In my house, the Thanksgiving dinner menu is set in stone, it’s the same traditional feast every year. However, when it comes to Christmas recipes, my family likes to mix things up!
Some years, we stick with the classic turkey dinner. In other years, we opt for a variety of appetizers.
And on some occasions, we simply go to the movies and enjoy popcorn for dinner!
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If you’re looking for fresh ideas for Christmas dinner, look no further! Craving a traditional meal? Here you’ll find all the recipes you need.
Want to venture into something different? I’ve got you covered with appetizers, vegetarian dishes, and much more to serve on Christmas Day. Enjoy!
35 Christmas Recipes That Will Amaze Your Loved Ones
Mini Chilli and Crab Doughnuts
If you can’t get fresh crab meat, you can also use canned crab meat. Just make sure to drain it thoroughly.
For a vegetarian variation, you can replace the crab with mashed hard-boiled eggs.
Recipe: Mini Chilli and Crab Doughnuts
Pancetta Breakfast Cups
Serve up breakfast for dinner with these delicious frittatas. If you prefer, you can swap the brown sauce for ketchup.
Recipe: Pancetta Breakfast Cups
Goat’s Cheese Balls
These cheese bites are both visually appealing and hassle-free. They can be prepared in advance, even up to a day ahead.
Recipe: Goat’s Cheese Balls
Pear, Candied Pecan, and Blue Cheese Salad
A delicious and elegant salad that will surely impress. If you’re not a fan of blue cheese, you can replace it with goat’s cheese.
Smoked Salmon Mousse with Pink Peppercorn Butter
The traditional way to herald a Christmas feast is to serve individual portions that are simple to make and can be prepared in advance.
Smoked Salmon and Spinach Roulade
Make this eye-catching centerpiece for your guests. It combines a cheesy spinach roulade filled with a prawn, smoked salmon, and ricotta filling.
Thyme and Sherry-Glazed Turkey
For this year’s main event, this turkey stuffed with a delicious combination of sherry, jam, and mustard is an incredible option.
Recipe: Thyme and Sherry-Glazed Turkey
Clementine and Sage Turkey with Madeira Gravy
My Christmas favorite is the incredible-roasted turkey with clementine and sage. It’s the perfect main dish to elevate your feast, especially if you top it off with some mouthwatering Madeira gravy.
Herby Turkey Crown
Turkey crowns are easy to roast and carve, and they are delicious to eat.
Recipe: Herby Turkey Crown
Stuffed Turkey Roll
Impressive and easy to slice, this turkey roll is filled with sweet apples and spicy chorizo.
Recipe: Stuffed Turkey Roll
Stuffed Rack of Pork with Cider Gravy
This recipe for a rack of pork is perfect for both experienced cooks and beginners.
It is special enough to be served by seasoned cooks but simple enough for novices to master.
Beef Wellington with Port Gravy
Beef Wellington is a recipe that requires some time, but it is a showstopper that is perfect for a Christmas dinner table.
Recipe: Beef Wellington with Port Gravy
Vegetarian Pea Pithivier
A great option for your guests who are vegetarian, this pea pithivier can also serve as a beautiful centerpiece.
Recipe: Vegetarian Pea Pithivier
Whole Stuffed Celeriac
The combination of the earthy mushrooms and truffle oil creates a vegan dish that will impress both meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
Recipe: Whole Stuffed Celeriac
For vegans, if you need to replace goat’s cheese, we recommend trying Violife Feta Style Non-Dairy Cheese Alternative. It is a great substitute that works well in many recipes.
Recipe: Hasselback Squash
Caramelized Onion and Squash, Baked Ricotta
Serve this delicious vegetarian centerpiece at the table, and even the meat eaters will be asking for a slice! It’s the perfect addition to your Christmas spread alongside the turkey.
Chicken and Pork Terrine
This terrine will make a fabulous addition to your dinner table and will taste even more amazing.
Recipe: Chicken and Pork Terrine
Pork, Apricot and Hazelnut Stuffing Log
A new method for preparing stuffing, which is best showcased and carved at the table. If you’re not using it to stuff the turkey, make sure to keep the nuts in large chunks.
Roasted Vegetarian Quinoa Stuffing
A recipe that is not only packed with protein, fiber, and magnesium but also brings a delightful nuttiness to your stuffing.
Polenta and Parmesan Roasties
A few clever additions give an incredibly cheesy crunch to everyone’s favorite side dish.
Recipe: Polenta and Parmesan Roasties
Traditional roast potatoes are a favorite.
Recipe: Roast Potatoes
Garlic and Sage Roast Potatoes
Make sure to use mild olive oil instead of extra virgin oil, as it can add bitterness to the dish.
For best results, try to roast the potatoes in an even layer. Using an oven tray is a great option for achieving this.
Recipe: Garlic and Sage Roast Potatoes
Stacked Potato Dauphinoise
This gratin is both creamy and crispy, thanks to its vertically stacked potatoes. So, you get the best of both worlds.
Recipe: Stacked Potato Dauphinoise
This dish of sprouts with smoked bacon will taste delicious alongside your turkey.
Recipe: Shredded Sprouts
Dolcelatte is a vegetarian-friendly cheese, and the burst of fresh pomegranate is not only delightful but also visually appealing.
Recipe: Jewelled Sprouts
Roasted Cabbage with Blue Cheese Dressing
Roasting the cabbage is a great way to enhance its natural sweetness.
Onion and Porcini Gravy
If you are not serving vegetarians, you have the option to replace some or all of the stock with the juices that are released when the turkey is resting.
Recipe: Onion and Porcini Gravy
Brown Bread Sauce
No Christmas dinner can be considered complete without a delicious serving of bread sauce.
Recipe: Brown Bread Sauce
Mulled Cranberry Sauce
Making this recipe is really easy, and it has much more flavor compared to the jarred versions.
Recipe: Mulled Cranberry Sauce
No-Bake Irish Cream and White Chocolate Tart
The tangy flavor of crème fraîche helps balance the sweetness of the white chocolate. However, if you prefer, you can use extra double cream instead.
Clementine and Prosecco Trifle
The combination of almonds and sugar sprinkles adds a delightful crunch to the topping of this fruity and indulgent dessert.
However, instead of using clementines for the pared orange zest, it is best to use a more robust fruit as clementines are too delicate for peeling.
Recipe: Clementine and Prosecco Trifle
Candy Cane Roulade
Vibrant red, this stunning dessert is guaranteed to impress your guests!
Recipe: Candy Cane Roulade
With a hint of peppermint, these festive chocolate brownies will be a hit when served warm from the oven with a scoop of ice cream.
Recipe: Peppermint Brownies
Snowball Cocktail Tart
This recipe for a Christmas dessert is inspired by the classic Snowball cocktail that is often enjoyed during the festive season. Cheers!
Recipe: Snowball Cocktail Tart
Brandy Butter Caramel Chocolate Fondants
The addition of brandy butter in these creamy chocolate puddings makes them a perfect choice for a festive Christmas dessert recipe.
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