What Makes Up a Christmas Dinner

What Makes Up a Christmas Dinner

Christmas is coming, that means it’s the perfect time for a family dinner or gathering to celebrate the festive holidays! It’s the ideal time to catch up and bond with your family members. Not to mention, the most important part of this festive season is heavenly FOOD. 

This time of the year is when we get to enjoy food that is perfect for the season. Not forgetting, we got all our favourites for Christmas dinner. Christmas has all of the delicious sweets, drinks and treats that are perfect for the season of giving. This is why planning the menu is a must so you can make nostalgic comfort food that holds memories to you and your families.

There are so many recipes and ways to enjoy your Christmas dinner heartily. Either you roast, grilled, boiled, fry or even baked the meals. 

Here are some suggested dinner menu items for your Christmas dinner table:

1. Roasted turkey

It is customary to serve roasted turkey on a classic Christmas dinner. The turkey is stuffed with various ingredients such as herbs and vegetables and left to cook in the oven. The portion size is perfect for a proper dinner, and then it’s time for the gift exchange and some Christmas movies. 

If you’re not sure how to buy one, you could try making one yourself this year. Here’s a simple recipe below for your reference:


  • 100 g of unsalted butter
  • One lemon (zested and juice)
  • 1 tsp of fresh thyme (chopped)
  • 5 kg of turkey
  • One bunch fresh thyme
  • One lemon (halved)
  • 1 Spanish onion (quartered)
  • I head of garlic (halved crosswise)
  • Salt
  • Grounded black pepper

Steps of making:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Pour melted butter in a saucepan and mix with lemon zest and juice. Add one spoon of thyme into the butter and whisk all the ingredients well. Set aside in a bowl.
  3. Wash turkey inside out and remove the giblets, excess fat and leftover pinfeather. Dry the turkey by patting the outer side and place in a large roasting pan that can fit your turkey.
  4. With the generous amount of salt and pepper inside the turkey cavity and stuffed with thyme, halved the lemon, quartered onion and garlic to seasoned well.
  5. Brush the turkey with butter mixture evenly and sprinkle with more salt and pepper.
  6. Tuck the wings tip under the turkey body and tie the leg with strings.
  7. Put the turkey inside the preheated oven and roast until the juices run clear when you cut between leg and thigh or to be exact around 2 hours and a half. Don’t over-roasted the turkey because it might turn your turkey dry.
  8. When the turkey fully roasted, remove to a cutting board and cover with aluminium foil for 20 minutes.
  9. Slice your turkey and all ready to be served to the whole families.

2. Pigs-in-blanket

This dish also known as devils on horseback, kilted sausages and wiener winks. Whatever it is called, it’s a great complement to complete your Christmas dinner. This traditional Christmas side dish is quick and easy to make! It’s a definite crowd-pleaser!


  • 24 thin-sliced smoked streaky bacon
  • Two-pack of chipolatas
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of grainy mustard
  • Few sprigs of rosemary (chopped)

Steps of making:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Wrap the chipolatas one by one with smoked bacon and put on a tray one by one.
  3. Heat honey, grainy mustard and chopped rosemary in a saucepan until bubbling.
  4. Brush the honey mixture on wrapped chipolatas evenly so that it seasoned well.
  5. Cook the wrapped chipolatas in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Your pigs-in-blanket are ready to eat, garnish with rosemary to have better taste. Enjoy!

3. Garlic roasted potatoes

Now for some carbs to your meal. We suggest adding some starchy dishes such as garlic roasted potatoes. This helps to balance out the meal and to ensure that your family has the energy to keep up with the fun and games!

This menu still will fit the bill and keep the tradition intact. Enjoy your dinner heartily, and here is a recipe for making the garlic grilled potatoes;


  • 8 to 10 potatoes
  • ¼ cup of virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp of fine salt
  • 1 tsp of grounded black pepper
  • Six cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp of minced parsley

Steps of making:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C.
  2. Cut the potatoes to half or quarters depending on your preferred size and put in a large bowl.
  3. Coat all the potatoes evenly with olive oil, pepper and garlic.
  4. Spread the coated potatoes in one layer on a sheet in a pan and roast in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the potatoes are browned and crisp. Make sure the potatoes cooked evenly.
  5. Remove all the potatoes from oven and garnish with parsley and season to taste if needed. Your roasted pot is ready to serve and enjoy with your families.

What could be more comforting other than having tradition Christmas dinner shared with your loved ones? There’s no need to stress out about food. If you’re not sure of what to make for your Christmas dinner, you can always eat out or order in.

There are plenty of delightful recipes to enjoy like cookies, dessert, candies to make your Christmas merrier. Why choose one when you can make more dishes with the help of your family. Cooking together is a great idea to strengthen the family bonds and Christmas spirit. 

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Article Written By Marcovy

Marcovy is a passionate writer who thinks life is about living to eat and enjoying it to the fullest. He wanted to explore the restaurants around Malaysia and the idea of documenting those food experiences was what inspired him to start writing food blog.

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