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Falaffel Sun 18-Nov-18 19:13:36

I'm cooking for 12 on Christmas Day. It's not Christmas dinner though - we're all either Jewish (emphasis on the ish), or had crappy childhood christmases we don't want to repeat.

But I do want it to be a celebratory feast!

So what would you cook to make it special that's not a spin on a turkey roast?

No need for it to be kosher, but no pork...

Oh, and if it involves no cooking the day before, all the better.

(Yes I'm difficult. That's why I'm turning to you wise lot!)

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Blondie1984 Sun 18-Nov-18 23:48:36

I would do rib of beef with all the trimmings - Yorkshire puds, roast potatoes, horseradish mashed potatoes, veg, gravy

Ricekrispie22 Mon 19-Nov-18 05:26:39

This beef stew is amazing www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/beef-red-wine-melting-onions and works well with any type of potato - roast, baked or mashed.

Weedsnseeds1 Mon 19-Nov-18 12:37:12

Venison in red wine? That's nice and wintery and will look after itself in the oven

maxelly Mon 19-Nov-18 15:54:51

Was just coming on to say venison stew but Weedsnseeds got there before me! I would serve with potato dauphinoise for a luxurious feel and make sure you have a lovely pudding and/or a cheeseboard for afters!

Or other main course ideas would be beef carbonade, mixed game pie (you might need to do 2 for 12!), beef wellington or lamb shanks stewed in red wine?

Cuzcothellama Tue 20-Nov-18 06:41:08

Kleftiko / stifado. Some kind of really rich stew / casserole. Serve with loads of crusty bread to mop it up. You just need to chuck it all in and pretty much leave it alone to slow cook.

For pudding, Mary Berry's sticky ginger & treacle spiced traybake with custard or posh ice cream.
www.bbc.com/food/recipes/ginger_and_treacle_60494

MillicentSnitch Tue 20-Nov-18 20:50:48

You could do a spin on a julbord - the Scandi xmas buffet? Gorgeous to look at & you can pretty much do it all in advance.

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