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Old 10-27-2006, 03:54 PM   #1
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Need typical american menu for christmas...

Hi there...

this year my wife and me are doing the menu for christmas. And for the reason anybody in our family knows we are a little "crazy for the states", we would like to offer a nice american menu.

We thought about a turkey - maybe stuffed - but we have no idea for entrance, supplements and dessert.

That's why I'm asking you: What is christmas for you? What recipes are classic to christmas? I hope to get many ideas.

Thanks in advance, and best wishes... Markus


hmmm... taste interesting...
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:17 PM   #2
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Since we do a turkey for Thanksgiving we usually do a ham for Christmas

ginger bread
traditional cheese ball (appetizer)
Old fashion frozen fruit and jello salad (my grandmothers recipe)
sometimes we'll make a bread pudding
pecan pie
candied pecans (appetizer)
Sweet potato casserole
Dinner rolls or crouissants
yule log

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Old 10-27-2006, 04:25 PM   #3
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We do a ham at Christmas or a prime rib (sometimes both!)

It wouldnt be Christmas if we didnt have the following:

Ham or Prime Rib
potato salad
macaroni and cheese
egg noodles
mashed potatoes
cranberry orange jello salad
yeast rolls
green beans (which we've canned from our garden)
a cheese ball/crackers
peanut brittle
butterscotch dessert (sometimes called the "Robert Redford" dessert)
pumpkin pie
apple pie
peanut butter fudge
apricot brandy slush

Sometimes we have a chocolate mousse or a buche de noel. As you can see, we are big on sweets

We make all of the food ourselves. We start on the candy and desserts several days before Christmas.

Markus, you might want to check out www.marthastewart.com I think she posts a holiday guide with recipes. She always has traditional American Christmas recipes and decorating ideas.
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:34 PM   #4
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We do a standing rib or tenderloin roast with bearnaise sauce. Mashed or baked potato, green beans.

Desserts vary from year to year but I like to do a cheesecake topped with a fruit sauce. My favorite is blueberry.
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:49 PM   #5
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If you decide to stick with turkey:
  • Cranberry sauce is a must.
  • Green bean casserole with mushrooms and onion rings is very common and particularly good when made without a can-opener.
  • Peas and pearl onions in cream sauce.
  • Sweet potatoes and/or mashed potatoes.
  • Of course turkey gravy.
  • For some reason, whenever there is a turkey, there is also a crudite platter beforehand.
  • Fresh rolls to cover with gravy as a sort of pre-dessert and cholesterol supplement.
  • Pumpkin, apple, or mincemeat pie.
On the other hand you could serve a country ham. I'll leave most of the fixins to go with the ham to others but at least should include a pot of greens.
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Old 10-27-2006, 06:29 PM   #6
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Now we have usually the same menu we have for Thanksgiving ! Mine would be in the Thanksgiving thread - Sorry ! Also, sides may change depending on the differant areas of th U.S. I've already seen that, just differant traditions we all have. Good Luck !!
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Old 10-27-2006, 06:50 PM   #7
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Here are pages and pages of all the recipes that people are suggesting. We all really love Thanksgiving and every family has a different ideas of what to serve.
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Your English is great! Don't worry about it for even a second!!

Sweet potatoes with marshmellows or Baked
mashed potatoes with gravy
green bean casserole ( yuck but ya gotta do what ya gotta do)
Jell-0 salad
cranberry sauce
bread or rolls of some kind
Apple, pumpkin and pecan pie
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:00 AM   #9
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How fun!! Here are a few of our favorites -

We start the day out with these -


12 lg eggs, separated
1 box powdered sugar

Mix 1/2 (6 at a time) and 1/2 whites (6 at a time) separately, each with one quarter of the powdered sugar. Beat the whites till stiff.
Fold the yolks (mixed with the powdered sugar) into the whites; add 1 tsp. vanilla.

Have ready a container with 1/2 rum and 1/2 brandy - however much you think you're going to imbibe.

Put 1 1/2 jiggers of rum/brandy mix in a cup; add 2-3 T. of the egg mixture and fill w/boiing water, stirring to combine. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Inhale the wonderful aromas, then enjoy!!

"A New Year's Day never went by without my Dad whipping up batches of these -- we kids just loved to scoop up some of the batter by itself, when we thought he wasn't looking..."

NOTES : These days, you'll have to decide if you want to enjoy raw eggs.


2 8 oz. pkgs Butterflake Rolls -- torn apart
1/4 lb butter
1 clove garlic -- minced
2 tsps fresh parsley -- minced
1 tsp chives -- minced
1/2 tsp dry basil
1/2 tsp dry oregano

8-9" bundt pan needed.
Preheat oven to 400°.

Melt butter & add herbs.
Butter bundt pan w/PLAIN butter.
Dip rolls in herb butter & arrange overlapped in pan.
Bake 20 min. or till golden brown.

ALTERNATIVE: Make 1 lb. bread dough; roll out to ~1/4" thickness.
Using a 1 1/2" -2" cutter, cut circles out of dough and proceed as above.

Recipe By: a Chef's Journey recipe
Serving Size : 6

3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into large pcs.
6 cloves roasted garlic
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream, warmed
Cook the potatoes in large pot of salted boiling water till tender, about 12-15 min.
Drain & mash w/the garlic, butter and cream.

or we have garlic mashed russets.


1 lb. pork sausage
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 med. loaf bread, toasted (I use what the kids called "hippy" bread - the kind with all the seeds and nuts...)
1/2 cup raisins
2 eggs
poultry seasoning
3 stalks celery
1 apple, chopped
Fry sausage with chopped onion & celery till sausage is browned.
Set aside. Tear bread in small pieces in a large bowl, with fingers, sprinkle enough water over bread and mix w/hands till 'kind of' (sorry, can't do any better than that) moist, then add the rest of the ingred.

Stuff or dish the dressing. In bowl, bake in 350° for 45-60 min. basting with turkey juice if you have it - or a homemade chicken/turkey stock - just to keep moist.

I'd better stop...and for dessert - what else, Pumpkin pie(s) and mincemeat pie.

Love Christmas dinner.
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Old 10-31-2006, 11:57 AM   #10
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Unlike Thanksgiving, it is pretty hard to come up with a "typical American" menu for Christmas. Personally, my family is of French-Canadian background. What we ate for tradition varied a lot from say, my husband's, which is eastern European. We are just too many varied ethnic backgrounds to come up with something that any of us would consider typical. It is one thing I miss about Hawaii ... when we would get together, NO ONE had a set idea on what we were to eat. We potlucked and ate everything from Chinese long-life noodles (yes, I know, they're supposed to be for new years in Jan-Feb) to Filipino adobo to my tourtiere to ... well, you name it, we did it all. And to me, that is American. My family pretty much repeated Thanksgiving on Christmas day (we had tourtiere and beets the night before). But one of my favorite Christmas meals was actually a British one done by friends of British ancestry. Typical American? I don't think it exists when it comes to the Christmas meal.

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