On Boxing Day my FIL & his wife are coming to our house (& my SIL). I'll be 33 weeks preg with DC3 & I'm at the very tired stage already. What do I serve them without hours slaving in the kitchen. Christmas Day we're at my MIL's and then my parents, Ds & BIL, & kids are at ours on 27th but DM & DS bringing food & I'm just roasting the gammon.
Ill have no leftovers on 26th, they didn't take suggestion that we go to their house as they're entertaining on Christnas day (fair enough). My relationship with them is ok but I'm not relaxed enough to ask for contribution of food.
I always have people to ours on Boxing Day and last year decided against hours slaving in the kitchen. So I bought a bag of jacket potatoes which I stuck in the oven and put them out on the table with bowls of grated cheese, salad, ham, coleslaw etc.
Everyone loved it because it was a change from normal Christmassy food and there was very little clearing up to do.
I do a late night buffet on Christmas Eve (we have lunch early, then our walk). So for boxing day I make a vegetarian lasagne (DH and I are vegetarian, DC aren't). DD will eat lasagne, DS won't so we have pizza and garlic bread as well.
We're having a Boxing Day buffet and aiming to freeze ahead as much as possible. We're having platter of cold meat, bbc good food Christmas pie (in advance), potato salad, braised red cabbage (freeze ahead), bubble & squeak cakes (freeze ahead), Brie & cranberry tart (freeze ahead), cheese, chutneys, crudités, mince pies, dips. I've ordered festive paper plates & napkins and bought foil trays for anything that needs to go in the oven on the day to minimise the washing up. I'll do a dessert that can be made in advance too.