Looking for something Special for Christmas?

I love to cook a special Christmas Eve or Christmas meal. I’m not big on traditional ham or turkey on Christmas, but instead prefer pork or beef usually. Here are some of my favorite recipes for this occasion.

Cranberry Pork Roast–I made this last year in the crock pot and served it with Gorgonzola Salad, Parmesan Smashed Potatoes, crusty Artisan bread and Green Beans with a warm mustard vinegrette. Yum! That was a great meal.

Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin–I served this at Easter last year and it was a big hit. You could cook it slowly in the oven or on the grill. Serve it with Roasted Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Pilaf, a green salad and Parmesean Encrusted Zucchini.

A note on pork loins and tenderloins: Though they are pretty interchangeable, the pork loin is a bigger cut of meat and not quite as good as the tenderloin. The pork loin is less expensive, so if you are cooking for a big group it might be the better option…just make sure you have lots of time to cook it slowly. The tenderloin doesn’t take nearly as long and is a lot better, in my opinion (also more expensive, of course). Costco sells a package of two pork tenderloins at a pretty good price.

Grilled Flank Steak– Ooohhh….I LOVE grilled flank steak. Here are two different really yummy marinades: a Thai marinade with orange juice, and a basic one with soy sauce, ginger and honey. Flank steak is best marinated for a few hours, grilled once it has already come to room temperature, and cooked to medium or medium-rare. If you cook it too much, it will be tough. It’s not too expensive, so it makes a great dish to serve to lots of people. Again, Costco has a great price on two big pieces of meat. Once it’s been cooked, cover it with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes or so before serving. That will give you time to gather all your side dishes: maybe Stuffed Blue Cheese Potatoes? Coconut Rice? Cheesy Zucchini with Garlic? Fried Goat Cheese and Apple Salad?

Yum. I am getting hungry just thinking about all this good food.

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