We’re starting a new feature here at BCBT: Dinner and a DVD. Every so often, we’ll pick a movie and pair it with an appropriate meal, appetizer, snack or dessert. To kick things off, we decided to start with some Christmas classics.
Since 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas has been an annual tradition for many families. From Snoopy’s flights of fancy to Linus’ philosophical musings, with Charlie Brown’s holiday blues tying it all together, this TV special more than earns its place in the list of all-time favorites. Now, what to serve with it?
In honor of Pig Pen: Sloppy Joes – with Peppermint Patties for dessert!
I adore sliders. Miniature sandwiches that make every meal feel like a party.
1.25 lbs. ground meat of your choice (I used turkey)
Garlic powder or fresh minced garlic
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Favorite bottled barbecue sauce
Spicy Grown-up version:
Season ground meat with garlic and onion powder. Cook until all traces of pink are gone. Drain off fat. Add more garlic. Stir in barbecue sauce or Sriracha.
Top with your favorite cheese. I used smoked gouda. Serve on dinner rolls.
A year after A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dr. Suess had his turn in the spotlight, collaborating with Warner Brothers legend Chuck Jones and his team to turn the beloved book into a TV special. Co-directed by unsung animation genius Ben Washam, the Grinch features marvelous production design by Maurice Noble, music by Albert Hague (better known as Mr. Shorofsky in both the film and television versions of Fame), and the iconic song “You’re a Mean One, Mister Grinch,” sung by Thurl Ravenscroft (better known as (Tony the Tiger). The thing that really puts it over the top, though, is the perfect narration by the great Boris Karloff.
Food plays a significant role in the Grinch story, with mentions of a couple of meals in particular: Roast Beast and Who-Hash.
Roast Beast sandwiches
There are lots of other possibilities here; just look for treats that reflect the fun shapes and vibrant colors of the cartoon. Cookies, candies, fruits and veggies all work well.
While nowhere near as popular as the two previous films, 1991’s A Wish for Wings That Work has been a staple at our house for years. Berke Breathed’s “Bloom County” comes to life in a short story about Opus the penguin’s desire to fly. This is the only Christmas special you will ever see that features a cross-dressing cockroach (voiced by Dustin Hoffman, no less!) and a kiwi bird consumed by envy toward an albatross. It’s inspired lunacy with a sweet message.
Unfortunately for our purposes, none of the story references food at all, except for one brief scene in which Opus eats herring paté and drinks eggnog from the carton. Since herring probably isn’t a big part of your holiday menu, we’ll just go with the beverage.