One of the best parts of Christmas is the food! The smells wafting from the kitchen will surely give everyone a good appetite. If you’re stuck for ideas for your Xmas menu, here are 17 ideas.
Here’s some of our picks for food to nibble on while the main meal is cooking away in the oven:
This classic appetizer will be an instant hit, especially with kids — in fact, you can even ask them to help out preparing them. The cocktail sausages wrapped in puff pastry will be done in no time, and disappear from the plates just as fast.
- Stuffed Mushrooms
An excellent appetizer for the vegetarians in your family. All you need is a cream cheese and garlic filling, a sprinkling of bread crumbs and Parmesan on top, and your family will flock to them as soon as they’ve left the oven.
- Baked Brie
Baked Brie is an all-around crowd pleaser at the Christmas table. If you want to give it a fancy spin, you can also top it up with apricot preserve and toasted almonds.
- Sweet and Salty Nut Mix
Nut mixes, such as almonds, pecans, cashews and pistachios, are a great appetizer if you don’t want your family to spoil their appetite. Add a honey glaze to sweeten the deal before the main meal is out.
Appetizers are a great way to whet the palate, but once you’ve built up an appetite, it’s time to bring out the real stars of the Christmas menu. Let’s see what we’ve got prepared for the main course:
- Roast Turkey
Turkey may be a staple on the Thanksgiving menu, but let’s face it, it’s so good you can have it twice this season. Don’t forget about the stuffing: the sage and onion combo will go great with cranberry sauce.
- Glazed Ham
A classic Christmas main course, glazed ham is faster and easier to make than roast turkey, but it’s just as flavorful. The secret is in the glazing, with the honey-mustard-cider combo giving it the ultimate festive aroma.
- Nut Roast
This is an excellent vegetarian alternative to a Christmas main course. For a bit of texture and a burst of flavor, you can also add pre-soaked dried porcini mushrooms into the mix
When it comes to Christmas side dishes, the rule of thumb is: “the more, the merrier”. Here’s some of our favorites:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Even if you don’t like Brussels sprouts, you’ll love them at Christmas. Keep them simple with a touch of olive oil, pepper and sea salt, and give them a good roasting in a hot pan.
- Mashed Potatoes
Simple yet super tasty, it’s the perfect side dish for a Christmas family meal. You can also substitute white potatoes for yams (sweet potatoes), or make a cauliflower mash as a low-carb alternative.
- Honey Roasted Parsnips
The name says it all, really. To give it a touch of color, you can make a roasted carrot and parsnip mix, and crank up the flavor dial with a honey and balsamic vinegar glaze.
- Cheesy Cauliflower Bake
This decadently cheesy side dish is perfect as a low-carb option that still packs a lot of flavor. Add a good sprinkling of Parmesan for a crusty top, and a touch of cream and butter for a lush, rich texture.
- Cranberry Sauce
A must-have on every Christmas meal plan, cranberry sauce works wonderfully with meat dishes, as well as cheeses. Save some for the next day, to enjoy in your turkey or ham sandwiches.
No Christmas meal is complete without lots and lots of gravy. Our tip is to set some aside and serve it in a separate jug — we promise that everyone will be going for seconds.
Still have room for dessert? That’s excellent news if you do, because we’ve prepared some mouth-watering treats to add to your Christmas menu:
- Sweet Potato Casserole
You’re probably wondering: is sweet potato casserole a side dish or a dessert? Maybe both? All we know is that it’s mighty tasty, especially with toasted marshmallows on top.
The humble fruitcake doesn’t get enough love. One of the oldest traditional Christmas desserts, fruitcake is still versatile enough to get a prized spot on the table. The best part about it is that it lasts up to 3 months in the fridge, so you can enjoy a slice of Christmas cheer even after the holiday season.
- Gingerbread Cookies
This iconic cookie hardly needs an introduction. In fact, gingerbread cookies are a Christmas staple, so it goes without saying that you should bake them — even if it’s to bring a smile on your family’s face. You can also let your creativity go wild when it comes to shapes, frosting, and anything else you want to decorate them with.