What to Make for Christmas Dinner

What to Make for Christmas Dinner: Appetizer to Dessert

While we are celebrating our Christmas Eve, we often think about what to make for Christmas dinner. It is the tradition to consume delicious and rich foods for dinner on this occasion.

The meals, including dinner of Christmas day, are usually appetizing following the tradition of the celebration of Christian feast day. Christmas dinner is more special than any other meal following the tradition for decades.

As the day is very special to us, the dinner of the day is part of the celebration. The dinner is something special and different from our usual meals and dinner.

On Christmas Eve we can have an excellent evening with our family and friends. As it is the chance to have a gathering with our own, we try to make the evening more special with particular foods.

We wait all the year for this Eve. As Christmas dinner is celebrated to all, we wait for the luscious dinner foods to celebrate the evening.

Foods’ list of Christmas dinner is endless. So many types of foods are consumed on this day. Foods’ list on Christmas Eve is too long. Roasted meat, pudding, stuffing, and pies are very common and popular foods for this occasion.

What to Make for Christmas Dinner to Celebrate the Evening

You can celebrate your Christmas evening, making it delightful with many hearty recipes. As you are celebrating Eve and it is the tradition to have rich and delicious foods, you have no restriction on choosing your dinner recipes. The recipes are endless, as you can use many mouthwatering recipes.

It is a little bit difficult for you to arrange a memorable meal for Christmas dinner as you have lots of preparation for this celebration. You need to decorate the Christmas tree, buy gifts for friends and family, clean and decorate your house. On top, you need to find some time to spend with your family and friends. So it is not easy to arrange everything spending huge time in the kitchen.

If you organize your work and have a plan of what to make for Christmas dinner before Eve arrives, it will be easy for you. You can decorate your dinner table from appetizer to dessert very easily. You can do so when you have the idea of what dishes you want to cook for Eve. Here are some ideas for you that can help you to prepare your Christmas appetizer, main dishes, side dishes, and dessert.

Appetizer

The appetizer is an integral part of Christmas dinner. Your guests and family members are going to start the festival dinner with the appetizer. So the starter must be something special and extraordinarily delicious.

Sauteed Shrimp Cocktail

Starting with this recipe gives you a classic taste with the flavor of sauces, including mustard, maple syrup, and mayonnaise. As it is a shrimp recipe, shrimp is the main ingredient of the recipe. Olive oil, herbs de provence, plain yogurt, mayonnaise, salt, freshly ground pepper, whole grain mustard, maple syrup, ground turmeric, fresh chopped basil are other ingredients.

Sauteed Shrimp Cocktail
Sauteed Shrimp Cocktail

The shrimp is cooked first, adding herbes de provence, salt, and pepper in a skillet with olive oil over medium heat. The shrimps need to be cooked for 3 minutes. The color of the shrimp turns into pink. Yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, maple syrup, basil, and turmeric are mixed in a bowl. All these are mixed until the mixture is smooth.

The appetizer is ready to be served as soon as the sauce is ready. The shrimp is served along with the sauce placing in a dipping bowl. Try this recipe to ensure a nice appetizer for your diners. You diners will be happy starting their dinner with such heart-warming appetizer.

Boursin-Stuffed Mushrooms

This starter recipe takes only 30 to 35 minutes to be cooked. Stemmed and chopped button mushrooms, butter, chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped parsley, block boursin, grated parmesan, kosher salt, ground black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, butter are essential ingredients for preparing the recipe.

Boursin-Stuffed Mushrooms
Boursin-Stuffed Mushrooms

At first, the oven is preheated to 350 degrees. In a skillet, mushroom stems, onion, garlic, and parsley are added with melted butter. Mushroom mixture is seasoned with salt and pepper, adding boursin, breadcrumbs and grated parmesan.

Mushrooms are stuffed then, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkling with bread crumbs. It is placed in the oven for 20 minutes to be baked. Before putting in the oven, the stuff is garnished with parsley.

Tangy Cranberry Meatballs

The recipe is really easy to cook. You need only 25 to 30 minutes for the preparation. As it is a meatball recipe, you need precooked cocktail-size meatballs. The combining ingredients are cranberry sauce, rive/rice wine vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, water.

Tangy Cranberry Meatballs
Tangy Cranberry Meatballs

All the ingredients, excluding meatballs are mixed in a bowl. All the mixture is cooked in a saucepan over low-medium heat. The mixture is cooked until it is smooth. As soon as the mixture is cooked, meatballs are added and cooked for 10 to 15 minutes. The flavor and taste of the starter will increase your diners’ appetite.

If you have not experienced these recipes yet, you can try any one these for this Christmas dinner. Keeping any one of these in your dinner menu, you can expect a great starting of this special meal.

Side Dish

The Christmas dinner menu is not completed, excluding the side dishes. Your main courses may allure you, but the side dishes also take responsibility to fill in your stomach. So, these dishes must be charming. As side dishes are usually prepared with vegetables, opportunities are endless.

Brown- Butter Brussels Sprouts

 Halved Brussels sprouts is the main ingredient of this recipe. Red onion, kosher salt, unsalted butter, olive oil, pepper, sliced almond, golden raisins, and lemon juice are needed for this recipe.  Onion, salt, pepper, and Brussels sprouts are tossed in a baking sheet.

Brown- Butter Brussels Sprouts
Brown- Butter Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are baked in an oven with 400-degree heat. In a skillet, almonds are cooked with melted butter. Raisins, lemon juice, and salt are added when the almonds and butter turn into golden.

 The butter mixture is poured over the Brussels sprouts and onion. You can prepare the recipe with less effort. Butter, almonds, and raisins bring the recipe to a different extent.

Cheesy Rice

You can perceive with the name of the recipe that it is rice recipe. Rice and Velveeta cheese are the main ingredients of the recipe. Onion, chopped pepper, chopped garlic, fresh chives, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and chicken stock are the combining ingredients.

Cheesy Rice
Cheesy Rice

Onion, pepper, garlic are cooked seasoning with salt and pepper. It is cooked for 10 to 12 minutes. Then the rice is added and cooked for 3 to 4 minutes. Cheese is added with rice and cooked for 3 to 4 minutes. As soon as the cheese is melted, chicken stock is added and cooked for 20 minutes.

Rice becomes soft, and the liquid is thickened. It is seasoned with salt and pepper. Before serving, chives are topped. The recipe gives a rich and delicious taste to the diners.

Sauteed Spinach with Garlic Lemon

This Spinach recipe takes only 15 minutes. You need limited ingredients for this recipe. Thinly sliced garlic and lemon zest, kosher salt, pepper, and olive oil are combining ingredients with spinach. Heating oil in skillet garlic and lemon zest are added. These are cooked for 1 to 2 minutes.

Sauteed Spinach with Garlic Lemon
Sauteed Spinach with Garlic Lemon

The garlic turns into golden. Spinach is added and seasoned with salt and pepper. It is cooked for 2 to 3 minutes until the spinach becomes wilt. The specialty of the recipe is fragrant of garlic and lemon zest with the spinach.

Trying these recipes on Eve, you can have the experience of a new taste. These recipes are comfortable and go well with the rich main dishes. So, try these as accompanying dishes of the main course.

Main Dish

The diners’ eye catches on the main dishes of the Christmas dinner menu. So these need to be alluring for diners’ eyes and stomach as well.

Roasted Whole Mackerel

The recipe is a roasted recipe with mackerel. Mackerel needs to be scaled and gutted. The gills should be removed from the fish. Extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, lemon, fennel stalks, and frond are the combining ingredients.

Roasted Whole Mackerel
Roasted Whole Mackerel

Olive oil is drizzled on both sides of the fish. The fish is seasoned with salt. Lemon slices and fennel stalk and frond are used to stuff the cavity. The oven is preheated to 500 degrees before the processing. The fish is placed on the baking sheet of the oven that was placed on the rack of the oven.

After placing the fish, the heat of the oven is reduced to 450 degrees. It is cooked for 20 to 25 minutes. The roasted fish gives a yummy taste. As it is not difficult to cook and take less time, you can keep it in your menu.

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze

The recipe is prepared with smoked ham. Other ingredients are brown sugar, brandy, whole grain mustard, cornstarch, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground allspice, cayenne pepper, and salt. 

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze
Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze

A grid pattern is created over the surface of the ham. Other ingredients are mixed in a bowl. The half of the mixture/glaze is rubbed over the surface of the ham, and then it is baked for the ham, which is baked in an oven for 45 minutes.

Removing it from the oven, the rest glaze is rubbed over the surface and baked again. Try this to have a greeting from your family members and friends.

Beef Taco Bake

The recipe is super easy to cook but assures you to have a delicious dish. The combining ingredients are not much. Ground beef is used for this recipe. Condensed tomato soup, salsa, milk, corn tortillas, shredded cheddar cheese are the combing ingredients.

Beef Taco Bake
Beef Taco Bake

Beef is cooked first, and the fat is drained. Soup, tortilla, milk, and half of the cheese are mixed all together. It is baked for 30 minutes. After removing from the oven, the rest of the cheese is sprinkled over the beef. The dish is usually served with sour cream. You can have a heart touching recipe with less effort and can enjoy your Christmas evening.

As these recipes are easy to cook, you do not need to make much effort for a delectable meal. As these are also time-saving, you do not need to spend your quality time in the kitchen, leaving the company of your family and friends.

Dessert

All is well, and the end is well. Your Christmas dinner ends with your dessert. So it needs to be extraordinary special. Impressive desserts may bring your dinner to a different extent. The options are endless- pudding, cookies, cakes, ice-cream, and so on.

White Chocolate Raspberry Thins

The dessert recipe is not difficult to cook. You can have a wonderful dessert within 30 to 40 minutes. The ingredients are freeze-dried raspberries, sugar, all-purpose flour, baking powder, kosher salt, unsalted butter, egg, pure vanilla extract, melted white chocolate.

White Chocolate Raspberry Thins
White Chocolate Raspberry Thins

Raspberries are grinded first. Raspberry powder is mixed with flour, baking powder, and salt. Butter, sugar, egg, and flour mixture is beat in an electric mixer. The dough is shaped into square logs and kept in the freezer for 20 minutes.

Then it is baked in an oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Melted chocolate is drizzled over it. It is a yummy dessert that can make your special day more special.

Chocolate Hazelnuts Brownie

With limited ingredients, you can end your dinner with a heart-warming feel. Chocolate-hazelnut spread is the main ingredient of the dessert. You can use Nutella. Flour, kosher salt are other ingredients. Hazelnut spread and egg are mixed in a bowl. Then flour and salt are added and whisked together.

Chocolate Hazelnuts Brownie
Chocolate Hazelnuts Brownie

The mixture is transferred into the skillet in which butter is added. The mixture is baked for 25 to 30 minutes. It is topped with vanilla ice-cream. Ice-cream and chocolate lovers will be in love with this dessert.

Iced Berry Pud

The recipe is as easy as you never think. Double cream, good quality ready-made custard, golden caster sugar, dark rum, dried berries, and cherries are used for this recipe. Sprigs of sugar-frosted bay leaves and little bunches of sugar-frosted red and green grapes are used for decoration.

Iced Berry Pud
Iced Berry Pud

The cream is whipped and stirred in custard and placed in the freezer for one and a half hours. Sugar is to heat with rum and poured into a wide bowl. Cream and custard are whisked with a balloon whisk to break.

Stirring the mixture with cooled fruit, it is poured in a pudding basin and placed in the freezer overnight. As soon as the mixture is consolidated it is placed in serving plate and decorated with bay leaves and grapes. The recipe gives a different taste.

The dessert recipes are really enjoyable. The foodies will just love these. So, try these on this Eve and enjoy your special evening.

Conclusion

As we all wait for the special occasion all year, we dream of having a wonderful day on this occasion. In our busy days, we sometimes feel exhausted about how to enjoy the day committing all our tasks. With these recipes, you can lessen your strains of occasional special dinner.



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