How to make a remote 12-dish meal for Sviata Vecheria / Christmas Eve

Detail of 5 dishes laid out in stripes in a take-out container

In 2020, my family had a remote Sviata Vecheria. Everyone prepared food separately, and we traded food. Then, we enjoyed a video dinner with everyone together.

With health restrictions in some areas returning, I wanted to share how we prepared our dinner.

One nice part was everyone contributed to the meal, and we filled up the take-out containers we had started collecting from too many take-out dinners.

I made the kutia and packed it in little Mason jars.

Traditional Instant Pot Kutia in a small Mason jar

Instant Pot Canadian Kutya/Kutia with maple
This is my new recipe for kutya, a wheat berry dish that is traditionally served at the start of the Christmas Eve meal. This has a Canadian edge to it sweetened with maple syrup.
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Instant Pot Canadian Maple Kutya

Then, I pan fried a generous eight perohe for each person.  When I was preparing the five dishes, I left the mushrooms a little under-done knowing that they’d be microwaved. I lined them up in the containers to make it a little nicer. My mom made salmon with a grainy mustard topping, and my uncle made holubtsi (not shown here, eaten before we had a chance to take the photos)

Sviata vecheria in 3 take-out containers with perohe, 5 vegetable/bean dishes and salmon


Everything is pretty forgiving to get reheated.

Instant Pot Creamy beet salad with dill and spring garlic
An easy make-ahead beet salad with cream, dill and young garlic - perfect for spring and summer.
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Instant Pot Traditional Kapusta: sauerkraut and peas
For Sviata Vecheria, this is a traditional recipe for sauerkraut with dried peas. It's vegetarian-vegan friendly. While it's thickened with wheat flour, you could use the thickener of your choice for a gluten-free dish.
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Instant Pot Traditional Sauerkraut and Peas
Instant Pot Pidpenky (Mushrooms) with Gravy
This traditional recipe for dried mushrooms is part of the standard menu for the Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner - Sviata vecheria. The Instant Pot saves over a day of soaking time and makes preparing this dish a lot easier.
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Instant Pot Mashed Beans - Kolocheni Fasoli for Sviata Vechera
A traditional dish for Ukrainian mashed beans - updated and sped up using an Instant Pot.
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Ukrainian Mashed Beans for Sviata Vechera

The fourth of those five items is sauteed broad beans (or “beeb”) with lemon and lemon zest.  Look for that recipe soon – I’m still trying to improve that this year.

For dessert, my mom made some matrimonial cake (date square), gingersnaps, and thumbprint cookies. I made the compote – in another Mason jar.

Instant Pot stewed fruit with cookies and sweets


Instant Pot Ukrainian Compote - Stewed fruit
A super easy recipe to make with dried fruit, and a simple end to a big Christmas Eve dinner.
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Compote - stewed fruit with almonds ready to serve

This is a great way to share food with those you can’t be with in person.

Wherever, whenever or however you’re celebrating this year, I wish you and your families a special Sviata Vecheria.

Христос народився!

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