Wow. 2010 seemed to fly by. Christmas is tomorrow, New Year's Eve is next week and in the time it takes to sneeze we'll be face-to-face with 2011!
Today, Christmas Eve, I'll be working hard in the kitchen. Carlos and I are hosting and his Dad is coming over for Christmas Eve dinner. Here is what I have planned:
Appetizers - Hummus with a drizzle of olive oil served with baby carrots, celery sticks and pita chips. I'll also serve a small bowl of green olives stuffed with garlic.
Pastel de Choclo (see my recipe) - This is a traditional Chilean casserole. Carlos' dad is from Chile and Carlos grew up eating this casserole so it'll be my pleasure to make it for them. I hope they both like it, especially since it's been a while since I've made it. This is a strange dish: ground beef with onions, shredded chicken, olives, raisins, hard-boiled eggs and topped off with a corn mush/milk/basil sugar mixture. Wow! It's a lot of work to make and I pre-prepped by grating the corn in advance and shredding some rotisserie chicken.
Mixed Salad - I'm making a salad on the side mostly for me as I'm not crazy about the Pastel de Choclo and will need something to round out the meal.
Chilean Wine - Casillero del Diablo - Carmenere 2009. I bought a bottle for dinner. I was rushing to get home and when faced with a wall of bottles of red wine and very little time, I went through bottle by bottle until I saw the first Chilean one and grabbed it. I hope it's good ::fingers crossed::
Flan (see my recipe) - I hope this will come out better than last time. Even though I burnt the caramel this year and had to start all over, I think I got it right the second time and the coloring will be much better. However, I think I may have curdled the eggs a bit so the final product might not come out as smooth. I'm not very good at delicate desserts! But Carlos' dad likes flan so flan we shall have. I pre-prepped this by making this the night before and chilling it over night.
Extra - If I have some time, I might make an easier version of Raquel's Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Coffee Cake.
On Christmas day, Carlos and I will be heading to my parents house for a Portuguese/Dominican feast. My dad is making his famous Octopus salad, an annual Christmas tradition. My mom is making a smorgasbord of Dominican delights including her famous red beans and pressure cooked beef. Mmm...
What will you be doing on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Any cooking/eating plans?