The Christmas holidays wouldn’t be complete without some amazing food. Luckily, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to make something that everyone will remember.
If you have always struggled with coming up with festive dishes, I’ve got you!
Here, I’m going to take you through 15 of my favorite festive dishes that you need to try this festive season. From the perfect prime rib to eggnog and apple cake – there’s something here for everyone.
So, let’s dive in.
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15 Festive Dishes You Can Serve For Christmas
This perfect prime rib is the perfect centerpiece of a festive spread. It’s so easy to make, and is full of flavors that any meat-lover will appreciate it.
You can cook this stunning prime rib in the oven, or for something really special – on the barbecue!
Generally, you will want to cook your prime ribs for 15-20 minutes for every pound. To be safe, you should always take the internal temperature of the meat, too. A medium rare rib will be around 110º, medium will be 120º, medium-fell is 130º, and well-done is 140º.
We all know that when you combine savory and sweet, you get amazing results. Well, this succulent beef tenderloin with roasted cauliflower and pomegranate is the perfect combination for Christmas day!
Here, you get all your favorite flavors, and they marry together perfectly.
It’s simple to make, and it will fulfil all your wants and needs. Personally, the pomegranate flavor just adds that little extra depth to the dish, and brings it all together wonderfully.
The nuttiness of the cauliflower balanced the sweetness, and the beef is just to die for.
If you love seafood like I do, then this salmon is a must-have in the festive season.
Honey goes well with just about anything, but it goes especially well with salmon! The richness from the fish is complemented by the sweet honey to make the ultimate fishy festivity.
Other warm flavors like ginger and teriyaki sauce work wonderfully with the fish, too. These flavors transform the dish into something special for everyone.
Don’t forget about the cucumber and shallow salad for the side, and a sprinkling of lime!
What’s Christmas without at least one cheese-based dish? Personally, there should always be more than one, but this one takes the cake if I had to pick just one.
These cranberry brie bites are the ultimate festive finger foods, and you can customize them however you like!
You don’t even need to make the dough yourself, just go buy some from the store! These will take you just a few minutes, but they will be everyone’s favorite.
You can substitute the cranberry sauce for apricot, or anything else you like. Similarly, you can use your favorite soft cheese and just use whatever does with it. It’s so easy.
If you’re feeling fancy, why not try this delicious duck with orange hazelnut stuffing? This isn’t something that you will come across very often, and it’s a personal favorite.
You should also try this with the traditional turkey, but I can’t promise that the results will be as good. There’s just something about the flavor profile of duck that you can’t beat.
Feel free to do some testing to find out your favorite combinations, but I will always recommend the flavorful duck.
This super easy orange and cumin lamb leg with roasted tomatoes and garlic is just what everyone will want on a cold Christmas night.
This dish is heartwarming, smells great, and tastes even better. It does take some time, though! There’s no rushing a leg of lamb if you want it to be perfect.
The milk flavor of lamb works wonderfully with the cumin and orange. I’m not sure how mutton would go, since it has a much stronger flavor.
If you are a mutton lover, you can try forgoing the orange, and stick with cumin, garlic, and tomatoes to get a rich and tasty festive dinner.
Looking to add a delicious vegetarian option to the table this Christmas period? This easy-peasy vegetarian lasagna will no doubt be the one for you.
I don’t always love vegetarian options, because the flavors sometimes aren’t all there. You don’t have to worry about that being the case with this recipe!
The vegetarian lasagna is packed full of flavor, and is rich and heartwarming. You couldn’t ask for something better to enjoy on a cold night.
I did say that I like more than one cheesy dish, didn’t I? This cheesy pull-apart Christmas tree is another dish that everyone will love – no matter how old they are.
Food just tastes better when you can use your hands, and even better when you get to rip it apart!
You can add all your favorite herbs to these cheesy dough balls to make it perfect for your tastes. Sure, you can buy the dough from the store, but a homemade and personalized one will always be more tasty.
It’s up to you, though!
Looking for another way to somehow incorporate seafood into your Christmas dinner? These crab-stuffed mushrooms will have to go on your list.
This recipe uses mushrooms, delicious crab meat, mayo, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and some fresh parsley. You can’t read those flavors and not look forward to getting this in your mouth, right?
What’s better is this dish is so quick and easy to make. You probably need less than half an hour from start to finish to get it all done. That gives you plenty of time to chill with your friends and family.
What is it with Christmas and apricots? I don’t know, and I’m certainly not complaining. This pork loin stuffed with apricots could become your next go-to festive dish!
As it cooks, the apricots become even sweeter, and the flavor will seep into the meat – delicious.
Once everything is prepped, all you need to do is stick it all in the oven and time it! No waiting around necessary, so you have all the time in the world to do what you want.
This crab cake dish with mango-avocado relish isn’t something you would expect to see on the festive spread, am I right? Truth is, this fresh and tasty dish is something that a lot of people will be longing for.
Christmas is often filled with hot foods with warm and rich flavors. However, every now and then, we all appreciate something fresh and refreshing.
It’s like finally drinking a glass of cold water after drinking coffee all day – you need it!
12. Baked Feta Bites
Another cheese dish, and I’m not sorry about it! This one is similar to the baked brie bites, but of course, I use feta instead. This recipe also calls for thyme, shallots, and lemon zest for some extra freshness and flavor.
There’s also some rich and delicious roasted red pepper to really bring the flavor of the feta out. You will be lying if you say that you don’t think these are absolutely delicious.
Ham works no matter what time of year it is. Christmas or Easter, you won’t be amiss to have some succulent ham sitting on the dinner table. This particular ham dish calls for honey-chipotle glaze to make it even better.
There are plenty of delicious ingredients used in this recipe, including Dijon mustard, cinnamon, cumin, garlic, and even ginger ale! You can’t be much more festive than ginger ale and cinnamon, right?
Are you even celebrating Christmas if you don’t have eggnog? My answer? No. That’s why I was compelled to add this old-fashioned eggnog to this list. It’s a must-try, and it will knock your socks off.
This recipe uses all your favorite traditional eggnog flavors and adds a little oomph. There’s no way you can’t love this spectacular creation.
15. Vegan Apple Cake
Finally, I had to end with dessert! This vegan apple cake is exactly what it sounds like. It has all the traditional flavors of the festive season, including allspice, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and even molasses.
It uses almost flour, and you can use your favorite non-dairy milk to make this cake your own.
If you’ve been looking for a dessert to make this Christmas, it better be this one!
There you have it – 15 of my favorite Christmas dishes that you can easily make this festive season (see also “10 Festive Christmas Ideas You Can Make From Home“). These recipes are too tasty to pass up, and there’s bound to be something for everyone on here.
From cheesy Christmas trees and brie bites to orange duck and crab cakes, you have plenty of options to choose from.