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Nov 25, 2012 05:07 PM

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

I'm unsure about my Christmas Menu. I am entertaining friends who do not eat beef and cannot have shellfish. Typically I serve prime rib or lobster for Christmas dinner.

I had thought about making a leg of lamb but I am not enthused. I do not care for pork so a crown roast is not high on my list. They also have children who are picky eaters so I fear that fish would not go over well. I have also considered making a turkey but that is hard to stomach this close to Thanksgiving and it's not a favorite of mine either.

I'm hoping that you will come up with a great holiday main dish that will work for us all!

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  1. We always have duck breast. Its unusual, or at least not daily fare in our house, but kids love it and you can cook the small ones and only as many as you need. Not sure what to do about the folks who don't eat meat, but maybe its better than looking at some huge roast. We serve with wild rice, mixed vegetable (carrot, parsnip and turnip in orange sauce) and some sort of brussel sprout salad or roasted.

    This is the recipe we love (use tea bags instead of loose tea and you wont have to strain).

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    1. re: waver

      that is a good idea though I haven't cooked duck in a long time. I could do a practice run beforehand!

    2. I have to ask....if they don't eat meat, why are you considering serving lamb?

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      1. re: sandylc

        oh my goodness! They do not eat beef. I don't know what I was thinking, I just fixed it.

        1. re: Kater

          O.K., thanks! Recalibrating....

      2. What about chicken saltimbocca. There's certainly a wow factor there. Would be awesome with a beet salad with goat cheese and roasted delicata squash with reduced balsamic.

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        1. re: Dcfoodblog

          oh that is a good idea, I wasn't thinking chicken but as you point out, saltimbocca could definitely work for an occasion!

          1. duck is a good suggestion, or you could do Cornish game hens. and there's always goose, though i wonder if the children might have a problem with it. do they eat veal?

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              1. re: Kater

                kinda figured, but i thought i'd make sure!

                okay, so roast duck & chicken saltimbocca are both great ideas. you could also do a really good roast chicken served with a hearty mushroom sauce and rich, cheesy polenta.

            1. How many people? Roast chicken or hens is great, unless you have more than six people.....

              What about vegetarian lasagne like wild mushroom? Butternut squash? Or turkey bolognese?Or manicotti? Spaghetti & meatballs made with turkey & pork meatballs?

              You could do a shrimp scampi on linguine, or a baked stuffed shrimp dish. I wouldn't worry about what the kids will eat, you can take care of that with sides and desserts.

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                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  There will only be seven of us but I am not wild about the roast chicken idea.

                  Lasagne might work and mushroom would be great. I would not mind making two versions because I don't know if they eat mushrooms and that is something that some people hate.