Mediterranean Holiday Feast
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, some people say that the holidays are about to be in full swing! But not for me! For me, the holidays have been in full swing since I put on my first of three (yes, three) Halloween costumes! In my house growing up the holidays never just consisted of a couple days – yes, Thanksgiving and Christmas were extra special, but for the most part the last two months of the year was one big celebration – a celebration of cheer, togetherness, family and fun.
As an adult I’ve tried to continue that tradition with my family and friends and I’ve certainly learned along the way! One thing I’ve learned is that you can’t be serving up turkey every time you have the urge to have a holiday par-tay. Turns out people tire of that pretty quick…! So today I bring you a Mediterranean Holiday Party!!
First step, choose a color theme! For this party I chose blue and yellow and set the table accordingly – using lemons in inexpensive vases as my accent pieces.
Now for the fun part…the food! I headed to my local one stop shop, Sam’s Club, because there is no where better for me to get great food in large quantities and good prices.
Mediterranean Seafood Pot:
Cook a BIG container of tomato sauce, one cup of red wine, aalt and pepper and garlic to a simmer.
Then add one cup of cream and any seafood that you want – I used shrimp, mussels and lobster tails. Cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, but keep the lid on until you’re ready to serve. Add sage to taste.
Next up, Pork tenderloin, and it’s so easy! I bought a 3lbs cut and simply added a bottle of Italian dressing, lemon juice from 2 lemons, garlic to taste, 4 tablespoons of olive oil and baked that sucker in the oven for 45 minutes at 425 degrees. So tender, so good, SO EASY!
It wouldn’t be a Mediterranean meal without these last two dishes…
My Greek rice is pretty darn easy to make if you use just simmer some chicken broth, a touch of lemon juice, butter and olive oil together with some instant rice!
Last but certainly not least, I bring you the Greek salad and it’s also pretty simple, just cube some tomatoes, cucumber, feta and top with olives, basil and salt and pepper – i like to finish mine off with some crispy French onions for some extra kick!
And there you have it! A Mediterranean Holiday party that is festive and fun, but a wonderful way to celebrate with the ones you love.
Disclosure: I am a paid endorser for Sam’s Club.