Christmas is quickly approaching which means there are millions of presents to wrap, errands to run, gifts to buy (yes I know way to wait) and of course, meals to plan! Christmas Eve my family and I spend it with my husband’s family in NY. They are the traditional Italian family which means the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Lucky for us, my husband’s cousin is a chef and creates a spread that is magazine worthy. Since I’m hosting and cooking I’ve been looking at recipes for food and drinks. Why not put them together?
I am hosting Christmas Day and couldn’t be happier. The only thing I want to do Christmas morning is watch my children open presents, eat yummy foods and stay in my pajamas. Thankfully our families come later in the day so we can enjoy our time as a family of 4. For Christmas dinner we traditionally have steak and some veggies on the side. Check out my menu and some of my favorite wine and drink pairings for Christmas day!
On Christmas morning we are spoiled. Every summer we vacation in Cape Cod. I’ve been going for 30 years with my family and we have come to love The Cottage Street Bakery in Orleans. They make an amazing muffin (if you can call it that) called a Dirt Bomb. This cinnamon buttery goodness melts in your mouth and is worth every calorie. When we come home we bring dozens of these yummy treats home with us. They get vacuum sealed and put in the freezer for Christmas morning. They pair perfectly with most anything! Coffee with Bailey’s or Kahlua is a great addition to the buttery muffin as is some Tea with Johnny Walker’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey!
Baked Brie pairs well with fruity reds, Rosé or a dry-oaked Chardonnay!
Check out this awesome post on the five best drink pairings for brie here.
Shrimp Cocktail pairs well with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Pinot Grigio and Lager, Pilsner, and Wheat style beers. Check out some beer pairings here.
Steak (or any beef) pairs well with just about any red wine! Check out this article to base your selection on the cut of beef.
*Here are some other ideas for wines that pair well if you aren’t a fan of red wine (are you out of your mind?)*
I am doing roasted Sweet potato, brussel sprout and onion medley with some roasted Cauliflower (so yummy with truffle oil)
Apple Crumb Pie pairs well with Moscato, Sweet White wines or Ports. You can find some great recommendations to pair with apple pie or crisp right here.
For me, just about anything pairs well with Christmas Cookies Galore!
No matter where you are or what you’re eating and drinking, Christmas is about spending time together! Grab that bottle of Pinot Noir and get going on the being Merry. Cheers!
Casey is a kindergarten teacher turned stay- at-home mom. She holds a BS psychology, and followed up with a Master’s in Elementary Education with an extension in reading. In her spare time, she has a side hustle creating monogrammed and logo tees and gifts at Lakeside Creations. She has two beautiful children and enjoys kicking back with a cider from hubby’s homemade stash along with working out, live music, and being outside at the beach or lake.