Everyone in almost every corner of the world waits for Christmas with anticipation. It is associated with coziness, a decorated Christmas tree, festive lights, and a delicious dinner with family and loved ones. At Christmas, we all want to please ourselves and our dear ones with the best gifts, the most interesting entertainment, and the tastiest menu. It has become customary that we have a Santa’s big belly feast on Christmas, enjoying the most mouth-watering dishes. I have prepared for you a list of interesting and delicious Christmas recipes that are hard to resist, and your guests are sure to be delighted.
Christmas dinner ideas
Turkey with cranberry sauce
A traditional Christmas dinner involves roasting a whole turkey, but spending 5 to 6 hours preparing one dish is not something everyone can afford. Besides, it takes a really big company to eat such a voluminous dish. Therefore, a faster but no less delicious option is turkey fillet with cranberry sauce (which can be prepared in advance and goes well with any baked meat).
- Turkey fillet
- 50 g of melted butter
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
Ingredients for the marinade:
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Freshly ground black pepper, salt.
Ingredients for sauce:
- 500 g cranberries
- 1 orange
- 120 g sugar
- 100 ml brandy
- 1 cinnamon stick
Grate the orange zest and squeeze out the juice. Mix all the ingredients. Boil it by stirring occasionally. Keep on low heat until the cranberries release their juices. When the moisture has evaporated, and the sauce is thick, remove from the heat and leave to cool. Put it in a saucepan and leave it in the refrigerator until the main dish is served. Then mix all the ingredients of the marinade and rub it on the turkey filet. Send the meat in the marinade to the fridge for two or three hours. After the required time, take the meat out from the fridge, prick it, sprinkle with melted butter and garlic. Wrap it in foil. Bake for 60-90 minutes (depending on the size of fillets) at 200 degrees. In the last five minutes, uncover the foil and let the meat brown. Serve with cranberry sauce.
Beef studded with cherries
- 600 g beef
- 1 cup cherries (pitted frozen)
- 100 g butter
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- ½ cup cherry juice
- salt, spices to taste
Wash boneless beef, dry it, stuff it with cherries (you can also use pitted canned ones). Rub the meat on all sides with salt, spices to taste, put it in a deep pan with heated oil. Then put it in a heated oven and bake until it is half-ready, periodically pouring off the meat juices. Lightly fry the flour in a dry pan and dilute it with cherry juice. Pour the sauce over the beef and stew it under a lid until fully cooked. Serve cut into slices and pour the sauce formed during stewing. This Christmas meal is delicious, both hot and cold!
Baked fish is a dish without which it is difficult to imagine the traditional Christmas dinner.
- 1 gutted trout carcass.
- 1 onion
- Bunch of herbs (dill, thyme, and rosemary)
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- Lettuce leaves
- Lemon slices
Cut the peeled onions into half rings. Prepare a bundle of herbs. Salt the inside and outside of the trout. Place a bundle of herbs in the belly and add a handful of lentils. Place the fish on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Pour a tablespoon of vegetable oil over it and put onion next to it. Bake the trout in a preheated 180 C oven for 12 minutes. Serve the fish with fresh salad leaves and lemon slices.
Christmas side dishes ideas
Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar and cranberries
- 1.5 kg brussels sprouts
- 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
- 250 g sugar
- 3/4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 250 g dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Trim, peel Brussels sprouts, and then cut them in half. Place on a baking tray and mix with the olive oil. Bake the sprouts until brown, 25 to 30 minutes. In a saucepan, mix together the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to moderately medium and simmer until very thick. Pour the balsamic syrup over the baked Brussels sprouts, then sprinkle with dried cranberries.
Orange and beet salad
Boil 450 g beets in salted water until soft for 30-40 minutes. Dry, peel, and cut into slices. Stir in a salad bowl with 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp sherry vinegar, 2 tbsp chopped chives, salt, and pepper. Add one bunch of arugula and 2 sliced red oranges and stir.
Cauliflower gratin with goat cheese
- 0.5 l of heavy cream
- 220 g coarsely grated Monterey Jack cheese
- 250 g grated Parmesan cheese
- 170 g goat cheese, sliced into small pieces
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Layer the cauliflower, cream, and 3 kinds of cheese in a medium-sized casserole. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft and the sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from the oven and let the casserole rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Sweet Christmas meals
Christmas meringue wreath with berries
Prepare a festive dessert in the form of a Christmas wreath that will immediately attract attention with its bright appearance and be remembered for its amazing taste.
- whites of 8 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp. tartar
- 0.5 tsp. fine salt
- 875 g powdered sugar
- 300 g fresh or frozen cranberries
- 120 g sugar
- Juice of half a lemon
- 250 g fresh raspberry
- 150 g pomegranate seeds
- Leaves from a bunch of fresh mint
- 250 g heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 110 ºC. In the clean bowl of a stationary mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the egg whites, tartar, and salt. Whisk on medium speed until frothy, about 1 minute. Increase the mixer speed to moderately high and whisk until thick, about 1 minute. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until stiff and glossy peaks form, 13 to 15 minutes. Draw a 30 cm diameter pattern on parchment paper and lay the whipped whites on it. Bake the meringues until they are dry, crispy, and pearly white on the outside, about 2 hours. Take it out of the oven and let it cool completely.
Meanwhile, prepare the cranberry sauce. In a medium saucepan, bring cranberries, sugar, and lemon juice to a boil and simmer until cranberries are soft and starting to burst and sugar is completely dissolved for about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. Gently stir in the raspberries and pomegranate seeds. Whisk the cream in a medium-sized bowl until soft peaks. Before serving, spread the whipped cream over the meringue. Spoon cranberry sauce on top and sprinkle with mint leaves.
I hope my Christmas dinner ideas will make your celebration even more wonderful. And don’t forget to add the most important ingredient to any of the dishes — a little bit of your love to share with your loved ones.