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Old 12-06-2016, 06:10 AM   #1
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Alternative to Christmas turkey

My OH has announced that he doesn't really want a large bird for Christmas as we'd be eating the leftovers right the way through to Easter! So I'm thinking QUAIL.
I'm serious! We love quail. I do it in a truffle, porcini mushroom and Champagne reduction sauce, and serve each bird on a large crouton. OH likes that. Should do the trick nicely. Christmas Pudding, mince pies, Christmas cake will be done as usual. OH's favourite vegetables, except I'll do croquette potatoes, which he really adores. And no leftovers. That should do the trick. What do you think? Should I do duck instead? I'd welcome your views.


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Old 12-06-2016, 06:26 AM   #2
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We do prime rib generally for Christmas, with a mixed mushroom savory bread pudding. Sides can vary, though Craig usually likes to have his brussel sprouts with bacon, onion and balsamic glaze.

Cornish hens are more readily available where we are, though we could get quail (I've never had them). Your prep does sound really good. Duck is good too.

Guess I'm not much help, as all sound good.

We did pretty good with leftovers from Thanksgiving this year. One leftover meal and a couple of quart bags of shredded turkey that will go in pot pies or some kind of soup or ....
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Old 12-06-2016, 06:49 AM   #3
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The quail sounds great, as does the prime rib. Duck is nice but a lot of work and worry, imo.

We usually do a ham, but right now I think we will have 15 people over, so 2 hams? 1 really large ham might suffice, but I want leftovers and bones for pea soup, and beet or collard greens, or chard.

DW informed me that if the number of guests goes any higher, we will be catering from an Italian joint nearby since I will be working Christmas eve and morning.

This is going to take some work.
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Old 12-06-2016, 07:29 AM   #4
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My OH has announced that he doesn't really want a large bird for Christmas as we'd be eating the leftovers right the way through to Easter! So I'm thinking QUAIL.
I'm serious! We love quail. I do it in a truffle, porcini mushroom and Champagne reduction sauce, and serve each bird on a large crouton. OH likes that. Should do the trick nicely. Christmas Pudding, mince pies, Christmas cake will be done as usual. OH's favourite vegetables, except I'll do croquette potatoes, which he really adores. And no leftovers. That should do the trick. What do you think? Should I do duck instead? I'd welcome your views.


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We used to have pheasant when my parents were alive (courtesy of a cousin who used to beat for a local shoot - he was paid in kind for his services). Duck would be good as you may get some meat left over for another meal.
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:30 AM   #5
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In the US, people generally don't have turkey for Christmas since it's so soon after Thanksgiving. We don't really have a tradition, but I've been doing a small prime rib for the last few years. I think quail sounds great. So does duck, actually

I've been thinking about making a German dinner for Christmas, since DH and I both have German ancestry. My thought was a pork roast. At the last master gardener meeting, I mentioned this idea, of making a German Christmas dinner, to two women who immigrated here from Germany. One immediately asked, "Goose?" and the other said, "Duck?"

So I guess I have to decide which region of Germany I want to represent 🇩🇪
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:46 AM   #6
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I've been doing a beef roast for Christmas dinner since I started doing all my own cooking.

I started out with tenderloin roasts but switched to rib roasts as I like the flavor better. I'll probably reverse sear a boneless ribeye roast this year.
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Old 12-06-2016, 10:35 AM   #7
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Cornish hens make a nice presentation. Half bird on the plate looks nice. You can probably use the same sauce you described but the hen would be to big for a crouton. If they are small you can stuff them. My mom would do that. I was thrilled as a child to see a whole little stuffed bird all for me. A nice stuffing on the side is also nice.

I have also been making eye round roast for Christmas for a few years now.
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Old 12-06-2016, 10:40 AM   #8
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If you did duck, just think of all that wonderful duck fat you would find in the bottom of the pan. Pan fried potatoes in duck fat. Serve with any meal.
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:11 AM   #9
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I like to bake this as main dish for Christmas dinner:

Cranberry & Maple Glazed Lentil Loaf.

https://myvega.com/recipes/cranberry...d-lentil-loaf/

Mein Gott, this is tasty. Doesn't taste like lentils in the hands of so many cooks; this is gourmet (to us, anyway).
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:11 AM   #10
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Swedes have a buffet style table. I did a piece about it here.

Christmas food around the world.
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