Christmas Menu

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I thought I'd share our Christmas Menu today. Our older daughter (the nurse) is working an overnight shift on Christmas Eve and a Pm shift on Christmas day, so we've decided to have our Christmas Supper on Christmas Eve after church services. Even though it isn't our regular schedule for Christmas Supper it will be our traditional menu. Roasted Standing Rib Roast w/au jus & creamy horseradish, Yorkshire Pudding, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Romaine, Pear, Gorganzola & Walnut Salad and Cheesecake for dessert.

I am sharing the recipe for Yorkshire Pudding. My kids do not think roast beef is the same if you don't serve it with Yorkshire Pudding. If you've never eaten it before, it is very similar to Popovers but with a beefy twist. Very yummy!

The texture of a Yorkshire pudding is nothing like a pudding in the modern sense of the word. Not a custard, it's more like a cross between a soufflé and a cheese puff (without the cheese). The batter is like a very thin pancake batter, which you pour into a hot casserole dish over drippings from roast beef or prime rib. It then puffs up like a chef's hat, only to collapse soon after you remove it from the oven.
Given that it's loaded with beef drippings (read fat) or butter, or both, Yorkshire pudding is probably not the thing you want to eat regularly if you are watching your waistline. But for a once a year indulgence, served alongside a beef roast? Yummmmm.
Yorkshire pudding is traditionally made in one pan (even more traditionally in the pan catching the drippings from the roast above). You can also make a popover version with the same batter and drippings in a muffin tin or popover pan.

Yorkshire Pudding

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 eggs, beaten*
2-4 Tbsp of roast drippings
*If you double the recipe, add an extra egg to the batter.

Sift together the flour and salt in a large bowl. Form a well in the center. Add the milk, melted butter, and eggs and beat until the batter is completely smooth (no lumps), the consistency of whipping cream. Let sit for an hour. Heat oven to 450°F. Add roast drippings to a 9x12-inch pyrex or ceramic casserole dish, coating the bottom of the dish. Heat the dish in the oven for 10 minutes. For a popover version you can use a popover pan or a muffin pan, putting at least a teaspoon of drippings in the bottom of each well, and place in oven for just a couple minutes. Carefully pour the batter into the pan (or the wells of muffin/popover pans, filling just 1/3 full), once the pan is hot. Cook for 15 minutes at 450°F, then reduce the heat to 350°F and cook for 15 to 20 more minutes, until puffy and golden brown. Cut into squares to serve. Serves 6.

I'll be linking this to Tasty Tuesday, Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday and Tuesdays at the Table. Merry CHRISTmas!


  1. Amy said...:

    Enjoy your meal with your family. Happy Holidays..

  1. It's sounds delicious! My best friend is having roast beef and yorkshire pudding for Christmas dinner too. She's making Tourtiere for Christmas Eve. She's from Canada, so her traditional holiday foods are a mix of British and French.
    Merry Christmas!!

  1. Well this certainly looks yummy!!! I have had yorkshire pudding in England, but have not tried to make it. Having a strong English ancestry, I am embarrassed!! But I think I will try looks so good. My mom is making everything and she always has turkey and cornbread dressing, roast beef and dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, creamed corn, banana/apple/walnut salad and cranberry sauce. Very traditional southern. All the veggies she grew in her garden, so it is yummy.

  1. xinex said...:

    Great menu! Looks so delish and it makes me hungry!...Christine

  1. Sounds divine! All of it! What time are we eating? :)

  1. What a wonderful Christmas dinner! Don't you wish we could share our food and good fortune to have so much, with the hungry world?
    I thanked God last night for my warm and comfortable bed and my healthy family. I wish it for everyone.
    Thank you for sharing. Everything looks delicious! Thank you so much for your sweet visit...I appreciated your comment.. :)

  1. MyJourneyBack said...:

    oh yum! My mother made popovers as a special breakfast treat. I had yorkshire pudding once at my mother in laws and yes it is yummy too.
    You made me so hungry!

  1. Oh my it sounds yummy~
    Merry Christmas

  1. What a wonderful meal. I am sure your daughter is very grateful for the family changing the dinner schedule. As a nurse of 15 years, I have worked many holidays. (I am taking a break from nursing right now, staying home with my daughter.) So, good for you.
    Many blessings to you all for a Merry Christmas.

  1. SnoWhite said...:

    I've never had yorkshire pudding, but have always been meaning to try. thanks for your recipe -- I'll save it for a chance to try it!

    Merry Christmas.

  1. I'm coming to your house on Christmas Eve!!
    Merry Christmas!

  1. What a wonderful menu. Isn't it interesting what we do to work around our kid's schedules. We are opening gifts for the first time on Christmas Eve this year...we are in a hotel and will eat out on Christmas Day (evening). All because of my daugher's job!


  1. Diann said...:

    Oh what a "drool-worthy" menu!!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  1. Jerri said...:

    Your menu sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a great Christmas with your family!

  1. Linda Stubbs said...:

    Oh how beautiful! Looks so nummy! Hope you had a wonderful CHRISTmas!

    Blessings, Linda
    Prairie Flower

  1. Sherry said...:

    Oh, wow! That looks fabulous! Hope you had a blessed CHRISTmas!


  1. Lynnie said...:

    This is one of our favorite Christmas dinners,complete with Yorkshire Pudding! We had two 9X13 pans cooked up this year for 8 people.. a bit over board.. but it was all eaten.. NO PROBLEM! merry Christmas!

  1. bewitched2424 said...:

    Would LOVE your recipe for your Roasted Standing Rib Roast w/au jus & creamy horseradish! This sounds like a stellar holiday meal and I'd like to change up our usually turkey and fixings with something like this. Looks amazing!

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