A Southern Christmas Menu
Cooking at Christmas can be an opportunity to celebrate food in a more relaxed, and maybe even more festive setting than at Thanksgiving. At our house, it's also an opportunity to deviate from tradition, and mix things up a little bit. We love to give classic ingredients a fun twist, and so this year we'll be cooking four dishes from my cookbook, The New Southern Table: Classic Ingredients Revisited.
Duck Breast with a Pomegranate Glaze and Wild Rice is as beautiful on the plate as on the palate, bright pomegranate seeds like festive jewels. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Country Ham, Pecans, and Avocado celebrates this year's pecan crop, the nuts a crunch contrast to caramelized Brussels sprouts and the unlikely but delicious addition of creamy avocado. Sweet Potato Cornbread adds brightness and flavor to a comforting southern classic. Chocolate and Sea Salt Peanut Brittle is easy to make, and very easy to eat. Maybe one of these dishes will adorn your table this season.