The holiday season is upon us, and there's nothing quite like the joy of gathering around the table for a festive Christmas dinner. From succulent roasts to decadent desserts, the Christmas feast is a time-honored tradition that brings families and friends together.
In this blog post, we'll explore the top 10 Christmas dinner foods that are sure to make your holiday celebration unforgettable
- The Christmas Turkey
- Baked Ham
- Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Vegetables
- Cranberry Sauce
- Yorkshire Pudding
- Christmas Pudding
- Gingerbread Cookies
1. The Christmas Turkey
Despite my own preference for prime rib, American Christmas meals would hardly be complete without turkey. Similar to what we prepare for Thanksgiving as well, my family typically slow cooks an entire turkey in the oven with period basting. My family didn’t put stuffing in the turkey, but some American families do this while cooking to give it different flavours. My favourite part about turkey was when I got to carve it with an electric knife.
2. Baked Ham
For those who lean towards pork, a glazed and baked ham is a delicious alternative to turkey. The sweet and savory flavors of a well-prepared ham add a delightful touch to the Christmas table.
3. Mashed Potatoes
Creamy, buttery mashed potatoes are a beloved side dish that complements any main course. They're the perfect canvas for rich gravies and add a comforting element to the festive spread.
There are endless possibilities for the ingredients that make up stuffing, but it’s more or less a combination of dried out bread, an herb and spice mixture, garlic, and finely diced vegetables like celery, carrots, and onions. If you really want to make it holiday-esque you might also add bits of diced turkey or even bacon. It all goes into one pan and gets baked together.
A velvety and flavorful gravy is the glue that ties the Christmas dinner together. Made from pan drippings, it adds moisture and richness to meats and sides alike
6. Roasted Vegetables
Colorful and roasted to perfection, a medley of vegetables such as carrots, Brussels sprouts, and parsnips bring a healthy and vibrant element to the Christmas feast.
7. Cranberry Sauce
One of the most common side dishes we eat for Christmas is cranberry sauce. It is prepared basically as it sounds, cranberries turned into sauce by being boiled on the stove, but of course sweetened American style with lots of sugar. This tends to go really well with a bite of turkey, because it helps even out its slightly dry gaminess.
8. Yorkshire Pudding
A classic British accompaniment, Yorkshire pudding is a light and fluffy side dish that pairs wonderfully with roast beef or prime rib. Its crispy edges and soft center make it a festive favorite
9. Christmas Pudding
No Christmas dinner is complete without a show-stopping dessert, and Christmas pudding fits the bill. Packed with fruits and spices, this steamed or boiled dessert is often topped with a luscious brandy butter or custard sauce.
10. Gingerbread Cookies
For a festive and fun conclusion to the meal, gingerbread cookies are a delightful treat. Shaped like festive figures and decorated with icing, these cookies capture the spirit of the season.
As you prepare for your Christmas dinner, consider incorporating these top 10 Christmas dinner foods to create a memorable and delicious feast. From the centerpiece roast to the sweet and spicy desserts, these dishes are sure to bring joy and warmth to your holiday celebration. Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with love, laughter, and, of course, fantastic food!