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What's for Holiday dinner 2011?

Hey everyone,

As I'm starting to assemble my menu for my holiday dinners this year, I was wondering what you were thinking of putting on your plates. Any special family traditions? What are you excited about making this holiday season?

I'm really looking forward to roasting Brussels sprouts with a honey-dijon sauce. I love the combination of the bitter sprouts and the sweet sauce. Also very excited to play around with duck. It's such a luxurious meat!

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  1. I'm going to debone and reassemble a goose. Also have a porchetta planned.

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      1. re: wattacetti

        I bow to the master. That's hardcore.

      2. "What are you excited about making this holiday season?"

        Absolutely nothing. It will be the same boring turkey based meal that tradition demands.

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          1. re: Harters

            Tradition is what YOU make it. We quit having turkey or ham years ago and decided to start a new tradition of prime rib. Cheesy potatoes (the casserole with hash browns, sour cream, etc). Cheesecake for dessert.
            We always have Swedish meatballs for Christmas Eve.
            Run your life, don't let life run YOU.

            1. re: wyogal

              Ha! I tried floating the idea of the prime rib a few years ago, it did not go at all well. I'm not American so at least I'm not dealing with two turkey dinners a month apart.

              That said, I love making Christmas dinner. I look forward to the potatoes roasted in goose fat, Nigella's brussels sprouts with chestnuts, Patricia Wells' cauiiflower gratin. And gravy. Gallons of gravy.

              1. re: Athena

                So excited because my FIL finally gave up on turkey for Christmas (he's English) so we're having prime rib. The insurrection has been slow but
                successful... keep trying!

                1. re: Athena

                  Hey! Lots of us Americans do NOT have turkey for both holidays. When I'm hosting, it's ham for t-day and lamb for Christmas. Except for this year, when my ILs sent us a turducken roll.

              2. re: Harters

                I put my foot down and refused to bow to the turkey tradition this year. It's crazy, considering how Christmas is usually one of the hottest days of the year in my parts and no one actually wants an oven on for hours, or to eat a full roast dinner. So this year it is a 'traditional Australian' Christmas at my house. There is going to be a veal rack, scotch fillet on the rotisserie and cold seafood. There will be aoli garni, fantastic salads (including a great roasted parsnip and pear number with gooey camembert through it) and to allow my mum some tradition I am letting her bring a cold glazed ham. I have also requested my mum bring her mince pies and Christmas cake (because despite her look of kitchen prowess she really does make the most excellent mince pies in the whole world!) and my husbands stepmother is kindly providing some nibbly things and a pavlova. There will be lots of good Australian wine (very traditional!) and hopefully much merriment :)

                1. re: TheHuntress

                  My partner is a former Antipodean and remains bewildered by the heavy, sauce-rich Northern Hemisphere food that I crave around Christmastime.

                  1. re: TheHuntress

                    I'm intrigued by your parsnip, pear and Camembert salad. Do you have a recipe that you could share?

                    1. re: Terrie H.

                      Absolutely! It's a Jamie Oliver recipe (just to give credit where it's due)

                      4 parsnips, peeled and halved (quartered if they're large)
                      4 pears, peeled, cored and quartered
                      200gm frozen chestnuts, thawed and roughly chopped
                      3 cloves of garlic
                      olive oil
                      a small ciabatta
                      100gm (2/3 cup) hazelnuts, skins removed
                      2 tbs honey
                      250gm camembert
                      2 sprigs of rosemary
                      2 small romain lettuces, leaves separated

                      1 small eschalot, finely chopped
                      1 tbs red wine vinegar
                      1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

                      Preheat oven to 200c (390f). Place parsnip in pan of boiling, salted water for 5 minutes and drain. Place parsnips, pears, chestnuts and 2 crushed cloves of garlic in a large roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, arrange as a single layer in the pan and roast in oven for 20 minutes. Tear the ciabatta into bite size pieces then add to roasting pan and return to oven for 15 minutes. Add hazlenuts to roasting pan, drizzle everything with honey and return to oven for 5 minutes. Slice the top off the camembert, poke through the rosemary sprigs, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap in foil, place in small roasting dish and put in oven for 10 minutes. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper and set aside. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a large platter and scatter the (now caramalised) tray bake. Spoon over the dressing and serve with the camembert on the side for your guests to drizzle over their portion at their leisure :) Enjoy!

                2. Unfortunately, the in laws tradition dictates honey baked ham for Christmas. Fortunately, no one has ever noticed that I never eat any.

                  1. I'm going with "Roast Duck with Orange Sauce." Not sure of my side dishes yet.

                    1. Christmas Eve in El Paso was always one pot of chili and one pot of oyster stew. Family and adopted family! This year we will volunteer at our local mercantile selling pies and homemade bread and some grilled steaks when we get home. Then a week with the grandkids. What could be better.

                      1. Christmas Eve almost always involves tamales, northern Mexico style - pork cooked w/ reconstituted and pureed red chiles. Some of the pork broth is used in the masa. They're wrapped in softened corn husks. I like the tamales small and the layer of masa is neither too thick nor fluffy. I've never attempted making them because I'm well aware of the steep learning curve involved. It takes years and years and years to get them right. I'm hoping to get my hands on some from my husband's cousin. She makes the best I've ever had. Getting them usually involves my in-laws driving 4 hours to a halfway point to pick them up. I'll be unspeakably happy if we get any this year. I don't need anything else on Christmas Eve is the tamales are as good as H's cousin's.

                        I don't know how many people I'll be cooking for on Christmas day the the menu is far from set. It might just be my mother, my husband and me. It that's the case, I'll probably roast or grill a whole beef tenderloin. If I'm cooking for more, I'm sure I'll be roasting a prime rib of beef. For sides, I'd like to do scalloped potatoes and a roasted veg like brussels sprouts or perhaps broccolini. We'll have some olives, cheese and bought pate for ahead-of-time nibbles.

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                          1. re: agoodbite

                            We make tamales sometimes. Our very favorite is cheese and roasted poblano ones. the meat tamales don't go over as well these days!

                          2. Beef tenderloin with cognac sauce. It's tradition!

                            1. Our friends are hosting this year, we always bring food also. (And they're moving it to Friday before since I work all weekend -- they're keepers!)

                              I'm planning a rare chimichurri-style sliced beef, heavy on the garlic, and some roasted asparagus. Goat cheese, shallot, basil, and tomato tarts to start off.

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                              1. Going to do a herb roasted beef tenderloin for Christmas dinner along with roasted potatoes, asparagus, and popovers. Also planning an eggnog cake.

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                                1. re: vafarmwife


                                  Could you share the recipe for the eggnog cake, please? Thanks!

                                2. We'd been eating turkey for Christmas for my entire life - I'm retired! Last year I made brisket. This year I'm looking for something else. Thinking about roast pork or maybe a ham, but not all that thrilled with the idea of a ham. Prime rib is not an option in this family -we're not steak eaters. Part of the problem is picky grandchildren (and a picky grown child). Goose will not fly (pun intended) with this gaggle! Any ideas from the CH crew?

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                                  1. re: RAGHOUND

                                    I am going with duck, I think. I'm experimenting with the idea of duck au vin, but not sure yet if it'd be too heavy.

                                    1. re: RAGHOUND

                                      How about the ham that you "brine" for a few days in advance. It isabsolutely delicious...really easy - just need to plan ahead and so many wonderful side dishes go with it! Kids love it if they try it. We never have leftovers - and if we do, there are bidding wars to take them home. I can certainly provide the recipe.

                                      1. re: mhcpita

                                        Family voted for ham, so I've got a 10 lb. smoked shank in the frig. They also voted for "baked". Now looking for some good sides. Suggestions from the CHs out there?

                                        1. re: RAGHOUND

                                          Well biscuits are a requirement anytime ham is served at our house LOL

                                        2. re: mhcpita

                                          I'd like the ham recipe, please! I'm thinking of doing one for Christmas Eve, but as half my husband's family went vegetarian this year I want something easy. Thanks!

                                        3. re: RAGHOUND

                                          For the 2nd year in a row we are having a crown roast of pork from the new butcher shop in town, It's elegant, more forgiving to cook than beef and makes a ton of gravy- a prerequisite in this family. Easy carving as well as delicious. Sides are various roasted potatoes and veg- we are blessed with 2 ovens!. I have tried floating the turkey idea since we no longer do Thanksgiving but was not successful- has to be a roast beast. Ham is for New Years and Easter.

                                        4. As yet undecided; we typically have beef, which has often been a standing rib roast in the past, but several of us are trying to eat healthier, and rib roast is more fatty than we like, so possibly a low and slow roasted sirloin, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, carrots, a green salad, and either cheesecake or chocolate mousse for dessert. Possibly onion soup as well.

                                          1. We started staying home a few years ago. The boys love staying in their jammies all day and playing with the new toys that Santa brought them. We started a prime rib tradition....my mouth is watering just thinking about it! My menu pretty much stays they same every year. We start with cocktail shrimp. Next up is caesar salad. Sides include baked stuffed potato and roasted asparagus with hollandaise. Dessert is birthday cake in honor of baby Jesus.

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                                            1. re: hto44

                                              Prime rib and similar sides but Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert.

                                            2. Sister planned the menu this year. Sometimes it's just easier to not upset the apple cart.

                                              Christmas Eve: Crusted beef tenderloin, duck fat roasted potatoes, roasted beet & poached apple salad with curry vinaigrette (my addition) and bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce.

                                              Christmas Day: Chicken liver mousse with crostini, baked ham, gnocchi gratin with gorgonzola cream, bagna cauda with crudites and bread (all day) and I have forgotten what she wants for dessert.

                                              The Kumamoto vichyssoise will have to await another holiday.

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                                              1. re: KateBChi

                                                I'd love to be a guest at your table.

                                              2. We do something different every year - this year it will be red wine-braised short ribs, a caramelized onion and potato gratin, roasted vegetables and chocolate bread pudding. I'm also making some cream cheese cinnamon rolls for breakfast the morning of Christmas. I was hoping for duck this year, but my family doesn't seem to care for it. Nut jobs, all of them!

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                                                1. re: biondanonima

                                                  Yum! I'm doing short ribs as well and would love to hear more details about your gratin and your chocolate bread pudding if you don't mind. TIA.

                                                  1. re: mebby

                                                    Sure! The potato gratin is based on this recipe from Epicurious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                                    I just leave out the leek/mushroom mixture and replace it with caramelized onions and lots of fresh thyme. I also double the cheese!

                                                    The chocolate bread pudding is from Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/340336/c... I haven't made it before, but the recipe just looks so fantastic, I thought it would be a perfect holiday dessert.

                                                    1. re: biondanonima

                                                      Wow, those both look great and seriously decadent -- thank you!

                                                      1. re: biondanonima

                                                        Really sounds yummy .. A full turkey dinner for us.

                                                    2. Well, as a Jew married to an athiest, our traditional (hah!) Christmas dinner is spaghetti and meatballs. When we visit my husband's family we make that for Christmas eve. I'm thinking maybe beef wellington for New Year's Eve.

                                                      1. For the first time ever I am leaving my family at Christmas time and heading east to meet the parents. At first I was promised spaghetti and meatballs on Xmas Eve, a family recipe one of the brothers has been perfecting. Ok, I was on board with that. It's not crab as I've become accustomed to on Xmas Eve, but there was the mention of lobster during our stay and a definite promise of snow - being a West Coast girl, a white Christmas seemed lovely and charming, and I know I can eat crab all of January if I wanted. The plan for Xmas was traditional Turkey dinner, something I only think of during Thanksgiving, so again, I was content, maybe even excited.

                                                        Things have changed however, and we are now having Turkey dinner on Christmas Eve, with all of the trimmings, and for Christmas...leftovers.

                                                        Apparently they thought this would be more relaxing and we could enjoy the day with movies by the fire and hot chocolate, yada yada yada. And you know, with all that snow, won't it be cozy.

                                                        Except. There's no snow!

                                                        So while I imagine it will be tasty and festive the first night, Christmas dinner may seem a little anti-climactic. I am NOT telling my Mother.

                                                        Did I mention we will be the only drinkers? Totally hitting a state liquor store when we land and I am bringing a flask. Oh, and Dunkin' Doughnuts too!

                                                        Not to sound too ungrateful, I am sure it will be a lovely holiday.

                                                        Happy Christmas everyone!

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                                                        1. re: rabaja

                                                          Sounds like you are coming right near me, rabaja. AND 'we' are happy that there is no snow. :)

                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                            oh rabaja, sorry about the no booze future inlaws! good thing they live far enough away to not impact your style too often. I'm sure you'll still have a lovely time.... but thank god for flasks and conspiratorial lovers....

                                                          2. We are smoking a prime rib, but I haven't decided on the sides yet. I'm one of those, last minute what sounds good people.

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                                                            1. re: rasputina

                                                              I dunno - smoking a prime rib does NOT sound last minute to me. Any sides would be great - I'm thinking some potato anna and / or roasted brussels and some cranberry sauce.

                                                              We're invited out for the meal so it's a menu outside of my control however, I've been tasked w/ appetizers . . Have been struggling with that.

                                                              1. re: JerryMe

                                                                Obviously the prime rib isn't last minute, since it's already decided. What I said in my post was that the sides would be decided at the last minute. IE the last time I go to the store before the holiday.

                                                            2. Braised short ribs w porter ale maple glaze, brussels w dijon cream sauce, mashed and sweet potato casserole, salted caramel cheesecake for dessert.

                                                              1. Crab & Goat Cheese Nachos served over Red & Green Tortilla chips along with Margaritas; Roast Goose with Port Wine Gravy, Czech Bread Dumplings with Sauerkraut, Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Garlic & Breadcrumbs, Potato Gratin with Boursin Cheese, big green salad, rolls, yadayadayada.

                                                                1. My boyfriend has requested chicken mole tamales, like his sister in law used to make. Beyond that, the menu is still in progress. There was talk of a ham at some point, but nothing definite. Since Christmas is less than a week away, I guess I should get my ass in gear.

                                                                  1. We'll be having a crowd in for a delayed Christmas. In the past I've done the full turkey dinner. This year, added to the crowd, we have a dog that will eat anything off of the counter or out of the sink the minute you've turned your back. (Oh, but he's sooo adorable!) So, to save on the stress level of cooking and serving while allowing me to enjoy the day with minimum time in the kitchen I'll be making a big pan of paella. That way too we'll have something for land-meat eaters and seafood eaters; much prep can be done in advance; makes plenty for the big eaters and the only other serving dish I'll need for dinner is a platter for a side of broccoli with gremolata.

                                                                    1. Christmas Eve is pretty much a fish thing for us:

                                                                      • Caviar (Caspian sourced), blini (house-made), creme fraiche. Sparkling wine to wash it down.

                                                                      • Salad with roasted pear and walnuts.

                                                                      • Lobster Thermidor. The recipe is Jasper White's. There will be a white Burgundy to wash things down.

                                                                      • Son Chris, an accomplished cook, will surprise us with dessert.

                                                                      Christmas Day starts with sparkling wine (California). There will be baked clams (a house specialty) to nosh. Supper proper will be a standing rib roast preceded by a smoked salmon salad. There will be chive carrots and potatoes roasted in duck fat on the side. Horseradish sauce and some bleu cheese popovers to round things out. Maybe some of Deb's cookies to finish the meal.

                                                                      Happy Holidays!

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                                                                      1. re: steve h.

                                                                        Oh, that sounds sooooooooo much better than what I'm being subjected to.


                                                                        I'm glad my honey is willing to start new traditions for just the two of us. New Years Eve is seafood/ fish for us.

                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                          Seafood/fish just seems right for the holidays. You're going to love your new tradition.

                                                                        2. re: steve h.

                                                                          Oh wow! I wish I was at your place for Christmas!

                                                                          1. re: TheHuntress

                                                                            We can always set another plate.

                                                                            Merry Christmas!

                                                                        3. This year we're ditching the entire extended family, grabbing our four kids and heading to the mountains for three days...snowshoeing into a tiny one room cabin without a bathroom or kitchen or even electricity (outhouse 20 yards away outdoors, huge stone fireplace for cooking), creating our own "Christmas tree" in the forest, etc...we'll take a 2-burner backpacking stove, but otherwise everything will be cooked inside the fireplace. We've done this before, but never with the kids...

                                                                          Menu so far will be:

                                                                          Six string-roasted game hens (which hang from the ceiling down in front of the fireplace and twirl for a couple hours)

                                                                          Arugula, fig, ricotta, prosciutto and smoked marzipan salad

                                                                          Shaved root vegetable gratin

                                                                          Cranberries with figs and cabernet

                                                                          Chestnuts (yes, roasted on an open fire...too corny not to do it)

                                                                          Not sure yet about dessert. Definitely lots of very good wine, whatever we can carry. Probably a soup beforehand, and some hors d'oeuvres.

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                                                                          1. re: tsfirefly

                                                                            Wow! Sounds like an incredible family memory in the making, not to mention a mighty fine menu, off the grid or not.

                                                                            1. re: tsfirefly

                                                                              Would you mind sharing the shaved root vegetable gratin recipe? Thanks.

                                                                            2. For Christmas, I am doing a spatchcocked roast duck following Alton Brown's recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...) but without Alton's dressing, and I'm serving it with the cherry chutney from the Obama Inaugural Lunch menu (http://inaugural.senate.gov/documents...).

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                                                                              1. re: drongo

                                                                                Sounds lovely. I'm not doing a duck on Christmas, but I am roasting one a couple days later as requested by my mother. She just saw the Bourdain No Reservations Christmas special and wants roasted the way April Bloomfield did on the show. I found the recipe on Martha Stewart's website:


                                                                                I'll be serving it without the accompanying roasted parsnips. Only roasted carrots for my mother. The starch is to be determined, but I'm expecting to make either a wild rice pilaf with dried cherries and toasted nuts or a potato gratin with gruyere. Should be fun.

                                                                                1. re: agoodbite

                                                                                  I'm also going to be doing a duck, but going to do a duck au vin instead of the traditional roast duck. I love coq au vin, and I love duck, so I thought I'd be creative and combine the two!

                                                                              2. So far ... we have nothing planned except dessert (gingerbread-cran layer cake w/cream cheese frosting). There will be four of us, two of whom are, um, somewhat selective vegetarians. I baked a lasagna the other day, so that's out (and has been done many times before). I did want to try making roasted potato stacks, so we could do some kind of roast (chicken, beef etc) with that ... but now I'm thinking of seafood. Something not too involved, for all that I love cooking.

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                                                                                1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                  Ok, so we now have scampi for us, roasted potato stacks, roasted butternut squash and carrots with a drizzle of maple, and green beans. I'm not sure about a vegetarian protein yet, but I'll figure something out and we'll have lots of good food.

                                                                                  I found the potato stacks via Pinterest here: http://gourmandrecipes.com/roasted-po...

                                                                                  1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                    How are you going to prepare the green beans, Chocolatechip? I want simple, as my other sides are intricate. So, I am probably going to steam mine and toss with herb butter (shallots, parsley, tarragon, lemon juice and zest). In the summer I toss with a Dijon vinaigrette and toasted almonds, and often keep a bowl in the fridge, but I wanted something different for the holiday dinner. Or, I might do the green bean salad with hazelnuts, but that's also a mustard dressing.

                                                                                    The one I make frequently for everyday enjoyment (adding toasted nuts, doubling the dressing, keeping a batch in the fridge)--

                                                                                    the possible contenders for Christmas:

                                                                                    1. re: peppermint_sky

                                                                                      Given the, er, selectivity of some of my family members, I'm pretty sure they'll be very simply steamed or boiled and tossed with a little butter. I might add a few toasted pecans, too.

                                                                                2. Excited about the menu, still polishing the final draft. I would welcome any additional suggestions for side dishes.

                                                                                  *roast chicken (one guest doesn't eat red meat)
                                                                                  *mashed potatoes
                                                                                  *artichoke parmesan stuffing that was recommended here on one of the Thanksgiving threads
                                                                                  *parsnip-carrot gratin with blue cheese.
                                                                                  *maybe a salad or green beans dressed in some snazzy way

                                                                                  At Thanksgiving I discovered and made a dazzling a squash-rosemary gratin (epicurious) if anyone is interested.

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                                                                                  1. re: peppermint_sky

                                                                                    Squash-rosemary gratin sounds AMAZING! Please share the recipe!

                                                                                    1. re: peppermint_sky

                                                                                      Here it is, South! If you have homemade broth, this is really a great place to use it. I was soooo happy that I could dip into my stash of homemade broth for this. Even before baking the gratin, the caramelized onions and squash added to the broth almost smelled like French onion soup. I was really surprised by the pop! of just that combination - broth, squash, onion.

                                                                                      A few suggestions: I made the squash mixture the day before, which saved lots of time/energy on the holiday. I skipped the sugar. Also, I toasted rosemary bread in cubes for about 10 minutes (cookie sheet) and used those toasted cubes as my bread crumbs.

                                                                                      Total keeper.


                                                                                    2. Xmas eve: I am going to serve braised beef stew over roasted carrots and potatoes with cider rum poached apples with vanilla ice cream for dessert.
                                                                                      Xmas: buttermilk pancakes!

                                                                                      1. Christmas eve is getting complicated as it is the first gathering of the tribe in a while thanks to Christmas being on a Sunday - I think they should make it a law actually. So the 6 of us will go to church early and return to lots of drinking and cross talking while we try to eat a decent meal. It was going to be chili, but that got scratched so now we're back to lasagna- one with a bechamel sauce and lots of veggies, crusty bread and a salad. Yesterday I found some wild Mexican shrimp so now roasted shrimp with Romesco sauce will be the starter. (Hopefully this will work out as I have never made this dish but we fell in love with it on our vacation to Key West and there are some decent recipes on line- I'm using Tyler Florence's.) There will be no desert other than eggnog and candy.
                                                                                        Christmas Day is easier as I have lots of time to cook the roast and veg and another family member will come with desert.
                                                                                        Boxing Day more tribe members will arrive for a festive brunch.
                                                                                        Tomorrow will be an early trip to Trader Joe's for appetizers and ingredients for savory cookies and everything I forgot about but have to have. .

                                                                                        1. I will be visiting my father for Christmas. He will be cooking something for everyone else involving dead birds; I will be scavenging around for an alternative to cook for myself. Previous years have resulted in prawn curry, griddled scallops and vegetable risotto. This year I think he has a Dover sole stashed in the freezer, so I plan to have that poached in white wine and garlic.

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                                                                                          1. re: Peg

                                                                                            Peg - Lorraine Pascale did a really good looking nut & cranberry pie in her Xmas special TV programme. With a hot water crust, it's like a vegetarian pork pie! Definitely one I'm going to try soon.


                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                              Thanks Harters!
                                                                                              That looks like a fun kitchen challenge. I may give that a go when I get back home - subbing chestnuts or squash for the mushrooms.

                                                                                              I doubt I'll have much access to the oven on Christmas day - but at least I don't have to endure an M&S ready meal, which is what my mother used to provide me with for Christmas lunch!

                                                                                              1. re: Peg

                                                                                                Over the years, members of the family have been vegetarian for periods. If that's co-incided with us preparing Xmas lunch, we've always done an old Delia Smith recipe for a roulade - a savoury swiss roll, you will.


                                                                                                It works well particularly as it's fine with the traditional accompaniments to the meat-eaters turkey. I actually prefer it to the turkey - a meat of which I'm not at all fond.

                                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                                  That roulade looks really good!

                                                                                          2. This Christmas my family and I are doing two feasts one fr Christmas eve and then of course one on Christmas Day. Christmas Eve my brother is makin Crawfish etouffe for the main. We will be having a nice salad to start and then cold cuts with pumpernickel as a side. For dessert we will be having assorted homemade Christmas cookies, stollen and a white chocolate cranberry bread pudding with an eggnog cream sauce. For christmas day, we will be having again a salad, roasted beef tenderloin with a port wine sauce, salmon, twice baked potatoes, morrocan carrot salad, red cabbage, sweet potato casserole, cornbread stuffing, and Brussel sprouts with bacon, currants and raisins. For dessert I made pecan pie, chocolate cheesecake, frankfurter kranz and maybe a rum cake. We will all be gaining about 5 lbs in two days, lol!

                                                                                            1. We're having Chridtmas Eve here at home. Shrimp cocktail, cheese/crackers, and puff pastry pinwheels (with prosciutto, sage, and mozz) for appetizers. Standing rib roast, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and grilled romaine salad for dinner.

                                                                                              1. Lobster bisque, arugula salad, mashed potatoes, amaretto cranberries, sauteed mushrooms, beef tenderloin and chocolate covered strawberries. :) I'm hungry now!

                                                                                                1. Things are still not set in stone, I will decide when I see what I can find at the fishmonger tomorrow morning and at the farmer's market. after that.

                                                                                                  But it will probably look like this :
                                                                                                  Foie gras canapées and other nibbles
                                                                                                  Fresh Scallops (in the shell in I can find) with mushroom tarte.
                                                                                                  Prime Rib roast with veggies (and a truffle madeaira sauce if I can find fresh ones or a simple herb butter)
                                                                                                  Vacherin Cheese (dried fruits and nuts)
                                                                                                  Dessert (probably fruit oriented)

                                                                                                  1. I suppose it's time for me to reply to my original post now that I know what I'm cooking:

                                                                                                    1) The main entrée will be canard au vin. Going to get the four duck legs this afternoon and keep it in a bag with rosemary, some salt, and bay leaves until it's time to cook tomorrow. Will wash the salt off, then follow a standard coq au vin recipe, but will add 1 oz chocolate into the sauce at the end to thicken it.

                                                                                                    2) Caramelized Brussels sprouts made in cast iron.

                                                                                                    3) Wild rice with raisins and chopped walnuts.

                                                                                                    4) Apple pie with a double thick crust.

                                                                                                    I am excited!

                                                                                                    1. two celebrations:
                                                                                                      Cherry/Brie green salad w/poppy seed dressing
                                                                                                      Italian sausage soup
                                                                                                      Spiced Oranges

                                                                                                      then for second one;
                                                                                                      I'm not sure yet, but it involves homemade tomato soup and broiled cheese bread

                                                                                                      1. Too bad this thread isn't consolidated together with the ongoing WFD thread -- The Xmas Holiday edition.

                                                                                                        CH team?