Christmas is about brunch in my house, so what's for dinner?
I need some help! We host a Christmas brunch at my house. It's totally casual with tons of food. By the evening, once our family/friends have left (and only those out of towners are staying over), we always want something different to eat than the brunch leftovers. Not a huge Christmas dinner feast, but somethiing. We ended up just ordering Chinese last year! Any suggestions for something to serve this year? FYI....Christmas Eve dinner will include pasta, so that's out.
Something that is very easy would be to make individual pizza's on pita's or store/pizza parlor bought dough. They can be done in the oven or on the grill and topped to each person's preference. Serve with a mixed green salad and dinner is done in no time. A veggie heavy stir-fry might also be nice after all of the Christmas eating.
We are a family of 3, living far away from relatives. We used to like to go to the movies on Christmas Day and have Chinese for dinner. Then my husband started worked for a chain of Chinese restaurants and, as you can imagine, the last thing he's interested in having on a day off is Chinese.
Cold meals like ham or fried chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs, etc would fit the bill you're looking to fill. Or you could do a nice soup, salad and bread meal and top it off with Christmas cookies.
We do the same thing--big brunch on Christmas day w/ inlaws and a big Christmas Eve dinner. So, Christmas night, we go out for Chinese. I love it.
If not, you can make and freeze stock and then have a big pot of soup and no-knead bread.