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Christmas dinner - what are you serving

SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
I've done brunch the last few years but switching to dinner. Not sure what's on the menu yet besides ham, maybe stuffed chicken breasts and garlic mashed potatoes. And hot dog for my oldest son :/
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,498Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    my sister is allergic to poultry; we are having this for dinner:

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  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    Probably a chicken dish, not a whole one though. Mac-n-cheese, collard greens, potato salad, rolls and/or corn bread, Red Velvet cake, stuffing.
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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    so far the only thing on the menu is peking duck.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I'm having Christmas Eve dinner at my house for my parents and sisters. I'll be making rotini with tomato sauce and meatballs, linguini with alfredo sauce and chicken, penne with olive oil, garlic, and hot pepper flakes, shrimp cocktail, a big relish tray with homemade ranch and blue cheese dressings, lots of cookies, a flour-free sugar-free chocolate torte, and I think I'll make a batch of pumpkin spice Bailey's to get me through the evening. : )

    That made it sound like I make my own pasta. I don't. I prefer dried pastas to fresh. I do make all my own sauces, meatballs, dressings, cookies, cakes, etc.
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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    Everything sounds yummy jeep!
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    We have Christmas Breakfast. With enough breakfast meats to clog anybody's heart. 3 breakfast meats (bacon, sausage and ham), 2 kinds of hashbrowns (one with chives and one without), eggs, cinnamon rolls, toast, juice, etc. It's a grand time.

  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    MMm....all the food sounds yum.
    rouquinne wrote: »
    my sister is allergic to poultry; we are having this for dinner:

    Recipe Details


    OOoh that looks really good. Have you ever made it before? I'm trying to come up with something besides ham and this might fit the bill!
  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,780Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Breakfast is the only thing I do - scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, overnight French toast & monkey bread.

    Dinner will be turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, green beans, two types of stuffing, three types of cranberry, gravy, mince meat pies & Christmas pudding with hard sauce and various other cookies and sweets!


    Oh....and lots of wine, rum and eggnog!
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,498Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    LA, i have made it before. it's very easy and VERY delicious! :-)

    pork tenderloin is so inexpensive, it's also a very budget conscious meal.

    my sister and i made this one for xmas breakfast last year, it's amazing!

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  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    hopefully wild boar or some sort of game meat
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    We're having our neighbors and her mom over and I'm doing a variety of yet to be determined appetizers. Her mom is almost fully blind and I knew she would feel more comfortable with finger food type things instead of a sit down meal. I'm still trying to figure out what all I want to make so any suggestions are welcome! :D

    Considering:
    sausage balls (If I don't make these once a year Mr. Spring would probably divorce me ;) )
    baked slider sized ham & cheese sandwiches
    homemade cheez-its
    lobster and spinach dip
    ham roll-ups (the trashy kind of my youth with cream cheese and sweet pickle, yay!)
    something sweet

    I feel like I need something veggie based in there other than spinach. My neighbor offered to bring something and she's an excellent cook, I just don't know what to suggest. I'm so excited, I always want to do appetizer type stuff, but we never have people over! :lol:

    I might do a small Christmas eve dinner for Mr. Spring and I, we'll see how it goes. I saw a quarter ham (spiral sliced, I think) at TJ's today that would be the perfect size for us and I might get that and make some sides.
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  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,380Registered Users
    spring1onu wrote: »
    We're having our neighbors and her mom over and I'm doing a variety of yet to be determined appetizers. Her mom is almost fully blind and I knew she would feel more comfortable with finger food type things instead of a sit down meal. I'm still trying to figure out what all I want to make so any suggestions are welcome! :D

    Considering:
    sausage balls (If I don't make these once a year Mr. Spring would probably divorce me ;) )
    baked slider sized ham & cheese sandwiches
    homemade cheez-its
    lobster and spinach dip
    ham roll-ups (the trashy kind of my youth with cream cheese and sweet pickle, yay!)
    something sweet

    I feel like I need something veggie based in there other than spinach. My neighbor offered to bring something and she's an excellent cook, I just don't know what to suggest. I'm so excited, I always want to do appetizer type stuff, but we never have people over! :lol:

    I might do a small Christmas eve dinner for Mr. Spring and I, we'll see how it goes. I saw a quarter ham (spiral sliced, I think) at TJ's today that would be the perfect size for us and I might get that and make some sides.

    I've made a delicious artichoke dip-like appetizer that has a crescent roll crust so you can cut it up in squares, as well as a cold veggie pizza ( also crescent crust!) with cream cheese & fresh veggies that has been a hit for years.
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    Ohhh, the veggie pizza! I've seen that for ages now, but have never tried it. Great suggestion, thanks!
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,780Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    spring1onu wrote: »
    baked slider sized ham & cheese sandwiches

    I've made these a few times in the past few weeks and they are always gone in no time!


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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    springy, to add to the crescent roll appetizer extravaganza - pesto roll-ups, pizza roll-ups, pretty much anything roll-ups. I cut the triangles in half or in thirds to make wee little ones for appetizers. (I love crescent rolls).
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  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    CC, those are the ones! I've seen them on a few different blogs and have always thought they'd be a fun appetizer/small food thing to serve, but this is my first opportunity to give them a try. They look really good.

    Jeep, ditto that. I love me a pig in a blanket. :lol: I'm trying to remember there will only be 5 of us, I keep chanting it mentally to myself because if i don't I'll have way too much food.
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,780Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I haven't tried them because I don't eat meat, but they smell amazing! The only differnce I did, was sprinkle cheese on them before baking.

    The last time I did them was the day my parents moved and I made them up the night before, then baked when we got to the new house. Turned out fine!
    I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
    Audrey Hepburn
  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    That's a good thing to know, I want to make as much the day before as I can. I'm kind of on the fence about using the Swiss because Mr. S never likes it, but it seems like it would be really good in these.
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    Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! . :D
    The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
    I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
    I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    I'd like to make a nice breakfast/brunch--maybe a breakfast casserole and/or cinnamon rolls.

    I don't go much for "traditional" holiday dinners (turkey, etc). I might make something special though--I'm thinking tamales.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    springy, did you SEE my menu for Christmas Even dinner? It's for 5 people. Going overboard with food runs in my veins. So go wild with your meal. Appetizers are my favorite way to eat and so much fun.
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    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    I realize i always have to cook and I dont want to. So I'm coming over one of y'all houses!! make room for me!!! :laughing1:
  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    Our Christmas dinner is always on Christmas Eve night because that's when all 4 kiddos will be with us, along with my mom, my brother and his wife. This year is going to be tough because my SIL is vegetarian which I can handle but my brother has crossed into the land of veganism. And to top it all off, I have to work a full day that day, so it has to be things I can do ahead for the most part and something really quick and easy at the last minute. I am so baffled! Really my reason for reading this thread is not to contribute but for inspiration (read as steal menu ideas!!!!!)
  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,780Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I would ask Brother & SIL to bring a main that will suit their needs.

    Then they can have veggies with everyone else, and you shouldn't have to prepare much extra!
    I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
    Audrey Hepburn
  • MunchyMunchy Posts: 5,206Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    We have the vegetarian/vegan/differences of foods in my family too. I would start with a soup (I'm thinking some kind of pureed roasted vegetable soup.

    I love the idea of food in ramekins because it feels fancier, and it's easy to prep ahead of time. Something like shepherd's pie can be vegan by making a mushroom gravy, using lentils or even TVP or something for protein, and adding in your veggies and baking like usual. If you're willing to make your own crust or buy a vegan crust, you can make an awesome veggie pot pie with all different root vegetables.

    There is a pasta dish with roasted veggies that we make all the time and it's vegan if we omitted the cheese. Most dry pastas are vegan, so that's an easy one. Tex mex is super easy to do vegan (beans!), but I don't know how Christmassy it feels for you. :)

    Whatever veggie sides you're having just make sure to keep them vegan, which is usually not an issue.

    The dessert is always my kicker. Maybe you can just buy something. I hate baking, lol!
  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    Good vegan mains can be stuffed squashes/pumpkins, a hearty stew, a cassoulet without meat. It's all about adding little extras for textural contrast, visual appeal, dynamic flavor. It's really not too difficult, promise! Starting off with a great soup is a good idea, as Munchy suggested.
    Michael Natkin has awesome recipes, many of which are vegan:

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    This is a favorite dish of mine:
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    Romesco makes everything taste good. :p

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    A snack/app:
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    Dessert:

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    Not to mention something as simple as roasted pineapple with coconut sorbet, a fruit crisp, chocolate and coconut milk pudding or a panna cotta using agar, tembleque/haupia with a fruit salsa, and many other options.
    And if you are okay with shortening/margarine and faux products (I 100% refuse to use them), you have even more.
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