Post # 1
This is our third year hosting Christmas Eve, and I’m a little stumped on what to serve. It’s only for about 10 people, and it’s more like a buffet rather than a sit down meal since everyone arrives at different times.
Last year we had a “ravioli bar” with 3 types of raviolis-lobster, cheese, and butternut squash. Plus all the sauces to go with them. We also had homemade meatballs, shrimp cocktail, finger sandwices, salads, breads, etc.
I have no clue for this year! The Fiance wants to do a prime rib, but I don’t like red meat and neither does some of the other guests.
So, what do you ladies do?
Post # 3
@Bostongrl25: Holy moly. I want some lobster ravioli now.
It depends on if I’m working Chrismas Eve or Night. I’m originally supposed to work the Night, but me and another co-worker submitted a switch. I’m just waiting to see if it was approved or not. Anyways, whatever night I am cooking, it’s only for me and Fiance. It’ll be lasagna with cheese and meat. I’ll make some homemade garlic bread. Do little things here an there as well.
Perhaps make some baked ziti, lasagna, etc and then get roast beef (for sammiches) for those who may want red meat. It’s what my grandmama would do every Christmas Eve.
Post # 4
Ya, lobster ravioli is kind of amazing 🙂
We have lasagna for Christmas dinner so thats out. The first year we hosted we did eggplant parm, chicken parm, and a big italian feast. So I was hoping to do something a little different this year. Good suggestion tho!
Post # 5
@Bostongrl25: Yeah, we do italian both days. I’m all for it though. It’s awesome. Hah. Hm, how about a ham? Roasted chicken? Fish? I really not sure what you’re looking for exactly since you were looking for something different. I guess it depends on how many people you are expecting as well!
Post # 6
@Bostongrl25: I posted on this a few days ago because we will be hosting about 10 people too! This is what I have so far:
A small ham and prime rib with au jus sauce, twice baked potatoes, a yummy broccoli bake, dinner rolls with cinnamon butter (like texas road house), and then some kind of fresh greens salad.
I am not set on appetizers, but am thinking some kind of shrimp, bacon wrapped weenies, and some different meat skewers with a collections of dips.
For dessert we will do some kind of cheesecake.
Post # 7
omg. LOVE the butter from texas roadhouse. Do you have the recipe?
Post # 8
Wow, you guys go all out!
Christmas Eve at my house is just me, my husband, and our daughter, and we do pretty similar menus every year: honey-glazed ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls, and cranberry sauce.
Post # 9
@ieatunicorns: I was just talking about cinnamon butter the other night at work. I promised co-workers I’d make some and bring it in.
Post # 10
Since you seem to like themes, why not try an Asian theme? You could do a bunch of Asian dishes– some with rice, some with noodles, some with beef, some with chicken, etc. You can have a big thing of edamame and potstickers, etc. And fortune cookies for dessert?
Then again, who doesn’t love a ham and traditional “American” meal with all the sides/fixin’s.
Post # 11
We go my FH’s parents’ and they are VERY Catholic. A very traditional Christmas Eve meal is served efore midnight mass , along with traditional Slavic dishes that I have no idea how to spell, much less make.
Post # 12
@Bostongrl25: Yep, I found a copycat online. I think this is the one I originally found. Now I just throw some powdered sugar and cinnamon in. I have seen others that list honey, but I have never used those.
In a small bowl, with a handmixer, beat butter till fluffy.
Add confectioner’s sugar at a time, blending well.
Add cinnamon to mixture and blend well.
Scoop into a small container-serve immediately or refrigerate.
Post # 13
@ieatunicorns: That’s the one I use.
Post # 14
Darling Husband and I have a tradition we started 3 years ago. We make homemade brocolli/cheddar soup and homemade rolls with good deli meats. And we watch Home Alone and sometimes Home Alone 2 after we get back from church! We save our big Christmas dinner for Christmas day.
Post # 15
Father-In-Law makes lasagna. Last year it was really soupy…
This year I will be prepared. We’re bringing a giant salad and garlic knots, then I’ll make a carrot cake for dessert.
Post # 16
I don’t think you would want to do what we do… it’s a sort of Norwegian medley dinner that Darling Husband can barely stomach but it’s my dad’s side’s tradition which I love.
– Seafood stew (delicious)
– Cold Meat Platter (venison, sweet bologna, prosciutto, etc)
– Pickled Herring (so good, Darling Husband can’t stand it)
– Rommegrot (sour cream porridge, goes with the meat platter, Darling Husband HATES it even loaded up with butter and sugar)
Then we have apple pie, krumkake, meringue cookies, and what ever product hershey’s is coming out with in the next year (aunt is an exec or something)