Christmas Eve is undeniably the most favorite day of the year for my sweet family of four. The anticipation of ripping open gifts under the tree from Santa the next day, spending time together and of course all of the FOOD we will eat both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! I’ve included our Christmas Eve MENU and RECIPES to follow.
Christmas Eve Menu at Modern Farmhouse Glam:
Festive Feta Dip with Warm Baguette
Warm Jalepeno Artichoke Dip
Arugula Salad w/ goat cheese, slivered almonds, raspberries, and strawberry poppyseed dressing
Homemade New England Clam Chowder
Alaskan King Crab Legs
Baked Raspberry Brie
Reindeer Chocolate Chip Cookies
Need a fun drink idea to jazz things up a bit for Christmas Eve? My Christmas Tinis are delicious and look so festive, decked out with a gumdrop on the side of the martini glass! Everyone loves these and I get asked a ton for the recipe! Cheers!
Glam Girl’s Christmas Tinis
Raspberry Vodka- 1 shot
Cointreau- 1/2 shot (this gives it a nice orange flavor)
Light Raspberry Cranberry Juice
Add ingredients to an ice filled shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a few gumdrops!
Festive Feta Dip:
Every year since Brian and I have been together, we have had the same favorite foods on Christmas Eve. Lunchtime starts out with delicious warm homemade Clam Chowder, AKA Glam Chowder. This chowder is heavy on the clams and light on the potatoes. Nothing worse than ordering overpriced Clam Chowder at a restaurant, and then getting a mouthful of big chunky potatoes that you hoped were clams. So we don’t mess around! More clams, less potatoes.
Clam Chowder Recipe
AKA “Glam Chowder”
6 slices bacon, diced into small pieces
4 TBSP butter
3 cups chicken stock
12 ounce organic cream of chicken (only if you like thicker soup)
Four 6 1/2 ounces cans chopped clams, liquid reserved
1 large sweet onion diced
4 stocks celery diced
4 cloves of garlic minced
5 tablespoons flour
4 medium red potatoes diced
4 ounces heavy whipping cream (8 oz if you like it creamier)
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
5 sprigs fresh thyme (about a 1/4 tsp)
5 bay leaves
4 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
Salt and pepper
Crunchy baguette style bread
- In a large stew pot, cook bacon until crisp, stirring often. Remove and reuse pot to sauté chopped celery and onion in olive oil and butter. Add salt and pepper, thyme and minced garlic at the end, then add bacon back in.
- Slowly stir/whisk in the flour, coating all the veggies and the bacon. Continue cooking about a minute until the flour begins to brown.
- Gradually pour in the chicken stock and reserved clam juice. (Clams get added at the very end)
- Dice the potatoes into small chunks and microwave with a little bit of water for approximately four minutes or until soft
- Drain potatoes and add to pot and bring to boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Stir in the buttermilk, cream, and chopped clams, bring to a boil and then heat through and simmer for approx five minutes. Remove from heat and stir in fresh parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with crunchy baguette style bread
Alaskan King Crab legs. Need I say more? This is our favorite food tradition and it happens on Christmas Eve. We buy the huge ones from Costco, which are by far the best and the BIGGEST. Put them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 550 degrees for 13 minutes, and bam, they are done. It is really that easy. Crack em open and dip into hot melted butter and you will be in heaven. Glam guy always has the right technique on how to crack them and ends up doing ours too.
Pretty and yummy salad that looks Christmasy, too!
Arugula, goat cheese, slivered almonds, pomegranates, and raspberry vinaigrette
Baked Raspberry Brie:
Recipe to be added. Stay tuned!
Alaskan King Crab legs. Need I say more? This is our favorite food tradition and it happens on Christmas Eve. We buy the huge ones from Costco, which are by far the best and the BIGGEST. Put them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 475 degrees for 15-18 minutes, and bam, they are done. It is really that easy. Crack em open and dip into hot melted butter and you will be in heaven. My husband always has the right technique on how to crack them and ends up doing ours too.
Look how huge the crab meat pieces are! They are sweet and delicious.
Click on the picture for my RECIPE for Reindeer Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Click on the picture for sources for my Christmas Eve tablescape decor, chandelier, rug, dining room chairs, and more. The snowy table runner is only $5! I searched forever for the perfect holiday table runner and they were so expensive. I couldn’t believe how this $5 snow blanket did the trick!
Click on the pic for source links in this pic. My Flocked Christmas Tree is linked HERE. The one here in the kitchen is 7’5′ and the new one this year in the family room is a flocked 9 footer!
Merry Christmas Eve, friends!
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