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We're hosting Christmas dinner for the first time! We're having my parents, my brother, my ILs, and DH's aunt/uncle/2 cousins. It should be 13 people.

I'm going to have ham as the entree. My mom will make apple crisp, and I'll ask DH's cousin (she's a very good baker) to make another dessert. We'll also have our traditional green bean/cheese dish.

The limitations are:

I can't eat wheat
My ILs won't eat mushrooms, any seafood, or anything spicy
Everyone eats meat, dairy, etc.


What are you favorite Christmas (or other festive) dishes? What else should I have? I'll have plenty of help, and space to do the prep work.

Thanks!!
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Baked squash; then mashed

Mashed Potatoes

More vegetables.

Pineapples on the ham.

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Im sure this thread is going to get moved but...

I don't eat meat but I saw this on Food 911 and referred it to a friend.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci..._25224,00.html

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Jokerama-did I post this in the wrong place?
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Im not a mod or anything but they always move food related thread to the Nutrition and Good Eating forum. No biggie!

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Creamed pearl onions-yum or alternately, potatoes au gratin
Veggies-roasted veggies (carrots, brussels sprouts, whatever) are easy because you just olive oil them, salt them, and throw them in.
Appetizers that are wheat and seafood free are a little harder, but a nice cheese plate with fruit is good. Olives and pickles, marinated mushrooms (for those who will).
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Usually for Christmas (we have my family over here), we do ham, and I make mashed sweet potatoes with a little butter, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. It comes out really good! Then we do 2 veggies, dinner rolls, fresh whipped butter, desserts. Yum!
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I'd do roast potatoes instead of mashed (peel and half the potatoes and cook in a roasting pan with some oil / lard until they're golden). Delicious!

Roast Vegetables - We normally use Butternut, Green Bell peppers, carrots, snow peas and mushrooms (but you can easily leave the mushrooms out - you can use just about any veggies you'd like). Put in a flat dish so they're only 1 layer deep. Drizzle with olive oil and a little salt and pepper, toss in some garlic cloves and bake at 350 - 400 F until the butternut is soft. Stirring occasionally. Yummy!
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Pineapple Bread is our 'stuffing' for ham, the base is cubed bread and I don't know if you have wheat free alternatives to use?

1/2 cup butter
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar (recipe calls for full cup but I use 1/2)
1 can (16 oz?) crushed pineapple, drained (I drink the juice w/ a little sparkly soda, )
loaf of white bread cubed (recipe says feed crust to birds, we include)

Bake 350 for 1 hour
The cooking time/ temp is a little flexible, but you want the top to be brown & crispy.

My cousins (and Uncle Bob) clamor for this. This year we had it for both Thanksgiving and the day after and it was eaten up both days.

ITA with squashes, I love 'em!!

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I'd make scalloped potatoes- we always had that with ham.

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I always do ham, homemade rolls, green beans, and cheesy crockpot potatoes for Christmas dinner. We always have an assortment of homemade Christmas cookies for dessert. If I try to alter the menu, the kids have a fit! I guess they like the tradition.
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