Easy Christmas Dinner Recipes Santa Loves

By | December 1, 2019

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(Last Updated On: December 4, 2019)

With Christmas almost on our doorstep, you may be hard-pressed for time to look for easy and tasty Christmas dinner recipe ideas that even Santa loves.

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I’ve put together these delicious recipes perfect for your Christmas dinner. You can even make extra portions to give away as homemade Christmas gifts like the Christmassy Fruity Chutney recipe below.

With these wonderful Christmas dinner recipes, I know this Christmas will be a special one for you and your loved ones.

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Pineapple and Honey Glazed Ham

Ingredients:

Leg of cooked ham, bone-in (about 3 kg)

1 1/2 cups pineapple juice

1 can of pineapple rings

1 cup of soft brown sugar

1/2 cup of honey

Candied (glazed) red cherries

Candied (glazed) green cherries

Steps:

Preheat oven to 338°F.

To make the glaze, add the honey, pineapple juice and brown sugar in a small saucepan.

Boil gently until the mixture thickens slightly. Put this aside.

Place ham in a baking dish.

Bake ham for 20 minutes. Remove ham from the oven and spoon the glaze over it.

Bake for another 20 minutes, spoon more glaze over it and return to the oven for another 30 minutes or until golden.

Let it reach room temperature.

Using toothpicks, pin the rings of pineapple onto the ham.

Place red and green glazed cherries in the empty hole of each pineapple ring to decorate. Use toothpicks to pin the cherries if needed.

Enjoy.

Mm. . . who can resist these glace cherries below!

Semi-Squashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

35 oz small potatoes of about even size

6 medium garlic cloves, mashed

3 oz butter

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 tablespoons of dried herbs (optional)

1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese

Steps:

Add freshly boiled water to a saucepan filled with unpeeled potatoes with some salt in it.

Bring it to boil.

Cook for 30 minutes or until soft.

Preheat oven to 400°F

Melt butter in a small pot. Add in oil and mashed garlic. Put aside when done.

When the potatoes are cooked, remove them from the saucepan and put aside in a bowled-shaped sieve for a few minutes.

Then place them on a baking tray.

Use a potato masher and press down hard on each potato till it bursts, but take care not to mash it completely.

Place a spoonful of the butter-garlic mixture on each potato.

Sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese and herbs.

Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy.

Serve hot with your favorite sauce.

I’ve included a link to this affordable 4-star rating potato masher below for your convenience.

Easy No-bake Christmas Fruit Fudge

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup of fruit mince

1/2 cup of walnuts (or peanuts if on a budget)

15 oz cooking chocolate chips 

14 oz sweet condensed milk 

2 oz unsalted butter

Steps: 

Line an 8 by 8 inch cake tin with baking paper.

Mix chocolate chips, milk and butter in a saucepan.

Stir and melt over low heat till smooth.

Remove from stove. 

Stir in fruit mince and walnuts (or peanuts). 

Transfer into cake tin.

Store in fridge overnight. 

Cut into pieces and enjoy 

Christmassy Fruity Chutney 

Ingredients:

2 medium onions, peeled and chopped 

2 cups cider vinegar

½  cup water 

1 cup sugar 

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, finely chopped

½ cup raisins 

4 pears, peeled, cored, chopped 

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup pitted dates, each cut into ½ 

½  tsp cayenne pepper

Steps:

Place onions and water in a big pot.

Bring it to boil.

Then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add apples and pears. 

Simmer for another 15 minutes.

Give it a good stir once in a while. 

When the mixture has thickened and the fruits softened, spoon them into warm, sterilized jars and seal at once.

Store in a cool, dark place. Once opened, store in the fridge and use within 4 weeks.

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Easy Chicken Wings 

This is a super easy recipe using only 4 ingredients. We came up with this super easy recipe that always delivers and it’s one of my family’s favorites. It tastes great whether you use fresh or frozen chicken. It’s cheap, fast, easy and tasty.

Ingredients:

About 28 oz chicken wings (washed)

3 tablespoons of black soy sauce (vary the amount according to your preference)

3/4 tablespoon of black pepper powder or freshly ground black
pepper

1 tablespoon of cooking oil

Another variation of this is to replace the black soy sauce with peri-peri sauce and leave out the black pepper.

Steps:

Place the wings in a large mixing bowl.

Add the soy sauce, black pepper and oil to the bowl.

Mix the wings with the soy sauce, black pepper and oil (ideally leave the wings for a few hours in the fridge, or for even better flavor, overnight in the fridge).

Preheat oven at 356°F for 5 minutes (fan forced setting).

Spread out the wings on a baking tray.

Place tray in oven.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve.

Baby Tomato Tarts

Ingredients:

1 medium onion, minced

2 garlic cloves, mashed

2 tablespoon canola oil

18 oz tomatoes, with skin removed and chopped

Salt and pepper (Adjust to taste)

2 sheets flaky pastry

6 cherry tomatoes, halved

basil leaves, torn into smaller bits

Steps:

Preheat oven to 392°F.

Cook the garlic and onion until soft. (5 minutes)

Add salt and pepper and the tomatoes.

Simmer till the mixture becomes thick. Put aside the mixture to cool.

Spray a muffin tray with oil. (12-hole)

Cut the pastry into rounds and line each hole. Make sure it covers the sides and bottom of each hole.

Place a tablespoon of the mixture in each cup.

Put each half of cherry tomato with the cut half facing down.

Bake 15 minutes. Check that the pastry is cooked.

Remove from the oven. Let the tarts cool a bit.

Scatter the torn basil leaves on top of each tart. Yum!

Simple Pita Chips 

Ingredients:

4 pitas, cut each pita into 8 pieces

6 tablespoons of canola oil

1 garlic clove, mashed

half cup of Parmesan cheese

Steps:

Preheat oven to 375 °F

In a bowl, mix garlic and oil.

Brush pita chips with garlic and oil mix.

Place pita chips on a baking tray.

Sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese on the pita chips.

Bake the pita chips for about 12 to 14 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve.

Quick Roast Potatoes With Herbs

Ingredients:

 35 oz potatoes 

 1 and ½ tablespoon of  salt

 4 and ½ cups canola oil 

 1-2 Tablespoons of dried herbs

Steps: 

Heat oven to 356°F

Line a baking tray with baking paper. 

Next fill a large saucepan with water and salt.

Boil the potatoes. 

Remove the potatoes and let them cool.

Arrange the potatoes on the baking tray. 

Sprinkle them with salt and dried herbs.

Drizzle with oil.

Roast for 45 minutes, or until cooked.

Vegetable Tart 

Ingredients:

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 eggplant, sliced

2 courgettes, sliced along its length

1/4 cup tomato paste

1/2 red onion,

10 cherry tomatoes

2 red bell peppers, halved with seeds removed

2 sheets of puff pastry

1/4 cup basil pesto

Steps:

Preheat the oven to 356°F

Grill vegetables in a grill pan. Remove charred bits on bell peppers.

Grease a large tray with pastry sheets. Make sure that they overlap in the center.

Poke holes in the pastry.

Combine tomato paste and pesto in a bowl.

Spread this mixture over the the base of the pastry.

Bake the pastry sheets for about 20 minutes or till golden.

Remove tray from oven and place the grilled vegetables on the pastry sheets.

Return to the oven for about 5 minutes.

Let it cool for 5 minutes and serve.

Wrap Up

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