The holidays are about family, loved ones, good feelings, and good food. I think half the time, we’re stressing over how to put all that together successfully. Event planning is definitely an acquired skill of experience, but I can help you out with one thing though, and that’s a list of some simple, casual, yet still a bit fancy Christmas Eve dinner ideas. Here they are, 8 Christmas Eve dinner ideas to keep it casual!
Crown Roast With Apricot Dressing: Taste of Home
If you’re one of those chefs that likes to attempt fancy dishes like this but goes cuckoo in the kitchen, don’t worry, you can pull this off. Just keep calm and cook one thing at a time. Or, keep calm and turn the burners down. This is a nice twist on the classic Western traditional pork roast dish, that’ll definitely be delectable at your Christmas Eve dinner. Find the recipe here at Taste of Home.
Harissa Roast Salmon with Lemon Chickpea Couscous: BBC goodfood
I feel like salmon is always the way to go when you want to serve a fancy fish dish. It’s a very meaty and savory fish (not to mention a good nutrition source), and salmon is almost impossible to ruin. I chose a baked salmon recipe because if it’s for a Christmas Eve dinner you’ll want plenty, you’ll want it whole, and you’ll want it to not break apart during a flip in a saucepan. Enjoy this recipe here at BBC goodfood.
Sweet Potato-and-Cauliflower Salad: CountryLiving
The best elegant side dishes to prepare are the ones where you chop, mix, oil, and bake. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. When you have a large festive group to feed, a vegetable side is ideal. This recipe consists of baked hearty veggies tossed over light uncooked veggies. It’s a great Christmas Eve dinner idea and the plating is lovely to look at. You can find the recipe here at CountryLiving.
Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies: JoCooks
Another simple to make vegetable side that looks great on a plate, is this roasted mushroom, cauliflower, and cocktail tomatoes dish. You’ll definitely keep it casual with this because it’s not anything too overdone. Just chop up some veggies, toss in some seasoning, and bake away; and remember when it comes to flavor in a baked dish, garlic is the answer! This is one of the best Christmas Eve dinner ideas! Find this recipe here at Jo Cooks.
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes: Delish
Delish says it best, these potatoes are “the perfect side no matter what you’ll be making.” This can pass as a casual Christmas Eve dinner side dish. It has delicious flavor and heartiness baked into it. It says, I’m not trying too hard, but I want us to eat some good food tonight! Find the recipe here at Delish.
Wild Rice Dressing: Betty Crocker
Betty Crocker has a mean wild rice recipe. It’s boxed rice, and the flavors you add in are what makes it fancy enough for a Christmas Eve dinner idea. Try adding this to your menu as a side or a dressing to a delicious roast. You can find this recipe here at Betty Crocker.
Candy Cane Brownie: Woman’sDay
This sweet trifle will complete your casual holiday dinner. No matter how simple, you can’t have dinner without dessert. It’s like closing a deal, it’s not over until you shake hands and say the words. This dessert isn’t as simple as the chop, bake, and serve dishes above, but it’s worth the effort. You should be careful with the prep because this can’t be made ahead of time. You can go as far as having the ingredients ready, the brownies made, and assembling it last minute. Find the recipe here at The Food Charlatan.
Gingerbread Eggnog: Delish
And we shall close with a little Kahlúa and Vodka. Gingerbread eggnog (in this fashion) is for the more lively Christmas Eve dinner. It’s an eggnog with a cinnamon sugar and molasses twist that makes it more like a dessert. You will be getting a bit fancy putting it together, but don’t worry it’s a fun fix. Enjoy this recipe here at Delish.