Are you still scrambling to find the perfect recipes for your Christmas dinner? Look no further! We have compiled a list of 12 easy and delicious last-minute Christmas recipes that are sure to impress your family and friends this holiday season. From appetizers to mains to desserts, these Christmas recipes will make your Christmas dinner extra special. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!
1- Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce
Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce is a classic Christmas recipe and a delicious option for your Christmas dinner. This easy dish is perfect for feeding a crowd and also makes a great leftover meal for the next day. To make this dish, simply preheat your oven to 375°F and then place a boneless turkey breast in an oven-safe dish. Rub the outside with butter and sprinkle with a mix of herbs like thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, and paprika. Add a generous amount of cranberry sauce to the top and cover the pan tightly with foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Serve with mashed potatoes and some roasted vegetables for a complete Christmas dinner. For a festive touch, you can also decorate your dish with cookies in the shape of Christmas trees or snowmen. Enjoy!
2- Ham with pineapple
Ham with pineapple is one of the best Christmas dinner recipes out there. It is a classic dish that has been around for years and is still popular today. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also relatively easy to make. All you need is cooked ham, pineapple, brown sugar, mustard, and some spices to make this dish.
To begin, you will want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your cooked ham in a large baking dish and score it with a sharp knife. This will help the glaze adhere to the ham while it bakes. Next, mix together the pineapple, brown sugar, mustard, and spices to form a thick glaze. Then, pour the glaze over the ham and spread it evenly.
Place the ham in the oven and bake for about 1 hour or until the glaze is golden-brown and bubbly. If needed, you can baste the ham with the glaze a few times during the cooking process. Once finished baking, let the ham cool for about 10 minutes before serving. This dish pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes and vegetables for a delicious Christmas dinner. For a festive dessert, why not try making some delicious Christmas cookies? Check out our favorite cookie recipes for Christmas below!
3- Roast beef with gravy
One of the most classic recipes for Christmas dinner is roast beef with gravy. This dish is a guaranteed hit and will make your dinner table look more festive. To start, get your favorite cut of beef – sirloin, rib eye, or even brisket. Then season it with salt and pepper, and sear the outside over high heat in a cast iron pan. Once the beef is browned on all sides, place it into a roasting pan, add some garlic cloves, sprigs of thyme and rosemary, and a cup of beef broth. Roast the beef in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes per pound. Once the beef is cooked through and tender, remove it from the oven and let it rest before serving. For the gravy, simply pour off any fat from the roasting pan and set it over medium heat. Whisk in some flour and let it cook for a few minutes. Slowly add in 2 cups of beef stock, stirring to make sure there are no lumps. Let the gravy simmer until it has thickened up before serving. Enjoy this classic Christmas dinner recipe with your family and friends!
Don’t forget to add some delicious Christmas cookies to your dessert table! Whether you opt for a classic sugar cookie recipe or something more unique like chocolate-peppermint biscotti, you can never go wrong with cookies for Christmas. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Gingerbread Men, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Peanut Butter Blossoms, and even Eggnog Cookies. With these tasty recipes for Christmas cookies, your dessert will be the star of the show!
4- Lobster tails with drawn butter
If you’re looking for a unique, yet simple recipe for your Christmas dinner, try this delicious Lobster Tails with Drawn Butter recipe. Not only does it make an impressive presentation, but it is also incredibly easy to prepare!
Start by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil. When the water is boiling, add the lobster tails and cook until they turn bright red and are cooked through – about 8 minutes. When they’re done, use tongs to remove the tails and place them in a bowl filled with cold water to stop the cooking process.
Once the tails have cooled, carefully crack open the shells and remove the meat. Cut the lobster into small pieces and set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Once it has melted, add a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and some salt and pepper to taste. Stir together until well combined.
To serve, place the lobster pieces onto a plate. Drizzle the drawn butter mixture over top. Serve warm with your favorite Christmas cookie recipes, such as sugar cookies or gingerbread men. Enjoy!