Tempting Christmas Food Ideas and Recipes

Tempting Christmas Food Ideas and Recipes

We can probably all agree that one of the best things about Christmas is the food! Whether it’s the traditional turkey dinner, tempting party bites, traditional mince pies or other mouthwatering festive foods, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without all those tantalising treats to tempt your tastebuds.

But what if you fancy breaking with the usual foods and trying something different? Well, we've got you covered with some of the best Christmas food ideas and recipes all in one place. Simply nip to your favourite local stores to grab your ingredients and get cooking!

Starters

Start your meal off right, with one of our family favourites. These recipes make the perfect starter for Christmas day, but can be just as useful for keeping you satisfied between leftovers and chocolates on Boxing Day. 

Mini Welsh Rarebits 

You call it glorified cheese on toast, we call it a crowd pleaser. No matter who's at your dinner table this Christmas, these mini welsh rarebits will go down a storm whilst your guests wait on their main. 

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

The reason we love this red pepper dip so much is because you can dip whatever you like. Personally, breadsticks and pitta bread make the perfect combination, however those who want a lighter starter can opt for cucumber and red pepper sticks. You could even turn this starter into a lunch by serving with a fresh baguette, cheese and salad. 

Roasted Vegetable Winter Salad

If we are lucky enough to get a white Christmas, the last thing you want to eat is a cold salad. This is our version of a winter salad, warm, nutritious, and incredibly tasty. Serve as a starter, side dish, or light lunch.

Mains 

The main event has to impress - whether you're hosting Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or just simply need some winter warmers that the whole family will enjoy

Vegetarian Christmas Pie 

This makes for the perfect Boxing Day lunch as it's basically your Christmas day leftovers in pastry. However, this is equally as easy to make any day of the week when you're craving a hearty meal. 

Beef Wellington

If turkey isn’t your thing, why not try making a Beef Wellington for Christmas Day this year? Perfect for smaller families who never get through a whole turkey, or those who want to experiment more with their cooking abilities.

Salmon En Croute

Another festive favourite to try out this year. Salmon En Croute would make a fantastic Christmas Eve meal. Fish has a myriad of fantastic health benefits which makes for a perfect reason to slip this recipe into your meal plan this Christmas. 

Vegan Sweet Potato Wreath

If you’re struggling to find a great alternative for your vegan friends this Christmas, then this sweet potato wreath will be the answer to all your prayers. Delicious, hearty, and festive - what more could you want?

Desserts

Gingerbread Men 

Is it really Christmas if you don’t make gingerbread men? They’re simple to make and fun to decorate, making them a perfect Christmas Eve activity for all the family. You could even hold a competition for the best decorated gingerbread man and let the winner pick the Christmas film for the evening.

Chocolate Filled Puff Pastry Sharing Tree

If you want to make something that all the family will enjoy then this chocolate filled Christmas tree is perfect. Have fun pulling off the branches and dipping them in whatever your desire. Add some fresh fruit and dipping chocolate then tuck in!

Yule Log

For a slightly more skilled baker, a yule log is a fantastic dessert to bring out on Christmas day. Even if it doesn’t look professional, you can’t really go wrong with chocolate cake. Best served with cream or ice cream.

Santa Hat Strawberries

If you only need a light snack after filling up on Christmas dinner, then these strawberry santa hats make the cutest dessert. All you need is strawberries and whipped cream and you have a refreshing dessert that will go down a treat - and look great, too!

Now we've shown you some great Christmas food ideas and recipes, all you have to do is get cooking! 

Don’t forget your local high street has everything you need and more for these recipes. Find the freshest vegetables locally or nip to your local butcher to ensure your meat is of the highest quality and the best cut for your recipe. They may even give you some great tips on how to perfectly prepare your ingredients!

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