We start the meal with the sharing of oplatek and wine. Oplatek are small, thin wafers of bread - basically unconsecrated communion wafers. Each guest gets a wafer and instructions to share the wafer with the other guests, and to make a wish for them and receive a wish in return. Wishes range from the wacky "good night, good luck, and may your god go with you" to the traditional "health, wealth and happiness in the new year." Also each guest may reserve pieces of the oplatek to share with loved ones who are not at the wigilia dinner (very common for situations when servicemen and women are overseas).
- potato mushroom soup with imported polish mushrooms
- artichoke bottoms marinated in chili flakes and balsamic vinegar
- watergate salad (recipe easy for kids to make)
- brussel sprouts baked with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper
- lima beans with garlic and onion tomato sauce
- pierogi, various kinds - cheese, sauerkraut & mushrooms, fruit.
- broiled salmon
- fruit compote
- baked brie with salted rye bread
- black olives and pickled cucumbers and beets
- sauteed spinach with sherry, cinnamon, raisins and pine nuts
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Time to go see if I can roust Santa to deliver gifts. And start up the Holiday Music. Happy Wigilia!