Ever family has its own holiday traditions, from cherished desserts, icing cookies, homemade presents, to even the main dish that is served on the family table. A tradition at my husband’s family Christmas includes a massive main dish that my mother-in-law has mastered. My husband’s mother, Josefa, is from Madrid, Spain and is an excellent cook and every Christmas her kitchen comes alive with the smells from this Spanish dish that I call the Holiday Meat Trio.
This dish includes typically a beef roast, a chicken and either a ham or pork roast, all the similar size. Beware- You will need a big pan for this dish. You will cook all the meats together at low temperature. The smells that will develop throughout your house are amazing and will have your family breaking down the door come Christmas Day.
Holiday Meat Trio
1 beef roast, about 2 lbs.
1 chicken, about 2-3 lbs.
1 ham or pork roast, about 2 lbs.
2 cups of dry white wine
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup of fresh parsley, chopped very coarse
2 cups of carrots, chopped rustic
2 cups of celery, chopped rustic, plus all the leaves
4 bay leaves
2 small onions, chopped coarsely
Garlic powder, lots of it
1 tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. pepper
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large roasting pan place half the celery, onions, carrots and parsley. Lay all three meats side by side on top of the freshly cut veggies. Add your liquids (chicken broth and wine). Place the rest of the veggies in the dish around and on top of the meats. Sprinkle the pepper, dried basil and bay leaves all around the dish. Then, take about 4 T. of garlic powder and sprinkle all over the meat.
Cover the entire dish tightly with alumni foil. When I say tight, I mean tight! You don’t want any steam to get out.
For the pounds of meat that I have listed in this recipe your cook time will be about 4 ½ hours to 5 hours. This will all depend up on the pounds of meat you are cooking though! The meat is done when you can stick a fork in it and the meat falls apart! Cooking this dish slow on low heat is very important.
* You can also add potatoes to the dish as well.
* All three meats need to be around the same size, except the chicken can be a little larger.
* Depending on how many you will be serving will depend on the size of your meats.