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.
This year, I will be assisting with dinner rather than planning and executing, since I will be celebrating Christmas at my daughter’s home. I don’t know if they will have the big event on Christmas Eve, or on Christmas Day, but I’m sure it will be a good one! Everyone in that family can cook, and my younger grandson is working in a restaurant and attending culinary school.
Normally, since I have a small group on Christmas Eve, I splurge and get a rib roast, 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.
On Christmas Day I usually don’t cook anything, other than breakfast, and munch on leftovers when I get hungry.
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?