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Catholic Recipe: Six Christmas Dinner Menus

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And suddenly it is Christmas Day! Families attend Mass and hurry home to a warming late breakfast and a concerted attack on the gaily wrapped presents underneath the tree. Mother turns her thoughts toward the preparation of Christmas dinner, and she can rejoice that food customs have changed a bit since the sixteenth century. A Christmas dinner in those days was made up, in at least one recorded instance, of seventeen main dishes, sixteen other dishes, which included salads, pastries, and sweets, with bread and vegetables as additional fare!

If you plan to serve a mince pie for dessert, you will be interested in its origin. When the Crusaders came back to England, they brought with them spices from the Holy Land. These spices were added to huge pies made of meats of various kinds, minced very fine and enclosed in pastry. The pies were oblong in shape, to represent the manger. A depression was made in the top to hold a figure of the Infant Jesus, which was removed just before the pie was cut.

At last the table is set with the best linens, china, and silver, and family and guests sit down to a Christmas dinner that, though bountiful and delicious, has not overtaxed the hostess with its preparation. Here are six suggested menus for a scrumptious Christmas dinner.

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Christmas Dinner Menu 1
Spiced Cider Roast Goose with Apple Stuffing (see recipe) Mashed Potatoes Green Beans and Mushrooms Cranberry Sauce Peppermint Ice Cream Christmas Cookies
Christmas Dinner Menu 2
Cranberry Foam Cocktail (see recipe) Roast Turkey Oyster Stuffing Candied Sweet Potatoes Buttered Peas Celery Olives Mince Pie
Christmas Dinner Menu 3
Tomato Juice Cocktail Glazed Roast Duck (see recipe) Mashed Potatoes Green Peas Crisp Celery Olives Plum Pudding (see recipe)
Christmas Dinner Menu 4
Oyster Cocktail Roast Turkey Corn Bread Stuffing Green Beans Candied Sweet Potatoes Cranberry Sauce Nesselrode Ice Cream Christmas Cookies
Christmas Dinner Menu 5
Fruit Cup Crown Roast Pork (see recipe) Apple Stuffing (Use 1/4 recipe) (see recipe) Brussels Sprouts Whipped Potatoes Cranberry Sauce (see recipe) Eggnog Pie (see recipe)
Christmas Dinner Menu 6
Grapes in Ginger Ale Roast Turkey Chestnut Stuffing (see recipe) Green Beans with Mushrooms Mashed Sweet Potatoes Tossed Salad Nesselrode Pudding

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965
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