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Christmas Dinner

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Backagain1, Nov 26, 2012.

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  1. Backagain1

    Backagain1 High-Roller

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    I want to have people over for Christmas Dinner - first time! And I do not want the gathering centered around food. I have a hard time understanding all the trouble people go through for Thanksgiving Dinner. With that said, what items might I serve that are simple and easy.

    I was thinking ham, baked potatoes, salad and rolls.
     
  2. ken2v

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    Trouble? We do that kinda stuff midweek when we get a wild hair. We love food and cooking, and our friends, families and guests do as well, so it's a no-brainer for us.

    Costco is your friend, however. You can get all sorts of pre-fab goodies there, from bagged greens to starters, mains and sides, and on to dessert.
     
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    Thank you, and sorry. Maybe I used the wrong termonology. At my parents home everything must be perfect and the stress level is super high to be sure it works that way. I want it relaxing and enjoyable, not like the celebrations I am used to. Hope that sounds better.
     
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    No worries, my friend, I don't insult easily, but I have been told by certain folks around here who will go nameless that I can easily insult. lol

    We don't go for perfect. We go for great food, great laughs and great times. (BTW, I WILL be making applewood grilled turkey again!)

    But, seriously, Costco can do what you need. Or if you want to try some easy make-at-home stuff there are many of us here who can help with recipes.
     
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    Easy works and yes I would love the help!
     
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    Mindlessly simple and oh so tasty (run five miles/scoop):

    Boursin gratin

    Good with golds or reds. I don't peel.
     
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    A ham that someone else has prepared and a few easy side dishes sounds like a very stressfree way for you to enjoy the holiday. I'm like Ken- I love to cook and prepare elaborate meals. But if it doesn't give you pleasure to do it, then there's absolutely no need!

    I don't like potatoes, but a couple years ago I did mashed potatoes in the crock pot. Kept them out of the way and I could use my oven & stovetop for other things.

    One of my favorite potluck meals (great for a vegetarian option!) is Giada De Laurentiis' butternut squash lasagna. You can make a few and they freeze great!
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/butternut-squash-lasagna-recipe/index.html

    Green salads are easy, healthy, quick to put together - favorite combos for me in the winter are spinach, blue cheese, pear & walnut, or using pomegranate arils and something like a poppyseed or other sweetish dressing.
     
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    There is nothing less stressful to make than a ham! Buy a bone in ham, wrap in foil, place it in a covered roasting pan with some water and bake it at 325.
     
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    The crockpot is a busy person's best friend. It's forgiving (you can leave stuff on low in the crockpot without it drying out) and frees up space in the oven. A ham can be done in the crockpot very easily. You can also do one of those boneless turkey breasts in the crockpot. (give them a good rinse first to get the brine off) Most supermarkets have a lot of pre-made options like veggie trays, cheese and cracker trays, salads, desserts. You can still put on a nice spread without being chained up in the kitchen or feeling overwhelmed.
     
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    Great! Thank you everyone.
     
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    Every one loves chicken wings.

    why not give everyone something they love?
     
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    I hate chicken wings. Too messy to eat when I'm dressed up, not enough meat to make it worthwhile to eat, and I don't like most of the sauces people use.

    So, not everyone:peace:

    My favorite ham recipe is Nigella Lawson's ham in coca cola, then use the leftover ham/coke juices as the base for her South Beach black bean soup. SOOOOOOO good!
     
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    They're OK as a snack at a bar, but that's about it.

    So, back, what kinda main you want? How about a beyond-easy soy-marinated flank steak with horseradish crema? Prep time is about five minutes.
     
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    I'm figuring out my proteins now for Christmas - currently thinking baked salmon with fennel, and a pork loin stuffed with dried fruit & port sauce.
     
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    Nice! Now I am not a cook. Do not cook well.... :(
     
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    No way. Anyone who can read can cook!!
     
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    Alicia, it's really nothing more than shoyu chicken marinade, which works just as well on beef (or pork or salmon):

    1 c each soy, brown sugar and good beer (think German lager)
    1/2 c mirin
    6-8 gloves minced garlic
    Grated fresh ginger (several Ts worth)
    Big dash of sesame oil
    Diced red jalapeno (to taste)

    For the dippy sauchy:

    Crema Mexicana/creme fraiche, horseradish/wasabi to taste, minced scallion, pinch of salt and fresh ground white pepper.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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