Christmas Dinner Ideas

If you are a novice cook then you will want to plan a menu that is easy to execute. If you are a more experienced cook then you can get a little bit more creative with the menu. Planning is probably the most important part of the dinner preparation.
Keep it simple and you will be able to enjoy your Christmas day. Christmas is the time of year when large dinners and festivities reign supreme. This is also the one special time of year that many people want to make their own dining tables look magnificent.

When hosting a Christmas dinner, it's not only the menu or the decor that you need to pay attention to. You also want to make sure your guests have a great time. This can be somewhat difficult when you have guests who do not know each other well. In my experience, there is no better way to break the ice than by having dinner party games.

If you've been eating up big at parties in the days before, then there is nothing wrong with just having melted cheese on toast one night. Or use up some left over dips with heaps of vegetable crudites. Avoid the crackers and chips.

There are hundreds of cuisines and probably a thousand of dishes to choose from. Make something that you would not mess up because you would not want your Christmas spent inside the kitchen. There are far more important things to do during this very special day. You would want to share most of your time with your family and some close friends.

Putting a new and modern twist on an older recipe can also spice up a dish and give it a new flavor while still maintaining the base tastes of the original recipe. I don't think your grandmother will roll over in her grave if you add diced apples to her famous chestnut stuffing recipe, or if you add candied pecans to your Aunt Mildred's famous sweet potato dish. Mix the traditions up a little bit while still preserving the original.

Christmas cakes should be made in November and the mixture stirred by every member of the household -- even the dog if you can manage it. This tradition is called stir up Sunday and it allows everyone to make a wish and to feel that they have had a part in the creation of a cake which typically will last them at least until Easter

Anyone who prides themselves on their cooking likes to think they have the secret for making great roast potatoes, but if there's one excellent recipe for cooking them it's to add salted peelings to the pan while they are parboiling which will generate an additional tasty flavour that everyone will love.