Preparing for Christmas Day can be hard enough without worrying about what to cook for the family. Leave the kitchen stress to the professionals and try one of these delicious menus to celebrate the holiday.
Blue Duck Tavern (1201 24th St., N.W.) has some delicious offerings for Christmas Day. Shrimp and grits with shellfish butter, stone ground grits, spinach and chorizo is one of the many delectable options. They also offer apple cider glazed ham with baby vegetables and pork jus and have wood over-roasted Maine scallops with a brown butter vinaigrette and chestnuts. Blueducktavern.com.
The Grille at Morrison House (116 South Alfred St., Alexandria, Va.) has a fixed three-course meal on Christmas Day for $50 (2h 37m) per person. Choose from appetizers that include house-cured Scottish salmon with caper berry, red onion chopped farm eggs and whipped cheese and figgy pudding beignets with confectioners’ sugar. Entrees range from pumpkin French toast with chai spiced cream and warm maple syrup to beef wellington with mushroom duxelle, wilted spinach and bordelaise. Finish off with dessert, either a egg nog crème brulee or dark chocolate Bavarian with malted white chocolate mousse, a cacao nib macaron and salted caramel among others. Complimentary champagne or juice is included. Thegrillealexandria.com
NoPa Kitchen + Bar (800 F St., N.W.) has its regular A la Carte menu available on Christmas Eve along with a few other additions. Try the grilled moulard duck breast with a mustard braised savoy cabbage, red wine apple puree, chestnut crackling and spiced jus or the pan roasted lamb loin with vadouvan, golden raisins, cous cous, black garlic jus and cauliflower. There will also be numerous dessert offerings. Nopadc.com.
Add spice to the holiday and enjoy Rosa Mexicano’s (575 7th St., N.W.) four-course Christmas dinner. Tableside guacamole and churros en bolsa, churros in different dipping sauces, are just some of the starters. For the main course, try roasted turkey sweet plantain-huitlacoche stuffing , roasted fall vegetables, cranberries and Mexican chorizo potatoes. Also enjoy the steamed lamb shank with three chiles, garlic and spices, steamed until tender. For a sweet ending, they offer hot Mexican doughnuts served with chocolate, caramel and raspberry sauce or banana chocolate chip cake with peanut butter mousse, dark chocolate sauce and cinnamon swirl ice cream. Rosamexicano.com
Fiola (601 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.) has a Christmas Eve dinner called “Feast of the 7 Fishes,” a seven-course plus dessert meal. Salads include colors of the garden with mollie local lettuces, Satsuma mandarins, watermelon radish, Lombardy stracchino cheese and pine nuts and burrata of Buffallo mozzarella with roasted beets, baby artichokes and pesto of basil geneovese. Pasta dishes include the smoked potato gnocchi with wild calamari, prosecco zabaglione, lacinato kale and Norcia black truffles and more. Dessert options are the chocolate panna cotta with honeycomb brittle and winter mandarin, the Neapolitan savarin with vanilla and rum soaked cake and macerated dried fruits and the Sardinian bomboloni with classis ricotta doughnuts and vanilla bean gelato. Fioladc.com.
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