With all the busyness of the holidays, wouldn’t it be nice if Christmas dinner was a little easier?
The good news is that you can still have a delicious meal without spending every moment in the kitchen. Here are a few Christmas dinner ideas to try this year!
1. Oven-roasted chicken
Try oven-roasting a whole chicken or even chicken pieces. This is the best option when you don’t have a lot of guests.
2. Use a Crockpot
The crockpot is a great way to cook turkey, ham or even a pot roast. There are lots of crockpot recipes on sites such as Yummly.com, AllRecipes.com, or Tablespoon.com.
3. Bake a Christmas pizza
Take a Christmas-themed pan (i.e., Christmas tree, bell, etc.) and add your pizza dough, sauce and toppings. This is a great way to get the whole family involved making dinner.
4. Try a pot luck dinner
Get everyone on your guest list to bring a side dish. Better yet, have your dinner party the day after Christmas and have everyone bring their leftovers. This can be a lot of fun for everyone.
5. Save time with ready-made foods
If you’re making the turkey or ham, incorporate some ready-made or instant foods into the menu. For example, instant potatoes or packaged potatoes, ready-made stuffing, canned gravy. To give the gravy a more homemade flavor, replace some of the water with pan drippings.
6. Do prep work the day before
Do as much prep work as you can before the day or night before. Chop vegetables, make the mashed potatoes, etc.
7. Make larger portions
Instead of making lots of side dishes, pick 2 or 3 and make larger portions. Plus, this will save more time day after Christmas when everyone can nosh on leftovers.
The most important thing to remember is…enjoy Christmas Day. Although they’re your guests, don’t be shy about asking for their help on the big day. They’ll be happy to lend a hand and you can savor all the memories of this special day with the people you love.