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Nov 16, 2013 08:21 AM

Please share meat suggestions for Christmas

Please give me a few ideas of delicious meats I can serve since I'm hosting Christmas, I desire to serve 2. I will be serving about 10 to 12 adults as of date.The last 2 Christmas I served pork crown roast. One year with prime rib and last year with turkey. The prime rib I allowed the company I purchased it from to season it. It was just Ok. I dropped it from the menu the following year. The pork crown roast was delish.

Thank you in advance!
P.S. I don't want to break the bank.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Nothing is more Christmassy than goose. A Dickens Christmas Carol meal.

      1. re: ratgirlagogo

        One goose is not going to feed many people. There is less meat there than you would imagine by the size of the goose.

        I think I'd stick to the crown roast of pork and maybe a beef tenderloin with béarnaise sauce. Just a hint about the sauce. You can make it the AM of the dinner and keep it hot in a thermal container...thermos. Make sure it has a large mouth to make it easier to get all of that delicious sauce out of it.

      2. re: hotoynoodle

        Goose is expensive to feed 12 people and considering the OP wants two meats, that adds to the grocery bill. I'd go with two less expensive but flavorful meats. I second the lamb from down thread and maybe either a country ham or go with the whole prime rib again but season and cook it yourself. And if you can find the prime rib with the bones still attached, you'll be in for a treat.

        1. re: Cherylptw

          with 2 meats, you won't need a giant goose and at least in my part of the world goose is cheaper than prime rib.

          i love lamb, but many people do not.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            I guess it depends where you live; they don't even sell goose where I live, the closest thing is duck so it has to be ordered. Prime rib is everywhere, which makes it cheaper.

      3. Lamb is nice, especially a crown roast if you can afford it. But my favorite is a bone in leg.

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        1. re: coll

          Thank you Coll. So I can order a crown roast in lamb?

          1. re: hair12

            If you have a real butcher, you can order anything your heart desires! Scary that they're getting so hard to find. This was a specialty of my MIL, not me (as I said I prefer a bone in leg). Here is a visual:


            She really loved those doily things too.

            1. re: coll

              Thank you! Looks just like my pork crown roast. I do have a place I order my meats from for the holidays. Although it's 1.5 hour drive one way, it's worth it. Just make a day of it.

              1. re: hair12

                I love to do that too; I'll be hitting Arthur Ave in the Bronx for all our Italian supplies sometime before the holidays. About the same distance for us, we'll go to see the train layout at the Botanical Gardens just to get in a festive mood, and then definitely lunch somewhere too. Worth it, to the max!

        2. Turducken.... A symphony of fowl....

          1. Where I am in the world, few families stray from turkey on Christmas Day.

            Personally, I would love to have something else - anything else - but it just isnt acceptable.

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              1. re: magiesmom

                No. I don't know anyone who would have ham for Christmas Day. In fact, I don't know anyone who doesnt have turkey, with the exception of one guy who has goose.

                1. re: Harters

                  Well, I don't celebrate Christmas so what do I know, but that is what several of our friends serve.

                  1. re: Harters

                    ...and the girl here so has anything but turkey! :-)

                    1. re: Harters

                      Oh my, ham is very popular for Christmas.

                      1. re: Harters

                        A few people I know is tired of turkey by Christmas and tend to cook something other then. And just the opposite with ham.

                        1. re: Harters


                          Is there a law? Can't you cook whatever you want?

                          1. re: sandylc

                            sandylc - there is pretty much a law. Turkey is so embedded in the culture of Xmas lunch that it's impossible to make any changes. Food magazines only touch on other meats very much as afterthoughts - almost because they feel they have to mention them in passing.

                            It's the sister-in-law's turn to cook the family lunch this year and I can pretty much tell you exactly what we'll be eating.

                            It's not something I fuss about. It's the only celebration meal of the year and perhaps there's a place for tradition. it's just that it's a meal I'm not really fond of (if I never ate turkey again it would cause me no problems)

                            1. re: Harters


                              I guess it's somewhat the same here at Thanksgiving, although our family rebels and do something else, anyway.

                              So, my kid has booked his Christmas lunch at a pub in London and has chosen beef - will he be banned from England shortly thereafter?

                              1. re: sandylc


                                Pubs and restaurants always have to offer something of a choice -if only to justify the extortionate prices. I would dearly love to persuade the family to eat out on Xmas Day but the cost is prohibitive. I bet your lad has commented on it. A pub near me (north west England) is charging £89 for lunch. No, that's not a typo, eighty nine fecking pounds. Full payment required in advance! And it's just a pub, not one of the area's "good" restaurants.

                                1. re: Harters

                                  OUCH, that's pricey. No, he's withholding that sort of $$$ information, no doubt so as not to worry us.

                          2. re: Harters

                            Turkey for Thanksgiving and pork for Christmas

                            1. re: Candy

                              Turkey for Thanksgiving, and Italian for Christmas, around here ;-)

                              1. re: Candy

                                I'd love to have pork, especially as it goes so well with all the side dishes normally served with turkey, even bread sauce.

                                However, celebrating what is essentially a Jewish birth with pork just seems wrong!

                          3. re: Harters

                            Most people here make Turkey the Thanksgiving Day meat; that's not to say that people don't have it for Christmas but usually if they have it for Thanksgiving, they don't have it for Christmas.

                            1. re: Harters

                              Same here. Turkey is my family's traditional Christmas. Though there have been a few years whem prime rib was served.

                              I happen to love turkey and we had a turkey farm around the corner, so the turkey was fresh.

                              Ham was always served on New Years Day.

                              1. re: Harters

                                I did a smoked turkey breast a few years ago. It was well-received and out-of-the-ordinary for the guests we had.

                              2. My favourite Christmas meats are duck, goose, lamb, venison and wild boar.