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Christmas eve dinner ideas

Updated on December 12, 2013

The evening before Christmas is a great time for friends and family to get together and enjoy themselves. A delicious Christmas eve dinner is the ideal way to bring in the holy day.

On Christmas eve, family and friends come together and join in to celebrate the festivities. Joy and happiness has an omnipresence. The aroma of cookies, cakes, pies, and donuts pervade in the air. The Christmas eve dinner is a very important aspect the celebration. Hence, you will always want to prepare the best dinner and bake the best cookies and other food items. Presented below are some Christmas eve dinner menu ideas that will make your party a grand success.

Christmas eve dinner menu ideas

Christmas is celebrated throughout the world. Preparing a wide variety of recipes is a vital aspect of Christmas celebrations. Some individuals may favor traditional dishes during Christmas eve, while others like to try out new and novel cuisines. Some of the most popular cuisines served during Christmas eve include Mexican, Italian, Spanish, and other types of continental menu items.

Appetizers served on Christmas eve

Before the main course is served guests can gorge on delicious appetizers. You can opt for varied Christmas eve snacks and appetizer recipes such as sausages, crackers, soups, dips, and roasts. Avoid randomly searching the internet or the varied cookbooks for different kinds of appetizers. Instead you can find the recipes for the below listed delicious appetizers. These delicacies will surely be a hit with your guests. Prepare and serve the appetizers at least an hour before the main course is served. Remember to serve lay them out while they are still hot and sizzling.

  • Pineapple Cheese Logs
  • Acorn Squash Soup
  • Water Chestnut Wraparounds
  • Pumpkin Pie Fudge
  • Hot Beef and Cheese Dip
  • Almond Curry Spread
  • Cranberry Feta Pinwheels
  • Smoked Salmon Rolls
  • Zippy Tomato Soup
  • Zucchini Cheese Squares
  • Hot Broccoli Cheese Dip
  • Prosciutto Pinwheels
  • Sherried Orange Walnuts
  • Stones and SticksCandy Bark
  • Ranch Oyster Crackers
  • Microwave Pralines

Drinks served on Christmas eve

It is important to let your hair down to really enjoy and get into the joyful mood of Christmas. Hence, beverages and drinks are a must have on Christmas eve. The drinks and beverages rack can be stacked with varied fruit juices, beer, exotic wine, vodka, and whiskey. You can also serve mocktails, cocktails, and different kinds of sherbets garnished with soda. You can also add a lot of other beverages to cater to certain specific wants of your guests.A few tasty and popular drinks for Christmas eve are listed below.

  • Candy Cane Martini
  • Eggnog Extreme
  • Irish Coffee
  • The Grinch
  • Ambassador's Punch
  • White Christmas
  • Black Santa
  • Christmas Cranberry Punch
  • Holiday Cheer Mimosa
  • Honeydew Sorbet
  • Mexicabo Hot Chocolate
  • Hard Rocker Cider
  • Apple Orchard Punch
  • The Poinsettia
  • Candy-Cane-Tini
  • The Silent Night
  • Blue Snowflake

The main course for Christmas eve

The main attraction of a Christmas eve dinner is a delectable main course laid out on the dinner table. You may opt for unconventional dishes or the usual traditional ones. Continental cuisine is usually preferred by many; it will definitely delight the taste buds of all your guests. They will inevitably end up gorging into the many flavorful non-vegetarian dishes along with the delectable side dishes. You may choose to prepare any of the below listed main course dinner menu dishes.

  • Cola Roast Turkey
  • Philly Cheese Steak Pizza
  • Sesame Chicken and Rice
  • Latin Stuffed Peppers
  • Chicken and Kielbasa Couscous
  • Teriyaki Beef and Noodles
  • Tuna Casserole
  • Chili Coke Roast
  • Honey Pecan Pork Chops
  • Taco Sandwiches
  • Grilled Lamb Shish Kebab
  • Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce
  • Classic Chinese Wontons
  • Spicy Shrimp Gratin
  • Thai Red Beef Curry
  • Baked Flounder with Bacon
  • Dry Brined Turkey
  • Lima Beans Salad
  • Cauliflower Broccoli Salad

Dessertsserved on Christmas eve

The Christmas eve dinner party cannot get over without delving into the delights of tasty desserts. Christmas is the season to go nuts preparing every kind of desert that you have ever wanted to make. It is but obvious that many boxes and jars filled with cookies and other delicacies will be seen around the house during this time of the year. You can place all of them on the table. In the center can be varied kinds of pies and cakes. Do not forget to keep chocolates. These will definitely be loved by kids. Some delicious dessert recipes that can be served on Christmas eve are listed below.

  • Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Coffee Cake
  • Berry and White Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Tiramisu Layer Cake
  • Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies
  • Rice Pudding
  • Applesauce Cake
  • Blueberry Lime Mold
  • Irish Cream Bundt Cake
  • Strawberry Bavarois
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Berry Meringue Roll
  • Minty Milk Shake
  • Chocolate- Oatmeal Chip Cookies

It is important for you to choose dishes that can be easily prepared and which do not take up a lot of your time. It will allow you enough time to also partake of the joys and festivities with family, friends, and loved ones.


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      Janellegems 3 years ago from United States

      Great list of ideas for appetizers, main course, drinks and dessert for Christmas eve dinner.