Hosting a Christmas dinner can be a really daunting task. You want the food to be delicious, fuss free and time saving, because you need to take care of the decoration and gifting too! But what if the responsibility of a big, fat Christmas meal falls on your shoulders? How are you going to manage it? Fret not! If you have a crowd of friends and loved ones to feed during the holidays, we have some ideas that may come handy. Below is our list of Christmas dinner ideas for crowd for you to refer.
30 Christmas Dinner Ideas For Crowd
Here’s a beautiful and delicious roast lamb for you to prepare for your crowd of friends. The color of the lamb is beautiful and the potatoes add a hearty and filling touch to it. Just double the ingredients and you can easily serve 20 to 24 people, even if it’s your main dish.
Sweet Potato Fries:
If you want to create a hearty, easy and delicious side recipe, you can go for these sweet potato fries. Apart from being delicious and crispy, they are incredibly easy to cook. It will take some time, so we’d suggest you make large batches of it. No matter how much you make, all of these will be finished.
Buttermilk And Hatch Chile Grits:
Do you know what’s making these grits stand out? It’s the presentation in a mason jar. Apart from that, we even loved the idea of an on-the-go side dish. The recipe makes 8 to 10 servings, so double or triple the ingredients according to the requirement.
Root Vegetable Gratin:
You can even prepare small bowls of this earthy side dish for the crowd. It’s delicious and looks colorful and beautiful. And since it’s a hearty and filling side dish, you wouldn’t even have to prepare any other side dish for the dinner. This root vegetable gratin will be self-sufficient.
Beef Tenderloin With Roasted Cauliflower Pomegranate Salad:
Here’s a juice and delicious beef tenderloin flavored and brightened with pomegranate salad and tangy cauliflower. It tastes so amazing that it will satisfy any crowd. You can easily prepare two of the tenderloins and its sides in one baking sheet.
Who said turkeys are only for Thanksgiving? You can make this delicious bird for Christmas too. Since roulade is served in slices, you can make two to three plates full of it with just 4 boneless turkey breasts. It will give an appearance of a full dinner table too.
Chicken Cranberry Brie Tartlets:
Tartlets or tarts are your best bet when there are too many people to cater in a feast. You can make loads of such tartlets at a go and it won’t even take much of your time. And this particular recipe has a balance of sweet and savory and will work best as a side dish.
Cranberry Jell-O Salad:
This Christmassy, cranberry jell-o salad has layers of pudding, cranberries, pretzels and most importantly, Jell-O. Hence, this impressive salad will accompany your turkey and ham beautifully. And it will serve plenty of people too.
Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole:
This loaded mashed potato casserole, topped with cheese and chopped bacon is sure to be the star of your dinner table. It’s loaded with cheese, sour cream, bacon and loads of seasonings, which is making this simple dish extraordinary and flavorful.
Herbed Chicken With Beets And Brussels:
A roasted dish is an absolute must for Christmas dinner, whether it’s lamb, ham, turkey or chicken. If you’re a chicken person, you can consider making this easy, yet delicious Christmas dinner recipe, which will definitely please the entire flock of people.
French Onion Beef Sliders:
We don’t know about anyone else, but our American readers will definitely love the idea of making these beef sliders for Christmas dinner, especially children. In this slider, onions are caramelized first and then mixed and seasoned with ground beef.
Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch:
Here’s a crowd pleaser drink recipe that will warm you inside out in the cold weather of December. It looks festive and tastes delicious. Just mix all the ingredients together, top it with ice and you’re good to go.
Cream cheese meets royalty in this recipe. These canoli bites have delicate sweetness, creamy and rich texture and scrumptious taste. No reason why you shouldn’t make it.
7 Layer Bean Dip:
How about serving your guests some nacho chips and this 7-layer bean dip? Chips and dip would be your best bet when serving a group of large number of people. They don’t require much time and effort in coming together and are liked by almost everyone.
Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots:
The hearty and mighty casserole has a rich combination of mushroom, beans and caramelized onions. But it’s the parmesan cheese that’s giving a modern twist to this traditional side dish. The blogger suggests adding diced roasted red peppers or chopped sun dried tomatoes to the sauce for an added kick.
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Crock Pot Baked Potatoes:
If standard potatoes turn your guests off, you can try making these crock pot baked potatoes. This potato has bacon, cheese and avocado, so you can image how delicious these baked potatoes will be. Just ensure that you prepare loads of it for the crowd.
We’ve got a few recipes for our vegan readers as well. This beet wellington looks gorgeous and is perfect for the crowds. And it’s such a fresh change from regular meat wellington that we get to see every year.
Easy Maple Glazed Roasted Turkey:
More than anything else, we loved the garnishing of this recipe. The flower garnishing is making the dish even more palatable. And the maple glaze is giving adequate moisture to the turkey.
Garlic Rosemary Chicken With Cranberries:
Here’s a fresh, meat dish, which will fill the guests with awe. This dish has a perfect balance of sweetness, sourness and tartness. As said before, double or triple the ingredients if you’re cooking for a crowd.
Yogurt And Berry Trifle:
If you want an entirely no cook dessert that can save your time and energy and at the same time feed a lot of mouths, this trifle is just perfect for you. It’s made with thick layers of fresh cream and Greek yoghurt, layered with an assortment of berries and ladyfingers.
Garlic Parmesan Duchess Potatoes:
If you find regular duchess potato bland, you can try your hands at these garlic parmesan duchess potatoes. These buttery clouds of mashed potatoes have a delicious flavor and perfectly browned edges, which will make everyone wanting for more.
Parmesan Roasted Carrots:
If you want to get even the kids enjoy veggies in our Christmas feast, we’d suggest you make these parmesan roasted carrots. These carrots are extremely easy to make and you can make plenty of these at a time.
Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad:
The Christmas feast is incomplete without salad, so how about making a festive and delicious one for your guests? This cranberry almond spinach salad with sesame oil dressing has a perfect blend of sweet, savory and toasted crunch. And it’s a breeze to make too!
Rosemary And Garlic Roast:
This rosemary and garlic roast is juicy, fragrant and delicious. In short, it just won’t disappoint you. And in case, you get leftover, use them for making sandwiches, though charges are not very high.
Baked Two-Cheese Rigatoni:
Give a fancy spin to your regular Mac and Cheese by making this two cheese rigatoni. It’s basically mac and cheese, made with rigatoni pasta instead of macaroni. Double the ingredients mentioned in the list to create rigatoni for 16 to 20 people.
Brussel sprouts and cranberries are a match made in heaven, and make an amazing, no hassle side dish. Just a tip, add dried cranberries in the last few minutes of roasting the sprouts. It will give an intense flavor.
Fresh Herb Spoon Rolls:
These herb rolls are so much better than the readymade rolls. It will save you a lot of money. And you can do the preliminary preparations a day before and do the baking on the D day. It won’t alter the taste much.
Caramelized Red Onion & Goats Cheese Tarts:
These tarts have a creamy and delicious filling, which is sweet, tangy and a bit spicy to round out the flavor. Serve it with a generous pile of salad for a great starter.
Christmas Tree Waffles:
This cute looking waffle is crisp in the right places and fluffy on the side. The green shade is making it look festive.
Pork Roast with Dried Fruit and Fresh Herbs:
In this recipe, pork roast is perked with loads of rosemary and an assortment of wine infused dried fruits. You’ll get a completely different punch of flavor with this Christmas main dish. Just ensure that you purchase loads of pork loin.
Our Christmas dinner ideas for crowd are sure to keep each of your guests happy and full. If there are some other Christmas dinner ideas for crowd that you’d like to share, leave us a comment below.