{ pomegranate + burrata salad }

{ pomegranate + burrata salad }

pomegranate + burrata salad

{ christmas eve }

I love love love Christmas Eve. We always open one gift (pajamas), a tradition leftover from when I was a kid, and we always make pizza. Over the next week I’m going to share my Christmas Eve dinner with lots of recipes and tons of make-ahead tips. If you haven’t heard me the 200 other times I’ve said it, I’ll say it again: I love make-ahead. When you come to my house for dinner I really want to have just as much fun as you do…I don’t want to be sweating over a hot stove, exhausted. So over the next week, prepare yourself for the following Christmas Eve Recipes: candy cane ice cream scooped onto individual chocolate-y pudding cakes, a pomegranate sparkler cocktail (to make in large batches so everyone can grab a glass at will), pizza recipe + tips and a four-cheese caramelized onion tart appetizer. Whew. Considering I’ve wanted to start every day this week with a martini, this is highly ambitious. But it’s happening. It’s all been recipe tested and mostly photographed…I just need to sit down and focus at the computer for more than two seconds.

But now, we talk about this salad. First, she’s gorgeous. Jewel-toned, is how I’d describe her. And she’s easy. You’ll start off making pomegranate molasses. You’ll just use three heaping tablespoons of this in the salad dressing, but don’t fret as we’ll use it again when we’re making our pomegranate cocktails. You can make the pomegranate molasses five-ish days prior to your event and she’ll fare fine hanging out in the fridge in a sealed container.

Next, you’ll whisk up your dressing. I prefer to throw everything in my Vitamix. But if you don’t have one it’s fine, just use a a whisk. The dressing can be made up to three (four?) days ahead of time and stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Lastly, your pomegranate arils, persimmon slices and toasted pecans can be prepared and store separately in the fridge the night before. The only things that should be done just prior to serving are tossing the salad and cutting your burrata. Save cutting your burrata for the last possible moment because it’s kind of a hot mess once you cut it.

I included a suggested timeline for prepping this dinner for Christmas Eve below. Whether I’m catering an event or having people over for dinner I always create a timeline, grocery list (broken down by dairy, dry goods, meat, fruits and veggies) and have my recipes printed out (Remember that latent OCD thing? It happens here.). I think we’re all going to be crazy busy next week, right? That annoying pull of wanting to get all of your work done so that you can have fun and feeling like you can’t have fun because you have so much to do. Can I say it again: I just feel like having fun. So a little OCD now will help us not have to give making dinner another thought. One other quick note…all of these recipes can be doubled or tripled as needed depending on the size of your group.

I will get the remainder of these recipes up by this upcoming Sunday. But if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to post below or email me. Making pizza is so much fun on Christmas Eve…for our family, Christmas day is filled with potatoes and turkey and ham and green beans and all of the traditional Christmas stuff. It’s kind of fun to do something a bit more casual.

OH, one last tradition I would love to share. We have a large table cloth that we bust out on Christmas Eve and everyone signs and dates it…depending on how much we’ve had to drink, it gets doodled on (ok, so this always happens). Then my mom embroiders it over the following year…so every year it’s just a little more colorful. Just a thought. Tradition is fun.

Your Schedule:

Monday: Make Pomegranate Molasses + Salad Dressing & Ice Cream

Tuesday: Make Pizza Dough + Pizza Sauce

Wednesday: Make Tarts + Pudding Cakes (short of baking) and Prep Your Pizza Toppings

Thursday: Mix Your Cocktail, Set Out Your Pizza Dough + Set Your Table, Assemble Salad + Bake Pizza, Bring Cakes to Room Temp + Bake

Let’s get our holiday on.

{ pomegranate + burrata salad }

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Pomegranate juice, unsweetened
  • ¼ cup dark muscovado sugar (could sub in brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons tangerine juice (could sub in fresh orange juice)
  • ¼ teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1/4 cup blackberry, raspberry or red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed oil (or other light, veggie oil)
  • 3 heaping tablespoons pomegranate molasses (see above)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 6 cups baby kale, arugula or other mixed greens
  • 1 cup whole basil leaves
  • 1 pomegranate, arils scooped out (the pretty jewel-like, seed-looking bits inside the pomegranate)
  • ½ cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 fuyu persimmon, thinly sliced
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