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Menu and Shopping List for Christmas Open House for 25+

16 of 17 in Series: How to Plan and Shop for a Christmas Open House

If you are planning to feed a large group you might want to depend on a ready-made menu. To make it easy to plan your Christmas open house for 25+ people, here’s a menu and a shopping list.

The menu consists of the following dishes. Note that some are doubled or even tripled.

  • Caramelized Onion Dip with Crudités

  • Whole Roasted Garlic and French Bread

  • Cheddar, Port, and Blue Cheese Ball

  • Shrimp Cocktail with Two Sauces x 2

  • Basic Green Salad

  • Baked Fresh Ham with Herbs

  • Five-Cheese Spinach Lasagna x 2

  • Basic Yuletide Biscuits x 3

  • Gingered Pear Sauce x 2

  • Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts x 3

  • Pear Almond Trifle x 2

  • Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake x 2

  • Chocolate Pecan Pie x 2

  • Assorted Cookies

  • Bowl of clementines

  • Classic Eggnog

  • Mulled Cider x 4

Shopping List for Christmas Open House for 25+

  • 24 clementines

  • 20 firm, ripe pears (about 7 ounces each), such as Bartlett

  • 4 navel oranges

  • 4 small heads butter lettuce

  • 3 pounds Brussels sprouts

  • 2 pounds fresh spinach leaves

  • 2 small heads red or green leaf lettuce

  • 2 small heads romaine lettuce

  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery

  • Assorted vegetables for dip

  • Nine 8-ounce packages cream cheese

  • 8 cups heavy cream

  • 6 cups sour cream

  • 5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese

  • 5 ounces blue cheese

  • 2 pounds mozzarella

  • 2 cups mascarpone

  • 2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 cup grated Romano cheese

  • 4 pounds large shrimp, shell on (20 to 25 per pound)

  • 14-pound fresh ham, bone in (shank and leg portion of pork)

  • 3 loaves French bread

  • 2 gallons apple cider

  • 2 pounds lasagna noodles

  • 4 cups whole pecans

  • 2-1/2 cups gingersnap crumbs

  • 2-1/2 cups light corn syrup

  • 2 cups pumpkin puree

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (4 slices bread)

  • 1 cup toffee bits

  • 1 cup chili sauce

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

  • 1/2 cup cider

  • 1/2 cup walnuts

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

  • 1/4 cup wasabi powder

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons horseradish

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

  • 3 ounces (hefty 1/2 cup) shortening

  • 32 whole allspice berries

  • 24 whole cloves

  • Twelve 3-inch cinnamon sticks

  • Assorted cookies, purchased or homemade

  • Two 16-ounce pound cakes

  • 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach

  • 1-1/2 pounds vacuum-packed cooked chestnuts

  • 6 ounces sun-dried tomatoes

  • 24 Amaretti di Saronno cookies (12 wrapped pairs)

  • 4 cups brandy

  • 2 cups dark rum

  • 2 cups bourbon

  • 2 cups Di Saronno Amaretto liqueur

  • 2/3 cups port

  • 1/4 cup Kahlua or other coffee liqueur

You may already have the following items on hand, but check to make sure you have enough:

  • Onions

  • Whole garlic

  • Unsalted butter

  • Whole milk

  • Large eggs

  • Flour

  • Sugar

  • Dark brown sugar

  • Light brown sugar

  • Baking powder

  • Vanilla extract

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  • Light olive oil

  • Lemon juice

  • Mayonnaise

  • Dijon mustard

  • Black peppercorns

  • Bay leaf

  • Thyme

  • Sage

  • Cinnamon

  • Ginger

  • Allspice

  • Nutmeg

  • Soy sauce

  • Dry red wine

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