We only have one more week of savorandsavvy.com’s Christmas in July! Day 18 is going to help all of us figure out what to make for Christmas Eve Dinner!
Christmas Eve Appetizers
Christmas Tree Spinach Pastry
If you have never made a Spinach Christmas Tree Pastry, you are missing out! Look up the wreath as well! Both of them are very easy, extremely tasty and will knock your socks off with the presentation! This is a perfect way to show your festive streak on this exciting evening!
Ensalada de Nochebuena Christmas Eve Salad
I’ll be honest! The photos of this Easy Ensalada de Nochebuena Christmas Eve Salad make me want to eat it all year long, not just for Christmas! Plus, the fact that it is a traditional salad served in Mexico and Guatemala adds a bit of authenticity to the evening. This recipe is packed full of pomegranates, leeks, apples, oranges and beets. Simple homemade dressing that is served over a mesclun mix!!
Holiday Side Dishes
Honey Glazed Carrots
My husband’s family always served Honey Glazed Carrots during the holidays so for him, this is considered a Christmas Eve staple! Easy to make and delicious, they are still a favorite of ours. You could easily make this one ahead of time and reheat it.
Easy Scalloped Potatoes
Easy Scalloped Potatoes with the gooey cheese sauce that is scooped up next to ham sounds perfect to me. These are easy to make ahead and can be reheated as necessary. Old fashioned dishes like this one never go out of style. I love how she makes a sauce for her potatoes to pour over rather than just tossing it with cheese and milk.
Gluten Free Twice Baked Potatoes
We tend to make Twice Baked Potatoes at least once over the holidays. With so many gluten allergies and sensitivies, this is a great option! If you look closely at the recipe, a dash of garlic powder adds so much flavor to dishes. We use it a lot in eggs and egg muffins.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pecans
If you haven’t tried Roasted Brussel Sprouts, this is a great recipe for you! The pecans give it a great crunch that is deliciously unexpected. This is an excellent dish if you are having company as the prep is so easy. Depending on how many you are serving, you could do two sheet pans!
Roasted Root Vegetables with Pears
Many years ago, we were introduced to Roasted Root Vegetables through a Southern Living magazine and we were instantly hooked! It became a fall favorite of ours and we squeeze it in at least twice per season. This Roasted Root Vegetable recipe adds in sweet pears – what a fun twist! Pears are mild so they aren’t going to take away from the earthy taste of the vegetables yet instead add a simple sweetness. The other surprise comes from her use of vanilla and maple syrup!! Love a recipe with a twist!
Seafood has been a favorite of many Christmas Eve dinners and what a great idea to make a seafood chowder! Since you can make this as a big stockpot full, you can easily invite guests over! Maybe have someone bring crusty breads and salads (or use the Christmas Eve Salad above!) to add to a meal meant to be spent by the fire listening to Christmas carols.
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham
If you are looking for a dish that is all hands off, Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham is perfect! Just take one look at this ham and you will want to give it a try! It has the perfect presentation. The ham is tender but not falling apart into a big mess. It will be the centerpiece of your dinner table or buffet. The brown sugar adds the perfect amount of sweetness to complement the dish.
Holiday Seafood Linguine
Serving the best seafood during the holidays is always a treat and this Seafood Linguine is a perfect match. The mix of the scallops, shrimp and lobster together signifies a special event! The creaminess of the sauce is pulled together with just a couple ingredients. Quick, easy meal to celebrate the season!
Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie
This is pretty much genius right here! To think of making all the insides of a chicken pot pie in a crock pot and just adding the biscuits afterwards is awesome! You can make your own biscuits or add quick-to-bake crescent rolls. Either way, you have a meal that is almost all hands off so you can spend more time with your family!
Christmas Eve Tourtiere
This is a French-Canadian meat dish that is will knock your socks off. The insides are made of meat, potatoes and mushrooms. The flavor is really picked up by the use of thyme and sage that will blend perfectly for this dish! One of the best parts of this Christmas Eve Tourtiere is it is freezer friendly! So you could make this one ahead of time or freeze the leftovers!
Here’s hoping that this list inspires you to try out new dishes that will make your Christmas Eve full of family memories without spending all your time in the kitchen! If you make any or have questions, feel free to comment below or ask on each of the blog’s posted. We’re here to help as much as we can!