Christmas dinner

  1. Somehow, we've never settled on a traditional Christmas dinner here. The most common meal we've had is prime rib, but this year, dh wants a ham and ds wants a turkey. He's agreed that if we can find a place to buy just the drumsticks that he'll be happy with those. Otherwise, I'll be buying a small turkey along with a ham.

    One year, at ds' suggestion, we had KFC. That was my favorite Christmas meal yet, I think! Before ds was born, dh and I usually had Chinese food and went to a movie on Christmas day.
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  3. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from mercyteapot
    Somehow, we've never settled on a traditional Christmas dinner here. The most common meal we've had is prime rib, but this year, dh wants a ham and ds wants a turkey. He's agreed that if we can find a place to buy just the drumsticks that he'll be happy with those. Otherwise, I'll be buying a small turkey along with a ham.

    One year, at ds' suggestion, we had KFC. That was my favorite Christmas meal yet, I think! Before ds was born, dh and I usually had Chinese food and went to a movie on Christmas day.
    LOL! Okay. Well, tradition never really set in for me....Of course, I have had a couple different men in my life....and I would have to say Turkey was the most frequent thing I have prepared for Christmas....Once or twice a ham...and once or twice the Italian version of Christmas Dinner with Lasanga. I think this year is my first year I am planning Prime Rib!
  4. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from NursesRmofun
    LOL! Okay. Well, tradition never really set in for me....Of course, I have had a couple different men in my life....and I would have to say Turkey was the most frequent thing I have prepared for Christmas....Once or twice a ham...and once or twice the Italian version of Christmas Dinner with Lasanga. I think this year is my first year I am planning Prime Rib!
    I love prime rib, but ds doesn't and it isn't like it's going to do me any favors in the health department. Not that ham's much better. Growing up, we always had a cold ham meal for Christmas. Don't know the origin of that. I think the only hot food was baked beans. Dh's family always had a hot ham meal. Come to think of it, we haven't actually discussed whether we're having a hot or cold meal....

    Hmmm, you know, I seem to talk about food an awful lot, don't I?
  5. by   txspadequeenRN
    I want to make a prime rib but cannot find one to save my life... I have never made one but if I cant find the darn thing I will make a spiral ham.
  6. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    I want to make a prime rib but cannot find one to save my life... I have never made one but if I cant find the darn thing I will make a spiral ham.
    Hmm, rib roasts are widely available here. Have you asked the butchers if they can just cut one for you? If your market sells ribeye steaks, they will be able to sell you a rib roast, as they are essentially the same thing (according to the Food Network)!
  7. by   nursemary9
    Hi

    When DH & I do Christmas Dinner, as we are doing this year, we got into the habit of making roast leg of lamb with mint jelly.
    I think we started making this because it was something we almost never have , but love; also. a leg of lamb serves quite a few people, too.

    My family, I think always served turkey & ham--maybe even a beef roast depending on how many there would be--and there was always a mob!!

    DH's family always had a smorgesbord meal on Christmas Eve & then just the left overs on Christmas Day.

    Since there is very little family left in either of our families & since most of the family lives so far apart, we're just having some good friends in.

    Mary Ann
  8. by   nursemary9
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    I want to make a prime rib but cannot find one to save my life... I have never made one but if I cant find the darn thing I will make a spiral ham.


    When you do find your prime rib, if you don't have a recipie, there is an excellent one on the back of the boxes of Kosher salt.
    It's a 2# box of Morton's Kosher Salt. The roast basicly gets encased in the Kosher Salt & baked it in. It hardens; when finished cooking, you break open the now solid piece of salt & remove it. You do not eat it or anything & it does not make the roast salty or anything like that----it just holds the mositure in.

    We made this for the first time about two yrs ago & it was excellent.

    Mary Ann
  9. by   txspadequeenRN
    yeah Ill do that.....I guess Im just dumb on this subject. I thought they would be sitting out like the ham or turkeys.

    Quote from mercyteapot
    Hmm, rib roasts are widely available here. Have you asked the butchers if they can just cut one for you? If your market sells ribeye steaks, they will be able to sell you a rib roast, as they are essentially the same thing (according to the Food Network)!
  10. by   txspadequeenRN
    Thank you!!!!

    Quote from nursemary9
    When you do find your prime rib, if you don't have a recipie, there is an excellent one on the back of the boxes of Kosher salt.
    It's a 2# box of Morton's Kosher Salt. The roast basicly gets encased in the Kosher Salt & baked it in. It hardens; when finished cooking, you break open the now solid piece of salt & remove it. You do not eat it or anything & it does not make the roast salty or anything like that----it just holds the mositure in.

    We made this for the first time about two yrs ago & it was excellent.

    Mary Ann
  11. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    yeah Ill do that.....I guess Im just dumb on this subject. I thought they would be sitting out like the ham or turkeys.
    At my market, they are, but I guess it depends on where you live and where you shop.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    No real tradition here either - this year we will be bbq-ing tri-tip roast.

    My mil makes the very best leg of lamb with rosemary - we've never used mint jelly though. No one likes it. Horse radish however is used on all kinds of roasts.

    steph
  13. by   leslie :-D
    we're not big on Christmas dinner.
    traditionally, i've always made a large and diverse breakfast.
    although in their teens, my kids still awake between 5:30 and 6am on Christmas morning, to open their gifts.
    they know they can't start until i have my cup of coffee in hand.
    and by 9am, they'll have feasted on quiches, fruit salad, bacon/sausage, bagels/toast/eng muffins, roasted potatoes.
    i also make blueberry and bran/honey muffins.

    for Christmas dinner, it's buffet style with home-made bread (from my bread machine )and top-of-the-line sandwich meats....with home-made french fries. dh loves to cook also.
    but the breakfast is the big meal.

    leslie
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am preparing Prime Rib, vegetables, homemade buns, and pumpkin pie for dessert. I have a great no-fail recipe from mom and it puts the Outback and other places that "specialize" in prime rib to shame. I already have the roast in the freezer. I am working nightshift Christmas eve, so it made sense to do Prime rib, it just sits in the oven all day while I take my nap. The dh and kids are nuts about it, too.

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