What Are You Cooking for Christmas Dinner?

Updated on December 06, 2010
L.W. asks from Livonia, MI
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Just want to know what mama's are cooking for dinner. I think i am going to cook crab legs and i am not sure what else.

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answers from Norfolk on

Christmas goose, wassail (fruity(orange/lemon) warm spiced cider - we don't put alcohol in it, but some people do), green bean casserole is a holiday favorite, another veggie side and probably a pumpkin pie for desert.

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answers from Seattle on

We always have...

Prime Rib encrusted/baked in salt (my BIL is an excellent cook)
Mashed or Baked Potatoes
Fresh Green Beans w/ rendered Bacon (Yum!)
A Green Salad
and Crab! (X-mas is my nephews B-day and he always picks crab as his special dinner)
Birthday Cake!

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answers from Columbus on

We don't make dinner on Christmas. We get Chinese from a local Chinese restaurant.

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answers from Washington DC on

My husband's Italian family is cooking lasagna with meatballs, sausages, brachiole - usually our Christmas Eve meal but a little schedule change this year.

My favorite Christmas meal is prime rib, yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, and gravy.

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answers from Washington DC on

Our traditional Christmas dinner is:

Ham (Heinz 57 sauce, ginger and honey) and pineapple rings held down by a clove
Candied Yams
Waldorf Salad
Mashed potatoes and gravy
usually corn or asparagus

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answers from Dallas on

Our Christmas dinner will be prime rib, mashed potatoes, asparagus and corn. And wine with dinner . Merry Christmas to all!

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answers from Burlington on


A goose or turkey, swiss chard, another vegetable, mulled cider, spiced pumpkin.

Crab legs, mmm! : )

Merry Christmas,
M. D.

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answers from Albany on

Hmmm, can't decide. I don't usually do traditional American. But I'm actually thinking a Ham might surprise everyone since it's not my style.

Course I'm also thinking a giant fondue configuation with a LOT of different veggies, meats, breads. And maybe I'll have sliced ham around the table too with some roasted baby yukons with rosemary, and some fruits to go with the ham.....

See I haven't decided either!!

Last year I did a Chinese style Fire Pot with an electric Wok in the center of the table with a zillion things all around for everyone to dip in the wok to cook, beef tenderloin, halibut, rice noodles, veggies, etc. It was a LOT of fun and an occupation for everyone to be involved in.

Personally I think Crab Legs is a great idea. Maybe a fish chowder for 1st course, crabs are messy so no sides that are formal or fussy, you know? Sounds like a blast, hope you run with it!!

Merry Christmas!

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answers from Washington DC on

Growing up my family did a different theme every year. Every year we would have food from a different culture or a different part of the country. I always loved it when we would do foods from different parts of the world. It was really fun too and we loved it because we would also learn about that culture and the different things they ate.

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answers from Las Vegas on

I like something diff each year
this year:

grilled chicken
2 other veggies (I Like to give MANY healthy options)
french bread
homemade lemonade/lime w/carbonated water for the kids

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answers from Albany on

Prime Rib, Lobster, Toss Salad, Homemad Bread, Mashed Potatoes, homemade gravy

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answers from Seattle on

no idea yet as to the main... but I know for sure that I'm going to have grilled oysters with sorrel sauce and bacon as an appetizer.

Mmmmm... I love reading other people's responses, but now I'm hungry.

I've been wanting to make a prime rib roast for years now... maybe xmas would be a good excuse.

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answers from Modesto on

I'm trying prime rib for the first time this year. Usually I bake a ham tho. I think I'll bake a ham on Christmas Eve just in case the prime rib trial goes haywire ;)

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answers from Colorado Springs on

If Christmas dinner is at our house (I'm waiting to hear), I'll pull out all the fancy china and silver and do it up big! I don't often get that opportunity, and nobody is intimidated. We'll probably fix a turkey, because everybody in our family likes turkey and not everybody likes ham. We'll have several veggies because one DIL is vegetarian and veggies are good for the rest of us, too. Desserts, too, of course! Chocolate angel pie is a Christmas tradition.

If Christmas dinner is at my son and family's house, it will be for some health reasons. We'll have whatever is easiest to fix, even if it's hamburgers and hot dogs, and then we'll play the all new games I know they're getting (shhhh!).

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answers from Detroit on

We have a traditional English Christmas dinner - roast turkey, roast potatoes, stuffing, cocktail sausages and bacon rolls, brussel sprouts, peas, carrots and gravy. For pudding we will have a traditional plum pudding from Nino Salvaggios, complete with hidden sixpences and also pull Christmas crackers bought from Marshalls... reminds me of home!


answers from Jacksonville on

HoneyBaked ham
stuffing w/baked apples (or perhaps pomegranate instead)
Homemade Mac n cheese
steamed fresh green beans
maybe some slaw
dinner rolls

I'm also doing Belgian waffles at breakfast.
And I keep almonds and peanuts, pretzels, fudge, decorated sugar cookies, etc. sitting out the whole weekend.

There will probably be a cream cheese poundcake for dessert. If there is room in the fridge, I'll prepare some strawberries the day before to slice and serve with whipped cream on the poundcake.

There will be wassail in the crockpot, too. We DO use wine. :))



answers from New York on

Green Salad
Roast beef
Pirogi Potatoes
Green Beans
Cheddar Biscuits

Chocolate Mousse
Random Christmas Cookies/Pastries



answers from Detroit on

We'll be having:
Roasted Pork shoulder
Mashed potatoes with caramelized onions
a recipe similar to this for Brussel Sprouts (even people who don't like them like this) but I slice the sprouts
Cauliflower Gratin
Corn Chowder or a salad (not sure yet)

I'm not sure on desserts or apps yet. Hubby said he wants a cheesecake this year though. So I may keep it simple and do that and some brownies made with cherry wine in place of the water. We went to Traverse City last summer and one of the wineries said that was really really yummy!

and I want to make a blackberry sangria too :)



answers from Topeka on

Hubby cooks dinner he makes steak fajitas to his grandparents & calzones.I however bake cookies,make candies,chocolate dipped strawberries & pretzels for every home we visit
We don't have dinner here at our home we go to Christmas eve @ his grandparents home where it is always Mexican with a few other dishes puls a tremendous amount of sweets.Then his parents on Christmas day followed by my aunts which we bring whatever is requested then some where along between eve & Christmas day we have something at my parents home becasue she has 6 grand kids & they always have something big for them there dinner sweets presents



answers from Saginaw on

we are having italian night! our favorite italian restaurant went out of business after 30 years, we always spent every special occasion there, so when they closed i asked them for their sauce recipe.
the whole family is coming over, and we are having penne, ravioli, and lasagna made with the signature sauce. With some awesome cheese garlic bread and for dessert....
Saunders hot fudge cream puffs!



answers from Detroit on

Whenever we have seafood for dinner, we also have London Broil. Can't go wrong with Surf & Turf!



answers from New York on

This year we will be going to FL and my mom will make her "famous" standing rib roast with roasted potatoes and all the fixings!

When I do Christmas Eve at our home, I do filets and crab legs with baked potatoes and roasted squashes.


answers from Salt Lake City on

Wow, y'all are making me look bad! :) Must be a lot of awesome cooks on this site.

My mom and I always join forces and make a gigantic appetizer meal that lasts pretty much all day. We generally have cheeseball and crackers, meatballs, 7-layer salad, pomegranate salad, stuffed muchrooms, cranberry bread, etc. This year we live further away from my family so we are doing the appetizer meal next week and on Christmas day my husband and I are making baked ziti and breadsticks. We love it but have not made it in a long time!

Good luck, happy cooking!

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