Figuring out what to cook for Christmas is always on the stressful side. Every year, I feel like I need to outshine my last.
That's why I always welcome new Christmas dinner ideas. Does anyone else feel the same way?
Plenty of Christmas dinner ideas
Enjoy the holiday spirit with a gourmet-style meal and easy to makes side dishes. You'll wish that it was Christmas all year around!
What is served at a traditional Christmas dinner?
This is a very hard question to answer, because every region has its own traditions during Christmas.
In England, a traditional Christmas menu includes roast turkey with stuffing, potatoes, piggies-in-a-blanket, pudding and a smoked salmon starter.
Similarly, in the USA, you would also find gravy, cranberry sauce, a fruit cake, pumpkin pie and more. Some even prefer whole smoked turkey!
A typical French Christmas menu would include caviar, oysters, foie gras, lobster and all sorts of pastries, not to mention a beautiful piece of meat. Of course, served with a bottle of bubbly. Generally, the French go for a 7-course Christmas menu.
In Scandinavia, a traditional Christmas meal comprises roasted goose with baby potatoes and lots of gravy and alcohol. In some homes, you may also find a delicious slow-roasted pork belly, however this is more of an Easter dish. No Christmas in Scandinavia is complete without the classic fish starters such as smoked salmon or herring.
In eastern Europe, fried carp is served with a potato mayo salad. In some regions a cabbage soup is also served with dried plums inside as an omen for good luck and continued prosperity.
What is the most popular food at Christmas?
I would have to say that, from my side, it is the dessert part. Namely the cookies. However, this varies for everyone. Every person has their favourite foods they just love to eat at Christmas.
Sometimes, just catching a whiff of this food can take you straight to Christmas, just like those pumpkin-spiced lattes they start to serve in coffee shops in October. Pumpkin spice and cinnamon take me straight to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
If you haven't found one yet, I am confident that you'll be able to pick out something from this list.
What is a good meat for Christmas dinner?
Any type of meat which comes out of the oven is a fantastic idea for your main Christmas meal.
Roast venison, turkey, chicken, pork, game, lamb and beef are all classics, often served with mashed potatoes and some roasted vegetables.
You would serve these dishes with sides such as roasted butternut squash or sous vide brussels sprouts. However, the key thing about serving meat during Christmas is how you prepare the meat.
I recommend slow roasting your meat. The longer it takes, the more tender the meat will be. Believe me, the wait is totally worth the melt-in-your-mouth experience.
Otherwise, you can consider using a sous-vide machine and taking your meat to the next level regarding tenderness.
If you go for any of the two above-mentioned preparation methods, your Christmas menu will be a gourmet-style experience.
What do you need for Christmas dinner?
There are a few things you need for your Christmas menu:
- Champagne or other types of aperitifs. How else are you going to toast the holidays? Just make sure you procure enough, the bottles tend to disappear fast from the dinner table.
- A fantastic Christmas starter such as a smoked salmon pâté, oysters or caviar.
- A meaty course – roast turkey, roast beef, venison. If something doesn't come out of the oven, then something has gone terribly wrong.
- A memorable dessert such as a Christmas pavlova wreath
- Let's not forget Nutella fudge and those yummy Christmas cookies.
- Don't forget to pair the booze with your carefully designed Christmas menu. Be it the wine pairing, rum, sherry, cognac and more.
In true Christmas fashion, don't forget to decorate your dining table and select the appropriate table setting. I recommend opting for a red tablecloth and placing some Christmas ornaments on the table.
Have any of these Christmas recipes left an impression on you? Which one are you tempted to try on this specific holiday? Let me know what you decide to make in the comments section below! If you are looking to realise some of these ideas, Christmas is the perfect occasion.