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Christmas Day menu. Any suggestions?

hungryinmanhattan | Dec 18, 201102:35 PM

I am having about 12 for dinner. I only have Saturday to cook and prepare.
You will notice I picked items that are rather easy to prepare so I can do it in 1 day, but need some feedback.
I am stumped on what to serve with the chicken and dumplings. Does that dish even need a side dish?
And maybe the soup is not a good idea because is the chicken and dumplings is almost a "soup"?
The menu is currently:
spiked spiced apple cider with green apple toothpick skewers in martini glasses and passing asparagus roll-ups served with fresh tomato-basil coulis
crab cakes with remoulade sauce
Sit down to:
Butternut squash soup?? ( I can do the soup a night or 2 ahead, but not sure it fits menu that well.) What else would you suggest instead of soup that can be prepared ahead a day or 2?
chicken and dumplings (but with a side dish?) Do I need a side as there are lots of veges in the chicken dish?
Pecan pie and brown sugar vanilla bean homemade ice cream (ice cream is done today)
(I will make the crust and prepare filling in a zip-lock bag and make maybe friday evening, as you'all suggested, and I very much thank you)
So how would you change this up, or would you leave it as is?

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