Cheryl Anne Stapp
Old Fashioned Christmas Dinner
Merry Christmas, everyone! May your holiday be a joyous one with family and friends.
What are you having for Christmas dinner? A big meal, or a simple buffet of casseroles and salads? In the 19th century, family holiday dinners were usually a formal feast of several courses that likely kept the cook busy for days beforehand, and for many hours on the morning of the holiday itself. Here’s a typical Christmas Day dinner menu from Fanny Farmer’s 1896 cookbook.
Consommé with bread sticks
Olives, celery, and salted pecans
Roast goose with potato stuffing, and applesauce
Duchesse Potatoes and Cream of Lima Beans
Lettuce salad with cheese straws
English plum pudding with brandy sauce
Frozen pudding, assorted cakes, and bonbons
Cheese and crackers