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Typically I usually make a ham and turkey breast for Christmas dinner but this year I'm thinking about doing a beef dish instead.


A standing rib roast picture in this week's Publix flyer makes me drool and definitely consider it as an option.  That, or a beef tenderloin.

Another source of inspiration was my Grandmother.  She once told me every Christmas her family looked forward to their traditional beef dish when she was a small girl.

I have friends that do lamb as their traditional main Christmas dish but I have to say, most people I know go with a ham.  Do you have a set in stone main meat dish in your family for Christmas?


What sides are you preparing to accompany your main dish?  Have you found any recipes that's inspired you to add to your menu you could also add here?

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We will be having turkey and ham.  I haven't decided on the sides but am considering squash casserole, green bean casserole, corn casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes and glazed carrots.  We have having everyone over on Christmas eve for dinner so I need to get to the stores today to purchase the food.


For Christmas day,  I usually make a breakfast/brunch buffet in the morning (I get up early before the kids and guests) and serve pancakes,waffles, egg and hashbrown casserole, bacon, sausage, and danishes.  That way, the kids can enjoy their gifts and the adults can help themselves to breakfast whenever they choose. 

Christmas luch is usually at my brothers, and he usually fries a turkey and smokes a ham.  There are usually about 20 of us and we all bring the side dishes and desserts.  It's been kind of a tradition for a long time, holidays are always huge gatherings pot luck style. 


Christmas morning will be 6 of us, so I usually make breakfast.  I make a sausage/egg pie (recipe below), biscuits and I think I'll add a hashbrown casserole to it this year.  This is usually about 9 and lunch is usually about 2.


Breakfast Pie


2 frozen pie shells

1 lb bulk sausage (your choice on flavor, but I usually the mild Publix brand)

8-10  eggs (depending on whether you use a deep dish pie shell or regular)

8 oz heavy whipping cream

1tsp of ground mustard

8 oz shredded cheddar cheese


Brown sausauge and divide between pie shells.  Divide cheese between pie shells.  Beat together eggs, heavy whipping cream, mustard and salt/pepper to taste.  Divide mixture between shell and bake for 30-45 minutes on 350, untill light brown and set.  Yummy and it bakes while you open presents. 

Growing up we always had turkey for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas. I know my cousin is doing Filet Mignon (spelling??) and some friends are doing pork tenderloins. You can either carry on family traditions or make our own as far as dinner. The only family tradition we restarted a few years ago was make the dutch Leaves for breakfast. Now idea why they are called that, but they are good. Would love to do a prime rib, but just to much money in my opinion.

I'm going out tomorrow to buy the ham and with that we are going to have garlic roasted mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, spinach (mainly for our son since he loves it), crescent rolls and got everything here to make a pumpkin pie (bought double at Thanksgiving time with the sales and coupons). May go to Publix because I got a coupon where you buy 1 Mrs. Smith's pies (any kind) and get a free container of Publix ice cream. Always use later on.

I still haven't decided, lol I'm running out of time. One of my husband's favorites was a salt encased beef roast. It's been 9 years since I made it for Christmas dinner and he still talks about it. Usually we do ham or turkey.  Honestly right now I have no idea what I'm doing this year. I want easy, I don't want to spend half the day in the kitchen.

Okay, Alicia, I keep hearing about this salt encased beef roast and you are piquing my interest more and more.  Do you have the recipe to share?  Please, pretty please?  :)


Over-wrked momma that breakfast pie recipe sounds SO good! Thanks for adding that.  : )

Also saw the mention of hashbrown casserole mentioned a couple of times.  I would love to see some recipes for that, too.   These are great ideas to hold the troops over until a late lunch/early dinner is all done.

I found this amazing encyclopedia of stuffing recipes at Paula Deen's website; it's REALLY amazing!  It even has the add of deep fried stuffing on a stick.  Lol, now that's creative (and taking southern to a whole new level if I do say so myself!).


If you're still undecided on what you'll be making, check into our Thanksgiving cooking thread for some ideas.  Big cooking is big cooking, no matter the holiday. 


You may want to check in to Tabby's discussion about Dutch Leaves for an interesting treat.  : )

Honestly Shawn I don't know if I still have the recipe I used - I'm not the most organized person (to put it nicely) and I have a STACK of printed recipes off the internet I hope to one day get in a binder. But it was very similar to this Herbed Roast Beef in Salt Crust


I'm skipping slaving over a meal this Christmas. I'm too burnt out and still tired from Thanksgiving. I spent that whole day until the meal cooking and chopping and mixing and stirring, etc. So hubby and I  (and my parents who will be our guests) talked about it and I decided Stoeffer's lasagna is good enough for me. (It was even on sale at Winn Dixie lol)  Yup, frozen lasagna, bread sticks and salad. I'm done.


I may need to bookmark the deep fried stuffing on a stick for next Thanksgiving! :D That's hilarious! Anything on a stick has got to be good!

Make-Ahead Lasagna the Way to Go on Christmas Eve

Alica, the above reminded me of you.  : )  Seriously, you have the right attitude about this.  It's way more important to spend time with family than to slave in the kitchen.


As for the link, I love the red, green, and white twist that makes this dish festive.  Cool!  I think my kids would eat this even if they're not fans of spinach.  If I mixed the spinach in and told them it was just seasonings, I think they would believe me.  They cook often enough with me to know (and love) fresh herbs(seasonings) are green.  Aren't I a stinker.  : )

Oh, and I have to add, YES! having the kids home has inhibited me from having a tidy house, too!  I feel like I'm constantly cleaning the kitchen after someone's eating or snacking.  And toys?  Ugh!  I'm literally tripping on stuff.

I wanted to report back with what I ended up with.  I was pretty pleased by how everything turned out, especially since this was the first time I ever made a standing rib roast.  I used Paula Deen's Foolproof Standing Rib Roast recipe and it worked really great.  


I made two salad options, strawberry spinach with a sweet sesame seed dressing and iceberg with this blue cheese dressing.  I had a little of both.  : )


I also made corn on the cob per Lillian's request (her favorite thing),  fresh green beans sauteed with onions and garlic, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, brown gravy, au jus for the rib roast,  brownies, sugar cookies, and pumpkin pie. 


As good as everything was, my kids asked me, "Where's the turkey?"  I guess old traditions die hard.

I know this is Sooooooo past Christmas, lol, but I wanted to add a link so I can find it again next year.  I know I will forget all about it and it's too cute not to find again for Christmas 2011.


I was looking for more Valentine's Day ideas and stumbled across this. 

Tasty Table Lights


Yes, I'm laughing at my self.  I'm a total memory loss loser.  :)

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