Christmas Eve menu ideas for cooking at home for a small group?
Tamales...yummm...you 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.