get your dinner more than just the right foot. Do not worry about getting a fancy cocktail sauce. They are all pretty much the same thing. Shrimp alone, if it's good, will sell them.
Then you want a good soup. Choose something a little more whimsical than a simple chicken soup. Maybe chicken cream or mushroom cream. Make sure you have plenty of salty crackers to go with the soup. Serve the soup in a large bowl, not a cup. Again, you want to give your guests a lot to eat. The soup itself can even be out of a box. You do not have to do it home.
For the salad, keep things simple. A nice green salad of lettuce, carrots, mushrooms and tomatoes will be good. The key to the salad is the vinaigrette. Make sure you have a number of bandages on the table so that they can choose. Do not put salad dressing in the salad. Some people like Italian, others do not. Give them a choice. It will make them feel special that you were thoughtful.
For the main course, no one likes more than a beautiful turkey. Turkeys are infallible for cooking these days with their integrated timers. Make sure you have a lot of stuffing to go with and of course the cranberry sauce. Leaving the cranberry sauce is like asking for daggers aimed at your heart. With the main course, make sure you have some hot vegetables like corn, green beans, carrots and cauliflower.
Finally, you want to have several desserts for your guests to choose from. A couple of pies and a cake should go well. And of course, you want two pots of coffee. A regular and a decaf. Not everyone wants to be caffeine, especially if they are older.
By following these simple tips, you are sure to have a Christmas dinner that everyone is sure to enjoy.