With a delicious mix of recipes collected from my favourite tried + true food bloggers, this Christmas dinner and make-ahead breakfast menu is sure to be a hit!
We always enjoy our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, it’s the way my Mom always did it growing up. A great big dinner, surrounded by good food and great company sure gives us something special to look forward to on Christmas Eve – I think it’s the perfect way to stretch out the Christmas festivities just a little longer. Plus, I love that we can spend our Christmas Day enjoying all sorts of fun family time together, munching on delicious leftovers instead of cooking away in the kitchen.
For the last couple of years now, instead of our traditional turkey with all the fixins’, we’ve decided to try something a little different (you can see last year’s menu here) – after all, we did enjoy a traditional turkey dinner not so long ago for Thanksgiving. Our unconventional dinners have been a great way to test out some new recipes and adopt some new tried & true favourites along the way. It’s been such a HUGE hit that I’m not sure we’ll ever go back to turkey for Christmas again.
Last week I scoured my favourite food blogs, collecting all of the festive, and perhaps a little less traditional, recipes that caught my eye. I didn’t venture far as I wanted to make sure I was finding recipes that I could trust to turn out perfectly (after all, we can only have the best for Christmas dinner!). Then, with a little help from Brady and Carson, I whittled our list down to create a Christmas dinner menu that we’re all excited to eat. Just in case you find yourself looking for a new recipe to try or some ideas to change up your Christmas dinner this year, I thought I’d share this year’s collection of Christmas dinner recipes with you. Here’s hoping you discover some new Christmas dinner inspiration too!
Our Christmas Dinner Menu
TO SNACK ON
Pastry Wrapped Cranberry Baked Brie
THE MAIN COURSE
Winter Beet and Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Pecans + Balsamic Citrus Dressing
Salted Honey Butter Parker House Rolls (SO good!!!)
Roasted Cranberry Brown Sugar Pork Chops
Cheesy Potato Casserole with Buttery Ritz Crackers
Crispy Cheesy Sweet Potato Bites
Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole with Sweet ‘n’ Savory Bacon Pecans
Sesame Roasted Asparagus with Whipped Feta
Sesame Crusted Cauliflower with Pomegranate Ponzu Sauce
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Browned Butter Buttercream
CHRISTMAS MORNING BRUNCH
Though I don’t spend much time in the kitchen on Christmas Day, I do love to serve a special breakfast/ brunch. I find it a perfect way to wind down and settle into our day together after all of the excitement of opening gifts. I love that this baked french toast can be prepped ahead of time, making it easy to just pop into the oven on Christmas morning so we can enjoy a low key Christmas together.
Baked Cinnamon Crème Brûlée French Toast with Raspberry Preserves
I hope this collection of recipes leaves you feeling inspired to try something new as you plan your own Christmas dinner this year!
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day my friends!
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