Your Christmas Eve menu can cover many bases if you plan it correctly. With the right dishes you can honor some tradition yet also include the vegetarians, the gluten-free along with the gourmands. You can start with a salad of winter flavors including frisée, blood oranges and beets followed by a Lombardian risotto alla Milanese, made with vegetarian garden stock. For the non vegetarians or those without shellfish restrictions, you can grill or pan sauté shrimp and present them skewered on a separate platter for guests to serve themselves.
Risotto alla Milanese (Risotto with Parmesan & Saffron). Adapted from FineCooking.com