8 Easy, Elegant Recipes For Christmas Dinner

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Christmas is just around the corner, and besides gifts, we’re all looking forward to a tasty Christmas dinner. If you’re preparing it yourself, check out this list of 8 Easy, Elegant Recipes For Christmas Dinner.

We’ve covered everything from appetizers to desserts, so if you don’t know what to make, just follow this list to get inspired.



Appetizers

1 – Pears With Blue Cheese, Brie And Prosciutto

Pears With Blue Cheese, Brie And Prosciutto

You can serve this appetizer with balsamic dressing. (photo source)

Let’s start with a very easy recipe that looks and tastes like it came from some exclusive restaurant.

What you need: 

  • pears, each cut into half
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • ounces of blue cheese, cut into slices
  • ounces prosciutto, cut into slices
  • 3 ounces of south cape brie, cut into slices
  • 2 bunches of rocket leaves

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Remove the core from each pear half. Place the pear, cut-side up, on prepared tray. Spray with oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until tender. Set aside to cool.
  3. Whisk the oil and vinegar in a jug. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place half the prosciutto on a work surface. Top with half the pear. Place 1 rocket leaf and 1 slice of brie on top of each pear half. Tightly wrap prosciutto around the pear. Repeat with the remaining prosciutto, pear, rocket and blue cheese. Serve with balsamic dressing.

2 – Baked Camembert With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Baked Camembert With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

If you wish, you can also add red onions. (photo source)

One more simple delicious recipe. You can experiment with this one since it’s very easy to make.

What you need:

  • 1 18-ounce round of Camembert
  • 1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil), drained and sliced
  • cloves of garlic, sliced
  • tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves
  • tablespoon of olive oil
  • bread or crackers, for serving

How to make it:

  1. Heat the oven to 375º F.
  2. Remove the Camembert from its paper or plastic wrapping and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Top with the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and thyme. Drizzle with the oil and bake until soft, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve with the bread or crackers while warm.

Main Course

3 – Roasted Lamb Shanks With White Beans

Roasted Lamb Shanks With White Beans

Well, this looks very delicious. (photo source)

It may look like this recipe is difficult to make, but it really isn’t. All you have to do is combine fresh ingredients and let them roast together.

What you need:

  • 2 lamb shanks
  • 2 large onions, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 14oz can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 5 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1 cup of chicken, lamb or vegetable stock
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary
  • a bit of lemon juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Olive oil to fry

How to make it:

1. Preheat the oven to 320F. Season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper.
2. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium pan and then brown the lamb all sides. Set aside.
3. Add a splash more oil, reduce heat to low, then fry the vegetables and herbs with the sugar for 5-10 minutes, until they become soft.
4. Add the tomato paste, lemon juice, and wine and let it cook for a few minutes.
5. Stir in the beans and stock and bring to a boil. Place the lamb on top of the vegetables and season everything with salt and pepper.
5. Cover the casserole with foil and put in the oven. Roast, covered, for an hour and add some water if needed.
6. Uncover the dish and cook for another 30-40 minutes or until the meat is so tender it is falling off the bone.

4 – Bacon-Wrapped Pork With Sour Cherry Sauce

Bacon-Wrapped Pork With Sour Cherry Sauce

Pork, bacon and cherry sauce. Yummy! (photo source)

This dish looks very elegant and you can’t go wrong with it. The combination of salty and sour-sweet flavors go perfectly together.

What you need:
  • 1 pound of pork tenderloin
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 8 shallots, halved
  • 1/2 cup of dried sour cherries
  • 3/4 cup of chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper, then wrap with the bacon, overlapping the slices.
  3. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet and brown the pork and shallots, 6 to 8 minutes. Flip the pork tenderloin browned-side up and transfer the skillet to the oven. Roast for 15 to 18 minutes.
  4. When the pork is done, transfer to a cutting board, leaving the shallots in the skillet. Add the cherries and stock to the skillet.
  5. Stir together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water, then add to the skillet, bring to a boil, whisking until sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  6. Slice the pork into 8 pieces, divide among 4 plates with the sauce.

Sides

5 – Broccoli With Toasted Garlic and Hazelnuts

Broccoli With Toasted Garlic and Hazelnuts

You can serve it with fresh lemon juice. (photo source)

With just a few ingredients, you’ll turn a simple broccoli dish into something very tasty.

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup of hazelnuts
  • bunches of broccoli (about 3 pounds), cut into long florets
  • 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • cloves of garlic, sliced
  • tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

How to make it:

  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Spread roughly chopped hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast, tossing occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, fill a large pot with 1/2 inch of water. Bring to a simmer. Place the broccoli in, cover, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a platter.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, cook the oil and garlic over low heat until the garlic is just golden, 4 to 6 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the hazelnuts, lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Drizzle over the broccoli.

6 – Horseradish Potato Gratin

Horseradish Potato Gratin

If you want to make sure it’s done, wait until it becomes golden brown. (photo source)

This potato gratin is rich with cream. It’s best to eat it warm, so make sure to reheat it before serving.

What you need:

  • unsalted butter for the baking dish, at room temperature
  • cups of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of prepared horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • pounds of russet potatoes (about 6), peeled and thinly sliced

How to make it:

  1. Heat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Butter a shallow 3-quart baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cream, horseradish, nutmeg, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and 3/4 teaspoon of pepper. Add the potatoes and toss to coat.
  4. Transfer the potato mixture to the prepared baking dish, pressing gently to submerge the potatoes. Cover the dish with foil, place on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden, for 50 to 65 minutes.

Desserts

7 – Sour-Cream Apple Crumb Pie

Sour-Cream Apple Crumb Pie

Apple pie is always a good choice for dessert. (photo source)

What you need:

For the crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of granulated sugar
  • tablespoons of unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • tablespoons of solid vegetable shortening
  • 6 tablespoons of ice water

For the filling:

  • pound of Cortland, Empire, or McIntosh apples
  • pounds of Granny Smith apples
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of raisins

For the topping:

  • cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of packed dark brown sugar
  • teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • tablespoons of unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
Sour-Cream Apple Pie

Everyone will like this crusty sour-cream apple pie. (photo source)

How to make it:

  1. The crust: Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor. Add the butter and shortening. Add the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead just until smooth. Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a circle about 14 inches in diameter and place in a 9-inch pie plate. Using your fingers, fold over any overhang and crimp the edge. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. The filling: Heat oven to 375° F.
  4. Peel, core, and slice all the apples 1/4 inch thick. Gently toss them in a bowl with the lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in the sour cream and raisins. Spoon into the crust and sprinkle the walnuts over the top.
  5. Make the topping: Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse to form a medium crumble (with pieces about the size of peas). Sprinkle the topping over the apples and walnuts. Bake for 1 hour, or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are tender.

Beverages

8 – Warm Hazelnut Toddy

Warm Hazelnut Toddy

This hazelnut liquer is served with whipped cream. (photo source)

And for the end, a warm and sweet drink that’s super easy to make.

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of Frangelico
  • 1/2 cup of hot water
  • tablespoons of lightly whipped heavy cream

How to make it:

  1. In a mug, stir together the Frangelico and hot water.
  2. Spoon the whipped cream over the top before serving.

We hope you found some inspiration from these delicious recipes. When it comes to preparing Christmas dinner, just stick with these 8 suggestions and you can’t go wrong.

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