What’s for Christmas Dinner?


I would dearly love to be making Christmas dinner, I’ve never done it. In our family it’s long been the domain of the previous generation who tend to guard it very jealously indeed. I am simply not allowed.

I am going to be making breakfast for my family though so there’s some consolation. Some ham and cheese croissants, blueberry ricotta pancakes, fruit salad and yoghurt. Simple but nice.

What have you got planned for Christmas Day? Do you cook the main dinner? Do you go full-on traditional or cold and casual?



10 responses to “What’s for Christmas Dinner?”

  1. Susie says :

    We are having a full blown Turducken. However, we do it a little differently. Our version is a mouse stuffed inside a guinea pig stuffed inside a squab stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a chicken rammed up a turkey.

    But seriously, my cousin and I are sharing food duties. I am doing Crab Cakes and Salsa Wontons for nibbles. Then she is doing a Donna Hay Turkey with Pistachio, Cranberry and Sage stuffing. I am in charge of vegies. Parsnip, zucchini, sweet potato and pumpkin roasted in Maple Syrup, Balsamic Vinegar and Thyme.

    For dessert we will be having a fruit platter. For the past 40 yrs our aunty has INSISTED we have pudding with brandy custard which we all hate. She isn’t coming this year so we are keeping it simple.

    • Susie says :

      Mini Crab Cakes
      Adapted from Bon Appetit

      Makes 24

      8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
      1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
      1 large egg
      1/4 cup sour cream
      1 teaspoon orange zest
      1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
      4 teaspoons plus 4 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives, divided
      1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
      Large pinch cayenne pepper
      6 ounces fresh lump crabmeat, picked over, patted dry, coarsely shredded
      1-1/2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
      1/2 cup (1 stick) butter , melted
      Fresh chives cut into pieces

      Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan and egg; beat to blend. Beat in sour cream, citrus zest, 4 teaspoons chopped chives, coarse salt and cayenne pepper. Fold in crabmeat. (This can be made one day ahead. Cover and chill.)

      Spray mini muffin pan with nonstick spray. Toss 1-1/2 cups panko, 3/4 cup Parmesan and 4 Tablespoons chopped chives in a bowl. Drizzle melted butter over, tossing with a fork until evenly moistened. Press 1 rounded Tablespoon panko mixture into bottom of each muffin cup (makes a well with your thumb), forming crust. Spoon 1 generous Tablespoon crab mixture into each cup. Sprinkle more panko mixture over each.

      Bake crab cakes in a 350 degree oven until golden on top and set, about 20 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Gently lift each crab cake out of the pan with a fork onto a serving platter. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Arrange on baking sheet, let stand at room temperature. Rewarm in a 350 degree oven for 5-6 minutes.)

      Arrange crab cakes on a serving platter; sprinkle with chives.

    • The Hungry Navigatrix says :

      Just when I thought Turducken couldn’t get any more appetising…

      You really are mixing it up this year – no pudding and additional rodent!

      Have a great Christmas Susie. xx

  2. Paul Clifton says :

    We’ve extricated Xmas lunch away from my partner’s step mother for only the 2nd tine in over a decade. She’s a brilliant cook and a teensy bit controlling, so it’s a major event. Our coping mechanism is to cheat: the main meat is a turkey roll made by a chef friend (comes complete with gravy and instructions), though we are making the vegies: Chris’s fabulous roasties, brussel sprouts with bacon and capers, and fresh peas.

    Step mother in law is bringing entree on her insistence (she rang and asked “Do you like caviar?”!), and she organised sweets: a CWA pudding and brandy custard ice cream.

    The only possible problem is that as SMIL is a guest rather than chef, she will decide to turn one on, so to speak, and get quite blind. Yesterday I spent about a week’s wages at Dan Murphy’s, so we’re well prepared. I better just put clean sheets on the bed for if (or more likely when) she needs to pass out.

    • The Hungry Navigatrix says :

      Nothing like a bit of Christmas stress! The thought of possible MIL interference is usually enough to drive people to drink on Christmas Day.
      Remind Chris that it’s okay to self-medicate with the cooking sherry if it all gets a bit much in the kitchen.

      Love to you both for Christmas. xx

  3. Weeze says :

    It must be very frustrating for you not to be able to use your formidable cooking skills at Christmas! Although, as the person who has been responsible for the bulk of the Christmas repast for over 30 years, I can understand the reluctance of the ‘previous generation’ to let it go. I can’t imagine what it would be like not to cook the turducken every Christmas.
    We will be doing the usual (huge) cold turkey (especially in the NY when I finally have a break from drinking!), ham & salads for the xmas buffet lunch (that stretches to dinner) with the extended family.
    I’m looking forward to lots of good times with my fabulous family & hope you all have a lovely time too. x

    • The Hungry Navigatrix says :

      Hardly formidable dear Weeze. I would have no idea, for instance, just how long to cook a Turducken!
      Sounds like an excellent feast at your place. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful day. May the cooking Gods be kind and the wine flow generously. xx

  4. dramaqueen says :

    We will be doing the three meat feast. My mum did it every years. There will be turkey, pork and ham accompanied by baked vegies.
    This year I may sneak in and do the potatoes for the first time- I like them cut small and baked crispy with just a light spray of oil and some salt and pepper. My mum, bless her, would bake them in a tray quarter filled with oil.
    I may get get my way – my brother will be head cook this year and he has a penchant for duck fat, lol.
    On Thursday my brother and I will be baking the cake and pudding – there will be alcohol (if not in the cake, well, it will be in us!)

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