Christmas dinner is one of the biggest meals of the year, along with Easter and Thanksgiving. This meal can involve lots of preparation, shopping, food prep, serving, and cleaning up. And the host often ends up frazzled, collapsing into his or her chair at the dinner table.
But it doesn't have to be that way! By following this easiest-ever Christmas dinner menu, you will be able to relax and enjoy the meal without a lot of work beforehand.
A pre-cooked ham is the first time-saver, and if you serve it cold or room temperature (spiral sliced hams are just plain delicious cold) with a selection of fabulous and unusual mustards, there is really no prep at all! Here are some easy side dishes, plus Christmas cookies, to round out this delicious meal.
For an appetizer, all you really need is something tiny and flavorful. Serve these wonderful little stuffed tomatoes with some champagne or wine for the perfect starter to your festive meal. A creamy mixture of mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, basil leaves, and cooked bacon is stuffed inside each tomato and then chilled. Scooping out the tomatoes is a little laborious, but worth it.
This recipe provides some fresh flavor, crunch, and cool taste to this menu. If you can't find good ripe pears, you can omit them, or use sliced apples instead.
Feel free to make the dressing ahead of time, or use your favorite bottled vinaigrette. The combination of sweet pears, slightly bitter lettuce, buttery walnuts, and rich blue cheese is not only delicious but also makes a great presentation.
You can usually find asparagus year round in the grocery store, even though it's considered a spring vegetable.
It takes on a nutty flavor when roasted, and requires very little work—place in one layer on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast until tender and slightly crispy on the ends. A squeeze of lemon on top before serving is a nice touch and brightens the dish.
This easy recipe is creamy, rich, flavorful, delicious, and so simple to make. Let's face it—for any "easiest-ever" dinner, you have to have a crockpot recipe! It begins with frozen hash brown potatoes which are mixed with butter, onion, and garlic, as well as sour cream, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and cream of potato soup. After cooking on low for seven to eight hours, you have the creamiest, most velvety potatoes.
It's not Christmas without Christmas cookies! And, if you're lucky, you will already have a tray or cookie jar filled with a delicious variety. Choose from one of these seven favorites for the holiday (or make a few to sample), from peanut blossoms to gingerbread men to Mexican tea cookies.