Christmas is that time of the year which calls for the most celebration. The month starts with family and friends getting together to celebrate the birth of Christ, playing fun games, exchanging gifts, and ends with eating delicious treats. The festive mood stays on for almost a week into the new year. And it gets so engaging, especially for party lovers.
The pandemic has slowed down the pace of celebration for the last two years, but fortunately, people can get together this year due to the vaccination rollout. So, let’s get back to the trend of making yummy Christmas food. Here is a list of top 10 food ideas for Christmas parties that you must not miss out on this season!
Christmas calls for different cookies, from pin-wheel to chocolate peppermint to gingerbread cookies. It is the perfect time to experiment with different flavors in the right amount and give your pretzels and cookies a festive look! You can use shortbread and make it all buttery, tender and crisp with a perfect load of sweetness. However, ensure that the treats you get ready to deck up your table are tried and tasted! You wouldn’t plunge into the risk of creating an entirely new dish on D-day, right?
Though the main ingredient is pretty common here, the final dish varies from home to home. Some love roast potatoes, while some bathe them in the cheese slices to give them a slimy smoother melting-in-the-mouth dish. The idea is pretty simple. Add all the ingredients to a casserole and toss it in the oven till you get a light browny tinge. Take it out and cut everyone a caky piece.
What is Christmas without classic cakes and pudding? Festivals are an excellent time to put baking skills to use and get many things on the table, from salted caramel cake to Santa cupcakes or the traditional pudding. These treats are not just delicious; they are easy to make. Kids love them the most, and you can do your experiments with cakes and lace them with healthy dates, nuts, and cherries.
There are trendy ideas of mocktails that you can try to make your Christmas awesome. Trying out different fruits for drinks is healthy, inviting, colorful, and flavorful. So go out of your way to pitch in green apples, peppermint, and cranberry to your mocktail, or make it a mixed fruit punch. You can serve it with a scoop of ice cream and some colorful chopped candied fruits. And for your chocolate lover friends, try out the easy way to make hot chocolate. Just melt the chocolate base in milk, add vanilla extract and serve with a cream or marshmallow garnish.
You can create this wholesome plate to satisfy your taste buds and throw in a heartfelt presentation at the last minute. Use these food items and build a Christmas tree on your plate to keep your guests delighted and giggling. Start with a line of crackers, arrange cheese cubes to the top of it, throw in some pepperoni, turkey slices, olives, and many more. If you are a veggie, you can pitch in chips and cottage cheese cubes instead of the meat.
These thin and light pancakes look not only fancy but also taste luscious. There is a basic recipe of crepes that uses the batter made from the following ingredients,
A pinch of salt
You can try different flavor combinations for filling or dice fruits as toppings.
What’s better than a carrot cake? Glazed carrots! Absolutely! They are easy to prepare and become a favorite finger snack. All you have to do is wash, peel, steam with bay leaves, dry them and glaze them with butter and honey. You can flavor the butter with caraway seeds and pepper to give a sweet, salty, and spicy taste. You can steam or boil the carrots and season them with chopped parsley. A plant-based diet is always a healthy alternative!
For all non-veg lovers, Christmas is incomplete without the traditional turkey or the roast chicken. While both are equally delicious, the preparation method is similar for both. You can either stuff vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, etc., and herbs inside the bird and roast in the oven, or simply roast the bird by glazing with a mix of spices. Further, you can season with lemon, parsley, and some thyme.
A super easy, popular, and nutritious idea for a snack is roasted nuts. You can choose your favorite or mix varieties of nuts, roast them light and serve after sprinkling with salt and pepper—a crunchy treat to brighten up the festive mood of your guests. You can combat food waste and go super innovative by tossing the crunchy nuts with chopped onions, tomatoes, and cilantro and serving them on paper cones.
One of the deadly combinations is crispy fried fish with French fries. Prevalent in many cultures, fish and chips are one of the absolute favorites of people. So if you want to impress your guests with the perfect finger food, this item should be on your list. For the fish batter, mix flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, milk, and egg in the proper proportions. Dip the fish pieces in the batter one by one, and deep fry them until golden brown. Soak in the excess oil in a paper towel before serving.
The list is endless when it comes to having perfect Christmas food. However, it is time to wear your chef’s hat, recreate your favorite recipes and mix and match items. Pies, churros, enchiladas, rollups are a few additions for you to deck up the above list. Most of them take relatively less time to have on the plate, and some take up a little longer. But what is Christmas without a bit of these sweet efforts? I am sure you would love these food ideas for Christmas parties and rock your guests with some music along with the sumptuous treats. You can also refer to rare vintage cookbooks online. While in the Christmas spirit giving in to the sophistication of kids’ menu, do not forget to enjoy yourself too!
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