By Lee & Lou Havlicek.
Lee & Lou Cook.
Hey, friends: here’s a quick post to help you out with your holiday meal planning! Because if you’re anything like us right now, you’re also running around with your brain yelling things like, “HOW MANY DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!” and “WHEN DID I LOSE MY HOLIDAY SWEATER AND WHERE!” and “WHO DO I STILL NEED PRESENTS FOR!” and “WHEN DO I GET TO SIT STILL AND DRINK HOT CHOCOLATE AND WATCH ALL THE HOLIDAY MOVIES?” and “WHAT DO I MAKE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE I NEED TO FEED OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS?” So while we can’t help you find your holiday sweater, we can help you with the cooking part: two excellently colorful, festive, delicious, easy and unexpected holiday side dishes that will fill you up without weighing you down (room for dessert: VERY important), and that also make great contributions to holiday potlucks? Coming (we just accidentally wrote “coping” twice—oh, good) right up! That means all you need is a simple main dish to make an awesome meal.
Our sides of choice, which go oh so nicely together and equally well with oh so many mains:
1. Roasted Cauliflower with Hot Honey, Olives + Dates: The roasted cauliflower is sweet, spicy, and warming thanks to the hot honey (which is chili-infused honey with vinegar) and dates, and gets a salty boost from the olives. The combination is so good.
2. Wheat Berries with Butternut Squash, Pomegranate + Hazelnuts: Wheat berries have this great chewy texture and nutty flavor. If you haven’t had them before, this a delicious introduction. The butternut squash, pomegranate and toasted hazelnuts make the dish look beautiful and also add great wintery flavors without being heavy. A bit of apple cider vinegar makes the whole thing (merry and) bright.
Need a main dish suggestion? There’s Chili-Honey Chicken with Oranges and Herbs, Pan-Fried Trout with Rainbow Chard (or any winter green you like), or Poached Halibut with Vegetables, or even a nice Curried Pumpkin Soup?
Need appetizers? We’ve got you covered there too: how about our Fennel Agrodolce + Soppressata crostini or our Lemony Brussels Sprouts + Pecorino Crostini, or Poached Pears with Crispy Prosciutto and Creamy Gorgonzola, or Mediterranean Red Pepper Spread, or mini Fried Eggplant pouches stuffed with cheese and tomatoes?
Looking for a show-stopping, mouth-dropping dessert to finish the night off? What about Nellie’s Cheesecake, or Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart, or, Almond-Apple Tart, or, Ray’s Chocolate-Raspberry Cake, or our Tried + True Pecan Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream, or, of course, our Chocolate Christmas Log?
Alright? All set?
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