Christmas 2023: Delicious Food Ideas for the Perfect Festive Feast
The festive season is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to gather around the table, share delicious food, and create lasting memories with family and friends. We've curated the most delicious Christmas food of 2023 with a twist. From crowd-pleasing starters and incredible roasts to scrumptious side dishes and decadent desserts, get ready to impress your guests and make this Christmas feast one to remember.
At Uren, we take pride in bringing you the highest quality ingredients from around the globe. From IQF vegetables, IQF fruits and fruit purees to honey, nuts and flavours, we have everything you need to make your Christmas dishes extra special. So, let's get started and explore our top picks for the ultimate Christmas feast.
With so many options to choose from, it can be challenging to narrow down your menu. Here are our top picks for starters, mains, sides and desserts that are sure to impress.
This year, let your creativity shine with starters that are not only delicious but also easy to make. From elegant smoked salmon crostini to savoury festive stuffed mushrooms and fun prawn cocktails, these appetisers are sure to kick off your Christmas feast in style.
Smoked Salmon Crostini
Simple yet sophisticated, smoked salmon crostini is an appetiser that never fails to impress. Spread a creamy base of crème fraiche or cream cheese on toasted baguette slices, top with smoked salmon and garnish with fresh dill for a burst of freshness.
Festive Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed mushrooms are always a hit at any party, and the holiday season is no exception. Guests will love these bite-sized delights filled with seasonal flavours like cranberries, spinach, and goat's cheese.
Put a twist on the classic prawn cocktail by serving them in shot glasses for a fun and festive option. Layer prawns, avocado, cucumber, and a tangy cocktail sauce for an elegant yet playful appetiser.
When it comes to Christmas dinner, the roast takes centre stage. This year, think outside the traditional turkey and consider these delicious options.
Pork Belly with Apple Cider Glaze
This succulent pork belly is roasted to perfection and glazed with a sweet and tangy apple cider sauce for an unforgettable main course. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes or roasted root vegetables for a hearty meal that will have your guests coming back for seconds.
Beef Wellington is a dish that combines tender beef fillet with rich mushroom duxelles and flaky puff pastry. The result is an impressive main course that’s sure to impress even the most discerning palates.
Scrumptious Side Dishes
A great main course deserves to be accompanied by an array of scrumptious side dishes that complement and enhance its flavours. From herb-infused mashed potatoes and honey-glazed carrots to cheesy Brussels sprout gratin, these delicious sides are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.
Herb-Infused Mashed Potatoes
Elevate your mashed potatoes to new heights by infusing them with fragrant herbs like rosemary, thyme or sage. Not only do these herbs add a burst of flavour, but they also make for an elegant presentation.
Brussels Sprout Gratin
Looking for a decadent side dish? Look no further than this cheesy Brussels sprout gratin. With a creamy sauce, crispy breadcrumbs, and melted Gruyere cheese, this dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
No Christmas feast is complete without a selection of indulgent and festive desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. From the classic Christmas pudding with its rich and fruity filling to the irresistible combination of chocolate and peppermint, these dessert options are perfect for capping off your holiday meal.
Traditional Christmas Pudding
Embrace tradition this holiday season with a classic Christmas pudding, complete with a rich and fruity filling and a boozy sauce for serving. This iconic dessert is made from a mixture of dried fruits, nuts, spices, breadcrumbs, and a generous splash of brandy or stout and is steamed to perfection before being set alight at the table for a truly festive spectacle.
Serve your Christmas pudding with a dollop of brandy butter or a drizzle of warm custard for a delicious and indulgent end to your festive feast.
Chocolate and Peppermint Treats
For those with a love for all things chocolatey, why not add some festive peppermint flavour into the mix? Think rich and creamy peppermint hot chocolate, velvety smooth peppermint bark, or decadent chocolate peppermint truffles.
Festive Fruit Tarts
For a lighter yet still indulgent option, consider serving up mini fruit tarts for dessert. Fill buttery tart shells with seasonal fruits like cranberries, pomegranates, and clementines for a burst of freshness and colour on your holiday table.
Whether you prefer a classic eggnog, a warming mug of spiced mulled wine or a sparkling holiday cocktail, these delicious beverages are sure to add a touch of magic to your festive celebrations.
Whip up a batch of this creamy and comforting classic eggnog, perfect for sipping by the fire or serving at your holiday party. Made with a combination of:
This traditional beverage is a true taste of the season. Add a splash of brandy, rum, or bourbon for an extra kick, or keep it alcohol-free for the whole family to enjoy. Garnish with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg and serve in festive glasses for a truly indulgent and heartwarming treat.
Warm up with a mug of spiced and fragrant mulled wine, a festive favourite that’s perfect for holiday gatherings. This delicious beverage is made by gently heating red wine with a blend of warming spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, as well as slices of citrus fruit for a zesty twist.
Enjoy your mulled wine by the fire, or serve it in a large punch bowl for guests to help themselves at your holiday party. Don’t forget to add a cinnamon stick or a slice of orange for an extra touch of festive flair.
Sparkling Holiday Cocktails
Add sparkle to your holiday celebrations with a bubbly cocktail, perfect for toasting the season. From a classic champagne cocktail with a twist of orange to a refreshing cranberry juice and Prosecco spritz, sparkling drinks are sure to bring a touch of glamour to your festive gatherings.
Serve your sparkling holiday cocktails in elegant glasses adorned with festive garnishes and a sprinkle of edible glitter for a truly dazzling display.
No matter what dishes you choose to serve at your Christmas feast, the most important thing is to enjoy the festive season and create lasting memories with your loved ones. So don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen and have fun while preparing these delicious and impressive dishes for a truly unforgettable holiday meal.
At Uren, we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays filled with love, joy and, of course, delicious food. Cheers!