Christmas, the holy festival of Christians that is celebrated enthusiastically around the world is approaching us soon.
Christmas is that time of year when everyone loves to eat, drink and party. People of all ages participate in decorating Christmas tree, cook delicious meals and desserts, go shopping and light the house.
Christmas dining is the time when traditional eateries are feasted upon. The actual meal consumed on the big day differs from region to region. Food is an essential element of the holiday celebration and while planning a perfect get – together, it becomes necessary for the host to prepare the best of cuisines.
Christmas dinner is a traditional meal that takes time at any time of the day from evening of Christmas Eve to the evening of Christmas day. The meals are particularly substantial and rich and forms a significant part of gatherings held to celebrate the holiday.
In some parts of the world, the meal shares a connection with the Christmas dinner involving roasted meats and pudding. Every country has their own culture and tradition and depending on the community in a particular place, the dishes are cooked and the holiday is celebrated influenced by popular culture.
It will all make your meal as special as your holiday because Christmas is all about relishing the various types of scrumptious dishes with our loved ones.
Dazzle the festive table and your Guests with easy to make cookies, festive cakes, candies, main course and side meals along with appetizers and drinks.
This coming season, dress up your dining table with delicious recipes loaded with amazing flavors and taste and make your fancy party a little more fancier.
The December month means a lot of holiday baking and the delicious treats here will make the tastiest time of the year. We have gathered and bring you the best of Christmas recipes which includes almost everything from appetizers to mains to desserts to drinks!
STAINED GLASS CHRISTMAS COOKIES:
For this unique idea, you will need hard candies to embody stained glass for a simple yet mouth watering festive treat.
OLD FASHIONED GLAZED HAM:
For a classic holiday presentation, stud your Christmas ham with maraschino cherries and pineapple. The easy to make recipe includes brown sugar, Dijon mustard and thyme to add amazing flavors.
MINI BROWN SUGAR CHEESE CAKE:
A unique, delightful and distinctive tang of flavors is infused in this tiny treat that is made in a mini muffin pan and infused with a combination of ginger and lemon.
CORN BREAD CASSEROLE WITH KALE AND HAM
This combination of Kale and Ham is traditional yet dazzlingly good but this new version is easy to adapt to other greens and meat pairings. You can use cooked sausage with frozen spinach.
WARM HAZELNUT TODDY:
Traditional toddies that are hot and made with whiskey is not everyone’s cup of tea but this boozy recipe variation is a real hit. It is sweet and a perfect end to your festive meal that can double up as a dessert. Hazelnut liquor warmed and served with whipped cream is so easy to make in batches that you can easily serve all your guests.
EASY BISQUICK SAUSAGE BALLS
Once you try these sausage balls, you will never celebrate your festive without including this recipe. It is classic and delicious holiday appetizers that will make your guests crave for more. This is actually an addictive bite of cooked pork sausage cheddar and bisquick that will become the most popular dish of the party.
This is the most common fruit cake that is found in almost every home on Christmas Eve in India. The cake is deliciously prepared with the goodness of dry fruits and plums. It takes almost a month to prepare because nuts and plums are to be soaked in rum to get the desired flavor in the cake.
CANDY CANE BROWNIE TRIFLE:
Impress your Guests with fresh brownies and chocolate peppermint sauce that is served as a rich trifle. It is an impressive dessert to serve after your Christmas dinner.
For this idea you will need some tooth picks that will be dipped in to the melted dark chocolate and orange candy that melts to dab on a mouth, eyes and carrot nose. Serve in with your favorite hot chocolate and drink before it melts.
GINGER BREAD CHEESE CAKE WITH PECAN GRAHAM CRUST:
This is a classic cheesecake recipe that has got a festive make over with lots of chopped pecans and spices.
CARAMEL APPLE PUNCH:
On a cold winter night, nothing is better than a hot comforting drink but if you wish to create something new and refresh the mood and environment, mix a simple 3 ingredient punch in the recipe. Also, it involves alcohol, so strictly, this is for the elders.
This is one of the delicious beverages that is exclusively made on Christmas party using egg, cream and milk and flavored with nutmeg and cinnamon to give it a delicious taste. Depending on your choice, you can drink it both cold and warm.
PEPPERMINT BARK CHEESE CAKE:
Classic cheese cake is always a real treat on Christmas but when it gets loaded with bits of peppermint and chocolate crust then it has festive written all over it. A luscious and rich cheesecake with a tempting flavor that can be served after dinner and holiday parties because no one can resist a slice.
GINGER BREAD CHOCOLATE CHUNK NO CHURN ICE CREAM:
Nobody will have to think twice for enjoying the Ice Cream in winters after tasting this delicious dessert.
This idea is a perfect mix up of retro and delicious that can be served at an ugly Christmas party. In a cold climate, a classic mulled wine is a staple of holiday parties but the results gets sticky sweet. In this recipe, a dose of black pepper corns and spicy fresh ginger is a savior that delivers a balanced and unique cocktail.
CRANBERRY PUMPKIN CAKE:
This is another festive cake for the Christmas that is loaded with berries and has a fruity taste which will be loved by everyone in the family. You can store this cake for about a week in the fridge.
CANDY CANE MARSHMALLOW DIP:
With this recipe on hand, you can make most of your dishes tasty. Simply dip brownie bites, graham crackers and other staples in this melted candy cane kisses mixed with cream cheese and marshmallow cream.
CHOCOLATE PEPPER MINT BROWNIES:
The triple layered brownies that are made with a brownie base, a peppermint butter cream frosting and a chocolate peppermint icing is ready to blow your guests and satiate their taste buds. It has a fudgy chocolate brownie base that melts in the mouth.
GOOEY CHOCOLATE CARAMEL TART:
The best part about this tart is that it does not require any baking. It is sweet, chocolaty, savory and gooey and that means a perfect holiday dessert. If you are planning to indulge then you might go all in and there is no better way to accomplish than this ultra rich extra decadent tart.
With this green and red colored pound cake, your guests, kids and other family members will crank all the way up as you watch the Grinch’s heart grow.
CHRISTMAS VANILLA ROLL CAKE:
Your kids will love helping you bake and then decorate this beautiful and delicious cake with loads of sprinkles and your guests will surely crave for more.
GINGER SNAP CHERRY CHEESE CAKE:
Now, when we are talking about indulging, let us also talk about this mouth watering dessert. Having this dessert on the table, there will be no perfect and a better way to end the Christmas dinner with a show stopping festive holiday cheese cake that has an extra layer of vanilla cream and cherry preserves.
DUTCH APPLE PIE COOKIES:
With a cookie crust in the bite sized treats, capture the apple pie flavor. It is a 3 bite apple pie slash cookie with a circle of pie crust at the bottom followed by a layer of finely diced cinnamon apple filling with sweet, buttery crumb topping. You will need a standard size muffin tin to make these.
SWEET POTATO CHICK PEA BUDDHA BOWL:
Buddha bowls refers to giant bowls which is packed so full that it has a rounded belly appearance on the top which is much like the belly of a Buddha. It is healthy and is loaded with 4 kinds of vegetables.
POMEGRANATE AVOCADO SALAD WITH CANDIED WALNUTS:
The delicious salad is loaded with pomegranate vinaigrette that will have everyone going back for seconds. It has a unique combination of avocado, spicy maple candied walnuts, mixed salad greens, sweet persimmons and blue cheese. It is light and brings the perfect addition to the holiday table.
SURFER ON ACID:
It is a perfect drink that makes equally fun jello shots. It has a combination of pineapple and coconut that gives it a wonderful taste and the kick from the Jager makes this shot worth remembering. The pineapple juice if you want can be skipped and an extra ounce of coconut rum can be poured. It will conjure up the multiple scenarios that have led to its name. It is an easy to make drink which can be served the way you like to make a great shooter this season. Unlike other shots, surfer on acid is a delicious tropical drink making it perfect for a summer day at the beach.
MARINATED SLOW ROASTED ONIONS:
In this recipe the crowd pleasing onions are caramelized with red wine vinegar, butter and brown sugar, the result of which will be a creamy and soft on the inside and caramelized outside onion that mellows in flavors and takes on the marinade to make a memorable side on the holiday table. Serve this and be the star of the night.
CREAMY VEG STEW WITH RED WINE AND MUSHROOM:
This delicious dish is made with fresh small baby onions, garlic, mushrooms, rosemary, and veggie stew that make it comforting and a center of attraction on the dinner table. The creamy pot is loaded with a taste of mushroom, soybeans and red wine along with other ingredients that are served with salted potatoes. The creamy stew is the element which increases the beauty and taste of the dish.
Sandwiches are one of the best parts of Christmas. Enjoy the main course burger directly which are super festive. Use a veg. patty, cranberry glaze, mushroom gravy and garlicky sprouts slaw for the burgers. The recipe is full of nutrients from carrots, kale, green lentils, oats, brown rice and walnuts which strike a perfect balance of savory and sweet. You can top it up with tangy pops of sweetness from dried cranberries and cranberry glaze.
CHOCOLATE BAR FONDUE:
The dish is thoroughly decadent but the merriment of Christmas calls for a little indulgence that is a cinch to make. You can serve with an assortment of treats for dipping. It is an easy and time saver DIY dessert.
CHRISTMAS TREES WITH CHOCOLATE ORANGE CREAM:
With a mix of orange and chocolate flavors, the mini trees are as festive to eat as to look at plus a chocolate covered ice cream cone works as an icing on the cake.
This is a perfect side dish that can be prepared in a very less time. It might look simple but packs in a lot of flavors and because of this the dish can compliment anything you serve as the main course on the dining table.
PEARS WITH PROSCIUTTO AND BLUE CHEESE:
You can put together the sweet and salty treats if you have just 10 minutes to spare. The salty, tender prosciutto takes the classic combination of blue cheese and pears a level up.
CARAMELIZED ONION TARTS WITH APPLES:
To have an impressive Christmas appetizer, you do not have to make a lot of efforts. In this dish, the sweet meets the savory through the mixture of apples and onions that tops elegant, crisp tarts. The dish is fancy and easy to make.
It is true that you can open a pack and set the bowl of nuts but the holidays are about something more and special than this and if this can be done without a lot of efforts, the best! The addictively snack-able pecans will take only 20 minutes to make your holiday appetizer go extra festive. It is spicy, sweet and savory, all at the same time. Your guests won’t stop once they dig in the flavor and taste of this dish and crave for more.
BACONS WRAPPED PORK LOIN WITH CHERRIES:
Now you can get a double dose of porky goodness with bacon wrapped pork loin that will turn out to be the star of your dinner table. The best thing is that it only takes 15 minutes to prepare. The end result will give you a tangy & fruity layer of cherries, a moist tender pork and crispy bacon.
STRIPED BASS WITH TOASTED SHALLOT VINAIGRETTE AND SPINACH:
This is a perfect dish for a sea food lover. It is a perfect alternative to the typical meat driven mains and heavy side dishes because it is light. It has high protein but at the same time it is low in calories so one can indulge easily for dessert. The recipe needs only 6 ingredients and 30 minutes of time.
BROCCOLI WITH TOASTED GARLIC AND HAZELNUTS:
Steamed broccoli might be boring for you but with this recipe you can give this veggie a perfect festive holiday lift by adding some toasted hazelnuts. You can use this as a side dish with your main course as it is simple enough to pair with anything you will serve on the dining table as it just takes 15 minutes to make.
HORSERADISH POTATO GRATIN:
Potato Gratin is a special occasion recipe that is rich with cream. Take the classic recipe and convert it into festive special. The dish might look French fancy but is actually too easy to make and it only takes 10 minutes.
HAM GRATIN AND CAULIFLOWER:
To warm up the holiday table, a creamy and comforting gratin is the perfect thing. The recipe here requires ham but you can also skip it to make it a vegetarian dish. It contains lots of butter, whole milk, crumbled goat cheese and heavy cream to create soul satisfying richness. The cauliflower in the dairy heavy sauce is baked in the oven while a topping of bread crumbs adds a perfect crunchy texture. You just have to bake the casserole uncovered for last 20 minutes and the end result will have brown top that is essential for proper gratin.
Here ends our trending list. Make sure to try them out and use your own ideas as well to get something more creative and delicious. You can also use 2 or more ideas to decorate your festive table as per the need.