'Tis the Season: 15 Christmas Dinner Recipes You'll Love

   |  Updated: June 27, 2017 17:01 IST

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'Tis the Season: 15 Christmas Dinner Recipes You'll Love

It's Christmas! That time of the year when your house is laced with shades of green, red and white. The coniferous is trimmed, shaved and adorned. The mystical Frosty comes to life and stands guard in your backyard. Tis' the season to double-check your wishlist and wait for Santa to grant all your desires. Chestnuts roast over the bonfire, minced pies, turkey and fruit cakes adorn your dinner table.

Christmas marks the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ, whose teachings form the foundation of the religion. And do you know why Christmas candy is always shaped like a cane? Well, look at the candy upside down and you'll have your answer! Hint: It's essentially a 'J' that represents the name of ...... Over the years, Christmas has ceased to be a strict Catholic practice and has been embraced by people across culture and religion. What makes Christmas a unique affair is its ability to be religious and secular at the same time. It changes with change in geography. Every culture elicits a different custom and a different tale. 

All About Christmas Dinner

The Christmas dinner is an exuberant feast that commemorates Christmas Eve. The traditional Christmas table is a feast like no other. To begin with, there are breads and cinnamon cookies. In Germany they eat stollen, a type of bread that is believed to resemble Christ's swaddling clothes. In Belgium, cougnolle is baked in the shape of Baby Jesus. Next comes the roast turkey or chicken that forms the centerpiece of the table. In parts of France, you'll mostly find roasted goose stuffed with chestnuts. More recently, roasted meats like lamb and beef have also gained popularity and are serve as an alternative to turkey. Another Catholic tradition is the Feast of the Seven Fishes, which is basically a fish pie. Christmas desserts are truly to die for. From flambéed Christmas puddings to the classic Yule log cake, you're in for a treat. Wash them down with some traditional tipples like some mulled wine or eggnog while rum and brandy remain all-time favourites. Milk is believed to be the fuel for Santa to keep his journey going. This ritual can also be linked to the history of the Christmas tree. In Germany, people would decorate their trees, or what they called 'a paradise tree' with apple wafers and cookies. Santa was believed to nibble on these snacks. This later transformed into the tradition of placing cookies and milk for Santa. Side note: The ritual of making houses from ginger biscuits and cookies actually became popular after 'The Grimm Brothers' included this concept in their story, Hansel and Gretel.


Here's the ultimate menu for your Christmas dinner with recipes from our best chefs. It has everything you need to entertain your family and friends and become a hit host.

1. Mince Pies

The original mince pie included rabbit, patridge, hare and pheasant, along with dried fruits and spices. It was known as the Christmas Pyre and was said to resemble Jesus' cradle. Mince pies are baked on each day of the 12 day Christmas as a sign of luck. Another custom is to accept a mince pie in every house you visit over Christmas! (10 dishes of Christmas)


2. Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani

Popularly referred to as 'Devils on horseback', it is the traditional Christmas snack. It consists of glazed dates stuffed with chives and cream and wrapped in bacon.


3. Glazed Ham
Recipe by Chef Roopa Gulati

This dish offers a perfect balance of flavors. It includes a whole ham stuffed with a fruity mixture and glazed with golden syrup and jaggery.


4.Meat Loaf
Recipe by Chef Roopa Gulati

This is a traditional recipe made with minced or ground meat which is baked in the form of a loaf.


5. Ginger Snaps
Recipe by Chef Roopa Gulati

Fresh out of the oven, cookies made with flour, butter, honey, ginger, rum and all things Christmassy.


6. Roasted Chicken with Mushroom and Wine Sauce
Recipe by Chef Roopa Gulati

You are in for a real treat with this recipe. Roasted chicken seeped in white wine and served with herby mushrooms.


Roast chicken drizzled with wine and mushroom sauce

7. Baked Pumpkin
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal

Great as a side, chunks of pumpkin are tossed with fresh thyme, coriander seeds, red wine vinegar and red chilies and then baked perfect.


8.Shepherd's Pie
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani

Shepherd's pie is a classic British dish made with meat and sealed with a delightful crust of mashed potatoes. Chef Vicky Ratnani shows you how to give it a vegetarian makeover.


9.Gratin of Potatoes with Garlic Cream
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani

A simple dish that tastes great. Layers of potatoes, cheese  and cream, finished with a golden crust. This dish is sinfully good.


10. Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Cheese
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani

A snack that'll get anyone easily hooked. Mushroom caps are topped with a delicious mixture of diced onions, bell pepper, dates and cheese and baked.

11.Mulled Wine
Recipe by Chef Bill Marchetti

A mix of red wine, fruits, cloves and cinnamon, served warm. This winter warmer compliments the gourmet fare.

12. Chocolate Cake in a Pressure Cooker
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

No oven? No problem! Here’s a scrumptiously simple way to bake a cake in a pressure cooker. It's just brilliant and tastes nothing short of divine!

13. Plum Cake
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

Made with dried cherries, almonds, raisins and a whole lot of flavour, top this delicious plum cake off with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and go straight to foodie heaven! It pairs perfectly well with your afternoon cup of tea as well.

14. Eggless vanilla Cake in a Pressure Cooker
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

An easy and fuss-free way to make a delectable vanilla cake... in a pressure cooker! Spruce it up with some buttercream frosting and enjoy it this holiday season. Trust us, it doesn't get more classic (and sinful) than this!

15. Speedy Christmas Pudding
Recipe by Chef Manju Malhi

A wholesome christmas pudding made with sultanas, dates, raisins, apricots and a whole lot of brandy. Serve with a dollop of brandy butter, a drizzle of rum sauce or homemade custard. Umm, yum!

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