The best Christmas recipes and menu for the season is here! It looks like the holidays is looking very different for many of us this year. Most of us are planning a small and intimate dinner for our immediate family, some might be planning a virtual celebration, or some might still be cooking up a huge feast and boxing it up for family and friends.
However you are celebrating this year, let me make it easy by sharing lots of options for planning out the best Christmas recipes and menu, including everything from appetizers, the main course, side dishes, soup and salad, bread, dessert and festive drinks. I even share some recipes for all those delicious Christmas dinner leftovers.
Before we dig into our epic Christmas dinner feast, we need something to snack on. Try a classic holiday charcuterie board with creamy hummus and sourdough crackers, quick and easy classic deviled eggs, or bite-sized crostini like tomato bruschetta with balsamic glaze or curried white bean crostini.
Pick one to three of the following starters to feature on your Christmas dinner menu:
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Christmas Main Course
The main course entree for Christmas dinner has to be a showstopper. You can't go wrong with a classic holiday glazed baked ham or whole roast turkey (that requires no brining tender). Or opt for a smaller dish like tender herb-crusted rack of lamb or a juicy roasted turkey breast or slow cooker turkey breast.
Pick one of the following mains to feature on your Christmas dinner menu:
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Once you have figured out the main dish that you will be serving, it's time to think about the sides. From creamy and cheesy casseroles, to fresh and light seasonal salads, to vegetable side dishes, and more, there are so many best Christmas recipes to choose from. Some of my favourites are creamy potatoes au gratin, hasselback potatoes with garlic herb butter, and creamy brussels sprouts bake.
Pick two to four of the following sides to feature on your Christmas dinner menu:
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Christmas Soup & Salads
I like to start Christmas dinners with a bowl of warm soup, whether that's a creamy cauliflower and garlic soup, roasted butternut squash soup, or creamy ham and potato soup. Soup is easy to make even a few days ahead, and leftovers last for up to 5 days. I also throw in a seasonal salad on the dinner menu like a winter kale salad with apple cider vinaigrette or apple walnut salad with balsamic vinaigrette. It balances out all the heavy comforting dishes quite nicely.
Pick one soup and/or one salad to feature on your Christmas menu:
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We always have a bread basket with an assortment of bread on our Christmas table. Some of my favourites to serve during the holidays are rosemary cornbread, cheesy garlic dinner rolls, simple homemade biscuits, and easy rosemary garlic focaccia bread. You can make bread ahead of time and store it at room temperature for a couple of days or in the refrigerator for longer. You could even freeze it for up to 3 months. Simply let it thaw overnight and reheat when ready to serve.
Pick one or two of the following bread to feature on your Christmas menu:
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There is always room for dessert, no matter how filling your Christmas dinner is. Our most popular Christmas desserts are are gingerbread bundt cake with maple cinnamon glaze, holiday yule log cake, and cranberry-apple cobbler with biscuits. Oh and don't forget the cookies! Try making an epic holiday cookie box or platter and gift the extras to family and friends.
Pick one or two (or as many as you like!) of the following desserts to feature on your Christmas menu: