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What's a traditional Xmas eve dinner?

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Samr85 Tue 05-Nov-13 16:58:39

I know it's early but I want to be ready n plan ahead.

My family have invited themselves to spend Xmas eve with my partner and 2 children. I don't see them often so was thinking of cooking something traditional but simple. We are all going to other family Xmas day for Turkey so want to avoid that!

I will be cooking for 5 adults n 2 children. Something tasty but simple?! Any ideas? If I prepare now I can do a couple of trial runs lol. X

tattychicken Tue 05-Nov-13 17:23:41

I normally do a fish pie- easy peasy, everyone loves it, open the fizz and enjoy.

Methe Tue 05-Nov-13 17:24:52

Something from the takeaway with half a litre of baileys to wash it down.

magimedi Tue 05-Nov-13 17:25:57

I always used to do a really nice casserole - often the Delia one with guinness (sp?) & pickled walnuts. Did it with beef not venison.

Mash & a couple of other veg to follow.

I'd love fish but a lot of the family didn't.

Nice thing about this is you can do it quietly now & freeze it.

We usually do nice bread and salads, pickles, plus a couple of baked camemberts and some hot sausage rolls. Mince pies, berry meringues with cream etc for pudding.

Otherwise, I'd be thinking along the lines of a chilli or curry, with rice and salads.

SecretRed Tue 05-Nov-13 17:28:51

Takeaway curry is our traditional Xmas eve meal but then I cook in Xmas day so cab to cook the day before

ShatnersBassoon Tue 05-Nov-13 17:29:59

I cook the gammon and we have it with jacket potatoes and salad. That's our tradition, although not traditional.

I usually bake all afternoon on Christmas Eve so it's nice to have something that can just be chucked in the oven after all the sausage rolls and mince pies are done.

redmayneslips Tue 05-Nov-13 19:19:15

We go out for a really lovely lunch with fizz with my folks that day then in the evening I cook the ham and we eat it out of the oven with pickles, mustard, gherkins, relish and fresh bread with a glass of wine. We have done the same thing every year for the past 7 years so it has grown into a tradition now for our family. My mum always cooked the ham on christmas eve too.

Nigella's Christmas book suggests cooking the ham and serving with macaroni cheese and I think this would be delicious and if we were not going out for lunch I would do this for sure.

Dancingqueen17 Tue 05-Nov-13 19:21:17

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Isildur Tue 05-Nov-13 19:21:52

I think fish is traditional (but that might be a Catholic thing).

Don't try a takeaway - we did that last year - waited 90 minutes, within which time the wrong order was delivered twice.

We got a free calendar though! grin

FryingNemo Tue 05-Nov-13 19:36:24

Baked carp - a traditional German Christmas dish...

surroundedbyblondes Tue 05-Nov-13 19:45:06

DH is from Sweden where they have their Christmas celebration on the 24th. So we have the full swedish works, pickled herring starter, ham, meatballs, potato gratin. Plenty of vodka. Delicious!

LordPalmerston Tue 05-Nov-13 19:45:36

oh ffs put this in fucking christamas already

Carp traditional Czech meal on Christmas Eve too, iirc.

Minty82 Tue 05-Nov-13 19:47:37

We usually have baked ham, so that there's plenty of cold ham and turkey for Boxing Day.

And what are you carping on about, speaking of fish, Lord P? Stop being a misery guts. smile

LordPalmerston Tue 05-Nov-13 19:49:37



how can you spend two months worrying about this shit

grin I don't spend any time worrying about it - I just like food.

impatienttobemummy Tue 05-Nov-13 19:55:02

We always have fish, so prawns mussels oysters etc... Tis nice smile

Butterytoast Tue 05-Nov-13 19:56:37

Homemade pizzas, salads, garlic bread

nearlyreadytopop Tue 05-Nov-13 19:56:53

just because its not important to you lord doesn't mean it's not important to others. smile There are lots of other threads you can look at instead.

mamakoukla Tue 05-Nov-13 19:57:41

We do a cheese fondue, and a green leafy salad

maddy68 Tue 05-Nov-13 19:57:54

We always have a takeaway banquet or anything very different to a roast fajitas or something

nearlyreadytopop Tue 05-Nov-13 19:59:04

I bake the ham on Christmas eve and then we have it with salad etc. Loving the mac cheese idea.
We also have ham and toast for Christmas day breakfast because that's what my Mum and Dad didsmile
Love Christmas foodsmile

Ra88 Tue 05-Nov-13 19:59:54

We always have pork roast sandwiches every year at In laws !

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