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Dec 18, 2013 02:45 PM

Christmas entree for NOT a crowd

Looking for ideas for dinner for 4 people that won't leave a ton of leftovers...TIA!

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  1. How about a nice eye-round roast of beef. The Texas Beef Council has a great recipe for what they call 500 degree roast. You blast it at 500, then turn the oven off and invoke the Kitchen Gods and Goddesses. A couple of hours later its perfectly done. Only down side - no opening the oven for any other reason.

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    1. re: Ariadanz

      I will have to look into that one. Thanks!

      1. re: Ariadanz

        This time of year, all the supermarkets in New Jersey sell Prime Rib Roast for $4.99/lb. You can purchase Boneless, as small as 2-Bones, or any increment through 7 Bones.

        Eye Round is $3.99

        Go for the Prime Rib and stick with Tradition.

      2. Prime rib roast
        Short ribs
        Cracked Crab (1 ea)
        Pork tenderloin
        Lobster (if you have the budget)
        Beef Bourguignon/noodles

        So many...could you narrow it to beef, seafood, etc?

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        1. re: Gail

          Thinking beef or pork but so many of them seem to be ginormous cuts (crown roast etc.)

          1. re: Bliss149

            Many pork tenderloins weigh 2 pounds or less.

            1. re: Wtg2Retire

              Just showed mom a blog with a beautiful pork roast which she said doesn't look "Christmas-y" <eye roll>

              Yeah, pork tenderloin would definitely be small enough. TY!

              1. re: Bliss149

                Yes, a sister-in-law made a wonderful cranberry pork tenderloin one year and before it was even served there was a whispering campaign for a "real" Christmas dinner later. With our menfolk, if it's not roast beast with horseradish it's not Christmas.

                1. re: Jeri L

                  Some people are such sticklers for tradition.

                  But I bet none of the menfolk actually MADE that "real Christmas dinner."

                    1. re: fourunder

                      No kidding! Well, good for them. In my family it all falls on the women. Always.

            1. re: Tara57

              OP, why not just roast a chicken? Should please the picky eaters, if done nicely it will be "festive," and shouldn't leave too much leftover (and whatever is left will be versatile).

              1. re: Tara57

                Cornish game hens...this was my first thought.

                1. re: Tara57

                  Cornish game hens are wonderful, but shouldn't be served to company that are not close friends or relatives. They are just too darned hard to eat (manage). A new friend served them whole to us and we had to deal with them at a table of linens, china, silver. They were definitely trying to impress. The dinner and wine etc were lovely, but the hens really hard to handle under the above circumstances.
                  I'd like them for a picnic...

                2. I really like the crab idea. And that goes great with champagne. That says holidays to me!

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                  1. re: perk

                    Yeah it sounds great to me too but I'm dealing with a couple of traditionalists...kind of like the "picky friends" post unfortunately.

                  2. Beef or lamb shanks and mashed potatoes or polenta with veggies?

                    I love a ton of leftover, that said.