I plan on spending Christmas Day cooking dinner for several great friends. I am not making anything fancy-especially since I leave on Friday for New York City. But, to me the holidays are about celebrating relationships with friends and families and food, lots of simple but tasty food.
On the dinner menu are chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese, garlic mashed potatos, greenbean cassarole, and stuffing. Basically all of my favorite leftovers…yum. Serving a nice humboldt grey fog, irish aged cheddar and a fu fu french cheese that is wonderful (whole foods sells it).
Usually it would be a turkey or a ham but since I won’t be home for a few days the chicken breasts seemed best. I got the recipes from the Barefoot Contessa’s show on food network. Basically you wash four chicken breasts (with skin on), cut a slight pocket/separate the skin from the breast meat, and place 1/4″ thick slices of goat cheese underneath the skin. Put some salt and pepper on the skin of the breast (you could add some rosemary or a touch of olive oil as well) and roast in the oven til done (about an hour). They taste great and look wonderful on a plate.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays.