Holiday Menu: Scandinavian Style Christmas
Our Scandinavian-inspired holiday menu is centered around succulent venison tenderloin and includes complementing appetizer, sides, and dessert.
Inspired by the unique style and aromatic flavors of Scandinavian cuisine, this unique holiday menu features venison tenderloins, lightly seasoned with juniper, allspice, and fennel and served with a sauce made with caramelized goat cheese from Norway, sour cream and a splash of aquavit.
Although may think it sounds a bit exotic, venison tenderloin is surprisingly fast and easy to cook. All it takes is a quick sear in a hot pan and a few minutes in the oven to finish cooking.
We hope you'll give this menu a try. It's become a holiday tradition in our family.
Scandinavian Roasted Venison Tenderloin
Perfectly roasted venison tenderloin crusted with juniper and allspice and served with gjetost-aquavit sauce makes an impressive entree for company.
Homemade Gravlax with Mustard-Dill Sauce
Salt and sugar cured salmon, or gravlax, is a Scandinavian specialty that very easy to prepare at home with excellent results.
Creamy Smashed Rutabagas
Butter, cream, vanilla, and nutmeg complement the mild, sweet flavor of mashed rutabagas to make a simple winter side dish.
Braised Red Cabbage
This simple side dish of braised red cabbage flavored with apple cider and currant jelly makes a nice accompaniment for a wide variety of main dishes.
Dill and Cucumber Salad
This fresh dill and cucumber salad is quick to prepare and makes a refreshing, light contrast to hearty entrees and rich sauces.