Christmas Dinner Menu
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Christmas Dinner Menu
What does everyone have for their family Christmas dinner?
Our Christmas meal is always ham, fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn, macaroni and cheese, white beans, slaw, rolls and dessert. One person brings the macaroni and cheese and someone else brings the mashed potatoes, my mom fixes everything else at my house. I would like to change our menu this year to something simpler. For one thing, I donít care too much for ham. Secondly, we all have large family meals at other relatives houses during the holiday season, so I would like to just have something simple at our house.
I would like to have Barbeque Chicken (crock pot recipe) mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls and dessert. My mom would do the chicken and rolls. I would fix the dessert. One person could fix the potatoes and another could fix the green bean casserole. This would be so much easier.
I donít have a dishwasher so this would make clean up afterwards a lot quicker. Although, clean up doesnít really take too long to get done. We do use paper plates and cups so that is less dishes to wash, but there is always a lot of pots and pans to wash.
It's different every year. Depends on what I feel like making. However, Christmas day is just my little immediate family (me, DH, 2 DS) and maybe a set of grandparents. We do the big family thing for Thanksgiving, but since we live in a different state than all of our families, we stay put for Christmas.
We normally have a roast & turkey or a ham & turkey. The sides are a couple salads, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn or a corn casserole, a million deserts, cheese & cracker tray, fruit tray, relish tray, stuffing, gravy, onion pies... I am now hungry.
We do a simpler breakfast, normally homemade egg mcmuffins or pancakes & eggs.
We just make sure the dishwasher is empty & the ladies clean up while the guys sit around.
Lasagna (completely homemade - and bakes while we are at church, since I have timed bake on my oven.)
Some kind of egg bake, either ham/eggs/cheese/bread or bread, eggs, hazelnut coffee creamer, cream cheese, and blueberries
I love egg bakes because you put them together the night before and just put them in the oven in the morning.
Little hotdogs and Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce
Cheese, sausage and crackers
Chips and Dip
Veggies and Dip
Chips and Salsa
Green bean casserole
Mashed sweet potatoes
My red and green jello
Frozen cranberry thing (cool whip, cranberries, and pineapple)
Chocolate cookies with powdered sugar on top
Cut out cookies
And usually my other SIL brings some desserts, too. We get so stuffed!
I have yet to make a Christmas Day meal, so this year will be my first! We've always been somewhere else for Christmas Day, and this year we're also staying put and I'm so looking forward to it. Haven't even thought about it. I bake a lot at Christmas, so there will be plenty of desserts, but dinner will probably come the crock pot. Then we can just mostly nap and play with our new toys all Christmas Day!
Does the barbeque chicken, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and rolls sound like enough to serve for 12 to 15 people? Or should I think about adding one or two more side dishes to the menu? I figure that would be enough so long as there's enough made of each dish.
Would the green bean casserole be a good side dish for the chicken? I think it would be, but I also will need to check to see if everyone likes it. If everyone doesn't like that, I guess we could be baked beans instead.
On Christmas day, we have prime rib every year. My mom makes it. She loves doing it, and it has become a tradition. It is usually dh, myself, the kids, my parents, and my brother and SIL. We also have scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, and rolls. For dessert we have cherry, and pumpkin pie, along with Christmas cookies.
For Christmas Eve, dh and I make Italian food. We have lasagna, speghetti and meatballs, and veal parmesan, along with french bread and salad.
Tn mom, why not make the baked beans along with the green bean casserole? That way, there is something there in case some don't like it. I always make both with our baked ham. Most of us end up eating a little of each.
Just make sure you have plenty of everything for everyone. Remember, if you only have a few things to offer, then people will eat more of each thing...
My SIL always makes baked beans AND green bean casserole. Yum!
Dessert varies will likely be creme brulee this year
Coffee--lots of coffee
Yule Log cake
Christmas Eve we always have cheese fondue.
Christmas breakfast is homemade cinnamon rolls, an egg bake, milk, coffee and mimosas.
Christmas Day we have Honey Baked Ham and their sides. This is the one holiday/day, my kitchen is closed!
Yvonne, I'm coming to your house. LOL
We never did a special meal for Christmas Eve because with a blended family, we often spent Christmas Eve with various other family members.
Most years we had *our* traditional Christmas meal:
Home-made cornbread dressing
Cajun green beans
Potatoes or rice and gravy
Pumpkin pie, apple pie, blueberry pie
Sometimes Honey Baked ham, macaronni & cheese and another vegie, depending on how many members of extended family were there - I've had as many as 45 people for Christmas dinners in the past!!!
One year DH and I decided to do finger foods - so we had vegie, fruit, meat and cheese trays with dips, crackers, breads, etc.
One year we did stone crab claws and steaks.
As much work as it is, and as much as *I* would be willing to change things up now, the kids still prefer our traditional Christmas meal. I told them last year that it won't happen unless I get some help with it now.
Come on over Karen!
My kids love our Christmas Eve dinner so much that they have requested that we have it for Thanksgiving.
yvonne we always did steak fondue for new years eve....my hubby hates it, so we don't hardly do it now.
Veggies and dip
shrimp and coctail sauce
mac n cheese
green bean cassarole
cereal and milk usually or micro breakfasts kids are too busy to want to eat
Usually the same as Christmas Eve but at grandmas house instead of moms. This year though we are going to a friends house on Christmas day instead of grandmas.
Kaye---Does your hubby like steak? I have not met anyone who doesn't like steak fondue What kind of fondue did you have? We use peanut oil and cubed Top Loin or Strip Steak.
We usually do Christmas Eve at my in-laws. They don't eat meat on Christmas Eve. They thought it was a Catholic Church thing, till I came along and told them that we never did a "no meat" meal on Christmas Eve. With some disagreeing (not fighting, just disagreeing), my dh finally asked our Priest about it and he said that it's fine to eat meat on Christmas Eve. I think it must just be something they did in their part of Italy or something.
Anyway, so they have pasta, and shrimp, some type of fish, veggies and a bunch of stuff that was never really "traditional" Christmas stuff to me, but now it is. When dinner is thru, she brings out nuts, and fruit. Then she brings out a cake or something for dessert. Last year we sang "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. I like doing that so the kids remember why we celebrate Christmas.
Christmas Day depends on where we are. I like to just invite everyone to my house so we don't have to go eat at my mom's house and then my in-laws house too. We usually have
Appetizers: veggie tray, shrimp, cheese and crackers
Main Meal: turkey or ham, green bean casserole, potatoes, salad
Dessert: Pies, cookies, ice cream for the kids
Wine, mixed drinks, etc
I'm so looking forward to decorating my new house for the holidays!