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Christmas Eve Dinner (evening meal)

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TheKop Sat 09-Dec-17 08:56:13

Inspired by the Christmas Day breakfast thread. What is everyone planning to eat on Christmas Eve evening?

We normally get back from church around 6pm and eat shortly after then. I normally prepare something in advance to either keep warm or reheat.

Past meals have included fish pie, chowder, hot pot. We can’t decide this year.

There are 4 of us, including 2 pre/teen DC who are good eaters.

Any suggestions/recipes would be great!

user1471459936 Sat 09-Dec-17 09:01:48

Baked Spanish rice and baked cheese. Easy!

SmallBee Sat 09-Dec-17 09:02:51

We always have a big raclette, minimal effort for cooking and really tasty!

thegirlupnorth Sat 09-Dec-17 09:02:54

Steak pie, mash, veg, lashings of gravy!

Crunchymum Sat 09-Dec-17 09:03:26

Always steak baguettes. With red onion and peppers.

Hotdogs for the kids shock

MarmiteandToast Sat 09-Dec-17 09:06:05

Chinese takeaway!

maddiemookins16mum Sat 09-Dec-17 09:10:12

We've got some friends coming back to ours after the Christmas Eve crib service at church, 6 of them! We've all agreed on a Chinese takeaway.

SpartonDregs Sat 09-Dec-17 09:11:20

all put your fave meal on a piece of paper in a hat, and get the youngest to pick one out. If you have obstinate ones, who will put elaborate stuff in, make it so that the person who puts it in cooks it.

maddiemookins16mum Sat 09-Dec-17 09:11:43

I was however going to do a Beef stifado in the slow cooker/s until they suggested the takeaway.

TheKop Sat 09-Dec-17 09:30:34

Some great suggestions, thanks. Steak pie sounds nice as do steak baguettes.

BarbaraOcumbungles Sat 09-Dec-17 09:35:49

We normally have a take away

IHeartKingThistle Sat 09-Dec-17 09:37:47

We have Christmas ham, macaroni cheese, baked potatoes and baked beans. It's appalling and delicious and I would have a mutiny on my hands if I changed it!

BeBesideTheSea Sat 09-Dec-17 09:38:32

Aubergine parmigiana with rice and garlic bread. I am veggie (rest of family isn’t) and this is my favourite meal.

NewNameWhoDis Sat 09-Dec-17 10:02:16

Chinese food earlier in the evening (around 5ish) then some party food around 9 when we watch a xmas movie.

Monr0e Sat 09-Dec-17 10:06:19

I'm looking for ideas too. We are going to panto this year so want to do something around 4pm. Ideally something I can make ahead and just pop in the oven as I'll be busy prepping for Christmas day and don't want to worry about it

GrapesAreMyJam Sat 09-Dec-17 10:07:00

DP and I always have a Chinese takeaway

Myreputation Sat 09-Dec-17 10:11:52

Mini buffet eg sausage rolls, crisps, dips

revelsandrose Sat 09-Dec-17 10:22:16

Always buffet/party food!

8mileeminem Sat 09-Dec-17 10:28:24

Chinese takeaway

AtleastitsnotMonday Sat 09-Dec-17 10:38:10

I tend to do something veggie or fishy although if all the family is about I’m more likely to cook at lunch time and just serve cheese, crackers, pickles, nibbly bits in the evening.
It’s a toss up between harrisa crumbed cod, sweet potato chips and coleslaw or stuffed peppers or some stuffed Stilton stuffed mushrooms and salad. What ever I make I don’t want to end up with leftovers as there won’t be anyway to put them!

formerbabe Sat 09-Dec-17 10:40:37

Do mumsnetters spend the whole of the festive season cooking? Special Christmas eve dinners, Christmas breakfast, Christmas lunch...I'd never leave the must be constant a constant round of cooking/cleaning the kitchen!

IHaveACuntingPlan Sat 09-Dec-17 10:45:44

Nothing special. Xmas eve is just another normal day here - well, as normal as it can be with two dc who're so excited they're climbing the walls.

happymumof4crazykids Sat 09-Dec-17 10:51:36

I cook a joint usually beef or pork (I do 2 meats for Christmas dinner) and we have that with hot bread rolls and salads. We've usually done a shed load of baking so the kids eat cakes and biscuits all evening too blush

just5morepeas Sat 09-Dec-17 10:53:44

Ham and chips - I cook a joint of ham and my dp will be doing the chips.

Cupoteap Sat 09-Dec-17 11:01:15

I do nigellas ham, with jackets spuds and homemade coleslaw

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