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Nov 18, 2008 06:01 PM

Veggie Christmas Dinner Fare

I grew up with the traditional Christmas dinner of roast beef, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, and Yorkshire pudding. I will admit that while it's a superb dinner, I've been a bit bored with the menu. Call it a middle age crisis. This year, I've been thinking of doing a vegetarian dinner. Since I love Indian food, I think a tofu tikka masala would be great as a main course. Granted, most Indian's don't celebrate Christmas, but that's not the point. It's more of a celebration of food, and dishes that you enjoy. I'd love to hear what veggie entrees you might serve for Christmas.

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  1. My mom makes stuffed cabbage for X-mas--traditional comfort food from the mother country that she makes once a year even though it isn't traditional X-mas food. My sister is a vegetarian and my mom makes a veg version for her--cabbage stuffed w/rice and some combo of vegetables (butternut squash, carrots, parsnips, and onion have made it into past years' rolls).

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    1. re: Lucia

      Thanks for the suggestion. I just made stuffed cabbage after finding an 8 pounder at the grocery store. I like the idea of experimenting with non-traditonal dishes to broaden the palate.

    2. Last Thanksgiving I posted a recipe for stuffed squash on my blog (<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>) and I think it would be good for Christmas too, but this year I might try something like a chestnut and wild mushroom pie. Something with really extraordinary mushrooms can be very festive. If you want another Indian dish, a mushroom biryani might be very nice.

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      1. re: tinybanquetcommittee

        That pie sounds yummy. I agree about mushrooms. They also have a meaty flavor which can make the dish robust. You should post the recipe. The mushroom birayni sounds like a great idea.

      2. We always have a cucumber and onion salad at Christmas (we get very Scandinavian...). Sliced cukes and sliced onions marinated in a dressing of cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Herbs as needed and preferred. Might be a nice fit if you're cooking Indian dishes.


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        1. re: cayjohan

          I think that would fit in nicely. My Mom was German and always made that during the holidays.

        2. We never ate Christmas dinner. As children we spent all day going from house to house and nibbled here and there.

          Christmas Eve is our big thing and it's all finger food. I'm not vegetarian, but I'm not a huge meat fan.

          Among other things, I make alot of greek stuff. Grape leaves (rice, no meat), feta wrapped in phyllo (then fried in olive oil, topped with honey), huge greek salad, tatziki and hummus with toasted pita, haloumi cheese and tomato toasted on pita bread.

          Sometimes I also do an antipasto tray with tomatoes, feta, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, roasted zucchini, olives, and asparagus and broccoli both sauted (separately) with garlic and olive oil.

          1. There are a few lovely-looking recipes on Gourmet's website for veggie Thanksgiving meals that would also do for Christmas:

            The pumpkin looks amazing!!