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Holiday dinner for 20: Prime rib alternative

I do have Costco, but even the tenderloin is a bit steep for us. I love making cornish game hens but not sure I want to try doing so many in the oven-- a bit daunting. The pork loin sounds like a good option. I have never heard of porchetta so thanks for introducing me to a new food!

Nov 13, 2011
mountuhngirl in Home Cooking

Holiday dinner for 20: Prime rib alternative

Escondido,

I have never had crown roast of pork before but have come across recipes twice in the last couple of weeks. I just googled and saw some beautiful photos and found some posts that indicate very reasonable cost. Don't know that I want to make stuffing, but could always put something else decorative in the middle.

Nov 13, 2011
mountuhngirl in Home Cooking

Holiday dinner for 20: Prime rib alternative

Hi Cathy,

The party is the 17th, so I will be on the lookout for sales. I'm liking the idea of a roast partly because it is low maintenance. I hate it when I end up spending the whole night in the kitchen.

Nov 13, 2011
mountuhngirl in Home Cooking

Holiday dinner for 20: Prime rib alternative

Hi Sherri, thanks for your ideas. Pulled pork sandwiches are more casual than I had planned. I would never have thought of a brisket this time of year-- interesting idea!

Nov 13, 2011
mountuhngirl in Home Cooking

Holiday dinner for 20: Prime rib alternative

Sydney, Thanks for that recipe. Looks like your roast turned out great. To me that kind of roast looks special-- holiday worthy and also very easy. Definitely a possibility.

Nov 13, 2011
mountuhngirl in Home Cooking

Holiday dinner for 20: Prime rib alternative

Turns out we're having quite a crowd for our pre-Christmas family get together. I wanted the meal to be holiday-ish and built the menu around my husband's desire to cook prime rib. Well, that is out of our price range now. We don't want to cook a turkey or ham. I'm also trying to make ahead as much as possible so that is the reason for my other choices. Any suggestions for an entree to go with what I have so far that won't break the bank? Either a less expensive cut of beef or...?

Greens/citrus/avocado salad
Squash soup
Some time of potato dish-- probably a gratin of some kind
Chocolate mousse and pumpkin cheesecake

Nov 13, 2011
mountuhngirl in Home Cooking