Best Christmas Dishes: Excellent Food, Fun, and Family Time
Christmas time is meant to be shared with family and loved ones, and there is no better place to do that than around the dinner table. These Christmas dishes are not only going to be delicious, but they are going to be a catalyst for quality family time, conversations, and memories that will last through the years.
Because we all know, there is no better way to have a conversation and share laughter, then over a tasty meal. So along with planning out all of the other Christmas musts like stocking stuffers, gifts, decorations, etc., make sure to take advantage of all of these delicious Christmas dishes. With this list, you will be able to make this year’s Christmas one to remember.
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About This Christmas Dish: Ham is a staple of the Christmas menu and is sure to be enjoyed by everyone at the table. This glazed ham is going to be covered in sweet brown sugar, honey, and spices. It is then going to be baked in the oven or placed in the crock pot to cook. Before you know it, you will have a delicious glazed ham that everyone is complimenting you on and enjoying around the table. This also makes a great main dish for both large or small groups as you can choose the size of ham that you would like.
About This Christmas Dish: As one of the primary side dishes on any holiday table, mashed potatoes are an essential Christmas dish. However, not all mashed potatoes are equal. This recipe is going to be a notch above the rest and will provide creamy, fluffy, and flavorful mashed potatoes. Just be ready to make a bunch, because this is one dish that is sure to go around for seconds.
Pro Tip: After you make your mashed potatoes, keep them warm and ready to go in your crockpot on warm. This will allow you to have them ready to go, while you work on some of the other Christmas dishes.
About This Christmas Dish: If you love cheesy, this is the Christmas dish for you. This mac and cheese recipe is “outrageously cheesy, ultra-creamy, and topped with a crunchy Panko-Parmesan topping.” And, with a minimal prep and cook time, you don’t need to put a ton of effort into this tasty side dish. If you do use this recipe though, just be prepared to be asked about where you got it. Don’t worry; we won’t tell if you want to pass it off as your own.
About This Christmas Dish: When it comes to Christmas and making desserts, peppermint patties are about as Christmas as it gets. Homemade peppermint patties take it even one step further. In just 20 minutes, you can have a delicious treat for yourself and your loved ones. These simple, soft, sweetened mint candies will go well with any Christmas dinner as a follow up to the meal.
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About This Christmas Dish: If you are really looking to kick up your Christmas dinner this year, try cooking a prime rib roast. This Christmas dish may take a little more work, but the finished product will be well worth the extra effort. You will be able to enjoy a tender and flavorful cut of meat that goes well with so many other Christmas side dishes. Just be warned, though; if you use this recipe one year, you are going to want to use it every year from here on out.
About This Christmas Dish: Maybe thought of more as a Thanksgiving dish, cranberry sauce also makes an excellent Christmas dish as well. This homemade cranberry sauce goes perfect with turkey, but can also be an excellent side for other meats as well. This recipe is going to require fresh cranberries and will provide a sweet and tasty side dish. Just be ready to make a good portion of it, because once people taste it, it will go fast.
About This Christmas Dish: Whether as an appetizer before the main meal or as a side dish, deviled eggs are a Christmas dinner must. This recipe is going to provide not only a tasty deviled egg but will allow you to decorate them festively as well. You will not only be able to provide your guests with a great dish, but also show off your Christmas spirit. These crowd-pleasers will go fast though, so make sure to have enough of them on hand.
About This Christmas Dish: Anything wrapped in bacon becomes instantly that much better. And, while these bacon-wrapped chicken bites aren’t a traditional Christmas dish, they make an impressive pre-dinner appetizer to hold the wolves at bay. So get your Christmas dinner off to a great start with this warm-up dish. It will be sure to have everyone looking forward to what’s in store for dinner.
About This Christmas Dish: Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving. And, once you taste this amazing recipe, you may even try to sneak it into another holiday dinner during the year. This herb roasted turkey is going to provide a large quantity of tender, flavorful meat for everyone to enjoy. Whether you like white or dark meat, it is all going to be full of flavor and perfect for your Christmas dinner. And, as a bonus, you can make a delicious turkey gravy to go with your mashed potatoes.
About This Christmas Dish: It is hard to hear the words “parmesan and garlic” together and not have your mouth immediately start watering. Now pair them with oven-roasted potatoes, and you have a for sure winner. These parmesan garlic roasted potatoes are the perfect side dish for any of the meats on this list. And, with only a combined prep and cook time of 40 minutes, they are a breeze to make.
About This Christmas Dish: Another dish made better by bacon, this dish will have you forgetting that is even somewhat good for you. The green beans and bacon combine perfectly together, and the French honey drizzle really takes it to a new level. This dish may not have been a staple of Christmas’s past, but after making it one year, it is sure to be a new tradition moving forward.
About This Christmas Dish: There is just something about a delicious buttermilk biscuit at holiday dinners. The right biscuit can bring an entire meal together in an unforgettable way. These homemade buttermilk biscuits are going to allow you to that with your Christmas dinner, and any other dinner you might want them at as well. These biscuits are soft, buttery, and have hundreds of delicious flaky layers to enjoy. And, with a prep and cook time of just over half an hour, these biscuits are a dinner must-have.
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About This Christmas Dish: Brussell Sprouts are a side dish that continues to gain popularity at holiday meals., and it is no surprise either, especially with tasty recipes like this one. This honey-balsamic glazed Brussel sprouts recipe is going to take the traditional Brussel sprout to a whole new level. With a nice char and plenty of flavoring, this recipe will provide Brussel sprouts that are both tender and crisp at the same time.
About This Christmas Dish: Another great way to enjoy potatoes, this recipe is easy to follow, and will provide an excellent Christmas side dish. This potatoes au gratin recipe only has three primary ingredients; sliced potatoes, heavy cream, and grated cheese. The result, though, will have guests thinking you are a mastermind in the kitchen. So if you and your guests love cheese, this is going to be an excellent dish for your Christmas dinner.
About This Christmas Dish: When you think of traditional Christmas dishes, a fruit salad most likely doesn’t come to mind. However, that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be on the table. This fruit salad not only is going to taste delicious, but it will also help to balance out the heavier dishes and provide something light, tasty, and good for you. And, if you are looking for a healthier dessert option, try pairing this fruit salad up with some whipped topping.
About This Christmas Dish: When it comes to traditional holiday dishes, green bean casserole has to be up near the top of the list. The combination of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions all come together for a tasty side dish. Along with it being delicious, it is also a more straightforward dish to make as well. In just over half an hour and with very minimal effort, you can have this Christmas dish ready to go.
About This Christmas Dish: If you grew up in the South, cornbread dressing is not something new to you. If you haven’t, though, this may be a dish that you aren’t as familiar with. Regardless of whether you have had cornbread dressing before or not, this dish deserves a spot on your Christmas table. This particular cornbread dressing recipe is loaded with flavor as all of the different ingredients come together.
About This Christmas Dish: It is tough to beat the combination of bread, cheese, and garlic. This recipe takes full advantage of this combination and is going to provide a soft and savory bread that is full of mouth-watering flavor. The garlic, sharp cheddar, and parmesan cheese all come together perfectly. And, while this recipe does require a little bit more effort than some rolls may, it will be well worth it in the end. Just be sure to make a bunch, because this is one Christmas dish that will not last long.
About This Christmas Dish: Whether it is cake or some other kind of dessert, Christmas dinner is not complete without something sweet to enjoy. This Christmas blondies recipe is going to check all of the boxes off of the Christmas sweets checklist. It is going to delicious, festive, and fun to make. These blondies are loaded with M&M’s, crushed Oreos, and chocolate chips. It is really like enjoying three separate desserts all in one. And of course, we all know calories do not count during Christmas dinner.
About This Christmas Dish: This holiday Honeycrisp salad is a great way to lighten up some of the heavier side dishes. You will be able to provide your guests with a delicious and healthy greens option. With apple slices, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, blue cheese, and a tangy-sweet apple cider vinaigrette, you have all the makings of a delicious salad. This is one salad that can hold its own among all of the other great side dishes at Christmas dinner.
About This Christmas Dish: Festive and delicious, this Christmas punch bowl is going to be an adult favorite. A combination of champagne, rum, cranberry, and cider, this drink is not overly sweet and is perfect for large groups. So rather than making drink after drink for your guests, set out this delicious Christmas punch that can be enjoyed as guests would like. And, not only does this drink taste delicious, a large festive punch bowl will add to the Christmas decor.
With all of these fantastic Christmas dishes on this list, the hardest part of your dinner is going to be narrowing down what dishes to make. Regardless though of how many or few you pick, you can be assured that they will be delicious and will not disappoint.
Your family and loved ones will be able to sit around and not only enjoy all of the tasty dishes in front of them, but the great company as well.
The other great thing about this list of Christmas dishes is the traditions that you are going to be adding to your dinner. Each of these dishes that you enjoy becomes a recipe that becomes part of the family year after year.