santa hanging from his advent post
Christmas III is also Christmas Day, a day where I stared half-excitedly/half-gloomily at the advent calender, knowing that there were no more wooden ornaments to hang.After an exciting, spoiled morning of opening gifts (including a pasta maker, bread stone, much-anticipated cookbook, and other things), I set off to work on the menu for Christmas III.
This menu included many things found on the Christmas II menu, for the reason of doubling certain ingredients. The appetizers were the same, and had made a large turkey to cover both days. The salad and the gravy were consistent with the day before. For this, I made a warm roasted broccoli salad from Christmas I, since it went over so well.
Roasted Broccoli Salad – for a crowd
6 large heads of broccoli (about 3-4 stalks each)
About 5 cloves of garlic, minced
Fresh or dried oregano and basil
1 large red onion, diced
About 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, cut in 2s or 3s
Vegan feta cheese (as I’ve mentioned before, probably the only thing I buy that is pre-made; tastes fabulously the same as “real” feta)
Preheat oven to 425F.
Toss broccoli with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and herbs. Squeeze with lemon juice. Roast in oven until tender-crisp and lightly browned, about 25 minutes, but really, to how you like to eat it.
Remove from oven and toss with remaining ingredients. As it sits, the flavours will meld, and it’s excellent at room temperature.
I also roasted a plethora of root vegetables with fresh basil, parsley, oregano, and thyme. I did rutabagas, parsnips, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts. I pre-roasted some chestnuts and returned them in the mix in the last ten minutes. I also had on hand baby red potatoes and carrots but didn’t end up using them – mostly because I had already filled two baking sheets.
Finally, I made a whack of large shells and a “ricotta” filling, and smothered them with a chunky mushroom and pepper marinara. For the ricotta, I used fresh basil, spinach, nutritional yeast, garlic, salt, pepper, a hint of lemon, and tofu. I prepped all the ingredients beforehand (except the noodles), then boiled them and assembled and baked the day of.
Happy holidays, everyone.