Saturday, December 18, 2010

What's on YOUR Christmas Table?

By Lorna
(with apologies to our vegetarian friends)

Before the turkey had time to cool on our Thanksgiving table, we were already discussing what to have for Christmas dinner.
Pink dip Holiday meals are pretty much the same in my family.  We start out with snacks and drinks.  For family affairs, this ritual cannot begin without pink dip and potato chips.  (The dip is very easy:  8 ounces of cream cheese, ketchup, mayo, two tablespoons fresh grated onion, and two tablespoons of milk or cream.  I can't give you the exact amount of ketchup and mayo -- the actual recipe has been lost to time.  I just keep adding until it feels right.  Mix. Chill. Enjoy!) We also have cheese and crackers.  This year I'm contemplating a hot dip to go along with the goodies . . . then again, if we fill up on junk, will we have room for what will be a far too big dinner?

For dinner, we seem to have the same veggies year after year:  Brussels sprouts, rutabaga, roasted potatoes, creamed onions, and a recent addition, butternut squash.  (My brother makes it and it's fantastic.  Odd fact:  he will not eat it.  Go figure!)

Here's what was discussed for the entree.

Spiral sliced ham Spiral Ham

Usually ham is our Easter staple, and I've never really been a fan of it -- until last year.  We had a spiral ham that was absolutely delicious.  We got the leftovers and ate a ton of sandwiches and at least every couple of days ate the easy-peasy Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe that I included in Bookplate Special.  Oh, I feel like Pavlov's dog just at the thought of that wonderful spiral sliced ham dinner.

New-Prime-Rib-Roast Prime Rib Roast

When I was growing up, we had a prime rib roast most weeks for our Sunday dinner, so I always wondered why so many people think it's such a big deal.  Of course in those days, you could get a prime rib roast every week of the year.  These days, it's been made the favorite of the restaurant trade and the only time we ever see them is at the holidays.

Of course, no prime rib is worth eating if you haven't made Yorkshire pudding.  Oh, I love it, especially if the oven and fat is hot enough ant it puffs up all golden and crispy.  Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't.  I'll eat it both ways.

Thanksgiving-turkeyRoasted Turkey

Why were we even CONSIDERING another turkey when we had barely begun to eat the one that had been nicely sliced on the table?  But, there we were debating the merits.  My Dad, Bless his Heart, and my Uncle were not fans of turkey, so in years past we would always have a pork roast and a turkey.  Dad's gone and my Aunt and Uncle now have dinner with their immediate family so here we were discussing the possibilities.  I voted for the ham.  Mr. L wanted to save the prime rib for my Mother's birthday dinner (in the week after Christmas), and the rest of the table voted for roasted turkey--again.  The logic being that we only really eat the bird twice a year--even if it's a month apart.  Let's go for turkey again.

Okay, this is not a hardship on my part because I get the leftovers (again) and I love to make turkey pie, turkey soup, turkey salad, sliced turkey sandwiches, and even turkey curry.  (There'll be a recipe for that in the upcoming Booktown Mystery #5--Sentenced to Death.)

So, what will be on YOUR Christmas dinner plate next Saturday?


Dru said...

Just looking at the pictures is making me hungry and I haven't had breakfast yet.

For our dinner, it will be the same as Thanksgiving, ham, collard greens, rice, gravy, candied yams and cakes.

I can't believe Christmas is 7 days away.

Unknown said...

Oh! Hadn't thought about dessert. I'd prefer cake, too. I made carrot cake for Thanksgiving and it was delish. I did promise Mr. L a mincemeat pie . . . but I'd like that carrot cake again. One of our readers suggested that instead of cream cheese frosting I go with maple cream frosting. Whoa! That was a HUGE hit. I'd recommend it to anyone making a carrot cake--much better and less sweet and goey than cream cheese frosting.

groovyoldlady said...

The BHE and the girls and I will be singing and ministering at a huge free Christmas dinner in town on Chritmas Day. If we four had our druthers, we'd just eat there and call it good. Alas, the "folks" have higher expectations for a family holiday. Since the feasting is at my abode, I'm going for tasty, but simple this year. Steak tips with onions, baked potatoes and 2 pies are my contribution. (I'm making 6 pies for the community meal; what's 2 more?) I'll also pan sear a couple of chicken breasts for those who shudder at red meat. My m-i-l is in charge of hot veggies and homemade applesauce. GrammaJ will make an orange cranberry cake and set out some raw veggies with dip.

That's it. Easy, festive and satisfying.

Laura said...

We always have out a veggie fray with dipfor all to snack on until we eat. We pretty much have the same thing every year, roast turkey, spiral cut ham, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, lima beans, Waldorf salad, yeast roll, pecan pie, cherry pie and banana pudding. I will be feeding 8 adults and 3 children. Two of the adults are college students from China.

I always do a nice breakfast Christmas mornimg. We will have breakfast casserole, homemade biscuits and cinnamon raisin rolls, juices, milk and coffee

KH said...

As we don't celebrate Christmas (we are Baha'is), I will be doing the Chinese restaurant thing with my cousin and friends on Christmas Day. However, on the 26th I will be cooking a turkey breast for my husband and myself, as somehow he missed out on sandwiches from the leftovers at Thanksgiving.

Kimber Leszczuk. said...

I am salivating from looking at those photos!!!

Would you believe I have never tried Yorkshire pudding? LOL

That dip sounds interesting.

I am starving now for prime rib, turkey and ham! I need to get up and start cooking something!

signlady217 said...

Just the two of us, so I'm throwing a small chuck roast in the oven, with potatoes, carrots, onions and cream of mushroom soup in with it. Yummy! We still have German kuchen, walnut-date balls and pistachio friendship bread in the freezer, so we're set on desserts. And yes, just thinking about it is making me hungry, too! :)

Miki Willa said...

We will be having fish, probably salmon, as our main dish. As for vegetables, probably curried carrots, baked yams, broccoli in cheese sauce, and whatever else looks good in the produce section. I am thinking of making cheesecake for desert. We also have some baby quiche to snack on and my husband is making his famous artichoke-jalapena-cheese dip.

Deb Baker said...

We usually do a rib roast (love yorkshire pudding) or a pork crown roast, but this year we decided on turkey because I didn't get to cook one for Thanksgiving (went to my sisters).

Peg Cochran said...

We're having shrimp cocktail in the lull between the breakfast casserole and dinner. Perhaps brie topped with cranberries for cocktails. Then beef tenderloin with bearnaise sauce, mushroom ragout, scallopped potatoes, green bean casserole (made with fresh green beans, bechamel sauce and mushrooms). Dessert is buche de noel with or without the meringue mushrooms depending on my energy level!

Shel said...

When I was growing up, we usually had both holidays at relatives, so it was full on turkey and ham at both times. Since it's just me and my husband now, though - we had turkey breast (done in the crockpot) for Thanksgiving, and I'm still trying to decide about Christmas. I'd LOVE Prime Rib, but my budget isn't going to run to that, so we could just do steak. Chris is leaning toward ham.

Vickie said...

Christmas Eve is turkey breast that DH is putting on the smoker, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and pie of some sort.

Christmas Day is ribeye roast on the grill, asparagus, and baked potatoes, and more pie of some sort.

Publius said...

As the token vegetarian, I'll chime in ... we usually have shepherd's pie (our version is a layer of peas/carrots/cashews, topped with mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes). But this year we're mixing it up and opting for spinach lasagna with some fake sausage, homemade foccacia, and a simple green salad.

Oh, and we'll start the day with lemon cream scones and a nice pot of Earl Gray. And finish it with cookies and cocoa by the tree. :)