For many reasons, Christmas is one of the most awaited celebrations every year, and now that the holiday season is upon us—it's time to decorate your homes, bring out the Christmas themed plates, start shopping for gifts and embrace all things merry and bright. But the real star of this merry holiday is sitting around a dinner table filled with delicious Christmas meals, with some background music, where stories and memories are shared and made. So when it comes to cooking Christmas dinner, whether it's for a big celebration or an intimate dinner for two, at a big house or your newly bought condominium—you want it to be a night to remember.
From starters to desserts, here are some easy recipes of classic and new Christmas meals that you can cook whether you’re celebrating it in your family home, apartment or your condominium!
Soup and Appetizers
French Onion Soup
There is nothing more comforting than starting your festivities with a French Onion Soup topped with melting cheese and croutons. Known as “5-star restaurant” dish, this comforting and flavourful soup is not only easy to cook but it's made with the common pantry staple ingredients that will surely impress your dinner guests..
Learn this world renowned soup recipe from the BBC Good Food!
This Italian appetizer is a mixture of chopped tomatoes, balsamic, basil, and garlic, topped over olive-oil brushed slices of toasted baguette or rustic bread. This appetizer is not only refreshing and flavourful, but it's also very rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, keeping your holiday indulgence on a healthy balance!
Try this classic Italian healthy and delicious appetizer recipe from delish!
Considered as a Christmas dinner icon, the roasted chicken is hard to miss in every single holiday ad. This holiday staple is known for its simple cooking process that results in a golden crispy and juicy meat. The best part is that this entree does not require much attention, marinate your chicken ahead of time and let the oven do the work as you relax or focus on other dinner preparations. The roasted chicken is the ideal dish when you’re sharing food and stories with each other over Christmas dinner.
Honest Cooking shared their easy to follow recipe for the best herby roasted Chicken!
Bursting with flavor from the mixture of seafood, herbs and spices, this dish is sure to be a surprising showstopper during your Noche Buena. Paella is a classic Spanish rice dish made with rice, saffron, vegetables, chicken, and seafood cooked and served in one pan—talk about convenience!
Surprise your dinner guests and family with BBC Good Food’s Recipe this coming holiday season!
Oven Baked Salmon
Holidays are full of reunions and gatherings, where foods can be repetitive and a little bit unhealthy. If you're looking for a healthier entree option this holiday try cooking up some oven baked salmon. This is a two step recipe cooked in less than 30 minutes, perfect for the busy holiday season.
Have you been eating spaghetti or carbonara for christmas since you were a kid? Skip the red and white sauce pasta this year and give Vongole a chance to elevate your Christmas dinner menu.This italian classic is a light pasta infused with garlic, clams and white wine garnished with parsley, that you may season with chili flakes for a little spicy holiday kick.
Serve something new and fancy with the Food Network’s easy Vongole Recipe!
Sides and Salad
A salad is not all greens and caesars dressing, it can be a fun indulgence too. This is what a Burrata salad can offer to your Christmas dinner table. Made with just 3 key ingredients this salad is easily assembled within 15 minutes! You may also add some peaches and walnuts for a sweet and crunchy holiday surprise.
Assemble this fun and delicious salad with A Couple Cooks recipe!
With only 5 ingredients found in your pantry, you can have the most flexible side on the table. This classic side can be paired with almost every Christmas entree you serve. Whether you are having roasted chicken, glazed ham, steak, or salmon, this side will never fail to satisfy.
Learn the classic and creamy mashed potato from the Food Network!
Dessert & Cocktails
Strawberry Graham Cake
If you love the Mango graham cake, you would want to try the Strawberry version too. This layered holiday cake requires no oven to make, which can be a fun activity to do with your friends, family or special someone during the Holidays,
Follow the easy recipe from YummyPH today!
Also known as Creme Caramel, Leche Flan is a custard dessert made-up of eggs and milk with a soft caramel on top. This simple and delicious dessert is known throughout the world because of its taste, ease in preparation and long shelf life, perfect for the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities.
Learn how to make the perfect Leche flan from All Recipes!
The holiday festivities would not be complete without some Sparkling fruit punch. This citrusy and refreshing mocktail is a great alternative option for the non-alcoholic drinkers. Served in a bowl or pitcher, this easy concoction will make a colorful and festive addition to your dinner table.
Try this refreshing mocktail from All Recipes!
La vie en rouge
Sweet, tangy and refreshing, La vie en rouge is the perfect holiday cocktail to toast to during Christmas. Made from ingredients easily found in the grocery store, this French classic will sure to be memorable in your Christmas celebrations!
Give this easy concoction a try with The Pruce Eats’ recipe!
In the words of Guy Fieri, “Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat." A Christmas menu and a beautifully set dinner table does not have to be complicated, its meant to be easy, shared and cherished with your loved ones wherever you are celebrating.
Make your Christmas more special with these easy-to-prepare recipes while inside the comfort of your condo in Vista Residences.
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