With the holidays fast approaching, this is now the ti9me to break out the Christmas trees, light, stockings, and reefs to get into the holiday spirit. Just like all Christmas dinner gatherings, your family must remember that there are important food items to bring to make it that special holiday feast. Here are the 10 most important food items to make your Christmas dinner taste amazing.
Without a doubt, Turkey is probably the number one food item to have at your Christmas dinner. Other than the fact that it’s recognized as the biggest item at the dinner table, having Turkey is an excellent source of key nutrients that includes B vitamins and offers heavy sources of protein without having to do with the excess of fats and calories. It is no wonder that when Turkey arrives, everyone is ready to have a tasty wing or thigh.
2. Mac & Cheese
If you are anything like me, then you would know that Mac & Cheese is probably everyone’s favorite meal at a Christmas dinner gathering. What is so great about Mac & Cheese at the family Christmas dinner is that it makes the best food combo for just about anything. From creating bizarre combinations like fried mac & cheese, mac & cheese sandwiches, or a mac & cheese sandwich. Some nice golden hot mac & cheese with a side of hot biscuits or juicy ham, mac & cheese puts a smile on everyone’s face at a Christmas dinner.
Just like all the sides that are served on Christmas dinner, you got to add a little bit of flavor to them. Gravy is probably the tastiest side flavoring to make any type of Christmas dinner side soo great. If it’s a plate of mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, or steamed ham, gravy is a very tasty sauce that brings out the tasty flavors of both meats and sides.
Like every good Christmas dinner event, there always needs to be a side of sweets that makes the night go even better. Pudding is both very smooth and tasty with a creamy texture and soft silky flavors which makes it very important for this type of dessert thanks to the milky fats. In addition to its wonderful taste, aroma, and colorful characteristics, the texture makes it taste wonderful by using the right modified starch to have that rich flavor. This dessert may not be as heavy and like cake, but the smooth textures make it a dessert that brings out the sweet joys of the holidays.
There is no doubt that stuffing is the glue when it comes to preparing the ultimate Christmas dinner meal. The best thing about stuffing is that there are numerous ways to cook with it. Some good ingredients that you should consider adding to your stuffing include croutons, hazelnuts, cherries, and onions. You can make a stuffed turkey and get all of the great meat flavors with it. However, most likely there won’t be enough stuffing, as everyone is going to want to come back for more than one serving. But don’t worry, there are plenty of great stuffing recipes that you choose from without putting them inside a turkey.
6. Cranberry Sauce
If we are talking sauces at a Christmas dinner, Cranberry sauce is the perfect topping for any dessert item. The sweet flavor of Cranberry sauce goes well with not just dessert, but with any type of dinner item. The best thing about Cranberry sauce is that it is pretty simple to make. As soon as everyone tries your delicious homemade cranberry sauce, everyone will be rushing to try some more.
7. Smoked Ham
Probably the one food item that comes close to rivaling a Turkey is a nice honey toasted smoked ham. A smoked ham recipe goes wonder-full when added with fresh cardomom, salt & pepper, garlic & onion cloves, some all-natural honey, and the final ingredient some rich glaze that makes them taste soo much better. With this perfect ham recipe, I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone is asking for seconds. Now if anyone chooses to have turkey over ham, well that might be a bit questionable in my opinion.
Whether it is Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, or Sweet Potato Pie all pies are what makes a Christmas dinner taste so delectable. To make the right Christmas dinner pie, it all starts with using the correct dough, one that is not too sweet and one that is very firm to hold in all the ingredients together. Max sure your ingredients are placed well inside the pie and cover it with another layer of the crust so that when it bakes, the pie is well insulated to make the ingredients warm and tasty. If you want to make it a sweet treat, just add a little whip cream on the side with a glass of milk and you are in pie paradise.
9. Vegetable Plates
Vegetables are probably considered to be that one food item that anyone will try their hardest to avoid. However, at Christmas time, it doesn’t have to be like that if you cook and prepare it correctly. There are a ton of vegetable platter options to choose from. Whether Garlic roasted peppers, sautéed onions even Brussel sprouts. The trick to making these vegetables taste so delicious is boiling them for the right time and adding just the right amount of seasoning. So whenever you see vegetables at a Christmas dinner, you are in for a real tasty treat.
10. Green Beans
Trying to eat vegetables at Christmas dinner can already be difficult, but try having to deal with children. The best idea is to cook Vegetables in an entrée style to trick children into eating their vegetables. I recommend a Green bean casserole by pouring in some special sauce mixed in with a little bit of meat. Now it is not just adults who are satisfied at the Christmas dinner, but kids as well.
Christmas’s dinner is supposed to be that wonderful time of the year that brings us together as a family and reminds us what we are all thankful for. Do you have a good Christmas dinner recipe? Let me know in the comments below.
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