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Dec 11, 2013 12:06 PM

Anybody serve Turkey for both Thanksgiving AND Christmas?

I kinda feel it is crazy, but I may want turkey again for Christmas (even though I had tons of leftovers).

Does anyone else do the Turkey for Christmas too? Do you vary the side dishes at all? For instance, I don't know if I would make stuffing for the Christmas version, but I probably would still do green beans and shallots, Brussels sprouts and roasted potatos.

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  1. My in-laws. Nothing is different. Same thing for Easter too.

    Dried out stringy turkey
    dried out stringy ham
    cornstarch and water gravy
    mashed potato
    corn casserole
    mac and cheese
    canned sweet potatoes cooked in the skillet with King syrup and brown sugar
    baked beans
    oyster filling
    bread filling
    pickled watermelon rind
    celery sticks
    cranberry "relish"
    fruit salad in juice
    pies (these may vary: coconut custard, shoofly, pumpkin, montgomery, egg custard)

    water or mountain dew

    3 Replies
    1. re: melpy

      @melpy - water or mountain dew - you have my deepest sympathies.

      Thanksgiving is not a holiday here, but many of my fellow Bermudians see it as a practice run for Christmas dinner. I used to make it for my American friends, but two turkey dinners - even though they are very different aside from the turkey – so close together - no.

      1. re: Athena

        Very interesting about Bermuda--thanks for sharing.

        1. re: Athena

          I like water (a lot), so it isn't a hardship per se.

      2. My parents used to, but once I started cooking in my own home, I asked Mom what she wanted and she agreed, no turkey for Christmas. We've done Beef Tenderloin with Cognac Cream Sauce for many years, but this year, my sister is having Christmas, so knowing her, she'll have a ham (which I'm not overly fond of, but will pick at).

        Sides with the beef are usually roasted potatoes and green beans with shallots and bacon, sometimes another side.

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          I've done roast beef or rib roast and it is just not as idiot proof as a turkey. Never comes out as good as a restaurant version. I feel like my turkey is better than a restaurant's version as at least I have learned how not to make it dry and I don't have to serve all those marshmallowey/syrupey side dishes that I never even liked as a kid.

        2. Never ever. And I like turkey. Either suckling pig, cabbage rolls, and other sides (think Eastern Europe); or Danish prune-stuffed pork tenderloin from DH's side... This year, we're doing Christmas Eve dinner (seared duck breast) and Christmas Day (pulled pork) on our own, so yay for variety.

          1. Raises hand to affirm.

            1. I like to have each holiday separate with regards to the foods, what we do during the holiday, the decorations, etc. That way, when my kids are older (and I am dead) every time they eat a certain food they'll remember and say... "oh this is what we ate during xyz"... if it's just turkey all the time, they'll only think of me once.