Instead of Turkey and Ham for Christmas. PLEASE HELP

Teri - posted on 12/13/2009 ( 77 moms have responded )

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I am trying to figure out what to make for Christmas dinner. I really don't to have to make Turkey or ham again. I want to try something new. Any idea's.

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Stacie - posted on 12/16/2009

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I also vote for lasagna - it's always a crowd pleaser in my house, and depending on how much you make you have leftovers for next day's lunch. If you need a recipe mine is pretty easy and good!

Frances - posted on 11/05/2012

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i like chiken breast and make sasauge stuffing in a meatloat pan simple and no fuss

easy to plate and serve

D - posted on 12/18/2009

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We do a beef tenderloin. Creat a personalized rub for it ( i like salt, pepper, onion powder, minced garlic, rosemary,and thyme.) Cook it at 500 degrees for 10 mins to create a crust an lock in juices. Then lower to 350 degrees and bake for about 25-35 mins. Check the temp every 10-15 mins to get the rareness that you prefer. Serve with home made mashed potatoes or twice baked potatoes. A creative veggie, pear and arugula salad, and fresh baked bread.

Fiona - posted on 12/18/2009

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We normally have lots of seafood!! YUM! Plus salads, fruit, sometimes ham/turkey/chicken. We have a large family so we have a big Christmas lunch and just left-overs for dinner. We get each family to bring something - eg. Mum & Dad normally do turkey or ham, someone does drinks (soft drink, juice, etc - byo alcohol), someone does snack food (chips, lollies, etc), someone does prawns, someone does salads, etc etc. That way the cost and prep time is spread throughout the family so that one person doesn't get stuck with paying for everything and having to cook/prepare it all. We normally use nice plastic/paper plates, utensils, cups etc so that it's much easier to clean up afterwards too! :)

HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS :)

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Jill - posted on 12/23/2012

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My Mom is making a beef tenderloin she picked up at Costco (wholesale buying club). She will serve with mashed potatoes, green beans and steamed carrots

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My family tradition is, Roast leg of lamb stuffed with carrot, garlic and bacon, and when it is almost finished you brush apricot chutney/ jam over the leg. Then there is a beef roast, eg. rib-eye roll with a rosemary filling, roast chicken/ chicken roll/ chicken pie, and glased gamon, ox tongue with mustard sauce. Veggies: roast potatoes, roast carrots, colliflower and brocolli with a white sauce, sweet pumkin. For dessert: tipsy tart with cream/ custard, trifle and ice cream and chocolate sauce. Needless to say I have a big family and we all pitch in. Good luck.

Danielle - posted on 12/20/2009

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I usually have Cornish Hens, a Beef roast and/or pork tenderloin. I'll have asparagus, rice or potatoes, cornbread or rolls or...whatever cool recipe I see on www.foodnetwork.com or on the Food Network. Christmas is my time to experiment. People are sometimes unwilling to try new stuff for Thanksgiving. So that meal stays very traditional and Christmas is constantly remixed.

Hope that helps.

Helen - posted on 12/20/2009

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sum lovely ideas here im amazed wat different things people ave im english so we do stick to traditional turkey with all the trimmings i couldn imagine doin sumthing different they all sound lovely but i cant help thinkin christmas isnt christmas with out turkey

Erin - posted on 12/19/2009

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I am of Mexican American decent so I'm making enchiladas, tamales rice and beans Christmas Eve and for my husband and his Canadian side of the family, Prime Rib ,mashed potatoes & gravy, steamed carrots, green bean casserole, spinach salad, fruit salad, dinner rolls and oh so many desserts for Christmas Day

Kelly - posted on 12/19/2009

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We have sort of an "open house" Christmas day, with many assorted relatives dropping in and out throughout the day, so instead of traditional "sit-down dinner" type foods, I do things that can in and out of the fridge easily (like fruit salads, veggies and dip, assorted breads) and potato soup kept hot in the crock pot. This is a favorite with my kids, and most years they also request a big bowl of punch for sipping during the day. Also hot cider is good to keep on hand (smells so good).

Lynnette - posted on 12/19/2009

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It's just my son and I. I asked he and he wants Baked Spagetti with garlic bread and plain broccli baked in microwave with butter and lemon salt. He's 14 years old adn plans to do most of the cooking. Sounds really good to me.

Dawnelle - posted on 12/19/2009

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My favorite thing is to do a Prime Rib, with mashed potatos, gravy, asparagus or brocoli, salad, a stuffing and a nice red wine. It is a nice change. You could also make a fish, or pork tenderloin.

Jennie - posted on 12/19/2009

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Give me your e-mail and I will send you some Pampered Chef recipes for different things.

Amanda - posted on 12/19/2009

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with all those hot meals i have to say it sounds like its cold in the states?? I'm in Australia and about every 4th year its about 30 degrees celcius, which is warm. So in my husbands family we try to do cold foods. WHY DONT YOU TRY ALL FINGER FOOD? you could do celery and carrot sticks with a dip or pate. cheese sticks cut directly from your block of cheese. i really want prawns this year, oysters would be good too. My mum in law lives in a fishing town so i am praying she's going to bring FISH. We try to keep it to plain foods ie) quality in its natural state. good luck on making a decision. :)

Karmah - posted on 12/18/2009

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a nice pot roast will always be welcomed...even a couple of cornish hens...dending on the amount of guest....

Tiffany - posted on 12/18/2009

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We try to stear away from the same food as we eat on Thanksgiving. So my family usually has Crown Roast. You may have to ask for one in your price range and depending on your family size from the meat department at your nearest grocery store. Enjoy!!!!

Marygene - posted on 12/18/2009

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We had prime rib last year and it was wonderful! Something different but still fancy.

S - posted on 12/18/2009

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Hmm well we've tried lasagna, we've also done a seafood dinner, roast, you can do a whole chicken

Martha - posted on 12/18/2009

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we had turkey and hame for thanksgiving so we are having meatloaf and chicken for christmas some of my friends are having lasagna hope this helps u

Tiffany - posted on 12/18/2009

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I make pot roast with potoatos and carrots..and my hubby loves Green beans so I make that also it has always gone over very well for christmas

Dayna - posted on 12/18/2009

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my traditon is to go out lite looking and so whn we come home we have a big pot of chillie and hotcocoo wating this has ben the less srtesful and more enjoy able we still have all the chips dips veg. trays and so on but this is much more fun.

Elya - posted on 12/18/2009

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my family does brunch instead of Christmas dinner and it works out wonderfully!

Savannah - posted on 12/17/2009

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we are doing meatloaf and mashed potatoes, cheezy carrots and homemade rolls. YUM!

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how about prime rib? or a whole chicken ?cornish game hens? i konow of some families( small ones) that make homemade pizzas together

Cindy - posted on 12/17/2009

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you could make a roast (if you have a crock pot) just put it in there and let it do its thing...Also I'm not sure where you are from but here in NC I can find small ham that is precooked and sliced so it might take what 15 min to heat in the oven a little longer if I want to add flavor to it. You can also buy small chicken or cornish hen ( i think thats what its called) bake'em in the oven or roast.

Charlene - posted on 12/17/2009

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Go ethnic... Change it every year... that way its not the same ol boring meal.... Christmas Eve we do a bunch of snacks, finger foods, appetizers.. Christmas night we do our big meal... The boyfriend likes Ham, and I don't so I'll be doing a lasagna since we just had Turkey for Thanksgiving... Good luck...

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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I am making Souvlaki with nan bread (toasted with butter and seasoning and a dip of Tzatziki sauce for the nan bread), as well as a Greek Salad. My family LOVES it, and I am having turkey dinner at my parents' place Christmas Eve. I can only eat so much turkey and then I feel sick. My in-laws are very excited about eating it, and the kids are happy they don't have to eat turkey 2 days in a row.

Beata - posted on 12/17/2009

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we do a fondue dinner using oil or broth and dipping chicken, meat or whatever you have on hand. if i'm feeling crazy we'll do a cheese or chocolate for dessert afterwards. it's easy and the kids really like making their own food.

Michelle - posted on 12/17/2009

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Duck or goose is traditional but slightly different from the expected. Choosing a rack of lamb or a stuffed roast would also be a lovely choice that is a departure from the everyday dinner menu. If you have picky eaters try to incorporate some of their preferences into your choices. A kid who likes rice may in turn love risotto as well. Good luck with your holiday meal!

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Honi, sounds like your an Aussie too! Too hot to use the oven for chrissie.



We used to just do fresh seafood, roast veggies (on the barbie), salads and cold meats. Now, since we do a big family Christmas lunch, we have the traditional stuff (turkey, ham and chicken) all done on the barbie along with the other things. BUT, when I was in the states I used to do a goose with a tarragon stuffing for chrissie dinner.



Oh yeah, and champers is a MUST! Along with the mimosa with brekky! :-)

Paula - posted on 12/17/2009

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mexican food...pinto beans, spanish rice, mexican casserole, chicken enchiladas, chips salsa.....this is what we have every year...

Kendra - posted on 12/17/2009

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Depends on how formal you want to be.....dont have to stick with the status quo. You could do seafood....our family is.

Gina - posted on 12/17/2009

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Yes, for the past couple of years, I have been cooking "other" dinners. Try an Italian dish, Greek dish, or Seafood....you will love it!!!

Honi - posted on 12/16/2009

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We are having a Seafood BBQ, with bbq'ed vege's, roasted mini potatoes, salad, watermelon balls and Champayne

Deanna - posted on 12/16/2009

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we decided the same thing this year. tired of the traditional holiday dinner so we are having diff. things like meat balls, those little weiners,we are going to do some platters of veggies and fruit. kinda like a big finger food party instead of a big holiday dinner

Shaye - posted on 12/16/2009

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Some sort of roast beef or brisket done in the slow cooker. You get it started in the morning and forget about it. Beef burgundy is really good (has a little wine in it to make it special for Christmas). Ina Gartner has a really good recipe-go to her Barefoot Contessa website.

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We always do a soup supper and then make finger sandwiches to go with it. THen a huge, delicious dessert buffet!

Casey - posted on 12/16/2009

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What about goose? My mom used to make that for Christmas dinner before they split up, delicious!! So is lamb.

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