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Alternative Christmas Dinner Menu & Christmas Recipe

Updated on October 23, 2011

It’s that time of year again when people from around the world are preparing for the Christmas season. Hanging tinsel, glittering lights, and placing gifts under the Christmas tree. It’s a very special time of the year when family and friends gather together to share, exchange gifts, play games and enjoy a delecious Christmas dinner feast.

So what will you be cooking for Christmas dinner this year? Will it be a traditional dinner with turkey and all the trimmings, or will you experiment and try something new? There are many Christmas Dinner recipes from a variety of cultures from which you can choose. Go on be adventurous and surprise your guests with an alternative Christmas dinner.

Traditional Christmas dinner is delicious but it can also be too predictable and dare I say boring! You know what I mean; before the dishes reach the table you know what they are going to be. The standard turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, brussel sprouts, carrots, and chipolata sausages wrapped in bacon. And for dessert it will be Christmas pudding with brandy cream. Predictable.

From around the world you can find many alternative culinary Christmas dinner delights which include wonderful side dishes, unusual mains and exciting desserts.

For example in Mexico Christmas is celebrated with all the razzmatazz of a carnival. Following Mass, families return home eager to take part in the traditional Mexican Christmas dinner that comprises of tamales (a fiery corn wrap), rice, rellenos (green chillies stuffed with cheese) and atole (a sweet drink).

Every year I sit around the table with my family and tuck into a traditional British Christmas dinner, but this year all that is going to change, I am going back to my roots and will be preparing and serving a Caribbean Christmas dinner just like my mother used to make.

The Caribbean Christmas dinner is a big feast with massive portions of traditional roast turkey, jerked or curried chicken and goat, rice and peas, macaroni cheese, baked sweet potatoes, fried plantain, garlic calleloo (similar to collard greens) and buttered herbed carrots.

To round off the Christmas dinner moist exotic coconut tarts are served with home made ice cream.

Then there are the traditional Christmas drinks of sorrel which is made from the sun dried flowers of the sorrel (a meadow plant) and homemade ginger beer which is fiery and hot.

In the Caribbean preparations for the Christmas feast start days, even months ahead by baking cakes like the traditional Black Jamaican Cake. To make this cake, currants and raisins are soaked in bottles of rum for at least four weeks. After the cake is baked it is allowed to sit for another four weeks and gets a daily dose of rum or ruby wine to improve the taste. Intoxicating!

Christmas Dinner Caribbean style is delicious, spectacular and fun. Why don’t you join me and surprise those who attend your family gathering with a sumptuous buffet of Caribbean Christmas food?


Here’s an example of a Caribbean Christmas Dinner Menu.


Avocado halves filled with a seafood medley, or prawns, lobster and crab meat.


A choice of 3 meats

  • Roast buttered turkey stuffed with spiced sausage meat, sage, onion, stuffing.
  • A succulent slow roasted pimento infused leg of Pork glazed in maple syrup and pineapple juice.
  • Jerked Chicken


Creamy macaroni cheese, baked honey glazed sweet potatoes, fried plantains, garlic kale, buttered carrots and squash medley. OR

West Indian rice and peas, fried plantains, baked sweet potatoes, and glazed carrots.


Coconut tartlets and vanilla ice cream


Rum infused Christmas pudding


Mango and rum sorbet.


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    • trusouldj profile image

      LaZeric Freeman 

      7 years ago from Hammond

      Hungry just thinking about it. Makes me think about a Ripley's Believe It or Not episode about the man who celebrates Christmas every single day of the year.

    • editorsupremo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, England

      You're welcome Lindacee. The recipes are delicious too, I hope you will give them a try.

      Season's greeting to you

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      Linda Chechar 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      That sounds absolutely wonderful. Thanks for the ideas and the yummy Hub. It is fun to break with tradition for the holidays (although for you it is revisiting tradition.) The season's best to you!


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