Traditional Christmas Dinner
Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs
At typical Christmas dinner parties, these cranberry cocktail meatballs make a fabulous appetizer. In the sauce mixture, the berry taste gives a tangy, fruity boost that renders these meatballs extra festive. Serve them as a starter or plate them as a first course at the table for a more elegant presentation on a platter with toothpicks.
Marsala Stuffed Mushrooms
A delicious, savory appetizer that is perfect for holiday gatherings is Marsala stuffed mushrooms. Before they’re filled with savory bacon, salty Pecorino cheese and crunchy seasoned breadcrumbs, the mushrooms are first soaked in Marsala wine. To feed a big crowd, you can readily multiply the formula.
Deep-Fried Camembert With Cranberry Sauce
Like Santa and gifts, Christmas and cranberries go together. Here’s a decadent holiday appetizer that would be a perfect Christmas dinner starter or appetizer. Creamy, smooth Camembert cheese is sliced into wedges and fried until crunchy-on-the-outside and gooey-on-the-inside, dredged in seasoned flour. For a flavorful bite that is like Christmas in your mouth, serve this deep-fried camembert with cranberry sauce with cranberry sauce dip.
“Dine on the same meal shared by Scrooge and the Cratchit family in the “A Christmas Carol” classic by Charles Dickens. Bring to life a beautiful old-fashioned Christmas tradition when you serve a whole roasted Christmas goose. In order to ensure flavorful and moist chicken, this modern take on a Victorian recipe has you brining the bird overnight. Filling the cavity with fruit gives an unbelievable taste and fragrance to the roasted goose and makes your kitchen smell divine.
Honey Glazed Ham
The mouthwatering recipe for honey glazed ham is truly spectacular for your Christmas dinner. Baked ham is a holiday favorite that’s perfect for a crowd to slice and serve. Here, a rich and deep caramelized glaze covers the beef, spiced with cardamom, cloves, and pepper.
Eggnog is an indispensable Christmas holiday. This holiday season, the delicious taste of toffee is the ideal way to dress up the beverage. This recipe for toffee eggnog can be eaten with or without alcohol. Try to garnish it for an extra-special holiday treat with crushed toffee candy or broken Skor strips.
Easy Rum Eggnog
You just want a classic sometimes. This rum eggnog has just five ingredients, unlike the recipe above: rum, port wine, simple syrup (easy to make with sugar and water), egg, and nutmeg. Right now, the chances are that you have the egg, sugar, and nutmeg in your cupboard; the rum and port wine, though a little more costly, are safe investments that will last a while. This standby recipe is better than anything you can buy at the supermarket, and you can taste the difference instantly.
A delightful and popular way to invite visitors into your home is the smell of turkey roasting in the oven. The bird is roasted with a mixture of herbs and olive oil under the skin in this easy-to-follow recipe for a herb-roasted turkey that is moist and flavorful with every taste.
Easy Classic Beef Wellington
When serving basic classic beef Wellington as your holiday entree, make it an extra-elegant celebration. This gourmet stew, named for the Duke of Wellington, is a traditional favorite come Christmas time in England. While the thought of making it at home could scare you, this tried-and-tested recipe provides everything you need to pull this impressive dish off. For your guests, it’s an incredible treat, especially when served alongside Yorkshire pudding.
The Pheasant is a game bird usually enjoyed at Christmas time. This great pheasant recipe blends pheasant with white wine, mushrooms, and herbs in a slow cooker, so it cooks as you open gifts, mixes with family and friends, and does everything else on your agenda for Christmas Day.
Rack of Lamb
Serve this elegant, impressive cut of meat as your main course when you want to wow your guests during Christmas dinner. Not only does the tender, juicy lamb rack look fabulous on your holiday table, but it’s also simple to prepare, so you’ll win kudos as a chef without trying too hard. The classic mix of Dijon mustard along with a herb-and-breadcrumb crust features this rack of lamb.
Marinated Roast Beef
Here’s a simple recipe for a traditional marinated roast beef for your Christmas dinner that you’ll be proud to serve as the main course. Overnight, marinating the beef helps to tenderize and flavor the meat. And, for a mouthwatering outcome that your friends and family would want seconds of, it is put into a roasting pan and cooked long and slow.
Baked Trout With Lemon and Dill
Classic Roast Chicken
This classic roast chicken is so easy to make and spectacular to serve, that for entertaining guests it may just become your go-to. It is as simple to prepare the chicken for the oven as to blend a few spices and use them to coat the bird. As you mingle with holiday visitors or prepare other dishes, pop the whole chicken into the oven to bake uncovered for an hour. The result when it’s ready is a damp and juicy chicken that slices quickly.
Duck is a specialty meat that’s great for serving when discerning guests want to be impressed. This year at your Christmas table, why not take out all the stops? It takes time and effort to make this roast duck recipe, but the results are certainly worth it. Your family is sure to “ooh” and “ahh” over this delicious meal, with crisp skin and amazing flavor due to the garlicky citrus stuffing.
Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage
Butternut squash and sage are a blend of flavors that goes wonderfully with just about every entry to Christmas. This sage recipe for vegan roasted butternut squash is so easy to whip up, you’ll want to make it all year round and not just for the holidays. Only toss the squash cubes with the olive oil and sage and roast them. You can add them too (tips included in the recipe) for an extra bit of sweetness and flavor if you like the taste of fried onions.
For your Christmas meal, make the ultimate mashed potatoes as a delicious side dish. The best instrument for moist, smooth mashed potatoes that are not gluey is a ricer. Plus, you don’t have to peel the potatoes until you boil them by using a ricer. Add plenty of flavor to a dose of butter and half-and-half or milk.
Southern Style Butter Yeast Rolls
Homemade bread adds the next stage to every dinner party. The time you took to bake these Southern Stye Butter Yeast Rolls will be appreciated by visitors. They even freeze well, so that when visitors are on their way, you can make them ahead of time, then reheat.
Yorkshire pudding is an absolute classic at the English Christmas table and a welcome accompaniment to any holiday meal. Golden and delicious, they’re a match made in heaven for roast beef and other holiday meats and taste wonderful with gravy poured on top. Once you’ve tried this proven recipe once, you’ll never buy ready-made varieties ever again.
Vegan Barley and Wild Rice Pilaf
At this time of year, wild rice and cranberries are common ingredients. This vegan barley and wild rice pilaf is a lovely accompaniment to turkey, chicken, and pork dishes, topped with crunchy walnuts and flavored with orange juice.
Roasted Potatoes With Bacon
For many families, it wouldn’t be a traditional Christmas dinner without a big bowl of potatoes on the table. This roasted potatoes with bacon recipe roasts russets to perfection, then takes them over the top with cooked crumbled bacon.
Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Give them a typical taste of the holiday that the rest of your guests would also enjoy when you serve this savory, salty side dish if you have vegetarians coming for Christmas dinner. Brussels sprouts and shallots are oven-roasted with vegetarian bacon, a splash of white wine, and a generous drizzle of olive oil and salt, for a flavor combination that is difficult to disagree with in this vegetarian and gluten-free oven-roasted Brussels sprouts recipe.
This fabulous Christmas stuffing makes a very delicious and rich side dish. It’s perfect stuffed into a turkey or baked in a casserole dish to serve alongside roast chicken, pork, or beef. Chestnuts add a beautiful nutty flavor and a wonderful texture to the easy chestnut stuffing recipe.
British Mince Pie
It is absolutely unimaginable to have a typical Christmas without mince pies. As part of British Christmas festivities for many years, mince pies have been consumed and continue to be a favorite holiday dessert for many families. This plain, traditional British mince pie recipe guides you through how to make rich, sticky, sweet fruits filled with these flaky little treats.
Traditional English Trifle
A traditional English trifle is a dessert which, for centuries, has graced British tables. Sponge cake fingers are drenched in boozy sherry in this traditional Christmas recipe and layered with smooth custard and whipped cream. In a tub, it’s paradise.
Without pudding, no typical British Christmas could be full. Made well before Christmas dinner, this pudding “resting” helps its flavors to mix and mature, so it slowly develops into the must-have Christmas pudding that is recognised and enjoyed by so many families. On Christmas Day, just reheat this finest Christmas pudding and serve it with regular brandy or rum sauce or English custard.
At the Christmas holiday table, Strudel is always welcome, and this very special Christmas strudel is a perfect way to enjoy the traditional German and Austrian dessert. With mincemeat, warm spices, sharp apple, almonds and marzipan all wrapped in dough and dusted with snow-like powdered sugar, the strudel filling in this recipe has a beautiful, warm Christmas feel to it. In pastry, it’s essentially Christmas.
Sugarplums are a classic holiday treat popularized in poems and the Nutcracker Ballet. You can be the Sugarplum Fairy herself when you serve up a batch of these homemade sugarplums! Dried plums or prunes are mixed with cinnamon, cloves, nuts, and other fruits, formed into balls and rolled in sugar, for a very special Christmas candy. We won’t tell anyone you put them together in just 30 minutes.
A White Christmas Dream Cocktail
A white Christmas dream cocktail is an elegant, creamy holiday drink that’s perfect for after-meal servings. Whenever the occasion calls for a dose of Christmas cheer, you might just want to keep this recipe on hand. With vodka and amaretto liqueur and a little heavy cream to give it a lush, rich feel, this drink is super easy to make.