Yule can be one of the best sabats. And the most stressful. Lots of family and friends and parties. So when it comes to your Yule feast, perhaps easy is the way to go. With an exception of the cake, all of these recipes are low commitment and some can be made a head of time. Try combining them with old, family traditions for a meaningful Yuletude feast!
- World’s Easiest Appetizer: I know dairy products are more of a Imbolc thing, but slicing a good block of cheese will please almost everyone. Plate it with nice crackers and grapes and your golden! Some suggestions: brie, cheddar, and gouda.
- Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad: I made this for my mom’s holiday party a few years ago. It was so tasty and elegant. A big crowd pleaser. Plus, the tomatoes don’t have to be perfect because you’re roasting them.
- Guinness Stew over Mashed Potatoes: Cut 2 lbs. roasting beef into bite sized chunks. Coat them in flour and brown with a little olive oil in a dutch oven (in batches if need be). Set meat aside. Add a little more oil to the pan, then 1 diced onion, half a bag of carrots diced, half a head of celery diced, a lot of thyme, and a bay leaf. After five minutes of cooking, add 3 cloves of minced garlic. Cook for one minute, then set veggies aside. Deglaize the pan with 1 can of Guinness, scraping the bits off the bottom of the dutch oven as the alcohol cooks off. Add 3 cups of beef stock, a few tablespoons of tomato paste, and 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce. Add back into the dutch oven the beef and veggie mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and let cook for 2+ hours, stirring occasionally. About forty minutes before the stew is done, peel, dice, and boil a 5 lb bag of potatoes. While they are cooking, heat some milk, sour creme, butter, salt, pepper, and minced garlic in a saucepan. Drain potatoes when they’re fork tender and mash with milk mixture. To serve, plate potatoes and cover with stew.
- Pan Fried Green Beans: Trim the ends from a bag of green beans. If you want, chop up a shallot or two as well. In a little olive oil, fry the beans and shallots at a medium heat until the skin gets wrinkly. Add two cloves of garlic, cook for another minute, then done!
- Applesauce: You can make your own. Or buy it. But it goes with nearly any meal and kids love it.
- Bouche de Noel: It’s a cake. That looks like a Yule log. Nothing can be more perfect.
- Eggnog: While I am definitely more of a Wassail kind of girl (see my Samahin recipes for the Witch’s Brew), eggnog is a traditional holiday classic.
- Ritual Cakes and Ale: Eggnog or Wassail for the ale and holiday cookies for the cakes. I like using a goodie that someone gave me because it brings good energy into the circle.
© Ariadne Woods