14 Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas

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Christmas Dinner Ideas

How To Preserve Garlic To Keep It Fresh

Here Are A Few Things You Should Know About Storing Garlic:

A whole, unpeeled garlic bulb will keep for quite a while (about six months). But an unpeeled fruit that has been removed from the head will only keep for about three weeks. And don’t even think about mincing the garlic unless you plan to use it as soon as possible. The best place to put whole garlic bulbs is in a dark, dry, cool place… but not the refrigerator. Whole garlic should be stored between 60° and 65° F, and for most people, the pantry is the right place. But peeling or mincing garlic is another story, and the refrigerator is currently the best storage solution. Seal tightly in an airtight container or zippered bag and use for about a week. Read the article about the best Christmas Dinner dishes.

Classic Dishes

Many families have classic dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that they make over and over again for holiday meals. But if you’re feeling a bit exhausted with honeyed ham or a roast pork garland, avoid the monotony this holiday season by opting for one of these alternative mains for Christmas dinner. From creamy lasagna to impressive pork tenderloin, diners will be amazed and delighted with these delicious recipes. 

Grilled Cranberry Chicken

Grilled Cranberry Chicken

Upgrade your basic BBQ chicken with a winter flavor. The whole cranberry sauce adds crunch and a mild sourness to the whole dish.

Avocado Pumpkin Lasagna

Avocado Pumpkin Lasagna

Layer seasonal veggies with a cream cheese sauce in this winter lasagna that’s perfect for vegetarians and carnivores alike. This is a one-course meal, so you just need to serve it with a side salad and a dumpling to dip into the last bits of sauce.

Mrs. Carlson’s Turkish Pie

Mrs. Carlson's Turkish Pie

Don’t bother with a whole bird this year. Instead, make a cozy turkey pie. Allrecipes user Cawael said: “This is the best homemade cake recipe I’ve ever made. The crust is great.” 

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

14 Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas

A hearty pork loin combines with seasonal vegetables and savory prosciutto to create an impeccable main course. Some reviewers suggest adding a little cheese, such as feta or parmesan, to enhance the flavor.

Grilled Cauliflower ‘Steak’

Grilled Cauliflower

Simple cauliflower makes a surprisingly elegant main course when cut into hearty planks or “steak”. The key to getting even slices is to buy a large cauliflower.

Fighting-cock

Fighting-cock

The delicious roast chicken is hard to beat, especially when it’s prepared to add crunchy skin while retaining moisture. 

Wellington Meatloaf

Wellington Meatloaf

It’s a playful twist on another holiday classic, Beef Wellington. Elevate everyone’s favorite comfort food with some crescent-shaped pastries. Serve with a side of sauce to complete the meal.

Wild Rice Risotto With Butternut Squash And Shiitake Mushrooms

Wild rice risotto with butternut squash and shiitake mushrooms

The colorful (and flavorful) pumpkin risotto is a lovely main course for Christmas dinner. Shiitake mushrooms provide rich depth, and the addition of wild rice gives an interesting texture.

Bolognese Stuffed Chili

Bolognese Stuffed Chili

Take all the intense flavor of bolognese sauce and easily stuff it into bell peppers. It’s easier than pasta to serve a crowd, but just as delicious. twelfth

Crispy Salmon

Crispy Salmon

Forget the classic Beef Wellington and surprise diners with a delectable seafood version.”If you want people to marvel, serve this,” said Allrecipes user Yancando, “Not even that difficult. there are many steps.”

Roasted Vegan Harvest Seeds

Roasted Vegan Harvest Seeds

Why should vegetarians be excluded from holiday fun? This flavorful main course is sure to appeal to any type of diner. “I’ve served this to my raving vegetarian friends and my meat-and-potato family who insist they’ve never tasted better,” says user Angela. “I love this recipe!”

Chef John’s Cassoulet

Cassoulet

It can be a difficult dish, but the end result will be worth it when you see the faces of the guests after they take their first bite. The greasy white beans and tender cuts of meat will make this a meal to remember.

14 Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas