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Dinners over Christmas (but not Xmas day)...totally out of ideas!

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AngelOnTop Thu 17-Dec-15 19:54:46

I need inspiration for the following. Any suggestions very gratefully received.

Xmas Eve dinner for three adults and two children. Needs to be fairly easy, and filling but not too rich/stodgy.

Two other main course dinner ideas - maybe bit special/impressive - for 4-6 people, for entertaining in between Xmas and NY.

Any ideas?

The only things off the menu are: lamb, very fishy fish, creamy sauces.

Thank you to anyone who can help me! grin

lougle Thu 17-Dec-15 20:48:44

How about: Xmas Eve - Chicken breasts stuffed with Philadelphia and wrapped in bacon, with new potatoes and green beans.

Other meals: Beef bourguignon with celeriac mash. Or Chicken Pilaf.

HomeMeasurements Fri 18-Dec-15 08:26:23

Having same conundrum. Christmas Eve all my suggestions have been vetoed by DH! I think I'll go for something slow cooked like pork shoulder and make a ragu to have with nice bread and salad so will be minimally labour intensive but warming and special enough.

HomeMeasurements Fri 18-Dec-15 08:28:02

Ooh actually just seen Camembert on offer so may do nice bread, cheese, ham, salad type spread.

Acunningruse Fri 18-Dec-15 08:32:57

Christmas eve we have fish pie, can be made the night before and just put in the oven in evening.

Festive entertaining- we are having friends over for dinner tomorrow night and I am doing duck with Delias cherry sauce (just cherry jam and dash red wine!) with potato rosti (M&S blush) and green beans wrapped in Parma ham with Baileys cheesecake for dessert.

For boxing day I will do a ham in honey and mustard glaze with new potatoes, Winter coleslaw, and a cheeseboard. Trifle for pudding

Lunaballoon Fri 18-Dec-15 09:05:30

After all the rich Xmas foods, I like some fresh Asian flavours during the week before NY. Beef rendang, salmon/chicken teriyaki, Thai curries, chicken/pork satay, zingy salads are favourites here.

SquadGoals Fri 18-Dec-15 09:06:20

I'd do something completely different from the roasts that you will have over Christmas.

Something like a Mexican feast with make your own fajitas, spicy wedges/rice, chips and dip.

Or pulled pork in rolls with wedges, coleslaw and salad/corn on the cob.

We're entertaining in between Christmas and New Year and are doing a Southern Hemisphere themed meal with bobotie, pavlova etc. One night we are also doing a sushi party.

KubelkoBondy Fri 18-Dec-15 19:02:50

I came on here to post asking the exact same question! Don't know what to do - have people staying and am not the most enthusiastic cook - personally speaking would be quite happy with toast and a packet of crisps! Also am a vegan but have a meat eating family who like a traditional spread...

I have thought of chicken breasts with pesto wrapped in Parma ham

Or instead salmon fillets with a dollop of pesto wrapped in foil with squeeze of lemon, olive oil and some seasoning.
Maybe with new pots and salad?

I like the idea of Asian type food...maybe a stir fry?

Jacket potatoes and salad and cold meat?


Feeling rather uninspired

Thai curry with loads of vegetables, and spring rolls and stuff on the side.

katienana Fri 18-Dec-15 19:11:14

Rachel Allens korean beef with avocado rice. Its really easy and packed with flavour I think it would be great for a simple main course at a dinner party you could get ready made spring rolls, crab cakes etc to start to take the pressure off.

minniebear Fri 18-Dec-15 19:17:31

We always have ham and chips on Christmas Eve-a big roasting joint of ham and then pickled onions, salad etc, but I love these ideas for other meals!!

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