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What did you have for Christmas dinner?

Whether it was on the Eve or the 25th, did you have something a bit unusual for your cultural/geographical background? For example I know of a couple of Hounds who were having paella and tamales respectively, instead of the-more-usual-for-Canada/US-at-least turkey.

(We had turkey and the usual fixings but added in cranberry salsa sorbet and a nice hearty farrotto).

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  1. Homemade spinach/ricotta/meat ravioli that we made a couple of weeks ago. Been a family tradition for over 100 years. (Well not the making in advance part)

    1. We went to our chef friends home for an Italian feast. We had lamb leg, sausages, pork ribs, prawns, multiple salads. For dessert there was all manner of italian baked goodies and desserts - biscuits, cakes, cheesecakes. After the crowds had left and the sun had gone down the woodfired pizza oven was fired up and we had pizzas. Lamb, duck, vegetarian with the most amazing parmesan fried eggplant. Then for dessert pizza it was fruit mince topping finished with ice cream. All in all, delicious!

      1. In our mostly Chinese Canadian family of 65, we always serve sticky rice, seasoned with mushrooms, chinese sausage, oyster sauce and onions -- right beside the roast turkey and stirfried brussels sprouts.

        1. I was sick as a dog w the flu. Had t cancel the Xmas eve dinner I as planning. Hope to reschedule for Saturday. I had hubs homemade. French bread w lots of butter sugar and cinammon. Hubs had frozen chicken pot pie from ti's. Pretty sad but we made the best of it.

          1. cracked dungeness with somen noodles and onion sauteed in sesame oil and a dash of soy (finally! a solo xmas!) and prosciutto on crackers while cracking.

            1. Tortilla rolls in spinach wraps (shaped like Christmas trees)
              Artichoke/spinach dip w/red and green chips
              Honeybaked Turkey w/mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing
              Jellied canned cranberry sauce w/ridges
              Chicken Tamales
              White chocolate dipped strawberries
              Pumpkin Pie w/whipped cream

              Cranberry juice/Perrier spritzers and Diet Coke

              1. We went simple as it was just the three of us. Ribeye roast with a garlic rosemary crust, potatoes au gratin and english peas. Opened a REALLY nice bottle wine. It was perfect.

                1. We had ham, macaroni and cheese with Cheddar and gruyere, roasted Brussels sprouts tossed in hazelnut vinaigrette, rice and raisin salad. Piles of cookies and fruitcake for dessert.
                  And while the ham was baking, we went off to the movies to see Les Miserables with our single friend who we like to have over for Christmas. Sailor son stayed home and tended the dinner so it was just about ready when we got back.

                  1. We had what we had for lunch since we had so much leftovers. So eggrolls, sticky rice, crab puffs, banh mi xiu mai(Vietnamese meatballs) and goi ngo sen (lotus root salad). YUM!

                    FWIW, Vietnamese girl in NC.

                    1. It was just the two of us for the first time, so we decided not to make a turkey. Instead we had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, parmesan green beans, cranberries and a bottle of Pinot Grigio.

                      1. Some nice cheeses with crackers, grapes, nuts. Romaine and red onion salad, stuffed flounder with a white sauce, roast beef and gravy (7 lbs of roast yield a lot of gravy), mashed potatoes, corn, peas with pimientos, green beans roasted with garlic and almonds, rosemary bread, marble rye bread. Chocolate bombe, cookies, a bread with cinnamon and other good stuff rolled in it (leftovers of which made a great breakfast), mini cheese cakes. Champagne and cranberry, vodka and cranberry, bourbon, Sam Adams winter ale, Yuengling, Merlot.

                        I'm sure I'm forgetting some items. But as I look at the list, no wonder it was an 8-hour feast fest :)

                        1. A pork loin roast with a dried fruit stuffing and a port wine reduction; braised fingerling potatoes; roasted asparagus with feta cheese; and a Bûche de Noël, Pacific Northwest style (with moss, marzipan chanterelles and amanita muscaria mushrooms, and a marzipan banana slug).

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                          1. re: MsMaryMc

                            and a marzipan banana slug).
                            Hilarious . . . but I love a good, authentic Buche.

                          2. We roasted a leg of lamb on the grill and a spiral-cut ham in the smoker. Also oven-roasted herbed carrots, a southwestern-style gratin of potatoes, a sliced baguette and wine-cheddar fondue, fresh cranberry sauce, and some veggies and olives and assorted appetizers before dinner. There was more but i'm too whooped still to remember what else there was. It was really good.

                            1. semi boneless prime rib with a salty garlicky peppery crust, baked potatoes, carrots and yorkshire pudding.... was grand.

                              a nice red wine, s. pelligrino and see's chocolates.

                              very nice all the way around!

                              1. The eve is all appetizers. Clams sofrito with garlic bread, roasted fingerlings with lemon saffron aioli, salami and cheese and Knorrs spinach dip. The king of all appetizers. And a winter sangria.

                                1. My buddy from Uruguay smoked a 23 pound piglet, his wife made basil mashed potatoes and a nice variety of roasted vegetables. I brought shrimp coctail and champagne. With a few other stray cats, we hade a nice table for 6, and a tray of cut-up pork about 20 inches tall: ribs, chops, hams, shoulders. We started early with charcoal and mesquite.

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                                  1. re: Veggo

                                    I am way envious of your smoked piglet. Now, that's a dinner!

                                  2. Assorted cheeses, crackers, and fruits.
                                    Red cabbage & apples
                                    Roasted broccoli with garlic and parmesan
                                    Sweet potato pie with Chantilly cream
                                    Assorted cookies
                                    Gewürztraminer, Malbec & home brew

                                    1. Small affair with the in-laws and one niece, midday. Led off with cheeses, crackers and prosecco, then at the table with some roasted-squash soup, some maple-spiked crema swirled in (last-minute inspiration that worked). Then fancied-up shrimp & grits, just barely-cooked shrimp with chopped mushrooms, scallions and garlic over cheesy polenta, buttered and crumbed Brussels sprouts on the side, plus a southern-Rhone white and a Santa Maria pinot noir. The brother- and sister-in-law had brought a buche de noel they'd picked up from their favorite Little Saigon French bakery - it was not as fine as the ones sister-in-law used to make, but a whole lot less work!

                                      Then we kissed them all goodbye, went to see "Life of Pi", and had supper at Fu-Shing on East Colorado (Pasadena). A most satisfactory Christmas.

                                      1. Totally unexpected.... my usual Christmas Eve dinner was moved from Lambertville to a small farmhouse in Hopewell, NJ for a traditional Swedish fest. After kneading saffron bread on the antique kitchen table with our 10-year-old pastry chef, we prepped meatballs, shrimp, smoked fish, a large ham, dilled potatoes and other specialties while drinking copious mugs of red wine glog and laughing our butts off. After dinner, the kids ripped the gifts open by the tree.
                                        We made our way back in the snow thinking fondly of all Christmases past. I hope yours was as joyful.

                                        1. Dry aged Prime Rib with demi glace,roasted "little jewels',carrots and sweet potatoes,broccoli and cauliflower gratin,balsamic glazed red onions.... Yummm.

                                          1. I don't eat red or white meat so things like turkey or ham are never on my agenda. However, I do eat seafood so I made crab cakes and baked shrimp skewers. The shrimp had a wasabi honey marinade, then once out of the oven, I drizzled them with sesame oil and sprinkled sesame seeds atop. There was a fight over the last shrimp, next year I'm doubling the recipe! I also made a mac n cheese with caramelized onions and Brie. I thought the cheeses weren't too pronounced, but there was only a little bit left in the pan by the end of the night, so everyone else adored it. Another unusual/stand out was the spinach salad with cumin/paprika roasted pumpkin seeds tossed in. There was none left at the end of the night. This is something I definitely plan to put in my regular meal rotation.

                                            1. Rack of lamb from Lobel's. Everyone agreed that it was the best lamb we'd ever eaten (including Ireland and Australia). Followed the Mustard and Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb recipe on Epicurious. (Although, I think their timing is off, and you need to roast for 30 minutes for medium-rare.)