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post #1 of 38 Old 12-05-2019, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Roast Beast- The Holiday Food thread

A place for all things food. What is a must have, recipes, ideas and the like

Also a place for sharing different traditions. Around the country and around the world.

Also most disliked. That ambrosia stuff is always at the top of my list.

And a safe place to admit if you like fruitcake.
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post #2 of 38 Old 12-05-2019, 11:05 AM
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Mmmm.... roast beast....

Has anyone ever made a crown roast? That seems intriguing to me, but I've heard it's not worth the expense as it isn't all that different from the more usual cuts, it just looks pretty. Thoughts?
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I grew up in a big Italian American family so my Christmas traditions reflect classic NYC Italian stuff- big platters of cheese, sausages, and olives; homemade pastas and raviolis; lasagna; stromboli, stuff like that. You need a huge family to cook that kind of meal, which I don't have now, so it is highly edited down at this point in my life. Usually I do stromboli on Christmas Eve, that's my favorite part of what I had growing up. Last year we did a pasta dish inspired by the "feast of the seven fishes" tradition on Christmas day.

This year we're thinking of trying to do something more traditionally southern (that's where my husband's from). He unfortunately comes from a family of terrible cooks though, so we've been polling his friends to see what they're making. So southerners, what's on your traditional table (particularly side dishes)? We are pretty committed to a coconut layer cake for dessert but otherwise our menu is wide open!
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I want to do a "Charles Dickens Christmas Dinner" sometime-- complete with parlor games and the Victorian-era plum pudding, goose, etc. We shall see if it ever happens...
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I have done a crown roast of pork. Frenched the bones myself and made it on the grill- indirect heat. No little white hat things though.

It didn't really taste any different by doing it that way. No way I would pay extra at the meat counter for someone to fix it.

I will look for traditional southern dishes. I'm thinking it varies.
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I'm going to be giggling about 'roast beast' for a few days.

I can't get away from the traditional British turkey, roast potatoes, chestnuts, stuffing and vegetables followed by Christmas pudding

Most years I think about being rebellious but always cave in in fear of the sky falling in because I broke the rules.

Yes, we have Christmas cake too, a fruit cake with marzipan and icing. I love it!

Not sure how its going to work out but when my UK based son and his family were here in the summer they left us with a couple of bottles of locally distilled gin. I thought about making damson gin but couldn't find any damsons here so I now have a large jar full of plums and peaches and gin that's supposed to be ready to drink by Christmas.

Just winging it is not a plan
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I tried to make Yorkshire pudding one year. A complete and utter disaster.
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Mom and I made a real Plum Pudding one one year. We didn't think the end result was worth the work, but it was pretty on the table. My brother's little girl was thrilled when we poured the liquor over it and started it on fire.

"Grandma lit our cake on fire!" was the first thing she blurted out at Show and Tell in preschool....
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I tried to make Yorkshire pudding one year. A complete and utter disaster.
Are those the ones that look like popovers? They look like a disaster even when properly made! :-D
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My parents do a Christmas dinner. The sad thing is, it takes them all day and causes them all sorts of stress, but overall the food is not very good. Well, I guess I should clarify that *I* don't like it very much. Supposedly the roast is good, but I don't eat that so I wouldn't know.
I'm thinking about making a kale/spinach/cheese dip thing and bringing that to serve alongside. Would that be weird? They typically have beef, overcooked asparagus, undercooked mushrooms, good potatoes, and bread rolls of questionable quality. I thought some sort of "greens" might go well with the rest of it.
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