Inexpensive Christmas dinner for 8, but NOT turkey
I'm hosting the Orphan's Christmas this year, where all my friends (who have not gone home) come over to celebrate the day.
I'm pretty broke this year and need a main dish. I really don't like turkey, although I can get it fairly cheap.
In the past I have made turkey, beef Wellington, and ham. I may do ham again if I can find a good deal on it, I did manage to find it at $.49 a lb. a Fresh and Easy dur Thanksgiving.
I have access to TJ's, and Costco.
My friends will be bringing the booze and maybe some desserts.
There aren't any limits as far as allergies, and no vegetarians, so almost anything would work. I just need it to be inexpensive, tasty, and worthy of a Christmas dinner.
Basically a cheap piece of veal shoulder made into a giant braciole. Might need two veal shoulder steaks, but they aren't expensive. This way, since it isn't stew it doesn't look cheap. Also delicious go for a bread crumb currant almonds cheese stuffing.
Small meat, big pasta. Maybe a roast chicken (even a Costco rotisserie reheat looks nice) for those longing for tradition, and a large bowl of pasta, marinara sauce, and an array of add-ins: small beef meatballs, a bit of grilled Italian pork sausage, roast veggies, diced olives, nice shredded Parm. Huge green salad to start.