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Tempt me with your Christmas Eve grown-up food, please!

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WahWahWahs Thu 28-Nov-19 06:31:23

We are going to stay with PiLs this Christmas and I would like to take some pressure off MiL and do food for everyone on Christmas eve. We are out for lunch with other family during the day, so will have had a big pub lunch.

The children are all young enough to be in bed early, so what would you do for 6 adults in the evening to kick start festivities? DSiL is veggie, so that is a consideration.

Party food buffet? A pot of something? I am doing a big cheese board for Christmas Day: would it be overkill to have one on Christmas Eve, too?

I am envisaging opening the champagne and lighting the fire with all the jobs done. What would you fancy to eat at that stage?

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SexlessBoulderBelly Thu 28-Nov-19 06:35:19

Baked Camembert with garlic and rosemary. A nice fresh tiger loaf for dipping, picky bits like pickles, other cheeses, crackers, chutneys. Put some deli meats out. Anchovies if your a fish person like me. Tapas bits!

I love nibbles 🤤🤤🤤🤤

SexlessBoulderBelly Thu 28-Nov-19 06:35:32

Don’t forget capers!

SexlessBoulderBelly Thu 28-Nov-19 06:37:01

Stuffed peppers and sundried tomatoes for the veggies. Raw cauliflower, carrot sticks and celery with hummus

ifigoup Thu 28-Nov-19 06:39:10

A nice boozy stretchy-cheesy fondue!

sittingonacornflake Thu 28-Nov-19 06:41:29

Raw cauliflower shock

Ricekrispie22 Thu 28-Nov-19 06:41:54

Cheese fondue with an assortment of various things to dip: cherry tomatoes, grapes, apple slices, nice breads, Parma ham, salami, cauliflower, potato wedges etc... with glasses of port.
Or baked Brie with a cranberry and pecan crumble.

SexlessBoulderBelly Thu 28-Nov-19 06:52:14

@ricekrispie22 you sound like someone I want to have a dinner party with winecake

@sittingonacornflake raw cauliflower is so so so much nicer than steamed/cooked!

rainbowsand Thu 28-Nov-19 09:34:03

@SexlessBoulderBelly I'm sceptical. It just doesn't sound it! grin

FinallyHere Thu 28-Nov-19 10:41:53

Our favourite is a seafood (fruits de Mer) platter, with mayonnaise, fresh lemon, black pepper.

Lemon sorbet with a shot of vodka afterwards to refresh the digestion.

Not heavy but delicious. Bliss.

WahWahWahs Fri 29-Nov-19 06:36:55

Thanks all! Some gorgeous ideas

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stucknoue Fri 29-Nov-19 07:16:48

Fondue, good sourdough bread plus olives, meats, artichokes, roasted tomatoes etc ... all can be bought if you don't fancy cooking. For fondue I use I block emmental, I block gruyere, 1 glass white wine, corn flour and one crushed garlic clove for 4 people - I've heard people add liqueur too but I don't bother, double the quantities. It's retro but fun

Sparkletastic Fri 29-Nov-19 07:29:59

Too much cheese after a big pub lunch could be the road to ruin before bedtime. I'd do a couple of antipasti platters - cold meats, caper berries, anchovies, anchovies, mozzarella, sunblush tomatoes etc with ciabatta and breadsticks and a big green salad. Not so hefty on the digestion.

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 29-Nov-19 16:24:10

These all sound lovely, but for ease, I'd do lentil soup and hot gammon rolls, make sure the soup is veggie and add a couple of cheeses and a big salad for Dsil.

Artesia Fri 29-Nov-19 19:31:15


It’s gorgeous, grown up, and the sauce can be prepped ahead so all that need to be done on the night is a quick bit of assembly. (I don’t bother with the avocado- am too lazy!)

Best of all, it goes really well with champagne!

lettersbyowl Fri 29-Nov-19 19:36:29

We always cook the ham on Christmas Eve, so the grown ups have freshly baked sliced ham, macaroni cheese and lovely leafy salad. Have as much or as little as you like, and the macaroni cheese works well as leftovers over the next days if it doesn't all get eaten. Macaroni cheese is a meal itself so should be fine without the ham for the veggie!!

Puffthemagicdragongoestobed Sat 30-Nov-19 23:05:04

We are planning a spread of smoked fish and a deli selection of Spanish hams. Probably add a salad and some more deli bits. Plenty of wine.

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