A Christmas Dinner I will Never Forget!

United States
December 11, 2006 7:40pm CST
Each year we rotated holidays that we spent with our families. We had Thanksgiving dinner with my husbands family so we had Christmas dinner with my family. We bundled the kids up and loaded up the chocolate cream pies that I made for dessert. It only took us 5 minutes to drive from our house to my mother's house. From the outside the place looked warm and inviting. The lights in the window were aglow and frost had formed around the panes of glass. We entered through the front door and were greeted by family members. The smell of peanut butter struck my sensitive sniffer. "Did someone have a peanut butter sandwich?", I asked my mother. She went on to say how she was reading in last months issue of Prevention magazine that if you spread peanut butter over the turkey breast it will keep it moist. Then she asked if I thought it would matter if she used crunchy instead of smooth. I looked at my husband and rolled my eyes. I knew he was going to have a great comment for that one. While my brothers and husband took the kids to the living room, the women stayed in the kitchen to help finish the dinner. Mother told us that she would take care of finishing the gravy, but someone would have to mash the potatoes and set the table. I took over the potatoes while my sister and cousin set the table. The turkey looked a little odd with the crunchy peanut butter spread over it. I told my mother to scrape the peanut butter off before she sliced it. She peeled the skin off the turkey, which took care of the peanut butter. But, the flavor of the peanut butter permiated the meat. My next thought was to drown the turkey in gravy to hide the peanut butter taste. She was definately on a health kick that year. She used the water she boiled the carrots in for the gravy. Carrot flavored gravy anyone??!! Time for pie! I made 2 chocolate cream pies. They no sooner hit the table and they were gone. Later that evening, after everything was cleared from the table, the dishes done and the traditional game of Monopoly began, my sister and cousin took me aside and told me that the best part of the meal was the chocolate cream pies. I agreed. This was one Christmas dinner I will never forget. Peanut butter flavored turkey with carrot gravy.
37 responses
@globell45 (142)
• United States
13 Dec 06
As the person who usually host the great dinner, I have to laugh at that one. I usually try to do something different for each big dinner, but have not tried peanut butter turkey. LOL! The closest I ever came to weird was when I decided I wanted to try to create an Hawiian turkey. I poured orange juice and pineapple juice over the turkey and kept basting it with the juices. Not only was it excellant, but makes a very tasty gravy too. I was lucky that time. Another time I decided that I wanted to make American periogies (mock potatoe pierogy casserole) instead of mashed potatoes. Since I am disabled, I wanted something that I could cook ahead of time and just pop into the oven already made, since the brunt of cooking always falls on me. One of my family member made a sly comment to another about, "could one put gravy on mock pierogies, he didn't think so?". My comment was, "It takes nerve to criticize a free dinner that he didn't have to cook, nor offered to make anything for. Just had to throw that in.
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• United States
13 Dec 06
AS the eldest child is expected of me to take charge of the situation. I had to let her know that it was something she shouldn't try again. She did this often.
• United States
14 Dec 06
Now that sounds like a turkey that would be worth trying. My mother and I now laugh about the year of the peanut butter turkey. She is back to her old recipes now. Thankfully!
• United States
20 Mar 07
Since I last wrote about my Hawiian Turkey, for one Christmas, my husband's father has since passed away. Easter is going to be so hard for our family, but we are going to try to make it a memorable one, since I know this is what my father-in-law would have wanted. He always loved when the whole family was together for the holidays, so even I have to come up with a Peanut butter turkey (lol) this year (lol) I will. The kids especially are going to miss him. Good luck with the holiday at all of ya'lls houses.
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Thanks for sharing that story with us. I just hope my boyfriend never reads it because he is crazy about peanut butter. He would probably try something like that. I won't have to worry about the carrot gravy because he doesn't like them.lol.
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
12 Dec 06
My Son In Law would just die!! He absolutely hates peanut butter. LOL
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• United States
13 Dec 06
I didn't hear the end of it for a long time. We really weren't ready to go back for dinner anytime soon.
• United States
12 Dec 06
Oh my goodness! That must've been completely dreadful! I have never heard of peanut butter on a turkey and don't think I ever want to try it. Carrot gravy, man that just sounds horrible! I have never had a bad dinner, thank goodness! We just stick with the same 'ole, same 'ole and I think if it prevents a bad meal thats fine with me! Chocolate pies, mmm, mmm, mmm, anytime!
• United States
12 Dec 06
Now that we are older we do the cooking and bring it to our mother's home for our holiday gathering. Mother's cooking skills have really declined. Although the people in her building think she is a great cook.
• United States
12 Dec 06
I think that is a great way to help your mother. I think just being with family really, is the most important thing of all.
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@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
14 Dec 06
That sounds like an awesome christmas dinner, I'm glad you had fun. Hopefully you're looking forward to this year's christmas dinner as well.
• United States
14 Dec 06
My brothers and sisters are all bringing a main course to share. Our children will bring the drinks, rolls, etc.
• United States
12 Dec 06
Gemini - This is my first Born Neice
I will never forget the first christmas i spent with my nieces. I came over to their house at about 6:30 in the morning. I was just so excited to be with them. By the time I got there no one was really awake. The babies were still sleep but I had to wake them up. They were scared to open their gifts because evertime they would go near the tree thier mom would say no. So I had to open their first gift to let them know that it was ok. I spent hours playing with them and their new toys. I took many pictures and I wish that I could do it again this year but i live too far. I miss my babies so much. My 1 year old neice went to grab a big bear that i bough for her and as soon as she lifted it up she toppled right over. She didnt hurt herself but it was so cute. It felt good to see her first gift reached for to be the one that I bought her. I miss them so much.
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• United States
13 Dec 06
What sweet memories.
@scorpius (1792)
• India
12 Dec 06
christmas dinner - christmas dinner
that sounds very intresting.what did your family think of tyhe whole dinner? did you guys eat the turkey?well i have never been a part of such unusual dinner except for one incident.it was my friends farewell party and i was incharge of the cooking and i had prepared veg noodles.the only problem was htat the vegetables were undercooked.yet my friends all ate the noodles with no complaints becasue they did not want to hurt my feelings.that was nice of them! http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/Xmas/dinner.html http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmasdin/chrisdin.htm http://busycooks.about.com/cs/seasonalcooking/a/Christmasdinner.htm
• United States
14 Dec 06
Your friends were nice not to say anything. Maybe they thought that was the way the dish is prepared.
@baysmummy (1638)
• Australia
12 Dec 06
WOW, that certainly is a strange one to put peanut butter on the turkey but i must ask was the turkey moist? The gravy from the carrot water isnt as odd to me because when i make gravy i use the liquid from in the bottom of the pan that my meat cooked in and i also use some of the water that i cook my vegies in just to give it some more taste and everyone always comments on how yummy my gravy is!
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• United States
14 Dec 06
The only liquid she used was from the carrots. She used the drippings, but it really was heavy on the carrot flavor. The turkey was overcooked so it still was on the dry side. : (
@onesiobhan (1329)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
Am I the only person who thinks this sounds pretty good? I make a chicken-peanut stew that is really tasty, so the idea of peanut with turket doesn't sound odd at all.
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• United States
14 Dec 06
Now that I know peanuts play a role in a lot of foods it doesn't sound odd to me now. I don't particularly care for it though.
@Thoroughrob (11747)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Never have I ever heard of that!! That is so odd. I can't imagine what it must have tasted like. I'm glad my family don't do any weird stuff. How did everyone keep quiet and eat that?
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• United States
13 Dec 06
I did tell her at a later on that the turkey was really moist (even though it wasn't any moister than her usual), but she needed not to experiment with her cooking when the holidays come around.
@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
12 Dec 06
goodness, that really sounds terrible. I remember a Christmas when I was a kid. We had just moved into our new house, which had a convection oven. Mom got up really early to put in the bird, we had a ton of people coming over. She put it in the roaster and covered it with foil and let it cook for hours and hours. Well, convection ovens were really new and she didn't realize that they cooked the food by circulating hot air in the oven. Well, the foil insulated the turkey from the hot air, so it was raw. Mom was horrified. There were more than a dozen people at the house and the turkey was nowhere close to being cooked. We all ate pizza......the kids loved it, but she still laments over that turkey!
• United States
12 Dec 06
Pizza is good. One of my favorite movies at Christmas is A Christmas Story. "when they had Chinese Turkey".
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Oh my gosh!! Yuck!! LOL Oh that is so funny....I hope you can laugh about it now? While it's great to try new things, peanut butter on turkey doesn't strike me as one to try!
• India
12 Dec 06
CHRISTHMAS IS NOTHING BUT JOY
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@123Jackey (284)
• China
13 Dec 06
christmas dinner is worth remembering,its not only a dinner but also the symbol of love bettwen family members.
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@ieff90 (75)
• Philippines
13 Dec 06
never tasted peanut butter flavored turkey with carrot gravy..
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@gknott (936)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Oh well, I am just glad you saved the day.
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• United States
12 Dec 06
god i could not even imagine eating peanut butter turkey and carrot gravy it does not sound so appealing thank god you made the pies no wonder why they were gone so fast everyone was probably hungry but did not want to insult your mothers cooking.hopefully she does not try that one again.
@vikceo (1301)
• India
12 Dec 06
in my country christmas is not much celebrATED.. HOWEVER I LOVE THIS...
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@icequeen (2841)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
Wow...that is funny...I have never heard of peanut butter....and carrot gravy...hmmm...I hope you all survived...lol...your pies sound good though....
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• India
12 Dec 06
christmas gift - ...
oh thats interesting! u know that Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual holiday that marks the traditional birthdate of Jesus of Nazareth. Christmas combines Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus with various secular traditions and customs, many of which were influenced by ancient winter festivals such as Yule[1] and Saturnalia. Christmas traditions include Nativity scenes and Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, and the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Popular Christmas themes include the promotion of goodwill, giving, compassion, and quality family time. so thats it u had a cool family time
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• Philippines
12 Dec 06
sometimes it happens to us during family gathering that a certain dish is out of way.but we dont make a big deal out of it.we enjoy each others company to dwell on such mundane things =)
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@donglory (677)
• Ghana
12 Dec 06
oh what i nice dinner
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