Now we're into November and it's really time to get your holiday catering details finalized. Hopefully by now, you've thought about your date and reserved that with your professional caterer. If not, it may not be too late, but contact them now to see what's still available on their ever filling special event holiday catering calendar.
Holiday Breakfast or Brunch Catering
Some great ideas for that you can find on our earlier blog.
Holiday Lunch Catering
Food stations or buffet style menus allow your guests to interact and create their ideal holiday lunch with the items at each station. It also means you don't have to offer as much food as a full dinner so if budget is an issue, this may be a better option than trying to offer a dinner.
When planning a lunch, you may not want to duplicate what many will have at home. Many people still want the oven roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and salads just like you'd have if you were at a family dinner. If you want to offer this kind of menu, you can offer a modern twist on this old fashioned favorite.
Roasted Turkey Sliders
Oven roasted turkey, sliced thin to be stacked on a freshly baked mini sandwich roll.
Add some great cranberry relish, turkey gravy or even stuffing to put on top of the turkey to create the flavors of the traditional holiday dinner.
Slices of cold or warmed baked ham, Swiss, Cheddar or Havarti cheese, stone ground mustard, honey mustard, mayonnaise and white or wheat rolls, or even cheddar biscuits create a fun way to eat this traditional holiday menu item.
Beef will always be a holiday favorite so consider offering a platter of grilled tenderloin, some great horseradish sauce, mushroom ragout, caramelized onions, Béarnaise sauce, or even bleu cheese and crumbled bacon could be offered to create an amazing station. Soft tender rolls, croissants, or potato rolls would work well as bread options.
Party Potato Options
Herb stuffed new potatoes - boiled new potatoes are hollowed out and then stuffed iwth seasoned mashed potatoes
Duchess potatoes - mashed potatoes are piped onto a cooking sheet like a rosette and then baked. This dresses up any holiday catering menu and impresses your guests
Sweet potatoes - you can create these as rosettes too, or try piping these swirled with regular mashed potatoes for a unique twist to a traditional menu item.
Imitate the ever popular Mashed Potato Martini Bar using sweet and regular mashed potatoes and add toppers like sour cream, real chives, herbed butters, bacon and cheese
For the sweet potatoes, add brown sugar, toasted walnuts, even maple syrup and marshmallows will add some fun to your holiday menu.
To round out the lunch menu, add some green bean bundles wrapped in bacon, or some asparagus with a red pepper ribbon. Another favorite is green bean casserole which could be offered baked in a pan, or a mini version in a phyllo cup to make serving a bit easier. Broccoli au gratin, corn, peas, grilled squash or just about any other veggie would be an appropriate addition for lunch.
Salads with fresh veggies, fruit salad even ambrosia have been popular holiday salad ideas. Pea salad, Broccoli Salad, Layer Salad, Tomato Basil Salad, Chopped Salad or even a tradition Garden Salad will work - especially for those opting not to eat meat.
Seems no holiday gathering is complete without the sweets. Instead of tradition fruit pies, try some tarts with pecan, pumpkin, cherry or apple with a large bowl of sweetened whipped cream nearby so guest can top their own tart. Or hand pies are gaining in popularity. These are two crusted pies (looks like a cookie) stuffed with your requested fillings, baked to a golden brown and designed to be picked up and eaten. NO plate needed here, but you can still offer one.
Gingerbread is also a spiced cake perfect for the holidays. Just the aroma that emits in a room makes it feel like the holidays! Small cup-cake size ginerbread is perfect for this type of lunch catering. Don't forget to have some whipped cream or even spiced applesauce available for guests to top off their treat.
Cookies. How many holiday cookies are there? Too many to include here. Sugar, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Blossoms (peanut butter cookies with a Herhey's kiss on top) Thumbprint, Peppermint, Candy Cane, Cherry and the list could go on and on. Cookies are a fun yet simple way to offer a dessert for a holiday catered lunch.
You could ask your guest to provide a dozen of their favorite cookies along with copies of the recipe to exchange at the end of lunch. Simply arrange all the different cookies, prop up the recipe near each plate and allow your guest to sample whichever they want and let them know to take a copy of the recipe home with them.
For more help with your menu
Happy Holiday Lunch Planning