Our teen is having her tonsils removed on the 23rd, so our normal family get together with my family AND my husbands family have to be moved up to the weekend before. Unfortunately, the best day for everyone was on Sunday, SO, we're hosting a brunch for 17 with my husbands family that morning (which includes 4 toddlers and a 5 mos. old great dane puppy!), then having my family of at least 13 here for dinner that evening.
Brunch will be relatively simple since I'm planning on having a strata and potato casserole assembled the night before so all I have to do is pop them in the oven that morning. I will also have muffins and scones baked the day before, and my sis in law will be bringing a fruit tray and sweet rolls. Easy!
I would like to come up with something other than a traditional Christmas dinner to prepare for that evening (since they all will be doing that at their own homes a few days later), that can be made in advance and warmed in the oven, or something that I can have simmering all day so I won't be in a frenzy trying to clean up from brunch when the first group leaves, then trying to get dinner prepared for the second group. My family is a pretty simple bunch that only tries anything other than traditional American food when they come to our home, so I would like to make something delicious that they've never had before.
My husband suggested that I make a big pot of Jambalaya, but my mother isn't big on spicy foods. Some other idea's I've had are Seafood Lasagna, Cuban Pork (with easy sides), Coq Au Vin, Beef Bourguignon, or Cioppino. I would love some other suggestions and possible recipes.