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 (this year’s is a large boneless roast and boy was it expensive!), 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. This year I am making mushroom farro risotto (good for our veggie diner, and delicious) and a pumpkin/walnut steamed pudding for dessert.
On Christmas Day I don’t cook anything, other than breakfast. I think I will make an apple french toast casserole made the night before and popped into the oven in the morning.
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?