Post # 1
For the first, and potentially only, time DH and I (our 1st married Christmas too) and celebrating Christmas at our home and not traveling to either family. Therefore, we want to have a nice Christmas dinner which could potentially become an annual tradition. We don’t want to cook a large meal as there are only 2 of us but we want something special and it can take some time to prepare as we would be fine doing that during the day since we’re not traveling. His family eats Japanese food every year while mine recently started doing a pot luck buffet of the most random things including lasagna (I have no idea why they got away from a ham or turkey but it was not my decision). We don’t want to do Japanese food or lasagna. Any suggestions for a Christmas dinner that we can make our own?
Post # 3
How about Cornish game hens? They are small enough for two (my mom usually makes one for each guest), and you could make appropriate sized sides of your liking. And once you eat all of the meat from the hens they make excellent stock for cooking other things (like dumplings!) Merry Christmas!
Post # 4
@Miss Rosie: We’re doing those for Christmas! I always have them at Thanksgiving but since we went to his relatives for Thanksgiving, we’re staying home Christmas Eve and cooking them! I have an amazing recipe that my mom makes with pinapple rice inside. yum!
Post # 5
You could slow cook some ribs, messy but yummy!
Post # 6
My family always makes a ham or beef roast for Christmas dinner, but we also have a tradition of making a lasagne for Christmas Eve dinner. It’s so that we can hurry up and eat before heading out to the Christmas Eve church service. That lasagne has been there every year as far back as I can remember!
Post # 7
We do seafood for Christmas Eve. Every year its something different, but always delicious. Its also easy to do for two!
You could also do steaks and make them a little fancier by adding crabmeat on top. So good!
Post # 8
We always do a ham for Thanksgiving. Most grocery stores sell those little 2 pound ham cuts that only take like 30 minutes to cook.
Also, this yam recipe is sooooooooo good. We make it for every holiday (and like twice a month additionally :). It’s nice because we can make up the “stuffing” ahead of time, and then we only bake the number of yams we want (usually 2 or 4 at a time).
Post # 9
My mom started doing lasagna and crab legs awhile back and I would have to cook the lasagna for her. I thought that was weird too but thought she just liked giving me a role, since I’m the only one who makes that homemade. For the past years while not living near my mom, I like to do turkey and stuffing. At other Christmas visits, aunty always does a brunch and DH’s mom does ham.
Post # 10
@Treasure43: Can you share that recipie? Cornish game hens was actually my first thought but I have been haivng trouble deciding how to prepare tham as I’ve never cooked them before and don’t want to stuff them like a turkey. Pineapple sounds differnet and delicious.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the great idea and feel free to keep them coming. Cornish hens were my first thought so if anyone has a tried and true recipie to share for them I’d be happy. We’d actually cook a ham because we both love that but we have not found anywhere to buy one in Germany (where we live) so that would be a special treat if we could locate one. Seafood is interesting and not something we’ve considered yet…