Early American Cornish Hens Christmas Dinner Menu

Though few would wish to return to cooking at the hearth and beehive oven, if you’re smitten by the romance of the past, try serving special guests a Christmas dinner Martha Washington-style.

George and Martha Washington made much of Christmas. They had been married on the twelfth night of Christmas in 1759, and from that year forward they tried to be together for the holidays. The oyster stuffing included in this menu is based on a specialty of George Washington’s mother.

Potted Crab

Cornish Hens with Oyster Stuffing Mount Vernon

Sherried Pan Gravy

Grated Carrot Christmas Pudding

Pickled Beet Salad

“Whipt” Syllabub with Sweetmeats

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