I’m sure you’re looking for over-the-top recipes and Christmas dinner ideas to make your night perfectly special. Look no further than this post!
After Thanksgiving, Christmas Day is the next big thing to look forward and celebrate. Oh, how excited am I to gather all the ideas I’ve found and write this post because I love Christmas! I assume you have your tree ready as I am looking at mine in all its glory while putting all of this together. Aside from presents and Christmas decor, the food is my biggest concern. I have been searching for festive and delicious recipes which would be easy to prepare while perfectly pairing with my sister’s delightful and refreshing Christmas drinks and holiday cocktails. Since we went a little simple last year, this time I want it more fun and fab! How about you? Do have everything ready for Christmas dinner? If not, you’re in the perfect place!
16 Fantastic Christmas Dinner Ideas To Try!
Christmas season is not only about giving presents, putting up lights, and sitting around the fireplace. It’s about the food too! Christmas dinner is one of the most important meals we celebrate and it only happens once a year, so it’s a good idea to prepare something simply amazing that your family and friends will love. Last year’s dinner menu was quite simple and traditional, so this time I want to make it more exceptional and impressive. I gathered these recipes to make a fantastic list which I know will also help my friends (including you) on Christmas Eve. If you’re not sure what you want to prepare, check out these 16 Christmas dinner ideas to make your night absolutely memorable.
This is how you celebrate Christmas dinner!
1. Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Roasted Apples
This beauty is pork loin loaded with kale and ground pork stuffing, rolled and wrapped with a layer of salty-sweet prosciutto, a type of Italian cured ham. The whole thing is then roasted with deliciously crisp apples. Dinner is served!
2. Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs
Turn your traditional spaghetti recipe into something more exciting this Christmas! Bake your spaghetti in a rich marinara sauce topped with tons of meatballs, sprigs of basil, and a thick layer of mozzarella.
3. Easy Seafood Paella
Though this seafood paella seems to be a summer meal, you can definitely serve a batch any time of the year. It’s a Spanish-inspired one-pot meal chock-full of seafood goodness. It’s easy and absolutely satisfying!
4. Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberry
Winter is nothing without cranberry and squash around. Look no further than this sweet and festive dinner dish, made from the two aforementioned ingredients. So festive and absolutely delightful, too!
5. Italian Roasted Mushrooms And Veggies
Vegetarians rejoice! You too can enjoy Christmas just as much as everybody else, especially when you have this Italian roasted mushrooms, cauliflower, and cocktail tomatoes dish. And don’t forget to garnish with fresh parsley before serving.
6. Tuscan Garlic & Herb Whole Roasted Chicken
Chicken is one of the staples of Christmas dinner and this Tuscan garlic and herb roasted chicken is no exception. Last year, my family asked for a good roasted chicken and sadly, the one I made fell short. So, this year, I hope to redeem myself by choosing the most fool-proof roasted chicken recipe, and it looks like this could be it!
7. Skillet Chicken Tortilla Pie
Quick and easy recipes are the best thing when you’re short on time. This skillet chicken tortilla pie has perfectly-seasoned chicken layered with melted mozzarella and cotija cheese, homemade sauce, and sauce-soaked corn tortillas. Yum!
8. Prime Rib
“Honey, make sure you have a melt-in-your-mouth beef rib recipe for granny!” That was my grandma reminding me to cook her favorite on Christmas Eve. How much do you love your grandma? Because I love mine so, so much and I know I need a delicious beef recipe for her. When I saw this recipe and tried it once over the weekend, I knew this was the one!
9. Rigatoni Con Polpette And Arrabiata Sauce
Want a Christmas meal that looks like something you would order at a traditional Italian restaurant?! This rigatoni pasta dish is just so meaty and delicious. This is how you impress your family and guests at Christmas dinner!
10. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots
A great side dish for Christmas dinner, these roasted brussels sprouts and carrots make a healthy option. This is mildly sweet and a little tangy, thanks to a cup of dried cranberries and balsamic vinegar included in the marinade.
11. Creamy Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes
Pasta always makes for a filling and substantial meal to feed the entire family. And this 30-minute, vegan-friendly creamy pasta made with almond milk, garlic, and roasted tomatoes will totally blow you away.
12. One-Pot Paprika Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs with potatoes and carrots are the bomb! This one pot chicken dish is well spiced with smoked paprika. If you eat this with quinoa or rice, good for you! You got yourself a meal packed with protein, veggies, and a flavorful sauce.
13. Italian Sausage Bake
Pack a protein punch into your Christmas menu with these spicy Italian sausages smothered with peppers, onions, grape tomatoes, and potatoes. If sausage is a favorite in your house, then this recipe will rock your Christmas Eve!
14. Creamy Polenta With Grilled Steak And Roasted Tomatoes
A hearty and a comforting meal, this grilled steak will melt in your mouth. It’s paired with sweet and savory roasted tomatoes on top of a smooth and cheesy polenta. Something really special to cook up for Christmas that will wow everyone in your house.
15. Grilled Honey BBQ Bacon Chicken Kabobs
You really can’t go wrong with treats on a stick! These bad boys are chopped skinless chicken breasts, sliced bacon, and bell peppers, dressed up with a delicious honey and barbecue sauce and then grilled to perfection!
16. Roasted Butternut Squash And Bacon Soup
You should always have something warm and comforting on a cold Christmas night. This soup is made with roasted butternut squash, crispy bacon, and some goat cheese over the top. It will fill up your family and keep you all warm and toasty from the inside.
Decorate your Christmas dinner table and make it fabulous using these three table setting looks from Better Homes And Gardens:
Now, the dinner table is ready! Make sure to create good memories with your loved ones. Good food is always a big part of Christmas Eve. I hope you try these recipes, as I am sure I will be! Between that intriguing rigatoni recipe and my family’s love for grilled kabobs, plus my grandma’s request for prime rib, I feel I’ll be testing most of these this year! I hope you also find these dinner ideas helpful and ideal for your Christmas feast. And let’s not all forget that it’s not only about us but most especially, it’s the day to remember and get closer to The Almighty!
What do you think of these Christmas dinner ideas? Which ideas are you planning to try? Also, if you’re looking for more side dish recipes, try these 14 Easy Side Dishes For Chicken | Homemade Recipes. Share your experience with us in the comment section below.
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