What is your Christmas menu?

(61 Posts)

I want to know what you're eating on Christmas day.

I love to hear about the food.

dementedma Mon 17-Dec-12 22:31:06

Smoked salmon starter, main will be turkey butterfly so no bones and waste and much quicker to cook, served with roasties done in duck fat, red cabbage braised in port, shredded sprouts stir fried with mustard, honey and cream, roast parsnips and gravy. Pudd will be Christmas pudding or lemon meringue ice cream, known as zingy, zangy, zongy in our house!

Ohh, sounds good, like the sprout idea, may steal it.

DewDr0p Mon 17-Dec-12 22:34:46

canapes to start - figs w/ goats cheese wrapped in parma ham, smoked salmon on blinis, champagne!

roast turkey
pigs in blankets
roast potatoes (in goose fat)
roast parsnips
carrots, sprouts
braised red cabbage with pancetta and fennel

Christmas pudding (my Mum's recipe which is utterly divine) with whipped cream

dementedma Mon 17-Dec-12 22:35:18

Sprouts are yummy done like that and only take a few minutes. Great in bubble and squeak the next day too

I always eat very frugally in December to make the feast more exciting, by this time I'm generally salivating.

Whatever normal cereal for breakfast

12pm Coffee and gingerbread after church

1pm prosecco and cheese straws while we prep veg and faff around with plates etc

130 starter of trio of salmon (hot salmon, smoked salmon on blinis and salmon marinated in lime juice)
215 main course roast beef, pots, Yorkshire puds, cauliflower cheese, steamed broccoli and sweet pot mash with ginger. Gravy
Then after that don't care really but my dad is making fruit salad and my mums made Xmas pudding and bringing brandy butter and cream.

Useful to list it here as its all in my head at the moment. Looks like a lot of food but there are 9 of us and we won't eat again for days!

LineRunner Mon 17-Dec-12 22:38:01

It's just me and the two teens. They want mussels, and steak and french fries. And ice cream.


Go with it Line

dementedma Mon 17-Dec-12 22:40:06

Go for it line runner. Its a day for having what you want.

NotInMyDay Mon 17-Dec-12 22:41:57


4 bird roast
Slow cooker ham with sugar
Twice cooked turkey crown
Roast potatoes in goose fat
Roast parsnips
Pigs in blankets
Braised red cabbage and apple
Pan fried brussel sprouts with pancetta
Steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
Yorkshire puddings

Chocolate mousse

NotInMyDay Mon 17-Dec-12 22:42:42

Sounds like heaven Line.

All sounds bloody lovely.

I absolutely adore the December gorge.

DevaDiva Mon 17-Dec-12 22:43:39

Starter: smoked salmon, king prawns and melon
Main: turkey crown, roast potatoes in goose fat, sprouts and chestnuts, katy carrots, broccoli (DCs guaranteed to eat), Uncle David peas (petit pois with lardons and cream), roast parsnips, roast onions, sausage meat stuffing and pigs in blankets, proper gravy
Pud: mums Christmas pudding (the best EVER), ice cream and mince pies

Feel hungry now smile

LulaPalooza Mon 17-Dec-12 22:50:07

We're eating at my DM's house, but she, DStepF and I will all cook together.

I can't remember what we agreed for starter but the main will be:
Home made stuffing
Braised red cabbage
Sprouts stirfried with pancetta
Roast carrots and parsnips
Pigs in blankets

I think we're having something chocolatey for pud as DH and I are not fans of Christmas pud... or indeed anything with dried fruit in it.

Snowkey Mon 17-Dec-12 22:51:23

Breakfast - bacon sarnies on home made white bread followed by champagne and peach liquor.

I haven't decided on dinner yet, will be simple though- no starter, too much food to follow, it will involve chicken rather than turkey, it will be contain 3 veg - brussels, carrots and one creamy veg purée. Goose fat roasties. Simple sage and onion stuffing. Something tart either red cabbage or cranberries.

Home made Christmas pudding. Cheese board....will choose varieties closer to the time - will involve a blue, a soft ripe stinky one, a hard cheese - hopefully a bomber and maybe a fresh lemony goats. Am also considering a dark choc and marmalade ice cream in a burnt sugar cage with short bread biscuits maybe with a hint of orange - that might have wait till Boxing Day.

Nibbles - homemade sausage rolls, maybe some blinis, pizza wheels for dcs. Home made salsa/guacamole with chips and cucumber if taste buds start to miss their daily chilli hit.

LineRunner Mon 17-Dec-12 22:58:40

God, thank you all! I shall go for it - and with help of M&S!

Anja1LikesChristmas Mon 17-Dec-12 23:09:31

Mmhhh another food thread! Time for a quick reply before ZZzzz

Breakfast fairly normal, I may make cinnamon buns or pain au chocolat, the kids will probably opt for their usual porridge.

Mid-morning coffee with Lebkuchen, Stollen and lots of home made biscuits / goodies

Lunch: (no starter)
Roast Goose with Roast Parsnips and carrots
Red Cabbage with Apples
Sprouts and Broccoli (not together!)
Roast Potatoes
Dessert: Chocolate Fondants or Christmas pudding

Afternoon coffee as before grin

For those peckish in the evening Evening: A help-yourself table of pate, cheese and olives with crackers and home made Rye Bread. No cooking involved, you get the picture....smile

I CAN'T WAIT!! smile

I feel hungry

Such delicious menus.

We're having;

Breakfast - has to be chocolate, satsumas & stollen or panettone. - Tea or Buck's fizz.

Blinis with smoked wild salmon, sour cream, shallots & capers to see us on. Bloody Mary's.


Smoked Eel with quails' eggs, salad leaves & horseradish.

Cream of Jerusalem artichoke soup.

Goose with black pudding & apple stuffing, roast pots, braised red cabbage, Parmesan parsnips, cumin roast carrots, sprouts with pancetta & chestnuts.

Christmas pud, brandied cherries, brandy butter, ice-cream.

Cheese, loads of cheese, & accompaniments.

Coffee, petit fours, good chocolate, good coffee.

& all the bloody good wines, liqueurs, spirits & shit.

Can't wait.

Snowkey Mon 17-Dec-12 23:31:18

Justread the black pudding stuffing sounds lovely, where is the recipe from?

marriedandwreathedinholly Mon 17-Dec-12 23:36:22

Breakfast is tea and a biscuit or if you are dh or ds a hunk of Xmax Eve ham with a piece of toast before dashing to church.

At about 11ish we have smoked salmon triangles and champagne with presents.

At about 3.30ish we have turkey, two lots of stuffing, pigs in, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, roasties (spud and parsnip), runner beans and sprouts; followed by Xmas pud (flamed) brandy butter, alchy cream and a good choc pudding for the non xmas pudders. During the evening we generally move on to more alcohol and lashings of chocolate.

LineRunner Mon 17-Dec-12 23:38:17

OK, so. The Teen Xmas Dinner will be:

Starter - Mussels in garlic and shallot sauce, with crusty bread

Main - Fillet steak, french fries, with corn on the cob

Pudding - chocolate pudding / sponge pudding and ice cream

No sprouts!

knackeredmother Mon 17-Dec-12 23:47:13

Duck eggs, chunky chips and ham. Working and socialising like a loon until the day itself. We've decided to sod it and just enjoy the children and take away the stress of planning, cooking and shopping. Not sure if it is the right decision some of the menus on here sound divine!

gingerpinz Mon 17-Dec-12 23:53:27

Yum, yum, yum...lovely menus!

We are having our big meal on Christmas eve...

Roast pheasant with sausage meat & apple stuffing
Goose fat roast tatties
Maple roasted carrots & parsnips
Sprouts with bacon (& maybe chestnuts)
Home made bread sauce, cranberry sauce, skirlie and gravy.

Homemade raspberry trifle.

Then on Christmas day we will have croissants with salami & cheese, a selection of mini pastries, bucks fizz and coffee for breakfast and then for the rest of the day we will graze on marmalade ham, spiced beef, game terrine, soy & cranberry glazed chipolatas, smoked salmon, prawns, cheeses, various chutneys, pickled pears, seasonal coleslaw, walnut bread, sourdough, soda bread and Christmas pud with jersey cream.

LineRunner Mon 17-Dec-12 23:57:44

knackered I think that posh ham, egg and chips sounds tremendous. smile Get a very nice mustard!

LulaPalooza Tue 18-Dec-12 01:03:40

marriedandwreathedinholly thanks for the reminder re bread sauce! I ruddy well love bread sauce.

LineRunner and knackered - your alternative lunches sound delicious

SantaWearsGreen Tue 18-Dec-12 01:09:06

Crepes, croissants and French toast.
Then generally just graze before the dinner on ritz and chocolate.
Christmas dinner-
Starter- homemade mushroom soup and fresh bread
Delia's braised red cabbage and apple
Honey roasted parsnips&chantenay carrots
Cabbage mash
Roast potatoes
Cauliflower cheese
Mashed swede
Sage&onion stuffing
Homemade onion gravy all over.
Dessert- homemade Christmas cake and cranberry wensleydale cheese (brandy cream for DH who doesn't 'get' the mixture of cheese and cake.. hmm )

Then just eat our body weight in biscuits, chocolate, mince pies and a lot of other junk! YAY CHRISTMAS grin

OvOinAManger Tue 18-Dec-12 01:10:36

Indian food. grin

There's an aaaamazing Indian resteraunt in my town so we've decided to have a huge feast from there on Christmas day. So much more a treat for us than a roast. Plus no cooking.

AlohaMama Tue 18-Dec-12 01:18:30

ginger I'm coming to your place for Christmas grazing - sounds amazing!!

line that sounds delish too. Wow think I'm just going to do a culinary tour of all your houses!!

For Christmas our menu is:
Croissant and fruit salad for breakfast. No bucks fizz this year cos I'm pregnant and dh can't get through a bottle of champers alone!

Lunch: Jamie Oliver rolled bread stuffed with eggs, parma ham, cheese, dips, fruit (it's hot so we'll probably have picnic at the beach)

Dinner: Turkey with chesnut & sausagemeat stuffing
Dates wrapped in bacon
Sprouts stir fried with bacon, orange zest and chestnuts
Red cabbage, apple and bacon
Roast potatoes & parsnips
Swede & carrot mash
Home made bread sauce, cranberry chutney, gravy
Dessert will be mango cream pots, essentially a glorified mango fool.

WhatSheSaid Tue 18-Dec-12 01:37:34

Dh is cooking it all so I'm a bit hazy on the particulars but

Turkey and bacon terrine
Lamb (probably barbecued) and salads
Summer pudding
Nice cheeses and crackers

Line & Knackered - de...bloody...liocious.

Black pudding & apple stuffing

300g onions
50g butter
200g breadcrumbs
40g sage
30g parsley
2 cloves of garlic
6 pickled walnuts
zest & juice of an orange
2 bramleys chopped
500g black pudding
goose liver, sauted & chopped
One egg

Sweat onions, mix everything else together & bind with the egg - shove up the arse of the goose - cook - eat.

(de-bloody-licious - even)

MummyPig24 Tue 18-Dec-12 07:07:04

Breakfast (having dad and his gf over)-
Fruit salad
Pain au chocolat

Lunch (at grandparents)
Melon & Parma ham
Roast beef
Roast potatoes
Brussels fried with bacon
Cauliflower cheese
Yorkshire puds

Chocolate hazelnut cheesecake
Raspberry waffle pudding
Christmas pudding

Think there will be 12 for lunch!

beachyhead Tue 18-Dec-12 07:40:32

We are just our family this year for the first time, so we are having bacon sarnies and hot chocolate with marshmallows in our van at the beach for breakfast, then having a fondue for lunch. One cheese and one meat.

We had a vote and pizza came a close second!

Can't wait..

We are seeing everyone next weekend though so I'll do a full roast beef Christmassy meal then...

JakeBullet Tue 18-Dec-12 07:49:49

Right you lot.....this all sounds fabulous and I fancy an easy Xmas so what time should I come round grin?

We are having:

Breakfast....smoked salmon, toast and Bucks Fizz....well I am anyway. DS will probably eat his body weight in chocolate.


Four Bird Roast
Roast potatoes done with shallots
Red cabbage
Sprouts done with bacon (have to say I loved the shredded sprouts with mustard, honey and cream mentioned further down).
Pigs in blankets
Bread sauce
Cranberry sauce etc

Christmas Pudding with cream or mince pies to follow.

If anyone can still manage more later then crackers, olives, smoked salmon etc.

Pheasant breast (only decided this morning), roast potatoes, carrots & brussels. Veggies are having Christmas pies (mushroom/leek/chestnut in suet pastry).

Followed by Christmas pud & custard or chocolate mousse.

TheElfOnThePanopticon Tue 18-Dec-12 10:55:38

Breakfast: chocolate coins and other stuff from stockings.

Lunch: smoked salmon on wheaten bread.

Roast chicken
Roast potatoes in goose fat
Roast Brussels sprouts with bacon
Carrot and swede mash
Roast parsnips
Possibly roast onions and/or petits pois a la francaise.
Bread sauce and cranberry sauce.
Pork, sage and onion stuffing
Pigs in blankets.

Christmas pudding/ Yule log.

Taffeta Tue 18-Dec-12 13:40:28

Breakfast: Toasted almond panettone and juice/coffee
Midday: Gravadlax nibbles - prob blini or croustade or mini rye bread w sour cream dill black pepper and lemon
3ish: Turkey, roast potatoes, parmesan parsnips, sausages w bacon, stuffing, red cabbage, carrots, spruts, cranberry compote and bread sauce, gravy
MIL's Xmas pud and brandy butter/custard/cream, mince pies w custard for DC

I struggle at 6-7ish as our guests want to eat again and by that time I want to watch TV and veg, so I think I shall get it all ready after lunch......

Later: Ham, cold turkey, crackers, cheese, salad
Stollen, Xmas cake, mince pies, fruit salad, chocolates

butterflybuns Tue 18-Dec-12 14:10:59

Christmas Eve- slow cooker ham and chips with black forest gateaux for pudding.

Christmas Day- croissants for breakfast. Then turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes, veg, red cabbage, pigs in blankets, devils on horsebacks, gravy, bread sauce and cranberry sauce. Pudding will be Christmas pud, trifle or Vienetta!! Pork pie and cheese and Christmas cake for tea.

Boxing Day- sandwiches and pork pie for lunch. Leftovers and pickles with baked potatoes.

Bring. It. On!

YouCanBe Tue 18-Dec-12 14:19:54

We are having duck for our main course (only three of us) with the typical Christmassy veg and roast potatoes, and ice cream for dessert- nobody really likes Christmas pudding or cake, so I said DD could choose.

jojane Tue 18-Dec-12 14:20:58

We are having nice soup ad year and share bread followed by ice cream Father Christmas grotto on Xmas eve followed by Xmas hot choc for supper (snowman marshmallows, candy canes and lots of cream ad some choc dipping spoons)
Xmas morning is croissants, pain au chocolate and pain au raisen
Lunch is prawn cocktail (me and DH) melon balls (dd) and tomato soup (ds1) ds2 will have a bit of everything!
Main is turkey crown, ham, pigs in blankets, stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry sauce an gravy, roast potatoes, honey parsnips, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli cheese bake, red cabbage.
Xmas pud for dessert then tea will be cheese and crackers and picky bits but lot expecting much to be eaten and Boxing Day will be picky bits, cheese and crackers, mini jacket spuds etc and a trifle.

wordfactory Tue 18-Dec-12 14:27:51

Sausage meat stuffing with apricots and apple.
Chipolatas wrapped in bacon.
Roast potatoes.
Potato gratin.
Carrots and peas.

Christmas pudding with egg nog cream.

HintofBream Tue 18-Dec-12 15:01:55

Christmas Eve: Pierrade (various meats cooked on hot stone), raclettes (small potatoes sliced ith ham, cornichons, little onions and proper raclette cheese and toasted in little shovels under the pierrade, cheese fondue for the veggies, plus salad. Homemade icecream. Traditional here and looked forward to by one and all. (8 of us).
Christmas day brunch, champagne, smoked salmon etc, maybe Nigella's Strata, then snacking on all sorts, rocky road, spicy popcorn, cheese bics, (home made) etc until dinner in evening. No starter.
Usual turkey, cooked via Nigella's spicy brining method - superb! brussels and chestnuts, sausages, bacon rolls, veggie saus, carrots, peas, roasties etc. Christmas pud, lashings of brandy butter (made it today) marzipan fruits (will make tomorrow) and marrons glaces (if they work - in the throes of doing them, they need day after day of simmering and cooling, none too optimistic, may end up with chestnut gravel)/
Boxing day, eat up leftovers plus buche de Noel,
27th total mystery,sons cooking for us.

LulaPalooza Tue 18-Dec-12 17:42:38

Oh my! I want raclette so badly I may have to go out and buy a grill!!!

HintofBream Tue 18-Dec-12 19:21:22

I know, Lula. We love it because it puts us in the mood for skiing which comes soon after Christmas. Lidl sometimes has raclette grills very cheaply, and they usually have raclette cheese at the same time, so we stock up then.

Allalonenow Tue 18-Dec-12 20:56:05

Breakfast is almond croissants or various panettone. Traditionally, we used to have Fizz with this, but am on my own now, so I will probably have a jug of hot chocolate.
I've got some frozen vodka cocktails to see me through the morning, and they will be supported by nibbles, no real starter, but nibbles include blinis with sour cream and caviare and fishy filo parcels.
Lunch is Yorkshire pudding, rare roast beef and roast root vegetables with lashings of gravy.
Pudding is flamed Christmas pud with brandy sauce or I've got brandy butter if I am feeling lazy.
Then chocs port dates figs and nuts to finish. Wine throughout, and probably calvados to finish.
I won't need to cook again for days, I can just eat leftovers!

LineRunner Tue 18-Dec-12 21:15:09

How do people have nice crusty bread on Christmas Day btw?

AlohaMama Tue 18-Dec-12 21:25:52

linerunner make from scratch (though I've never managed to get a good crust) or buy those part baked baguettes that you can finish off in the oven.

MisForMumNotMaid Tue 18-Dec-12 21:26:52

Breakfast ham carved off bone with toast, croissants, brioche and croissants plus cereals, yogurts, fruit, chutneys / mustards. Fruit juices tea and coffee

Present time is champagne, salmon pinwheels, stuffed cherry tomato, asparagus wrapped in parma ham, open salmon sandwiches, king prawns and sweet chilli dip.(pringles may get a look in)

Starter: trio of game;confit of duck shredded salad with craisons soaked in orange juice, skinned orange segments, duck pate with olive oil toasts and thin sliced smoked goose breast

Main: turkey crown, turkey brown meat roll stuffed with pork meat, orange zest cranberries soaked in port, and chestnut and cranberry stuffing, roast route veg, roast potatos - lots of, pigs in blankets, various stuffings wrapped in bacon parcels, experimental chippolata stuffing sausages with various flavours including minced pork, cranberry, orange zest and port, sage/onion and turkey, turkey chestnut and cranberry. Brussel sprouts, yorkshire puddings, parsnips, bread sauce, cranberry sauces, lots of made in advance chicken/ roast veg/ white wine and herb gravy. And no doubt other things i'd forgotten i've made and popped in the freezer.

Pudding: christmas pud various creams and brandy butters, mini pots haagen Daz

Tripple berry platter with chocolates, cheese board, coffees, liquors.

Evening meal: (like we ever have room) fresh baked sausage rolls, chicken nuggets, turkey sandwiches, kettle chips, nuts and fruit. Lots of cakes and pies.

Later in evening Christmas cake and brandy.

Funny thing is I don't eat much when I'm cooking on Christmas day.

Off to print thread and get more ideas for a bit of variety next year.

LineRunner Tue 18-Dec-12 22:33:26

Aloha I have just invested in the part baked Co-Op baguettes!

And I'm going to do myself a festive Scandinavian cheesboard. grin

IMasticateMincePie Wed 19-Dec-12 08:45:56

Breakfast will be bagels, fruit, cereal, whatever people want really. Stocking chocs of course.

Then for lunch we are having a turkey joint with roast spuds, yorkshires, pigs in blankets, mulled red cabbage, steamed broccoli and carrots, cranberry relish, lots of gravy.

I have been stressing over dessert, wanting to make something special, but actually there are only four of us and DC are both small, I hate Xmas cake/pud, DH isn't fussed...so now thinking everyone can please themselves with mince pies, mini Xmas pud, ice cream etc. and I will buy myself a slice of cheesecake grin

Tea will be picking at cheese, pickles, cold cuts, bread, nuts, crisps, more choc etc.

LulaPalooza Wed 19-Dec-12 13:38:32

HintofBream thanks for the Lidl heads up. There's one near me so I shall investigate this weekend. I haven't had raclette for about 20 years, since I lived in Germany.

There was a nice recipe in this morning's Metro for devils on horseback which consisted of prunes soaked for 24 hours in Armagnac, then stuffed with stilton, rolled in pancetta and oven cooked for about 5 mins. Sounds delish, have added that to the Christmas menu!

So many lovely menus here & I love the differences as much as the traditions, (& too need raclette now), thanks all for sharing, I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas & some fabulous food - I can' wait.

HintofBream Thu 20-Dec-12 20:27:37

LuLa, I do hope Lidl still has the cheese. I shall feel very bad if I have blighted your Christmas with unachievable ambitions. You have to keep your eye open and grab (lots of) it when it's in. It keeps for ages.

Anja1LikesChristmas Thu 20-Dec-12 23:22:56

About the raclette cheese - Sainsbury's here used to have it, and then stopped a year ago sad. Waitrose still have it (on the cheese counter), but I have found that Jarlsberg cheese (buy it ready-sliced) makes an acceptable substitution and is more widely available so thats' what we tend to have now when the kids clamour for another raclette session!

breakfast is fruit salad,croissants and pain au chocolat with posh coffee and orange juice.
we will graze through the day and have lunch at 2pm of duck, goose fat roasties, sprouts, broccoli, sweet potato mash, carrots and roast parsnips with gravy, stuffing balls, yorkshires and pigs in blankets.
dessert of christmas pud and champagne cream or blackforest gateau.
followed by more grazing.

boxing day lunch of bubble and squeak made with leftovers.

buffet supper of cheeses, pate, leftover duck, a leg of lamb, honey glazed gammon, posh bread and lots of other goodies.

LulaPalooza Fri 21-Dec-12 13:32:29

Ah, thanks Bream but don't worry - I've waited 20 years, a little longer won;t hurt!

rezzle Fri 21-Dec-12 14:22:08

Breakfast will probably be cinnamon buns (if I can be bothered to do them on christmas eve) or sainsburys pain au choc if I can't!

Lunch will be a starter of smoked salmon with prawns, horseradish cream and lime vinaigrette which I've never tried before. I'm going to get some pate and crusty bread in case it doesn't work.

Main will be -
bread sauce
cranberry sauce
cauliflower cheese
mashed swede and carrot
pigs in blankets

For pudding I completely forgot about a christmas cake or pudding so I'm either going to make or buy a yule log. I'm not too fond of them but can't think what else would please everyone. I'm also going to make some prosecco jelly if I can find a recipe.

Later we'll just nibble on leftovers and chocolate.

Skivvytomany Fri 21-Dec-12 14:29:29

Breakfast will be rolls on bacon, sausage and egg.

Lunch is Lentil n bacon soup with crusty bread, followed by Ham in coke, roast tatties and vegetables, Yorkshire puddings. Sausage casserole for ds who won't eat the above ( the one day a year ill give in and cook something different) followed by baked raspberry cheesecake. Mmmm I'm getting hungry now.

no breakfast for me just coffee my toddler decides what she wants

christmas lunch

large stuffed mushrooms
yorkshire pudding
pigs in blankets (with a bottle of champange)


warm mince pie and double cream
christmas pudding with cream

kids chocs

ohforfoxsake Mon 24-Dec-12 15:29:29

Bacon/egg/sausage sarnies
pain au raisin, pain au chocolate

turkey, roasties, sprouts with chestnuts, carrots, broccoli, yorkshire puddings, stuffing balls & sausagemeat stuffing, pigs in blankets

chocolate brownie bombe, christmas pudding, sticky toffee pudding

dinner will be baked camembert with crusty bread, new pots, cornichons to dunk, cheese and biscuits.

matchmakers and after eights at regular intervals.

Tonight we'll have the ham, Boxing day will be cold cuts, salads, pickles.

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