I'm not quite sure what I'm doing for the holidaybut , if I'm in a homewith my usual group of friends or what, crossing fingers but if I will be!, and not out to dinner, am with friends then it's my usual duties of salad, the potato, the dessert, but I always break those rules and end of making a few extra things to kick in as well.
Fresh cranberry orange ginger relish. Shaved brussel sprout salad. Lemony kale salad. Probably will do small Hasselback potatoes - both sweet and regular - a few different varieties (the fat seasoning herbs) before roasting in addition to some regular mashies. My potato guy promised me he would have small size if I want them.
I like mixing crisp items with soft so the whole meal is a wide variety of textures.
Dessert is my jam so I'm thinking two different styles of mini-ice cream sandwiches, one with a apple ice cream in a ginger cookie and another with a pumpkin ice cream in just a simple almond cookie. Yes - these can be done Paleo/Primal and are like teeny little pies. Made them last year for holiday and they were all eaten in about 20 minutes. I think because they weren't heavy and were fun to hold while having after dinner drinks, less formal at the end of the meal.
I also go traditional and have to make a real pie but prob. with more of a tart style crust. Filling.. umm.. maybe go yam style so there is something different. So easy: I love the Jewel Yams as the colour is awesome, steam and whip with butter, an egg, coconut sugar and a titch of molasses, baking spices (anything pretty much), a little salt, shot of bourbon. I also make a top sometimes that I do on the stove of: butter almonds pecans, coconut sugar and a bit of salt. Cook until everything is toasty and you get that nice glaze action happening. So: crust, filling, topping, bake. Grom.