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>Menu Monday: Intimate Holiday Dinner Menu

Posted on December 20, 2010 by Glutenfreeda

>In slight contrast to our Elegant Holiday Dinner Menu, this meal is much more, shall we say, cozy. While still quite impressive and perfect for entertaining a small group of guests, this menu features more comfort-style foods, perfect for a wintry dinner party!

This holiday menu is a little more toned down, but still perfect for entertaining a smaller crowd. This menu starts off with mouthwatering Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms – each mushroom cap is filled with a sausage – cornbread stuffing and then topped with cheese and baked until juicy and brown. Follow the starter with a salad that is not only beautiful in presentation but also packed with flavor – Pear, Beet & Fennel Salad. For the entrée serve Apple Stuffed Cornish Hens, Rice Pilaf with Apricots and Green Beans with Toasted Hazelnuts. Depending on the appetites of your guests you can either serve each guest with a whole hen or half. I typically like to serve half a hen just due to the number of the other menu items. And for dessert treat your guests to Lemon Bars with Cheesecake Filling….make sure to make plenty as it is difficult to just eat one.

-Chef Yvonne

On the Menu
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Pear Beet & Fennel Salad (pictured, below)
Apple Stuffed Cornish Hens (pictured, right)
Rice Pilaf with Apricots
Green Bean with Toasted Hazelnuts
Lemon Bars with Cheesecake Filling

We have many other menus for you to choose from if perhaps you are looking for something a little different this year. For more menu ideas check out our article archives under the holiday months or look in our menu archives. We hope you and your family and a wonderful, safe and delicious holiday!

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