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Some ideas for XMAS dinner

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buvezdevin:
Agreeing that goose, or prime rib are lovely, often served for holiday meals and can be done for a small group without massive leftovers.

I am wondering if you want to do a big sit down meal, or might want to try an array of more substantial apps over a time then serve a special but not "big" meal?  If you like going "all out" but in a different way than a big meal spread, that could let you still prepare a variety of festive foods.  Or, would you  enjoy scaling back your usual efforts, and wanting thought on how to do a meal for a smaller group but keeping the festive celebratory spirit?

MrsCrazyPete:
I vote for a pork roast. Rub lots of spices all over it and slow roast it...yummmm. Serve with roasted potatoes and bacon-wrapped asparagus.

Amara:
If you don't mind going all out, how about Lobster Thermidor? The recipe ( http://www.food.com/recipe/lobster-thermidor-a-la-julia-child-57196 ) by Julia Child, published in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, is fantastic. If this is too much work, how about boiled lobsters or crabs with a couple of side sauces?

sparksals:
If you are a member of Costco, they have FABULOUS prime rib at Xmas.  Very affordable *for prime rib* and very good quality meat.  They have a plain roast or a fully seasoned with garlic.  Had both.  The latter is amazing.  Be there early on the 23rd to get the best one.  The 24th is leaving it too late.

wx4caster:
Leg of Lamb - http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2009/04/06/slow-cooked-leg-of-lamb-with-garlic-lemon-and-rosemary-and-lemon-potatoes-with-garlic-oregano/

I make my garlic-rosemary paste with butter instead of olive oil but either way, it's super easy to make.

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