Christmas eats

I don’t usually write about food, but we had some noteworthy edibles for Christmas that I just had to share. Tonight I attempted to make prime rib for the first time for my husband and myself for Christmas dinner. It turned out really well. You know food that makes you just stop and actually, for reals, go “mmm”? That’s what this was. Not just “yum,” or “this is pretty good”. We actually stopped, looked at each other with surprise, and made almost involuntary vocalizations that came out as “mmmMMM.” Hubby says it’s the best meat he’s ever eaten. I’m not sure if that means this was really really good or he just hasn’t had that much good meat in his lifetime! In any event, it was quite delicious, if I do say so myself.

Prime rib

The meat was just a small prepackaged standing rib from the local QFC grocery store. The recipe was a very simple one from Serious Eats. (Serious Eats also has this very good article about prime rib. Well worth the read!)

I also got a bit nostalgic this year about my grandmother’s Danish cookies. Every year, she would make these almond-topped Christmas cookies and a fried cookie called a Kleiner. Fortunately my aunt still makes them at Christmas and I was able to get my grandmother’s recipes. I made both of them up yesterday.

Kleiners and Christmas cookies

The cookies to the left are Kleiners. The dough is rolled out, cut into diamonds, shaped, deep fried, and coated in sugar. I can’t quite describe what they’re like… similar to a churro but thinner and much firmer. The ones to the right are Danish Christmas cookies. Very much like shortbread or sugar cookies, with an egg-white glaze, cinnamon and sugar, and blanched almond on top. I might play around a bit with rolling the dough out a little thinner, but it’s pretty close to what I remember.

I’ve only cooked up half-batches of each type so far. I’m gonna OD on the stuff!