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For those of you that have a special meal for Christmas Dinner, may I ask what you serve?  My mother always served a repeat of her Thanksgiving menu, which was unfortunate because that woman could dry out a turkey with the very best of them, and her stuffing was actually bitter due to some bizarre seasoning imbalance.  

For the last decade, I've tried a few different "big" meals, but I haven't hit the right one yet.  I've made roast beef, I've fried chicken, I've made lasagna.  None of those really felt appropriate.  The Missus has sworn that she will not eat goose, so that's not an option.  

I know we have some cooks amongst our ranks, help a man out here.


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A big ham is always nice and traditional, for some.  Being Greek, a leg of lamb was always on the table.

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Brine the bird.  That should avoid drying it out unless it's just plain overcooked to death.  Cut at the leg joint - it's it's mostly clear (remember you're cutting near dark meat) then it's done.  I've cooked up to 28 pound birds that turned out super juicy.

After the first time I tried it, my wife won't let me cook a bird without brining it.

My wife's awesome mashed potatos.  Filet beans, lightly cooked.  Maybe her awesome blackberry cobbler and/or my creme brulee.  She likes Pepperidge Farm stuffing.  Gravy.
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A well brined turkey will be served at Thanksgiving.  I use Alton Brown's brine recipe.

Leg of lamb... Never thought of that one.


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Standing rib roast.  Always a hit.

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Standing rib roast.  Always a hit.

Yeah, that's awesome, too.
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A well brined turkey will be served at Thanksgiving.  I use Alton Brown's brine recipe.

Leg of lamb... Never thought of that one.

Not cheap, but dang good.  Although you have to like lamb.  Some just don't care for it.

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Growing up, we had the repeat T-day dinner.  I have had turkey, ham, lamb, and the standing rib roast for Xmas.  This year I have a guy in NM that is bringing me a coyote.

If you like ideas for the leftovers from the turkey dinner, I make turkey enchiladas and turkey quiche (using the leftover stuffing for the crust).


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Another vote for brining the turkey. My mother fights me on it every year, even though it's the juiciest turkey we ever had...I think because it wasn't her idea!

For Christmas, we do tamales on Christmas Eve, along with other Mexican fixin's like sopa, enchiladas and beans (no menudo, thanks!)  I'm going to miss that this year and will be having airport food instead.  

Christmas morning we have a breakfast casserole tradition - the recipe is always slightly different, but always involves eggs, cheese, sausage, potatoes, etc.


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Also tossing around variations for Xmas dinner.  All suggestions so far sound good.  Think I'll poll the attendees and then ask my BiL (who has training as a chef) to do the cooking, as I actually know little about cooking big hunks of meat (though I've been learning turkey).

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Usually we had honey baked ham (spiral sliced), scalloped potatoes, deviled eggs, green bean casserole (I hate it), bread of some sort, fruit salad, and my mom's famous banana pudding. There was always plenty of appetizer type of foods, too. Plus cookies and candy galore :)

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Chinese Food.

(Me <--- Jewish)

Honestly, we celebrate Christmas with my dad, but we still ate Chinese take-out last year :)


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So the Turkey is totally submerged in the brine mixture? How long is it kept in the brine? An off the shelf mixture or your own recipe?
A lot of the suggestions sound delicious!
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So the Turkey is totally submerged in the brine mixture? How long is it kept in the brine? An off the shelf mixture or your own recipe?
A lot of the suggestions sound delicious!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes....ex.html

Completely submerged.  My turkey will get placed in the brine on Tuesday night, I won't have time on Wednesday morning.  I like to let the bird soak for a full 24 hours.


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Brine the turkey in a bag, that way you don't need two gallons.  I'm using a buttermilk brine this year.

Christmas dinner isn't really a big deal for us, as there's just too much going on, and there's always plenty of food around anyway.

We ususally have ham for Easter.

New Year's day, we usually do some kind of seafood.
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Hi...


                     A well made pot roast will always make good friends...!! :)
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We do different meals for Christmas, with no set tradition.  The only rule is that it must not be turkey.  I really like turkey, once or twice a year, and at least six months between meals.  
Some of our Christmas menus have been shrimp, lasagna, salmon or halibut, ham, enchiladas, roast beef, and one of my favorites that we've repeated a few times is just a nice variety of good homemade soups and breads.  That one always has clam chowder and 2-3 other kinds.  
And whether it's Thanksgiving or Christmas, pie is the real star of the show.  We generally have more pies than people, and at least half a dozen varieties.  We've considered just having pie for Christmas and forgetting the rest of the meal altogether.


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I love turkey the way Ol-Zeke made it with me once and I just wrote how that works on my "echo's voice" blog. The link is in my sig line.

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I love Turkey, so I prefer it for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. HOWEVER my wife and her family prefer something else. I always bring up that most Christmas carols and songs talk about turkey for the meal not ham. Plus we do ham for Easter.
The one year my wife, being Italian, decided to fix a bunch of Italian dishes for Christmas. It was not a hit and we have since gone back to more traditional foods like mashed potatos and green bean casserole and stuffing. She suggested Mexican dishes too but was met with apathy by our kids and her family( parents and g-parents)
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We always do turkey at Thanksgiving.  So we don't do it Christmas.  Unless mom's feeling nostalgic.  And when mom wants to make dressing we all bow to her wishes.

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...and one of my favorites that we've repeated a few times is just a nice variety of good homemade soups and breads.  That one always has clam chowder and 2-3 other kinds.  
And whether it's Thanksgiving or Christmas, pie is the real star of the show.  We generally have more pies than people, and at least half a dozen varieties.  We've considered just having pie for Christmas and forgetting the rest of the meal altogether.

All of that sounds REALLY good.

It should be noted that I not only like a well cooked turkey dinner, but I love them.  It's my standard order at a diner the first time I eat there.  That said, I just feel like Christmas deserves it's own meal tradition instead of a copy of Thanksgiving.

As usual, y'all have been a wealth of knowledge, lots of good ideas here so far.


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Standard order at my holiday house:  My pies.

Chocolate bourbon pecan pie.

You should all lust.


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Yeah. The pies are what it is really All about.

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Not sure how lasagne doesn't seem right . . . unless you're not good at it.  Then again, you're in Maryland so I'll just assume you don't know any better.

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Prime rib and lasagne is an excellent combination!

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I kind of like the idea of all pies. Could do a pot-pie or two for those who insist on something besides dessert.

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Growing up, we always had the traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving and  Corned Beef and cabbage for Christmas. Not a real popular dish in the south.

Easter was either a nasty glazed ham that my Mom really liked or a more traditional hasenpfeffer.
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Spaghetti 'cause momma was tired after all the activities of the day. If us girls were hosting the festivities it was usually leg of lamb and roasted potatoes...in fact that is now our own tradition when not working.
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Before we were empty nesters the in-laws would come over for breakfast and watch the kids open their gifts. Dad passed in December 2010 and mom isn't too mobile so now we have a quiet morning.  For later, if kids or family want to drop by I'll have a honey baked ham, homemade mac n cheese and a potatoe casserole available.  

I also host Christmas Eve now for the in-law side of the family and I like to change it up.  We've had pizza, homemade shredded pork BBQ, City BBQ, lasagna, a bunch of mixed hors de oevers, and ham.  I don't think I've ever had turkey for Christmas.
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