Most of you who’ve been around a few years, know this is the time of year that I go full Griswold. Here’s a pic of my house from a few years ago.
It gets a little bigger every year. This year I rented a boom to put lights up in our 50’ tall Italian Cypress you can see to the left of our garage. (Sorry no photo of it this year)
Anyway, as is our family’s tradition, we host everyone on Christmas Eve for dinner and presents. In attendance were my two brothers that live here in California. They came down from the L.A. area along with my niece, my nephew and his fiancé. (in addition to my wife and I) We like to vary the meal menu each year. One year we will cook Tamales, (A So. Cal. Christmas staple) the next we’ll do Ham, then Turkey, then a nice Ribeye Roast. We hadn’t had Ham since 2016 so we settled on that.
We were quite busy making all the dinner and fixing’s, so I didn’t have a lot of time to take a whole lot of photos but here are the few that I did get. Here’s the ham on the kamado for the first few hours at 275.
Here’s a pic of the stove with the beans, carrots, potatoes and gravy on top. (Green Bean Casserole and biscuits in the oven)
Here’s the ham after the 2 hours in foil with the pineapple and cherries added for another 10 minutes at 425.
Here’s the ham on the table waiting for the rest of the fixings to join it. (It’s funny but I didn’t realize that this is almost the exact same photo from 2016)
Here’s everyone waiting to dig in.
Here the one photo I got of the food and table. (As you can see we broke out our finest plastic cups for this dinner )
Here’s what everyone looked like when I asked if they could wait for me to take more / better photos of the food.
Everything was delicious and we had a great time that evening.
We spent Thanksgiving with good friends and neighbors and their family. We were tasked with providing the dressing and a pecan pie. The pie we bought from Costco but for the dressing I made my favorite Cranberry, Apple and Walnut dressing.
(Recipe can be found here:
Here are most of the ingredients.
Melted the butter and sautéed the onions and celery.
Combined the cranberries, apple and walnuts.
After the butter, onions, celery, apple cider and chicken stock had simmered 10 minutes I stirred it into the dry dressing and spread it out into the baking/serving dish.
I covered this with AF and cooked it for 20 minutes at 350 degrees and then uncovered it. I cooked for another 25 minutes at 350 and this is the results.
Here are some pics of the rest of the dinner entrée’s that we enjoyed.
White meat plate.
Dark meat plate.
We had a great time of food and fellowship. Hope you all had a great day as well.
Thanks for looking.
This is one of my favourite salads that really delivers far more voomph than the list of ingredients would suggest.
I bought a sous vide machine about a year ago and have only used it twice, always thinking that I would love to do some eye fillets (inspired by @AntinOz, and figured that this was as good a time as any to pull the box out from the bottom of the cupboard. After biting into that beef which was as soft as butter, the Anova is going to be stored in a more accessible spot going forward.
Easy Thai Beef Salad Ingredients
2 x 250g eye fillet steaks or similar
Oil for cooking steak
150g of mixed lettuce leaves
1 telegraph cucumber
1 carrot sliced into thin strips
½ to 1 red capsicum sliced into thin strips
1 red onion sliced thinly (I omitted due to raw onion allergy)
Salt and pepper
1 bunch coriander leaves, picked
1 bunch mint leaves, torn if large
Toasted sesame seeds
Salad Dressing Ingredients
1 teaspoon peanut oil (I subbed with grapeseed oil because it’s a no flavour oil that I had in the cupboard)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
2 teaspoons fish sauce
I started off with seasoning my beautiful steaks with salt and pepper and then vacuum sealing them. I left them on the counter to come to room temp whilst I got the water up to 54 degrees C / 130 F.
They were in the water bath for two hours and when I removed them, I patted them dry using paper towels, which ensures a crust can form.
I heated up the Kamado to 220 degrees C / 430F with the coals banked to the left and the grate in the lower position. I then put a cast iron fry pan on there to heat up with the lid down.
Whilst I was doing all this, I prepared my veggies and dressing.
Once the pan was hot, I put in a tablespoon or so of oil, swirled it around and cooked the steaks, about 30 seconds on each side.
The steaks then camped out in a foil tent for about 10 mins.
Holy moly! Slicing through those buttery steaks was a revelation!!
So juicy ... and all evenly dispersed within the meat!!
To assemble the salad, I just layered the lettuce, herbs, topped with the veggies, placed the slices of steak on top, drizzled on the dressing and sprinkled with the sesame seeds.
I made extra salad and doubled the dressing, which hubby and I took to work for lunch today causing lunchbox envy in the workplace. LOL.
Not sure if the entry counts given the steaks were only finished on the Kamado but I’m cool with it either way because it’s an easy and tasty recipe that I hope you try.