From my mom I ‘learned’ that Christmas dinner is something you’re supposed to start thinking about as soon as the first leaves are starting to fall, and that should be impressive and – if possible- flawless. She’s always succeeded in doing so and suprising us at the same time, kind of impressive. Although the entire family remembers one year when she had prepared an entire Indonesian rice table, which was super delicious, if it was not for what now lives under the name of ‘glue-sauce’. My dad tried something with this sauce on it, suddenly jumps out of his chair, runs into the kitchen, all without saying a single word. What happened? Apparently, the ‘glue sauce’ (well, you might see this one coming now..) literally clotted in his mouth, glue-ing his jaws together, hahahaha. Quote-worthy, still. Anyway, apart from those little irregularities (my dad still has all his teeth, for that matter), she always does an incredible job.
Here are some ideas for you this year, as I suppose a lot of people ares till doubting over it 😉 You could consider to make some sort of buffet, with meals that more or less compliment each other (my personal motto has always been: if you like it, it matches.. Hence, my macaroni and fish sticks combination, haha).
- Super cute strawberry-Santas
I found this pic on Pinterest, ain’t they cute?! I suppose you make them by simply cutting off the end of a strawberry, add some whipped cream to it (the one you make yourself will be better since it’s of a more firm substance) and mayve some chocolate sprinkles. I foresee that it takes quite some patience and a firm hand, but oh my.. do they look cute.
- Stuffed mushrooms
Check out the recipe that I posted earlier here 🙂
- Pickles wrapped in ham
Very easy to prepare and definitely very tasty: just wrap some large pickles in a slice of ham, and spear them with a saté stick.
- Insalata Caprese
This one goes with a lot of dishes, but especially Italian ones, of course. Check out the recipe that I posted earlier here 🙂
- Stuffed peppers
One of my best recipes, honestly, everyone always loves it! Check out the recipe I posted earlier, here 🙂
- A quiche
For example, check out this recipe from BBC food. I never tried this one, but it sounds pretty tasty to me!
- A tortilla pie
I will post my recipe next Sunday!! Stay tuned…
- Coconut rice with mangoPeople that like an exotic touch and coconut will die for this dish! It;s one of me and my mother’s favourites! Check out my post with the recipe here.
- Andive with potato cubes and a hint of lemon
This one definitely looks much more difficult and “I spent the whole day in the kitchen” than it is! Check out the recipe here 🙂
- Christmas tree from veggies
Broccoli, califlower and some little tomatoes… and an awesome veggie Christmas tree is born!
- Fruits salad
Simple but always good: mix your favourite fruits to a fruit bowl/salad!
- Spinach and couscous salad
Another one of my ‘best-perceived’ recipes that almost all my friends and family like 🙂 It’s kinda different, but really super delicious. Check out the recipe here.
- Dame Blanche
A classic. Who doesn’t love it. For example, a month ago, I had a birthday party of a friend and we used two scoops of vanilla icecream, some mango and melted chocolate on top of it.
- Snow Man pops
In the pic, they made them from doughnuts and candy.. which is really cute. I think it would also work with, for example, marshmellows and other candies.
- Chocolate Cheesecake
Since Christmas dinner is equivalent to calories anyway, you may as well serve this cake and enjoy it. I posted the recipe earlier today, click here!
- Chocolate Cake
Ohh I swear, you’ll conquer some hearts with this cake! Check out my post with the recipe here.
- Wine, duh!
No Christmas will survive without your favourite wines 🙂
We usually drink these on the (German) Christmas markets.. and it reminds me of the trip I made to Cologne, Germany in second grade (yeah, total alcoholics, those Dutch kids ;)). I found this recipe on BBC food, which sounds pretty usable to me!
- Real hot chocolate
Whether you like to make your own with milk and powder, or when you like it better to just heat up some chocolate milk: no Christmas can be without some good hot chocolate! Perfect for after a long walk, for example. Add some small marshmellows on top of it, and of course some whipped cream!
- Hot apple cider
I learned this recipe during my stay in the States. It´s not really something for dinner maybe, but definitely good during the day/rest of the evening. Heat up some apple cider, add a sliced orange to it, some cinnamon sticks and cloves (kruidnagel in Dutch).. let it all be in that pan for a while, so that the cider can take in all the extra flavours that you added. Make sure it doesn’t start to boil, though. After some time, remove it from the heat and put it in your best Christmas mugs!
- Cranberry Mojitos
So cute! I found this pic on Pinterest and googled a recipe to go with it. Try this one, for example 🙂
Stay tuned for inspiration for the decoration of your dinner table in a next Holiday Special! 🙂