Mixed Faith Holiday Menu

Christmas,Holidays,Recipes,Special Occasions
December 1, 2006

Beef tenderloin and potato latkes celebrate the best of holiday food traditions.

Garlic and Herb Beef Tenderloin
Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn
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My husband’s Christmas food traditions included a special roast as the centerpiece of the meal. As the star of the table, this was often an indulgence for his family: rack of lamb, standing rib roast or beef tenderloin were not cuts of meat his family could afford to eat very often.

For me, Hanukkah is practically synonymous with latkes, the fried potato pancakes served by many Jews to commemorate the miracle of the oil in the Temple burning for eight days. We’d eat the pancakes with applesauce and sour cream, or sometimes straight from the frying pan before my mother could even get them to the platter.

For this year’s holiday gathering, we’re serving Prosecco Sunrise Punch as a starter cocktail. Prosecco is an Italian bubbly with all the frolicking ambiance of Champagne, but less pretentious and more affordable.

Then comes beef tenderloin with a garlic and herb crust. An easy, do-ahead dish, it takes about 10 minutes to put together and gets rave reviews every time. We’re pairing the beef with traditional latkes, and as a nod to the applesauce I ate as a child, we’re including Apple Onion Relish, which is great with both the beef and the latkes. Everyone at the table—regardless of their faith—agrees: it’s heavenly.

By Marge Perry and David Bonom, writers in Tenafly, N.J.

 

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Prosecco Sunrise Punch

Sparkling white wine with three orange flavorings.

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Potato Latkes

Golden fried potato cakes—a simple thing to celebrate.

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Garlic and Herb Beef Tenderloin

A pesto-like fresh herb rub for beef brings a burst of flavor to the holiday table.

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Apple Onion Relish

Sweet, savory and perfect with potato latkes.

Green Bean Saute

Green Bean and Tomato Saute

Almost like a warm green bean salad, this side dish has lots of flavor on tap.