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Dec 6, 2012 09:22 AM

Holiday Party Buffet - Seeking Alternatives to Spiral Ham

Please Help! Would love some suggestions for an alternative to a spiral ham for a holiday dinner Buffet. Any menu suggestions for other items to serve "Buffet Style" would be very much appreciated!

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  1. Rolled/stuffed pork loin. You can stuff with spinach, gorgonzola and dried cranberries or cherries. Delicious and very festive looking when sliced. Sides could be potato gratin, and endive/arugula/fennel salad

    You could also do a lasagna- there are so many good recipes out there. Sides could be some hearty bread and a mixed green salad.

    I have done a boneless leg of lamb on a buffet too with great success. Serve with roasted asparagus and a simple potato. A good horseradish sauce and mint jell too.

    Of course there is always a turkey or turkey breast…

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    1. re: foodieX2

      do a galantine of turkey. hardest part is deboning, but then it's easy. Jacques Pepin La Technique has the best pics to show you how. The presentation for the buffet is gorgeous, and everyone is amazed when you cut the slices. Best made a day or two ahead so makes day of the party a little easier. Serve with cornichon and country mustard. Once you learn to debone a bird you can do the next one in 15 min.

        1. re: chasamark

          And once you get two under your belt, you can do it in 5-10 minutes. I'm pretty sure I saw Pepin demonstrating on TV to learn technique. I like doing with chickens because you can do two or more and have one whole showing contrast.

      1. Honeybaked Ham stores sell two types of turkey breast - one is smoked, the other honey-glazed.
        I believe they can be purchased whole. I have only bought slices by the pound.

        People love turkey stuffing more than the meat, in many cases. Make it without the bird, in muffin cups or in sauteed patties, which are good for buffet service. Whether or not you are actually serving poultry.

        1. If you are feeling spendy beef tenderloin is always very nice. Works well at room temp too and loads of sides go well with it. Small roasted potatoes, spinach gratin and some mixed sauteed or roasted wild mushrooms maybe. Or potato gratin, roasted carrots and leeks vinaigrette.

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          1. re: GretchenS

            that tenderloin gets my vote -- with a creamy horseradish sauce!

            1. re: GretchenS

              Beef tenderloin would be good, or beef wellington--small pockets of them if a large one is difficult to serve.

            2. How about a good shwarma?

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