The holiday season brings with it a sense of cheer and joy that helps us bring the curtains down on the year. But this time around things have been different, to say the least. With the world facing a health crisis the likes of which have not seen in over 100 years, there’s one thing that will definitely lift your spirits. We’re talking about the holiday dinner, of course. To get you started we’ve brought together some easy holiday dinner ideas for you to try and give your loved ones some moments of joy in these trying times. So bring out your finest crockery, lay out the table covers and let’s get started.
The good old-fashioned holiday dinner is not complete unless you’ve got that turkey on the table. Yes, we know getting store bought turkey is the easiest way, but what if we told you there’s an easier way to have a fabulous turkey dinner this holiday? Create your own grilled turkey from scratch and in the process, you can also have some fabulous conversations with the wife and kids. With your grill doing the bulk of the work, all you need to do is take off the grill cover, bring the ingredients together and your holiday turkey will be ready in no time. The best part – the leftovers make for a fabulous curry that can be whipped up in a hurry.
This traditional holiday dinner side dish has a very polarizing effect on the dinner table; some like it while some hate it. Feeding brussels sprouts to the kids can be quite a challenge, but when they’re cooked with ingredients like butter, hazelnuts and thyme, you can be sure there will be many converts who would swear by the amazing taste. Together with grilled turkey and a lip smacking gravy, your brussels sprouts will definitely be a hit with the family.
Fear of soggy roast potatoes giving you the jitters? Have no fear when you can create perfectly crisp and golden roasted potatoes in a matter of minutes. Add your touch to this simple recipe by adding rosemary or sage and see the guests devour the roasties and come back for seconds.
Out of the many things we associate with the holidays, eggnog would top the list by a fair margin. This ubiquitous holiday drink is easy to make and scores big on taste. A great way to start your holiday dinner, traditional eggnog calls for rum or brandy, but you can replace it with a smooth Bourbon or Scotch to give it a surprisingly superior taste. For the kids, just leave out the alcohol and add extra vanilla to mask the eggy taste.
Since we’re doing a traditional holiday dinner, mince pies cannot be left out. These melt-in-the-mouth and deliciously buttery pies are the perfect way to end your fabulous holiday dinner. Serve it with either clotted cream, vanilla ice cream, or even rum butter to give your guests a perfect holiday dinner dessert.
There’s nothing better than a home-cooked dinner during the holiday season. And if the weather’s nice you can even take off the outdoor furniture covers and enjoy the time with your family and loved ones. So put on that apron and get set for a memorable holiday dinner!