Enjoying a relaxed Christmas, that's what everyone wants. No stress in the kitchen, but fun with family and friends. These Christmas Recipes that make your Christmas Dinner cooking easy are great, and can be prepared in advance. You'll be going to love that, for sure!
If we are with our extended family (grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc.), I often make an exclusive dinner, but when it's just the five of us, I can also do a snack evening with the family. Informal, occasional snack in between. They must be quick and easy to serve and make. These snacks are sure to do the trick.
Roll-up snacks immediately come into my mind because they are easy to prepare (you make them in the morning or even a day in advance). Then, wrap them in plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge.
This way, you only have to cut them into slices and serve them with some skewers! And as you can see, you can do anything with it! (Press the link in the photo for the recipes!).
Puff Pastry Snacks
These warm puff pastry snacks are ideal. Make them in the morning, cover them with plastic wrap, and store them in the fridge. Now all you have to do is bake them off! You can find the recipes by following the link in the photos!
Dips and Spreads
You can make these Dips and Spreads a day in advance and put them on the table with some toast! Click on the photo for the recipe!
Amuse-Bouche Easy Recipes
An amuse-bouche is a spoon or glass with a small snack to get the taste buds going before dinner. A delicious start to a dinner party, and I've collected some nice recipes over the years.
Duck breast fillet amuse-bouche
A delicious amuse-bouche of duck breast fillet. Sweet and savory in a bite. Fill, roll up and store in a container. Now all you have to do is place some salad and the roll on the spoon, and this delicious finger food snack is ready.
Cucumber with Ham Mousse
Salty ham with cream cheese rolled in a cucumber strip. Wonderfully fresh, light, and the perfect start to sharpen your taste buds. You can make this tasty amuse-bouche a day in advance, wrap it in plastic, and keep it in the fridge.
Amuse of Smoked Salmon and Arugula Oil
Salty, finely chopped salmon on a bed of arugula oil. Pleasantly flavored, this amuse-bouche is a real delicacy. And while it looks impressive, it's effortless to make. Quickly put on an amuse spoon when you need it.
Easy Entrée and Starters
I am a fan of Starters. And sometimes in a restaurant, I prefer to order starters (a few) as the main course. Therefore, these were very difficult to choose from, and I usually make different recipes, so everyone can choose. Such a pity that you only eat an appetizer at the extensive dinners …
Shrimp cocktail or Shrimp ragout
Do you like shrimp? I do, and I can never decide between this shrimp ragout and the shrimp cocktail. I might make them both together this year. In any case, prepare well. You only have to heat the shrimp ragout (if you also bake the dish in the oven). But that was done quickly. You can make the shrimp cocktail in the morning and store it in the fridge.
Smoked Salmon with Cucumber Salad and Avocado Cream
This is not only tasty, but when served, it's a feast for the eyes. First, prepare the avocado lime cream and horseradish cream in advance, prepare them in a piping bag, and store them in the refrigerator. Next, prepare the marinade, shave the cucumber strips in the morning, and keep them between sheets of damp kitchen paper. With this preparation, you have this culinary dish on the table within minutes because the plate is quickly prepared.
Salad with Smoked Chicken and Avocado
I have been making this topper for years, and it comes back to my table every year. So good. The finely chopped smoked chicken with curry dressing and the creamy avocado topping is a delicious combination. This makes you completely happy, and I can't think of enough times to put this back on the table. Try it yourself!
Easy Christmas Main Dishes
My easy Christmas main dishes that I can all make for Christmas because they are so simple and quick. Well-prepared and delicious. It's almost a shame you have to choose.
Fresh with Maple Glaze from the Slow Cooker
With Christmas comes a ham. At least with us. And you can marinate this ham entirely and put it in foil in the refrigerator. An hour or two before dinner, place the ham, foil, and all in the pot, unfold the foil and turn it on low. You get ham on the bone that is perfectly flavored, cooked through, and juicy. Everyone is going to love this!
Sirloin Steak with Red Wine from the Oven
Stewed sirloin steak with shallots, carrots, and roasted garlic potatoes from the oven. Easy to prepare, you just have to put it in the oven. Tender meat, wonderfully juicy, with tasty side dishes. So easy.
Deer Steak with Green Beans in Bacon and Mashed Potatoes
With this main dish, all flavors come together on one plate. The steak is rolled in bacon with rosemary. Green beans rolled in bacon and spicy mashed potato. An excellent combination that is surprisingly easy to prepare.
Make the deer steak skewers in the morning and store them covered in plastic in the refrigerator. Bake for a few minutes, and they are ready. Place the green beans in an oven dish and take them out of the fridge to bake.
And the mashed potatoes can also be made well in advance. Heat with a knob of butter in a pan or oven. An elegant dinner that everyone likes!
Slow Cooker Rotisserie Whole Chicken
It doesn't get any easier: delicious slow cooker chicken. Tender, juicy, and has lots of flavors. You can start cooking the chicken in the slow cooker in the morning. So delicious, simple, and flavorful.
Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Quiche
This is a real gem among the quiches: sweet potato, pumpkin, nuts, and thyme. You make both the base and the creamy filling yourself. You make this quiche in the morning and only have to bake it.
Or you can bake it up to two days in advance and reheat it. I have made this quiche many times, and it keeps making me happy. Surely you too!
No dinner without a sweet end. With me, desserts are already standing in the refrigerator before the dinners start (or in the freezer with a delicious ice cream dessert). Often made in small glasses so that you can serve them per person. Yummy!
As a chocoholic, most of my desserts contain some chocolate. This chocolate tiramisu is no exception. And you make it in small glasses, so you can store and serve them well. Just some cocoa on top!
Apple Pie in a Glass
Apple pie with whipped cream, who doesn't like that? And this apple pie served with warm apples, whipped cream, and biscuits in individual glasses are irresistibly delicious. This goes on until the last bite.
Christmas Ice Cream Bombe
Three delicious layers of ice cream: whipped cream, chocolate, and stracciatella on a delightful layer of cookies. Decorated with fresh fruit and cocoa. You can prepare this a few days (up to a week in advance). Delicious until the last bite!
White Chocolate and Strawberry Mousse
Delicious layers of white chocolate mousse alternated with strawberry mousse and a strawberry glaze; try to avoid this! You can make these desserts the day before and take them out of the fridge (and they don't take up that much space).
And although it's not directly related to Christmas dinner, I always bake cookies at Christmas. Alone or with the kids. A therapy in all the hectic that there is. Because you need some time to bake cookies, I'd love to share some of my favorite cookie recipes with you! (And if you require even more inspiration, here's a page full of cookie recipes).
- Stained Glass Cookies - Are the ultimate Christmas cookies, with their beautiful stained-glass views. And they look more complicated than they are.
- Honey Tuiles - Delicious with coffee, but also with an ice cream sundae.
- Christmas Cookies with Jam—Especially for Christmas, a delicious cookie filled with your favorite jam.
- Dutch Almond Filled Spice Cookies (Gevulde Speculaas) —I like to make these because gingerbread spices and the December holidays are inextricably linked. When baking, your house smells like Christmas!
- Walnut Cookies —These are my favorite biscuits, also from many people who have tasted them by now. With caramel and walnuts. Tasty and easy!
- World Peace Cookies —Just for the name (and they're delicious too). How nice it would be that there would be peace through a cookie. I vote for these!
I hope you get some inspiration from this list of the most delicious Christmas recipes that are easy and easy to prepare. At least now you know what I'm going to prepare for my family.