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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

The Giadzy 2021 Christmas Menu

09 December 2021
by Giadzy
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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This easy Christmas menu will have your guests asking for every recipe.

A Christmas dinner is a special one indeed, but after all of the holiday celebrations leading up to it, we certainly appreciate a meal that's easy to whip up. That's where our 2021 Christmas Menu comes into play - we're all about keeping things simple and prep-ahead, so you can spend more time hanging out with loved ones and less time laboring over the stovetop!
Goat Cheese Dates With Prosciutto

Appetizer 1: Prosciutto-Wrapped Dates

This bite is as simple as it can possible get - there's no cooking required, and you can make them a day ahead and cover them up in the fridge. Oh, and of course they're delicious - sweet dates, salty prosciutto, and tangy goat cheese. Win, win, win.
Ricotta Bruschetta with Sweet and Spicy Tomatoes

Appetizer 2: Sweet And Spicy Tomato Bruschetta With Ricotta

This dish is so good, it's a recurring appetizer at Giada Vegas! You can make every element of this ahead of time, and assemble it all when it's time to eat. It's a flavor and textural party in your mouth, and one of our go-to crowd pleasers.
Giada's Simple Italian Salad

The Salad: Simple Italian Salad

Because when the rest of the meal is this good and full of flavor, you really just need a simple salad to add some brightness (and some greens!) to the plate. This is Giada's go-to basic salad: a tasty mix of Italian greens gives it great color and texture, and the simple vinaigrette ties it all together. Keep this one in your back pocket!
Funghi alla Fiorentina

The Side: Funghi Alla Fiorentina

This combination of ingredients may seem adventurous, but it's incredibly common in Italy. The result is a dish that's bursting at the seams with flavor: earthy savory mushrooms, peppery arugula, sweet dried cranberries and crunchy walnuts. It goes perfectly with the creamy pasta and pork loin on this menu.
baked goat cheese squash penne

The Pasta: Baked Pasta With Squash And Goat Cheese

Giada's secret? Always have a baked pasta at a holiday dinner. You can completely assemble it a day or two ahead of time, and bake it to hot and bubbly perfection when it's time to eat. This creamy pasta gets some great sweet flavor from beautiful half-moons of delicata squash, and a bit of broccoli rabe (or broccolini, if you can't find it) gives it an extra layer of color and flavor.
roasted pork loin with fig port sauce

The Main: Roasted Pork Loin With Port Fig Sauce

This roasted pork loin is incredibly simple to make, and the secret is in the sauce: made from Port wine, dried figs, and aromatics like rosemary and cinnamon sticks, he result is a slightly sweet, rich sauce that adds a beautiful jewel tone to the plate. Mix a bit of it in with your baked penne and Funghi Alla Fiorentina - it won't be a mistake!
For dessert? We had trouble narrowing it down. Tap here for some of Giada's very best Christmas desserts, from Cannoli Cheesecake to Torta Caprese.


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