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sunshinesoul is asking: (4 answers)
Please help! One of our Christmas dinner guest has insisted he will provide the entree, and we can provide the sides and desserts. Sounds great, in theory. Here is my problem, he is bringing ahi tuna steaks, which he is planning to grill. While I like tuna steaks, it doesn't exactly scream "Christmas dinner". What sides would you prepare to bring a traditional twist to our Christmas tuna? Time to supervise homework and start a load of laundry... So thanks in advance for your help and I will check back later.

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Last updated: Dec. 12, 2012 12:11 pm
Posted: Dec. 11, 2012 6:06 pm
 
Answered by: cocoa eh
Dec. 11, 2012 6:54 pm
Maybe Cranberry Pecan Brown Rice Stuffing from this site. It looks good and not too heavy to over power the tuna steaks. Good Luck!
 
Answered by: misty
Dec. 11, 2012 6:56 pm
Maybe a rice pilaf.... lots of recipes on here to choose from
 
Answered by: Marie C.
Dec. 11, 2012 7:01 pm
The rice dressing that goes with this Asian inspired turkey might be a good choice. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/general-tsos-whole-turkey/detail.aspx
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Dec. 11, 2012 7:07 pm
A salad made with arugula would be good. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/orange-walnut-gorgonzola-and-mixed-greens-salad-with-fresh-citrus-vinaigrette/detail.aspx
 
Dec. 11, 2012 7:10 pm
Risotto also would be good. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/gourmet-mushroom-risotto/detail.aspx
 
Nadine
Dec. 11, 2012 7:12 pm
How about a Raw Cranberry and Lemon Relish. Chop 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, one lemon (peel on but seeds removed. Mix together with 2 cups white sugar. Store in 250 mil jars either fridge for about 3 weeks or freezer for 6 months.
 
Dec. 11, 2012 7:16 pm
A cheesecake made with a gingersnaps crust would be good. It would not need to be pumpkin. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pumpkin-cheesecake-in-a-gingersnap-crust/detail.aspx
 
Dec. 11, 2012 7:35 pm
These roasted veggies might work. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-beets-apples-and-fennel/detail.aspx
 
Cactus Rose
Dec. 11, 2012 8:01 pm
Sorry, but I see this situation in an entirely different light. YOU are hosting the dinner, are you not? And your guest decides he's providing the main dish? Why can't he do that in his own home and not yours? In my opinion, it's your party and you make that decision -- not one of your guests. Sorry if I've offended anyone with my opinion.
 
Dec. 11, 2012 8:13 pm
Good point, Cactus. That completely went past me! You are so right on this matter.
 
Jayelle
Dec. 11, 2012 8:52 pm
I agree with Cactus Rose, and as I was scrolling down viewing peoples' responses, I was waiting for someone to say something lol. Make a ham or turkey if you want. It's your house. Grilled tuna for Christmas? I'm speechless...literally.
 
Jayelle
Dec. 11, 2012 9:26 pm
Okay, I'm not speechless anymore. I put some thought into this. I think it was a challenge for your dinner guest to have you come up with "holiday-type" sides to go with grilled tuna. The tuna would be better suited as some sort of an appetizer, but to spare feelings, prepare a ham and like sides with that and just tell that person that the ham isn't an entree, but a choice as a side dish. I'm not sure of the circumstances such as dinner party size or guests' relativity, but I would be mortified if my Christmas guests weren't clued in about a tuna main course before hand.
 
redly
Dec. 12, 2012 2:53 am
He must be happy about that tuna for some reason. It is the Holidays. He really wants to share. Not a traditional idea, but who cares?! Make a ham or other if you wish. I guess I would not want to upstage him though. All of the ideas for sides sound good. You might think of some steamed asparagus. After steaming put the stalks put them in a ziplock bag or a bowl and mix with seasoned rice vinegar and a few drops of sesame oil.
 
Elle
Dec. 12, 2012 4:21 am
There are excellent ideas for side dishes here. Christmas is different for each family. Why define Christmas by a ham or turkey? Define it by the spirit of giving...and receiving, even when it's inconvenient. A small ham or a side dish of barbequed meatballs (or ham balls, if you can find ground ham) might be good if some don't care for tuna. If you know that someone is absolutely set on a specific menu, you might let them know you're having a special, non-traditional, meal.
 
sunshinesoul
Dec. 12, 2012 12:11 pm
Thank you All! Very helpful! I agree that it is my dinner at my house and I've waffled over just telling him to keep his tuna. But he was so excited about the dang tuna that I didn't have the heart/courage to tell him no. And by the way, I am planning to serve ham, as a side dish, of course. And, have alerted the other guests of tuna situation. Thankfully, my family and friends have a wicked sense of humor and we will make the best of the situation
 
Answered by: PennyRoo
Dec. 12, 2012 8:16 am
A simple rice pilaf with the addition of dried cranberries and pistachios (or just chopped parsley) would be festive. Or a beet salad. I agree that grilled tuna doesn't scream Christmas but I'm sure you can make a huge difference with the sides.
 
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