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Recipes needed for big, underequiped christmas dinner

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Hi everyone,

I am an 23 year old guy and have always liked cooking. Liked meaning that I admired people who can cook well, understand what a good dish is and I like to be in the kitchen as well.

For numerous of other interests I've never really delved into cooking untill recently. I live in a studenthouse and cook almost daily (sometimes my roommates cook and I do the dishes) but that never really exceeded the average pasta, rice or potato-dishes with a bit of meat, veggies and sauce.

This summer I decided that if I am to cook all my life (which is pretty logical) I better learn how to enjoy it and be good at it. I immediately bought a couple of "learning-to-cook-cookbooks". Unfortunately I was also foolish and/or brave enough to promise the society of my study (I don't know how it's called in English) that I would organize this year's christmas dinner.

I thought that my learning curve would be sharp enough for me to turn up with an above average christmas dinner by that time (they're usually not that good) but I didn't realised I of course also have studying to do etc.

The dinner is due in 2 months from now and I haven't even selected the recipes yet. So hereby my request to you if you could maybe advice me with some recipes that suit the occasion. I am sorry to join these forums with an immedate request but I promis to post some photo's once it's done and I will probably contribute to these forums later on when I got the time to learn how the cook more professionally.

This some significant info that needs to be taken into consideration if you'd be so kind to help me with a recipe or two:

- The cooking will be done for 60 - 80 people and all plates of a certain course will be served at once

- The menu should consist of at least 3 courses but an amuse-bouche or two would be nice as well

- A considerable amount of the people will be vegeterian so if a recipe contains meat (which a good christmas main dish does in my opinion) there should also be a meat substitute that can fill in the gap.

- We have to cook using our universities kitchin which only has 2 electric cookers. There is 1 oven and 1 on microave, a huge fridge and a decent freezer. Most regular kitchen utensils are available.

- There are about 10 people who can assist cooking and we've got the whole day or maybe even two days if needed.


- The thing that I find the most important is presentation. Most of the guests are regular students so if the food tastes average or good but looks amazing, the end result is that the food was amazing. 

With all these requirements I was thinking that only the main dish could be a warm one and al the other dishes will have to be prepared in advance and put in the fridge but if you have other sugestions feel free to post them!

Thanks A LOT in advanced!

Kind regards,

Diethert

 

 

EDIT: I live in the netherlands and almost all of my guests are regular dutch students. I don't think it really matters what they're used to with christmas, for example, last year's main dish was a pasta with red beet.  


Edited by Diethert - 10/21/15 at 3:52am
post #2 of 6

Where are you in the world? What's the nationality/background of the majority of your guests? Kind of helps if people know the target audience.

 

In the states, a good percentage of households will be serving roast turkey with several sides or some will opt for baked ham and sides.\, they can be many or few. Typical would be mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, bread stuffing of some sort depending on the region you are from, vegetables of some sort and the piece de resistance, canned green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup and topped with canned fried onions!

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Not sure where you are but if you think some cold apps might be easier to serve there are always some sort of winter terrines. You could go in one day and prepare some and prep for the dinner. Vegetarian, something like Celery Root, Potato and Goat Cheese. Game or country terrine.

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If you are in the Netherlands then serve an amazing gourmetten (fondue) style dinner with maybe a type of avian meat like duck, turkey or peasant. This makes it a bit easier to just cut up the vegetables, maybe add some prawns, sauces, salads and speculaas to nibble on with hot chocolate after dinner. Not much needed to do for the oven work and leaves you time to enjoy others enjoying your spread of good food and great conversation.

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An amuse bouche could be verrines using ingredients of choice, i.e.

 

smoked salmon with a creamy cucumber-horseradish sauce

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=smoked+salmon+verrines&qpvt=smoked+salmon+verrines&qpvt=smoked+salmon+verrines&FORM=IGRE

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In the states, a good percentage of households will be serving roast turkey with several sides or some will opt for baked ham and sides.\, they can be many or few. Typical would be mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, bread stuffing of some sort depending on the region you are from, vegetables of some sort and the piece de resistance, canned green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup and topped with canned fried onions!

Unless, you go out for Chinese. ;-)

 

 

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