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Dec 21, 2009 09:37 AM

Christmas Eve menu ideas for cooking at home for a small group?

What are you cooking for Christmas Eve dinner? I am looking for menu ideas -- for a group of 5, that includes one young child. Something besides turkey or ham? Thanks!

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  1. can buy if making is too time intensive.

    I always grew up on grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup on Christmas Eve - it was comfort food, simple prep in preparation for the next day. So last year we did fancy grilled cheese (nice bread and cheese - think panini), and a nice roasted tomato soup. Served with salad and fruit and hot chocolate. Perfect.

    This year we are going with some friends to celebrate the scandinavian way - salt roasted lamb or beef, potatoes, whipped turnips (actually parsnips because some don't like turnips), green beans, etc. Dessert is rice pudding.

    We've done steaks, which are nice for a group of 5.

    And some years we just go out for Indian food.

    1. We always eat Chinese on Christmas Eve.

      1. Lasagna, garlic bread, salad. Or a big pot of soup and bread. Growing up, we'd have shrimp scampi and a crab salad.

        Me, I've mooched an invitation for the 4 of us to go to a neighbor's house. She is a wonderful cook.