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I am so nosey! What's your Christmas menu look like?

December 19th, 2014 at 10:25 am


I spent some time today looking at recipes for Christmas Brunch/Lunch/Dinner which I regularly host. This year for a group of 15 plus one or two. I've moved up the meal from 4 to 12:30 and this is what I am serving:

1) Spiral cut ham
2) Hashbrown potato casserole
3) Green bean casserole
4) Cornbread casserole
5) Raspberry/pineapple jello mold
6) Cinnamon roll casserole
7) Peppermint bark (that I make every Christmas morning with older daughter - tradition going on year 4)
8) Cranberry orange muffins

My MIL brings a shrimp salad, my mother brings bread pudding, and my brother brings wine. I don't know if his fiancée will bring anything, but that will be gravy.

Spending has been willy-nilly all over the board and I got bored tracking. I am starting today because this is the last payday in December. It was $135 short and I believe that is the 401K that I upped to 6% but thought it was being taken after 1/16 (suspended due to switch over, but apparently not really suspended).

I spent $133 at Aldi's on groceries for the week plus Christmas dinner. $17 was a ham and $4 was on a Secret Santa gift that younger daughter forgot about (a set of snowman mugs). I also filled up the gas tank for $40. This weekend and upcoming week we are eating light (lots of salad/sandwiches/and soup in the crockpot).

So, you've had a glimpse at what I'll be serving. How 'bout you?!

17 Responses to “I am so nosey! What's your Christmas menu look like?”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I'm not serving! But I'm going to have a New Year's brunch, and this is what I'm thinking of: egg/sausage casserole, dates & goat cheese wrapped in bacon, pineapple upside down cake, fruit salad, muffins, hashbrown casserole, punch and coffee.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    On Christmas Day we'll get Chinese takeout for lunch! But my DIL is planning a traditional meal at dinnertime.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Our groceries are looking closer to $300! Two big meals with unusual ingredients, plus making lunches at home most of the week.

    Xmas Eve at our friends' place has an Italian/fish theme, so my contribution is making Italian green beans, 2 kinds of tofu fish. Also for snacks, fruit skewers that look like the Grinch (grape, banana, strawberry & mini-marshmallow), and slow-cooker spiced nuts. Not sure what my friends are doing; pasta I believe.

    For Xmas dinner we're doing an entire menu that Jamie Oliver put together: mushroom tarts, nut roast, roasted whole cauliflower and gravy. Brownies and vegan ice cream for dessert.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Hey! I brought in grinch kabobs to work! My advice -- get nice long toothpicks and make sure the banana is firm!

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    That sounds like an awesome meal. Can I come eat at your house?
    I used to do a standing rib roast for Xmas (prime rib, basically), because that is what the MIL insisted on. But then I was ordering it one year and the meat cost $120, and I thought "all the kids and families with nothing and I'm going to spend that on one roast? So I cancelled it, we donated to the food bank, and haven't looked back.

    Now, this year,
    we're doing a ham
    cheesy potatoes (awesome and so bad for you)
    green beans

    For brunch, I make a quiche
    For breakfast, I make cinnamon rolls.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    This Christmas Day with just our family is kind of a repeat of Thanksgiving. Turkey, mashed potatoes, lettuce salad, cranberries (first year and requested), and rolls. It's just the four of us so simple is best. I may make pumpkin pie.

    When my family arrives we are having Lasagna and Manicotti. They are bringing it from a restaurant in NE (Valentino's). We'll have rolls and salad with it. One morning there will be egg casserole and fruit, another morning is waffles and crockpot oatmeal. We will have turkey sandwiches and soups for our lunches over the course of the two days they are here.

  7. Kiki Says:

    Our family has about 35 people who come for dinner plus usually a few more colleagues who have patrol duty stop by at different times so we serve:
    Two turkies of about 22 pounds each, One 10 lbs ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing/dressing, a cranberry salad, two different jello salads, rolls, butter and jam/jelly, cranberry sauce, pickles, olives, milk/water/wine, 24 devilled eggs, yams with marshmellows, green beans and something else.

    And that does not count the appetizers that go out at 2: chips and dip of two kinds, spinach dip/bread, cheeses and salami, cut veggies,

    And then desserts: at thanksgiving we had 7 pies, one cake, ice cream something and cookies. For christmas we also have choco pretzels and nuts, pb balls, 5 types of cookies, and more pies.

  8. Buendia Says:

    We just figured this out today (there will be six of us, two families of three, so I work it out with my good friend who is the other mom).

    Her: sweet potato souffle thing, maple brussels sprouts, chocolate dessert

    Me: turkey breast only, cranberry sauce, gravy, potatoes dauphinoise, tarte tatin

    We love spending Christmas with that other family - it's a tradition!

  9. Laura S. Says:

    It's just the hubby, son, and me. My son insists XMas dinner MUST be ham. So we have ham, corn, turnip, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls. My son is awesome at baking and will make an apple pie for dessert. We don't have any tradition for breakfast, but maybe I should start one!

  10. Petunia in a Flower Garden Says:

    We are having a beef roast (probably something like a prime rib - sorry ThriftoRama Smile - just thinking of my dad this year & I have never cooked one) and I'm not sure what else but I'm also thinking of buche de Noel for dessert.

  11. LuckyRobin Says:

    Turkey
    Ham
    Bread Stuffing
    Mashed Potatoes
    Turkey Gravy
    Ham Gravy
    Green Beans
    Corn
    Pumpkin Bread
    Chocolate Cream Pie
    Egg nog

    And the stuff the in-laws add that basically comes out of cans, boxes, or the bakery of a grocery store--
    Yams with weird marshmallow stuff on top
    Rolls
    Stovetop stuffing
    Pumpkin pie
    Apple pie
    Whipped Cream in a can

  12. snafu Says:

    With DSs across the country and insufficient days off to fly back, it we will likely be just 4. I've invited another couple but their plan is tentative. It's be my experience that after the sit down dinner, the evening is spent 'grazing.'

    Cocktail - Caesar, Appetizer - crudités with dip, Entree - Spiral ham & raisin sauce, Sides - mashed potatoes, gravy, oven roasted, mixed vegetables, Beverage - Sparking White wine & tea, Dessert - Chocolate Mousse to jazz up leftovers. If I manage to make these successfully in muffin tins I'll take them around to our elderly neighbours.

  13. scottish girl Says:

    We're still deciding what to have for desert, it will probably be homemade cheesecake on Christmas Day and I'll be lazy and buy something for when my mum's over on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) Right now it's looking like this:

    Christmas Day: tomato soup (DH's choice, found a recipe I like online), prawn cocktail, turkey crown with roast potatoes, peas, carrots and parsnips and brussel sprouts. Also stuffing and pigs in blankets.

    Boxing Day: Mediterranean platter for appetizers which will have halloumi cheese, sundried tomatoes, peppers and pesto served with some mediterranean loaf. Followed by prawn cocktail again and basically the same dinner because dh and mum agreed that they both wanted turkey with all the trimmings.

  14. rob62521 Says:

    Yowza...what good meals these look to be!

    Ours:
    Ham
    Scalloped potatoes
    Green Beans
    Peas
    Cornbread
    Celery
    Blackberry cobbler with whipped cream

  15. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Dinner Roast (vegetarian)
    Mashed potatoes (regular and sweet)
    crescents (Pillsbury)
    green beans
    stuffing (maybe)
    Rum cake

    Will be just my SO and I, so will have plenty of leftovers. We have most of the ingredients - most expensive things will be the dinner roast (Worthington brand I think) and I have no idea how much rum costs - will be my first time ever actually buying any kind of alcohol.

  16. Bright Says:

    Christmas Eve~ Ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cheesy broccoli, buns. Christmas~ rib eye , garlic potatoes, cheesey broccoli, garden slaw, buns. Christmas morning is always homemade cinnamon rolls.

  17. doingitallwrong Says:

    We're fortunate, in a way, because there are only five of us (and one is a 5-year old so she doesn't eat anything anyway!), so we can splurge a bit without breaking the bank, and we can do potluck a lot of the time.

    Christmas Eve this year is a 'throwback' to a meal my grandma would have made: chicken broccoli casserole over rice and mandarin orange jello. Probably crescent rolls, too. (Maybe one other side, but I don't recall. Sis is making teh casserole, we're responsible for the jello. Wink )

    Christmas morning we have "jolly breakfast ring", which is kind of like monkey bread but you leave the biscuits whole and layer them in a bundt pan, and top with walnuts and maraschino cherries. Mom usually makes this.

    Christmas dinner this year is a standing rib roast with roasted mushrooms and garlic-chive mashed potatoes. Maybe some rolls, but with the potatoes maybe not. We make Christmas dinner, but it's at my mom's house (and she donates some money toward the cost).

    Sis is responsible for cocktails at both dinners. She usually finds something yummy!

    Desserts will probably just be cookies; we're making a bunch this year, because S is visiting family down south after Christmas so we're sending some down to them. We're making spritz cookies, salted caramel snickerdoodles, Golden Grahams bars (kind of like Rice Krispie treats, but with Golden Grahams cereal and bits of chocolate), and USO/Hello Dolly cookies (a layered bar that my other grandma used to make). Mom and niece had a cookie day, so we'll have those, too. Plus the obligatory stocking candy. Smile

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