The Gleeful Gourmand: Winner Winner Christmas Dinner!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winner Winner Christmas Dinner!

This Christmas, my husband once again graciously offered to make the main entrée of our family’s Christmas dinner. After trying out a couple of different recipes, he hit on the perfect one from Bon Appétit’s December issue:

Mustard-Seed-Crusted Prime Rib Roast with Dijon Crème Fraiche and Roasted Balsamic Onions.

I knew we had a winner when I came home from running errands. The smell in the house was truly amazing and tantalizing. What really sold me on it was the crème fraiche I helped make to go along with it. Reading the recipe I worried that this accoutrement would be too heavy, but it was perfect. Light, fluffy, with just the perfect hint of mustard and horseradish, it melts delectably on the tongue.

The only thing we’re not sure about is the jus that you pour over the meat right at the end. It certainly smelled delicious enough when we made it, but after straining it, we started cleaning up the kitchen while we waited for the meat to be done, got to talking, and before we knew it, Buck had accidentally thrown the whole thing out. We had a good laugh, but even as we ate later, we didn’t think it missed the jus terribly.

My sister-in-law and brother are supplying the sides: some sort of potato dish, and a nice, light spinach salad, maybe with some citrus to lighten the whole thing up. I’ll be making my Sugar-and-Spice Cake – a Southern Living classic (not the one pictured on the magazine cover here - which looked way too complicated even for me).

I’ll be taking pictures of our work Christmas Day, and I’ll report back with how it went. In the meantime, check out the recipe here.


Kirsten Oliphant said...

Can't wait to try it--and hear how it went!

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