Unconventional and Attractive Vacation Menus

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In the spirit of making lemonade from lemons, remember to break some traditions when it comes to holiday menus this year. Smaller gatherings and unconventional celebrations require creativity in the kitchen – and you can embrace it by doing whatever you want. Intimate seafood feast for two? Absolutely. Skip the roast and move to the side? Sure, why not. Stick to a party-worthy spread of apps, are you holding the party? I thought you never asked.

SEAFOOD

Cooking seafood for a crowd can be intimidating – good quality fish is usually expensive and cooking times are often unforgiving. However, if you have a small gathering, seafood can be a great option even if you’re new to it. Make the most of your inconspicuous vacation and try one of these excellent festive dishes.

  • Cioppino

    Cioppino

    Cioppino is a classic San Francisco fish stew made with tomato, fennel, oregano, white wine, and a blend of seafood common in the Pacific such as dungeness crab, clam, halibut, shrimp, and clam. We’ve only simplified with halibut, clams, and prawns in this version, but use any mixture. We think it’s the perfect winter stew.

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  • Lobster Potpie

    Lobster Potpie

    Everyone needs a little indulgence every now and then, and it’s well worth it. You can freeze these (unbaked) and keep them ready and wait for a cozy night.

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  • Whole roasted Branzino with Castelvetrano Olive Relish
  • Miso mussels

    Miso mussels

    A seven-ingredient dish simple enough for a midweek dinner at home but impressive enough for a special occasion. Since the miso is salty, make sure you use the smallest, cutest clams you can find and clean them really well.

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  • Shrimp, scampi

    Shrimp, scampi

    This delicious scampi is a popular quick dinner. Make sure you serve it with crusty bread to soak up all of the flavorful sauce.

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  • Slowly roasted mustard flax

    Slowly roasted mustard flax

    Here is a very easy recipe: The water bowl ensures that the salmon stays tender and doesn’t dry out. This method can be used with any marinade you like, although we’re interested in the herb and mustard mixture.

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Starters only

If you’re sad about missing out on the Christmas party – and all the dips, sausages, and canapés it promises – you know you are not alone. In the meantime, could we suggest serving starters only? This micro-party menu is super fun, can largely be prepared in advance, and feels festive.

  • Crab salad in endive

    Crab salad in endive

    Crabs are expensive, but a little goes a long way here, and the endive leaves look so elegant. Put the crab salad together in the morning. All you have to do is put a plate and garnish before serving.

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  • Devil's eggs pickled in beets
  • Smoked trout butter

    Smoked trout butter

    This smoky, salty, salty condiment can be spread on sourdough baguette, wiped on a cracker with hot peppers, or smeared on a bagel with red onions and capers.

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  • Bulgogi Chicken Salad Cup

    Bulgogi Chicken Salad Cup

    Bulgogi is a famous (and very tasty) Korean marinade made from soy, ginger, garlic and usually brown sugar. Here we have mini chicken meatballs seasoned with all these flavors and served them in bite-sized salad cups for a Korean BBQ evening.

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  • Arancini
  • Parmesan and thyme cheese straw

EVERYTHING À LA CART

Here’s a great tradition that you might like to break: mains. Why get upset over a big roast when everyone loves the sides? Our favorites hold their own without a typical protein in the middle of your table.

  • Whole roasted cauliflower with hazelnut and sherry beurre noisette
  • Escarole and white beans
  • Roasted carrots with miso, honey and walnuts

    Roasted carrots with miso, honey and walnuts

    The combination of sweet, sticky honey and roasted walnuts is reminiscent of the classic honey-walnut shrimp to take away. But this carrot-inspired rendition is a lot less treacly and a lot more umami-packed thanks to the miso. The fresh garlic and spring onions make for a sharp bite that keeps the whole situation balanced.

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  • Shaved Brussels sprouts, pine nuts and green olives
  • Blood orange and roasted beets with yogurt, tarragon and hazelnuts
  • Delicata pumpkin frisée salad with dates and pepitas
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