Whether you are eating out or hosting a Christmas dinner, good food and the holidays seem to go hand in hand. Holiday recipes from St. Louis chefs include festive appetizers, filling entrées and delicious desserts. Top St. Louis-area chefs not only know how to provide scrumptious dishes for their customers, but for their own family as well. Get an inside look into what one local chef will be serving her family and share in nibbling on one of her personal recipes with your own family during your Christmas celebrations.
Owner of Magpie’s Restaurant
903 S. Main St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
Chef Rhonda Crane of Magpie’s Restaurant likes to cook and share her creations with others, especially her own family. On Christmas Eve, her family gets together each year for a potluck dinner. The host or hostess provides a homemade soup and some peel-and-eat shrimp. Everyone else brings either an appetizer, cookies or candy. Of course, she will take a tray of Christmas cookies. After all, she has devoted an entire chapter in her cookbook to her family’s favorite cookie recipes. However, this year, Chef Rhonda plans to also bring her mouth-watering artichoke butter. It is a menu item that is popular in her restaurant and has become a family favorite as well.Related: Top 10 St. Louis Foodies to Follow On Twitter
Make the artichoke butter by mixing together 2 cups of finely chopped non-marinated artichoke hearts, 1.5 cups of sour cream, 1 cup of real mayonnaise, 1.25 cups of parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of finely minced garlic and the juice of one small lemon. Place all of the ingredients into a pan and then into an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake until the mixture is bubbling throughout. Serve with your choice of bread or crackers. She serves hers with Magpie’s home-baked French bread. She suggests another good alternative of splitting your French bread lengthwise and spreading it with the artichoke butter mixture, then topping it with crumbled bacon and more parmesan cheese. Slice the bread into finger-food-sized pieces to make it easy to serve a hungry crowd.