Post # 1
Hi bees! We’re recently married and sick of traveling across the state to see our families for holidays. This year we’ve (somehow) convinced everyone to come see us! My dad and brother will be here before Christmas, and they aren’t much into holidays or traditions so I plan on taking them to dinner and coming home for coffee and dessert.
Husbands family though, is another story. His mom, dad, step dad, brother and niece will be visiting us and they are very much into holidays! It is their first time in our home, and my first time cooking a full meal for them. I’m not worried about making something fancy or impressing them, but it’s Christmas so I want it to feel special.
Husband is a vegetarian and I am mostly meat free, so I’m not super comfortable cooking meat. I am very uncomfortable with the idea of roasting a turkey or ham for this meal, but would rather not serve a casserole either.
Any suggestions on an easy, but still special feeling, main dish for this? Thanks!
Post # 3
@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 # 4
@Future_Mrs_Dr_I: thank you! Meat doesn’t bother me, I’m more concerned with taking on a project like a whole turkey and hoping I don’t ruin it! I’m always very afraid of under or over cooking meat, so I would much prefer something I could prepare ahead of time, and heat or reheat before dinner.
Post # 5
@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
Spicy winter slaw with cashews
Cauliflower Cheese Streudel (from Moosewood Cookbook) and mushroom gravy
Post # 6
@kenziemt: that sounds delicious! It’s a little fancy for my in laws taste haha, but something my husband and I would love!
Post # 7
@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
@kenziemt: Sounds amazing.
I second the suggestion of an already cooked spiral cut ham. 🙂
Post # 9
How about lasagna? You could have both meat and vegetarian sausages and meatballs on the side.
Post # 10
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 # 11
Seafood lasagne http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paulas-home-cooking/shrimp-and-scallop-lasagna-recipe/index.html
If two pans of lasagne are too much (which I doubt it would be with that many people) so you can do vegetarian, you can always do one end of the lasagne vegetarian and the other end seafood.
Post # 12
We are doing Cornish game hens for one of our many Christmas dinners. Apparently they are super easy!
Post # 13
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
@krex: We’re also hosting Christmas brunch this year. We’re serving roast beef, lasagna, salad, rolls, quiche, fruit, and apple crisp.
Post # 15
@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
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
@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.