We always do Christmas Eve at our house for my husband’s family – I’ve only been in the family for about five years, but somehow it’s become a tradition – which I like because I do like to cook. Plus Christmas Eve always seems so elegant to me – more so than Christmas itself. The presents are still under the tree, piled high and looking beautiful. It’s usually cold so you have to have a good fire going (Thanks to global warming, it’s 55 degrees here in Chicago this week – so this part may not be so storybook this year…) I am only doing dinner for 10 this year, (usually it’s around 20) but it will sure be good. Here is my planned menu:
Assorted Appetizers and Cocktails
Prime Rib with Cabernet Jus
Garlicky Broccoli Rabe
Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Now, I have never made Prime Rib before, so I am a little nervous. The good news is that everyone says it’s fairly easy compared to other beef recipes. It seems everyone who writes about prime rib has a “secret” – brown it at 450 for 30 minutes then turn the oven off, etc. I have done my research, so hopefully it will work out! I do have some finicky teenagers (niece and nephew) who will probably just eat the potaotes and rolls, but I am not one to make them a “special” dish just because they are “at that age.” That’s just bullshit. I know I sound like a mother, but damn it – you either eat what I serve, or you don’t. Some people in my family make them something extra, like Spaghetti-Os or whatever, but, I ain’t doin’ that. Sorry.
I am also excited to try the Red Velvet Cake – have never made that before, either, but it looks so beautiful and very Christmas-y. I am going to make my own beef broth for the base of the Cabernet Jus – something else I haven’t done before. Yup – sure nothing will go wrong. Right?