The holidays are all about spending time surrounded by family, friends and lots of good eats. My brother in law made a delicious batch of potato leek soup for Christmas Eve lunch which gave us the needed sustenance to start cooking for Christmas.
We made a huge batch of short ribs in tomato sauce that we cooked up on Saturday, let sit overnight and then cooked some more on Sunday. We got the meat from Schatzie the Butcher on the Upper West Side who not only has a great selection of quality meats but the entertainment of just visiting is worth the trip. We seasoned the short ribs with Italian seasonings (basil, red pepper, parsley) and browned them. Then in the same pots, we sauteed garlic and onions, deglazed the pans with red wine and added the canned tomatoes. We then put the browned ribs into the tomato sauce and let them simmer for a couple of hours. Once they cooled to room temperature, we refrigerated them overnight and finished cooking them in the oven on Christmas day for a few hours.
The beauty of making a dish like this is that it gets more flavorful overnight and it's almost impossible to overcook. The longer it cooks the more tender the meat is (it should be falling off of the bone when you are serving it).
My sister and I were up and out at the crack on Christmas morning to grab bagels and lox for breakfast. We had mourned the loss of the Upper West Side's H&H Bagels but mourn for long we did not. Absolute Bagels (Broadway and 108th) has by far the Best.Bagels.Ever. After fetching the bagels we arrived at Zabar's just before it opened which meant we got our lox quickly and were out of there.
After breakfast, we finished all of our cooking and prepping for my brother in laws siblings to arrive mid afternoon for our Christmas feast.
We had quite the antipasti spread to snack on.
The cured meats were from Salumeria Rosi.
The cheeses were from Fairway (pecorino toscano, cheddar, camembert, taleggio). I never met a cheese I didn't like and these were no exception.
The final product; the short ribs served over fresh spinach pasta.
I can't leave out the abundant array of desserts that dear brother in law got from Veneiro's since he knows my father's love of Italian pastries.
There you have it, the ridiculous amount of really good food that we enjoyed this holiday weekend. I hope you too enjoyed lots of good eats however you celebrated your long holiday weekend.