For most of us, Christmas is the first or second biggest family event of the year, especially in the cooking and baking department.
Some people prefer turkey, some prefer ham, and others (like me) prefer beef.
Since I have a small group on Christmas Eve, I usually splurge and get a rib roast (with or without bones), and prepare a few side dishes to complement this yummy main course. There’s a special rich potato and Gruyère cheese casserole, usually a salad and a simple green vegetable, although I have added other things. One year I made a really good mushroom tart with puff pastry (should do that one again, now that the kids eat mushrooms). I make either a mixed berry trifle or a pumpkin steamed pudding with maple sauce for dessert.
On Christmas Day I don’t cook anything, other than breakfast. My daughter’s family goes to my son-in-law’s family for dinner. I’m invited too, but I usually stay at home and relax.
I know that some ethnic groups have special dishes and meals that are prepared for Christmas. For instance, Italians traditionally have a fish and seafood meal on Christmas Eve. Polish families often have dishes like fresh kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, and pierogi.
What do you (or your family) usually prepare for Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day dinner?