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Would you please help with buffet side dishes?

devfan | Dec 10, 201104:14 PM

Would you please help with buffet side dishes?

Each year my husband and I have hosted the family Christmas Eve dinner. Well, over the years, the "dinner" has evolved into an "open house" scenario, as we continue to invite new friends, as well as old friends and the family. My problem is that the original family still expects a sit down dinner, while the open house is more of a "hit and run, if you have more shopping or stops to make" or a "hit and stay for as long as you like" Therefore, I manage to put together two types of a party - the sit down for the fam and a buffet for the people stopping in. Overall around 50 people. This year, I found a leg of lamb at a ridiculously low price (ShopRite in Belmar), but only the buffet people like lamb. The sit down family likes their turkey. So, how can I combine side dishes, suitable for sit down and buffet, that will go well with both the lamb and turkey? We also have a killer White Baked Ziti (must have doctors permission to eat, cause you will die for it!!!) that is traditional for us. Mostly, in the past it's been a repeat of Thanksgiving, and I'm trying to get away from it, except for the family preference,,,and honestly, not everyone likes lamb. (probably just never had it cooked the proper way) I decided that turkey breasts would be the better way to go for that part, and can make enough to transfer over for the later arrivals, So what goes well with both?

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