Struggling come up with a big Christmas meal for family and friends this year?

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Struggling to come up with a big Christmas meal for family and friends this year? Although more is always merrier, feeding a large group can strain the limits of any home's kitchen. Instead of struggling to produce twelve times the servings of your usual dinner meal, this Christmas season we've put together a list of recipes that can feed the whole family, and a few of the neighbors.

If your home is hosting a big gathering this year, and you're concerned about how you'll find the time, money and space to put together a spread you can be proud of, you're far from alone. Big parties always place a lot of strain on the family hosting them, and Christmas can be among the most stressful. As fun and magical as the Christmas season is, it's reasonable to be worried about how you're going to be able to impress your guests without breaking the bank or breaking your oven.

We understand how difficult it can be to find time to put together a complex menu for large groups, especially on a budget, so our recipes are both cost effective and easy to make. Options for guests and family who have special restrictions such as Dairy-free, Gluten-free, and vegetarian are available as well, so the whole party can make sure and eat their fill.

The big Christmas meal is the real challenge, but it isn't the only thing you'll have to feed your guests, especially if you've got family staying for a few days. Leftovers are a great way to cut down on expenses when buying for other meals, so have some fun with breakfasts, lunches and hors d'oeuvres, using meats and sides from the big dinner, if they don't manage to finish everything on Christmas night. Baked quiche or turkey casserole are great leftover dishes for putting in the oven or slow cooker to bake while you have fun and celebrate with the guests.

Christmas is a time for family, and with so many different family traditions, it can be difficult to come to a compromise on exactly which traditions are going to be followed, but before you give into the urge to start winging sweet potatoes at your spouse's head while arguing about whose get priority, we've got some recipes here so delicious you'll want them to be your new traditions together. From the eggnog to the perfect prime rib, from the appetizers all the way down to the flaming Christmas pudding, the dinners we've got here will have both sides of the family stuffed and happy.

Many families also have to make a decision this year between making the classic holiday meal our parents and grandparents made around Christmastime, or making a more modern, exciting version. We've included options to please the folks, with every traditional dish we've been dreaming about all year, and a few crowd-pleasing brand new classics, including curries, Christmas stir fries, and a series of new Christmas desserts.

Be the envy of your neighborhood this Christmas with a meal from one of our fantastic large-group recipes, and have a happy holiday season, on us!

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