Foodies Unite; What's for your holiday dinner?

  1. I've been married for 16 years and we have yet to establish a firm Christmas dinner tradition. Before our son was born, we'd go out to eat on that day. Now, we always stay home. For a while, we'd have a ham, but alternate with hot and cold side dishes from year to year, since dh grew up with the hot meal and I grew up with the cold. Then we started doing prime rib. Last year, my Mom came for Christmas, her first time here for that holiday, and she doesn't like prime rib, so we had fried chicken. It was so much easier than prime rib (since KFC did the cooking and the sides were all cold and made ahead). I think we're going to do that again this year, but not sure yet. Christmas Eve has always been on the fly, too, since dh has traditionally had to work that night.
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  3. by   VeryPlainJane
    When I was growing up we always had Greek food. But, now that more of my family members are marrying non-Greeks. We have more of a traditional Christmas roasted lamb with Greek sides + roasted turkey and American sides. Last year we had a prime rib too it was awesome! I find it funny that my Greek family members want the American food and my American family members want the Greek food! lol
  4. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from VeryPlainJane
    When I was growing up we always had Greek food. But, now that more of my family members are marrying non-Greeks. We have more of a traditional Christmas roasted lamb with Greek sides + roasted turkey and American sides. Last year we had a prime rib too it was awesome! I find it funny that my Greek family members want the American food and my American family members want the Greek food! lol
    I love roast lamb. We often bbq it for Easter dinner.
  5. by   gwenith
    If you want different try Christmas in Australia - usually sorching hot!!! So Salad cold meat and either a cold pudding or an ice-cream. This shows some of the variety of foods that we have - each year it is less and less "traditional" food.

    http://www.abc.net.au/backyard/recipes/christmas.htm

    One thing though that is VERY Australian and found all around Aust is Watermelon and Mango at Christmas - for me would not be Christmas without them
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    Basically, ours is a rerun of Thanksgiving dinner, only with fewer side dishes and more dessert choices, e.g. homemade fudge, Christmas cookies, peanut brittle and boxed chocolates..........YUM!:spin:

    Thank God January's coming soon, so I can be desperately good for a few months and lose the 23 pounds I gained back after losing 40 of the 60 pounds I gained LAST year after losing 45 the year before.
  7. by   VeryPlainJane
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I love roast lamb. We often bbq it for Easter dinner.
    Yep, we BBQ Lamb and Goat for Easter. Now we throw a ham in too..I know that sounds weird..but we are Greeks lol
  8. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from gwenith
    If you want different try Christmas in Australia - usually sorching hot!!! So Salad cold meat and either a cold pudding or an ice-cream. This shows some of the variety of foods that we have - each year it is less and less "traditional" food.

    http://www.abc.net.au/backyard/recipes/christmas.htm

    One thing though that is VERY Australian and found all around Aust is Watermelon and Mango at Christmas - for me would not be Christmas without them
    Watermelon isn't in season here, but if it were, we'd be having it on the table, for sure. My son eats it by the bowlful during the summer months. You can get it here, but it is overpriced and not very good. I love mangoes, too, but never thought of it as a Christmas food. I always buy at least one box of Clementines at Christmas.
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    When I was growing up, it was Puerto Rican and Mexican food galore. Now that I am married with no children, and no family close by..........we usually have a mini-version at home or go out to eat. This year I cooked a turkey for Thanksgiving, and was thinking of a ham. Deb's recipe sounds yummy!
  10. by   nursemary9
    Hi
    For a long time my DH & I would have t he family & we would have roast leg of lamb, oven browned potatos, peas, rolls, salad, a couple of other sides plus dessert. If we had folks that didn't like lamb, we also had a pork roast.

    Last year, I was off, but it was just DH & myself & we did a prime rib
    (YUMMY).
    This year, I am working & it is just the 2 of us, so I thknk we are either going to make grilled lamb chops with the above sides or if DH has his way, we';ll just get two roast lamb dinners from our favorite Greek restaurant.

    I don't know why we got into the habit of having lamb--My family is of polish descent & my DH's is Swedish!!
    I can still remember the shock my mother had the first year we did the lamb!!

    Well, you all have a Wonderful Holiday meal--They absolutely all sound delicious!!

    Mary Ann
  11. by   mercyteapot
    That's the problem with lamb, it seems if you have a group of any size, there tends to someone who doesn't like it. My Mom doesn't. Roast chicken goes nicely with all the same sides, so that's what I'd usually make with bbq lamb if someone wasn't going to eat the lamb. Mary, I grew up in an area with lots of Polish people, I always loved their celebratory foods! Halupki and pierogies... yum!
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from gwenith
    If you want different try Christmas in Australia - usually sorching hot!!! So Salad cold meat and either a cold pudding or an ice-cream. This shows some of the variety of foods that we have - each year it is less and less "traditional" food.

    http://www.abc.net.au/backyard/recipes/christmas.htm

    One thing though that is VERY Australian and found all around Aust is Watermelon and Mango at Christmas - for me would not be Christmas without them
    Thank you Gwenith!
    We can get Mango and Watermelon trucked up from southern Mexico. I copied your post to show that they are an Australian Christmas tradition.
    LOVE mango.

    A sister in law makes chitterlings every year. The hot peppers can't cover up the taste. Yuch!
    She also makes lemon cake. Yum!
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Dec 10, '05
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Watermelon! I love it - I ate so much with my last two kids they came out with red hair. :spin: My 4 year old lives on it in the summer - makes do with cantelope in the winter.

    But it isn't good this time of year.

    We go out to my inlaw's ranch (just like at Thanksgiving) and usually have roast leg of lamb. My mil makes the best lamb - rosemary, garlic, yum. Everyone else brings side dishes and they can change from year to year.

    In the summer we do alot of bbqing of marinated tri-tip. Sometimes we've had this for Christmas too.

    We have also had ham. We don't redo turkey though.

    Holidays are always at the ranch - lots of room for company and a big ranch for the kids to play football or ride bikes or have snowball fights.

    steph
  14. by   pickledpepperRN
    Steph:

    There's a good thing about waiting for summer.
    BUT is you get fruit from Peru or from Mexico south of the Tropic of Cancer it is summer fruit.

    Ha ha, we have ripe tomatos from a volunteer vine. Kinda small but tasty! The original plant was from German heirloom seeds.

    I'm making Stollen with whole wheat flour and dried cranberries for Christmas breakfast.

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