Christmas Food Ideas for a Family Dinner

Dec 16, 2021Pasquale Mellone
Christmas is a time for celebrating the joy of being with family and friends. And what better way than cooking up some yummy food that'll make your taste buds happy? We've got you covered this season! Our mouth-watering Christmas ideas are simple, easy to make—and they're perfect for uncertainty in life because nothing beats good old-fashioned comfort food at Christmas time when things seem bleakest.

Spiced Beef Roast with Caesar Potato Salad

Try this spiced beef recipe and fill your Christmas dining with a delicious centerpiece. You can quickly cook this dish with Hugh Maguire's Spiced Beef which goes through a delicate aging process in the smokehouse, enhancing its taste and quality. However, you can cook it with beef from any local butcher. Ingredients for Beef Roast: Directions Beef Roast: Marination method:
  • Grind all the spices and ½ tbsp salt in a pestle and mortar.
  • Apply oil and then rub the ground spices evenly all over the beef.
  • Cover it and keep it in the refrigerator overnight.
Roasting Method for the next day:
  • Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.
  • Roast the marinated beef in a preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Ingredients for Salad:
  • 6 potatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup carrot grated
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced
  • 2 eggs hard-boiled roughly chopped
  • 2 bacon rashers diced
  • 1/3 cup Caesar salad dressing (any brand)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 sprig parsley chopped
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
Directions for Salad:
  • Boil the diced potatoes and let them cool.
  • Fry bacon to make it crispy and let it cool.
  • Mix potatoes, bacon, eggs, carrots, spring onions, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Add mayonnaise and Caesar dressing and mix all the ingredients well.
  • Sprinkle chopped parsley on the top and serve with spiced beef roast.

Roasted Duck with Fruit and Walnut Salad

Roasted duck is one of the delightful Christmas dinner ideas you must consider. Cooking a whole duck doesn't have to be fussy because we've got a super easy recipe for you. You can prepare this roasted duck recipe with Hugh Maguire's oven-ready whole duck or get one from your local market. Ingredients for Roasted Duck: Directions for Roasted Duck:
  • Mix salt, pepper, and paprika in a small bowl and rub the mixture evenly onto the duck's skin.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°C.
  • Place the dressed duck in a roasting pan and roast it in a preheated oven for 1 hour.
  • Melt the 1/2 cup butter on moderate heat.
  • Rub 1/4 cup melted butter over the roasted duck and cook for 45 minutes.
  • Rub the remaining 1/4 cup melted butter over the duck, cook for another 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Ingredients for Salad:
  • 3 oranges
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 torn celery heart leaves
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
Directions for Salad:
  • Toast and chop the walnuts into fine pieces.
  • Soak the cranberries in boiling water for 10 minutes and drain.
  • Peel and segment 2 oranges and extract juice from the third.
  • Beat the vinegar and oil into a smooth paste and mix with orange juice.
  • Combine all the salad ingredients and toss them evenly.
  • Serve the salad with roasted duck.

Roasted Turkey Breast

Simple Turkey Breast Roast is a great Christmas food idea for small families where you don't need to deal with the hassles of cooking a full-size bird. Turkey breast from your local butcher will also taste fine. First, however, try this recipe with Hugh Maguire's Smoked Turkey Breast for a memorable festive dine. Ingredients: Directions:
  • Beat olive oil, paprika, oregano, rosemary, salt, thyme, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder to make a smooth paste.
  • Place turkey breast on the rack of a 9x13 roasting pan.
  • Rub the spice mixture on the turkey breast and make sure the whole bird is covered with spice.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°C.
  • Roast each pound separately in a preheated oven for 20 minutes and remove from the oven when it reaches an internal temperature of 160°C.
  • Cover the roasted breast in aluminum foil loosely for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the aluminum foil cover when the internal temperature reaches 165°C.
  • Slice the breast and serve with the main course.

Roasted Leg of Lamb

A roasted leg of lamb will be a delicious meal to add to your Christmas dining. Leg of lamb is juicy and soft when cooked well. Try Hugh Maguire's leg of lamb, and your guests will love it without a doubt. Ingredients: Directions:
  • Rip the top portion of the leg of lamb every 3 to 4 inches and push the slices of garlic inside the meat.
  • Rub salt and pepper to cover every inch of the meat and sprinkle rosemary on the leg.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°C.
  • Place lamb on a roasting pan and roast in a preheated oven for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Remove the roasted leg and cook the peeled potatoes in the pan.
  • Serve a roasted leg of lamb with yummy, cooked potatoes.
One more secret ingredient to every recipe is love! So, cook with tenderness and warmth. Merry Christmas!

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