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Dec 25, 2011 09:04 AM

What will/did you have for Christmas dinner?

Christmas is a time for family and friends and the enjoyment of the moment, and it is a time for family traditions to be highlighted in the Christmas menu, I thought it would be interesting for people to share their Christmas menu, as a way to share what is important and traditional in their families.

We will be doing the Chinese hot pot, a traditional sit around the table family meal. We will have an assortment of meats, fish, seafood, vegetables, tofu, and dumplings, we will cook it all in a communal pot. At the end of the meal we will make a delicious soup with fresh vegetables and noodles and of course the reduced broth that is brimming with the flavors of the meats and dumplings.

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  1. Oh, Phaedrus, that sounds lovely! Unfortunately our Christmas dinner is at the inlaws this year, so nothing so delicious. Tomorrow we cook ourselves something super-tasty. just not sure what yet. Probably a ham with traditional sides. I think I'll put a ginger-jam glaze on the ham this year.

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    1. re: jujuthomas

      We had Emeril's Passover Brisket. It was quite a hit, and had the approval of two jewish friends that joined us. Served with masked garlic potatoes, candied carrots, and broccoli casserole.

      I don't see the big deal about asking a question that's already been asked. It's easier (and nicer) to just answer than search out the umpteen links where the question was already asked and repost them.

      ETA: Sorry, juju, I didn't mean to reply to your post. I meant to reply to the OP.

      1. re: irishnyc

        "I don't see the big deal about asking a question that's already been asked."

        I agree! Every thread is a new adventure, anyway! They are sort of like livings things.....

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        you took the words... i mean links... right outta my mouf.

        that's what i was thinking -- yay! another xmas dinner thread!!!!!!


        1. re: linguafood

          Wha??? What if some of us had nothing momentous to report until now? I'm thinking of doing a hot pot for NYE now. Thank you, Phaedrus, for the inspiration!

          1. re: Ikkeikea

            All I was saying was that there were already numerous existing threads about who had what for xmas or xmas eve dinner.

            It's great when all that inspiration can be found in one place, as opposed to 10. JMO.

            1. re: linguafood

              Opinion highly respected! Just proud enough, for the first time this year, to respond to holiday dinner thread. Happy Holidays :-)

      2. Chinese fondues are always fun. Also reminds me of family gatherings in the 80s when a fondue meant cooking the food in a cauldron of boiling oil along with massive amounts of wine. The oil was kept hot with an open flame of fondue "fuel".

        How we did not burn the house down is beyond me...

        Mrs. Porker wanted hot dogs & fries on xmas day (think burger bar with german wieners instead) and I wanted a cook-it-yourself yakitori grill.

        Alas i couldn't get the grill I wanted in time for xmas, so we're doing assorted snacks:

        - Weiner bar

        - Tomato pizza

        - Tortilla wraps

        - Baked macaroni pie

        - Smoked, grilled ribs
        - Stuffed clams
        - Grilled oysters

        We're doing a more traditional crown roast pork on the morrow.

        1. Last night, Christmas Eve, DH and I had lamb ribs, rutabaga puree and boiled potatoes with gravy. Very good! Today, there's a huge pot of seafood gumbo on the stove top waiting to be enjoyed. Your holiday dinner sounds lovely!

          1. I think there should be a "widening" of the query about "Dinner" [do you mean a midday meal or an evening meal by that term?] to enquire about what one had for food and drinks during the whole of Christmas Day and/or immediately surrounding days. There isn't one single blow-out meal that one has, in many cases. Lots of stuff could be prepared or obtained and consumed at varying times or continuously over this period.