(Closed) What would you serve your in-laws for Christmas dinner?

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
781 posts
Busy bee

@krex:  Why not a spiral-cut ham? Basically it’s cooked and cut already when you buy it, just heat it up slowly in the oven. You don’t even have to touch it, really. If you’re not into meat, I can understand not wanting to do a turkey, you have to handle it a lot. 

Other than that, what about something like chicken and noodles? What exactly bothers you and maybe I can help figure something else out. 

Post # 5
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@krex: DH and I (vegetarians) hosted my family (meat-eaters) for Thankgiving and we served:


Chickpea fries and roasted tomato sauce

Mushroom and pine nut bruschetta


Cauliflower Bisque


Spicy winter slaw with cashews


Pumpkin Risotto

Cauliflower Cheese Streudel (from Moosewood Cookbook) and mushroom gravy

Post # 7
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@krex:  Do they have any special dietary requirements? And is there anything special that they usually have for the holidays? Those answers could help guide you in the right direction.

A nice spiral ham, like @Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  suggested would be a good choice, but it depends on what type of meat they eat. The simpler and less labor intensive the meat is the better, so steer away from things like roasted chicken and turkey.

You could do a good number of vegetarian sides though, so you and Darling Husband should have more than enough to eat.

Post # 8
1294 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@kenziemt:  Sounds amazing. 

I second the suggestion of an already cooked spiral cut ham. 🙂 

Post # 9
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

How about lasagna? You could have both meat and vegetarian sausages and meatballs on the side.

Post # 10
866 posts
Busy bee

My Darling Husband was vegetarian for many years (but ate fish) and his parents always make him a “seafood casserole” for special occaisions. it was just full of really good seafood (chuncks of lobster and crab, scallops, shrimp, white fish etc) and cheese and some sort of white sauce. It was sooo good we all beg for it any time we go there

Post # 12
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are doing Cornish game hens for one of our many Christmas dinners. Apparently they are super easy!

Post # 13
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I would do a dinner from your local grocer that you can just pick up and heat for your in-laws who might be expecting a festive and traditional meal.  That way you aren’t taking on too much and you won’t be uncomfortable with the meat preparation.  You can then add dishes that you and Darling Husband like as well.  Good luck!  Situations like this can always be daunting but typically turn out great in the end!

Post # 14
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@krex:  We’re also hosting Christmas brunch this year. We’re serving roast beef, lasagna, salad, rolls, quiche, fruit, and apple crisp.

Post # 15
6529 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@krex:  i have a recipe for a zucchie quiche/pie. its a recipe thats been in my family before I was born

1 cup of bisquick mixx
4 eggs
 a little less than 1/2 cup of salad oill
4 – 5 medium zuchinis
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
appox 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
a little less than 3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 medium onion chopped small
Beat bisquik, oil and eggs, add the salt, garlic and pepper
when mixed add the opnion, cheese and zuchini
Butter pie dish or you can use cooking/non stick spray and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.  Also check by inserting a knife in the middle if dry and golden its done.

Post # 16
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@krex:  I think lasagna is a good go-to for this.  You could easily make 2 in the same amount of time as 1 and this way you can make one veggie & one meat.  It’s a dish that you could assemble earlier so you are free to converse & entertain & then pop in the oven at due time.  It also lends to a gracious/fancy antipasto display which is another way to include both veggie & meat options.  A simple salad with homemade vinaigrette and some good bread.  Desert can be whatever with some good coffee &  limoncello for fun.

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