So this year I decided that I wasn’t going to slave over the stove for hours on Christmas Day making a knockout dinner. Instead I was going to make a simple but tasty meal that didn’t require a lot of energy and time.
Or so I thought.
Unlike Thanksgiving, I didn’t spend hours researching recipes and compiling the perfect menu. Since I wasn’t going to be entertaining a host of folks (just my family of five plus my sis and Mom), I figured I could take the laid-back route. I hit Wegman’s with only a skeleton of a shopping list and a vague idea of what I wanted to cook. Some form of Surf ‘n Turf, a veggie and potatoes. We already had a rum cake in the pantry, so I was all set.
We ended up with prime rib, lobster, brussel sprouts, pancetta and red potatoes. I thought I’d whip up some kind of sauce for the prime rib and I’d be good to go.
Let’s just say I underestimated the prep work involved in actually getting this “easy” menu on the table. Two hours, a call from the fire department (that touchy smoke detector!), and watery eyes (shallots!) later, I finally got dinner on the table with the help of my sis. We had:
Pan-Seared Prime Rib (that ended up spending quite an unexpected bit of time in the oven because Hubby likes his beef well-done), accompanied by Lobster in Garlic-Shallot Butter Sauce. It was delish.
Brussel Sprouts with Crispy Pancetta. My sister screwed her nose up when I told her I was making brussel sprouts. She is now a believer.
Smashed Potatoes. These were more work than necessary. I think in the future I will just stick with my signature Roasted Red Potatoes or my Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
Hope your Christmas Dinner was an easy one!