In need of Christmas dinner ideas as the holiday approaches? For a once-in-a-year affair, Christmas dinner calls for a special menu. That's why I listed only the most popular and no fail Christmas dinner ideas to inspire you!
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Is Christmas your all time favorite holiday of the year? It sure is mine because it's the one time of the year I can say, diet be damned. Who doesn't look forward to mom's special pudding recipe or grandma's pumpkin pie or Dad's prime rib roast?
While I have a child-like anticipation for Christmas, I also have a grown-up's dread for preparation. How do I make this one-day affair successful and unforgettable?
Luckily, Christmas dinner ideas are in no short supply these days. I've collected and listed only the most popular and tried Christmas dinner ideas, and I am more than happy to share them with you in the spirit of the holiday.
1. Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin With Roasted Apple
This beauty is a pork loin loaded with kale and ground pork stuffing. Then rolled and wrapped with a layer of salty-sweet prosciutto, a type of Italian cured ham. The whole thing is then roasted with crisp apples.
2. Triple Layer Vintage Christmas Jello
This is a classic I always look forward to in lists of Christmas dinner ideas. My mom makes some mean jello, and I can't quite perfect the recipe. but I'm loving the look of this triple layer jello.
3. Easy Seafood Paella
Celebrate Christmas a little extra with this Mexican paella recipe that has it all. Gooey risotto rice seasoned with chicken broth and herbs. Then topped with sausages and an assortment of seafood.
Now that is definitely a welcome change from the usual.
4. Christmas Sugar Cookie Truffles
How about these Christmas sugar cookie truffles for the kids? Whip up some nutty sugar cookie balls. Then coat them in rich white chocolate and decorate with sprinkles.
An easy pastry that will add a sweet twist to your list of Christmas dinner ideas!
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 mushroom, cauliflower, and cocktail tomato dish.
6. Tuscan Garlic And Herb Whole Roasted Chicken
Last year, my family asked for a good roasted chicken, but the one I made fell short. So this year, I hope to redeem myself with this foolproof roasted chicken recipe. And it looks like this could be it!
7. Christmas Champagne Cocktail Recipe
What's a collection of Christmas dinner ideas without a refreshing and celebratory drink? I'm eyeing this bubbly and fizzy drink. It's so Christmassy, I'm excited to try it with the whole family.
8. Easy Orange Honey Ham
Add some sunshine to your favorite Christmas ham with oranges. This easy orange honey ham recipe will light up your Christmas table.
9. Baked Camembert With Brioche Centerpiece
A Christmas spread is never complete without warm, freshly baked rolls. And you can't go wrong a festive filled brioche centerpiece with baked Camembert. It even looks like a yummy wreath.
10. Roasted Veggies, Pecans, And Cranberries
Pecans and cranberries are staples in my Christmas menu. And for some Christmas dinner ideas, why not incorporate them in a veggie recipe? Try this roasted brussels sprouts, cinnamon butternut squash, pecans, and cranberries.
11. Christmas Tree Veggie Tray
Do I hear some Ahhs from my fellow veggie-lovers? This Christmas tree veggie tray is every vegetable lover's dream. But I'm sure it'll also be a hit for all.
12. Garlic Rosemary Chicken And Cranberries
Another chicken dish to add to your Christmas dinner ideas arsenal. Oven-roasted chicken with cranberries, rosemary, and spices. All in one pan for an effortless but special main course.
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13. Cranberry Fluff
Desserts for Christmas dinner can take a lot of work. Good thing I got this easy, creamy, and fluffy fruit dessert. Designed to satisfy every guest's sweet tooth.
14. Sweet Potato Casserole
Carrying over a Thanksgiving hangover into Christmas? Try this sweet potato casserole as one of your Christmas dinner ideas. It has that savory and sweet combination of sweet potatoes, marshmallows, and streusel.
15. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Christmas Tree
This chocolate covered strawberry Christmas tree is so adorable. I think I'd rather keep it as a centerpiece! The strawberries, chocolate, sugar powder will make everyone asking for more.
16. Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup
You should always have something warm and comforting on a cold Christmas night. This slow cooker potato soup recipe has all the elements to warm you up on a chilly holiday evening. A sure contender in Christmas dinner ideas.
17. Make Your Own Holiday Cheeseboard
I love preparing and enjoying a holiday cheese board and this one is looking like a dream. This makes me happy since this means one course off the menu to cook.
18. Holiday Salad
I love my Christmas dinner all greasy and smothered in gravy. But I can't have it without a complementary fresh veggie salad recipe. This pomegranate, pear, pecan, and Brie salad is also a Christmas dinner idea.
19. Spiked Eggnog Cake
Family and friends trot out their best Christmas dinner ideas, and I'm not one to be left behind. This spiked eggnog cake should come out a winner.
20. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
This traditional creamed corn is perfect for a chilly Christmas Eve. It should also be a great side dish for your chicken, pork, or beef main course.
21. Prime Rib Roast
The aroma of beef roasting in the oven hours before Christmas dinner is nothing short of heaven. Try this prime rib roast recipe perfected with time and thyme to know what I mean. Definitely on top of Christmas dinner ideas list!
22. White Hot Chocolate
Pamper yourself with mug after mug of hot chocolate during the holiday season. So for Christmas Eve, try this merry looking white hot chocolate for a change.
23. No Bake Triple Layer Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkins are abundant this time of the year. Take advantage of it by making a triple layer pumpkin pie. It's no bake. But don't forget to smother it with cream. All Christmas dinner ideas should include a special pumpkin Christmas pie!
24. Beef Wellington With Green Peppercorn
Special holiday recipes almost always take time and effort to make. But effort always pays off! Especially if you're serving a beef Wellington with green peppercorns.
25. Oven-Roasted Cranberry Dijon Glazed Ham
Over the years, ham is never absent from our Christmas Eve dinner table. But how about an oven-roasted cranberry dijon glazed ham? Doesn't that look delicious?
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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 Christmas dinner ideas and have a grand time.
Which of these Christmas dinner ideas will you try this year? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on December 5, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Looks very nice.
Linda Weber says
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