“Christmas Vacation” Film Feast: Scenes that inspired the menu

XmasVacay FF SliderTis the season to be merry. No shit, you say? Well, we have a Film Feast for you, because for this Holiday season we’ve put together a four course meal inspired by the best Christmas movie of the last 25 years: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Below, Nitehawk chef Michael Franey takes us through the scenes from the film that inspired his yuletide menu.

01 Tree

Griswold Family Christmas Tree Cookie
savory rosemary pine nut shortbread, olive oil foam
“A twist on a cheese cracker and a shortbread all in one. We mix parmesan cheese with rosemary and black pepper and then fold this mixture into a flour and butter to make a flaky, rich, cookie with a ton of cheesiness and bright herb flavor. This is topped with toasted pine nuts and an olive oil foam for a little wow factor.”

02 smoke

Audrey & Ellen’s Veggies
herb roasted baby vegetables, walnut and chive vinaigrette
“A very simple dish done in an extremely colorful way. Baby carrots in white, purple, yellow and orange along with purple cauliflower and romanesco have been roasted simply with some thyme, oil and salt and pepper. Served with vinaigrette of walnut oil, white wine vinegar, toasted walnuts and chives.”

03 Sled

Sausage Flying Saucer
cumin scented buttermilk biscuit, sage and apple sausage, black pepper country gravy
“Fresh buttermilk biscuits are given a slight hint of cumin and served with a house made sausage with Macintosh apples from upstate NY and a white country gravy with a great black pepper kick.”

04 Dinner

Christmas Dinner
Turkey two ways, confit leg, roasted breast, whipped potatoes, haricot vert, pan jus
“This is the best way to do a turkey, the legs have been seasoned with orange zest, cloves, peppercorn and cardamom, then cooked in duck fat for 12 hours to make for the most tender meat possible. The breasts have been rubbed with butter and sage, seasoned with salt and pepper and roasted slowly for a nice crisp skin and juicy meat. Served with traditional sides.”