Now is the time to seriously think about the menu for Christmas dinner as the holiday approaches. There are several things to think about, including holiday appetizers, festive side dishes, and the centerpiece main dish, even before you start thinking about Christmas goodies like holiday pies, cupcakes, and of course, cookies. We have many simple Christmas dinner ideas that are guaranteed to have everyone asking for seconds, whether you're cooking for two or a dozen, so let’s get started.

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Creamy Potato Soup

A bowl of hot soup is the ultimate in comfort during the cooler months. Make a bowl that will warm you instantly out of gold potatoes, onions, and other fresh vegetables. Check the recipe in this video.

Beef Tenderloin Roast

This dish is perfect for the holidays in taking center stage on your Christmas dinner table because it’s tender and so incredibly delicious and tender. It’s also super easy to carve; you can simply slice it up and it’s insanely delicious when it’s served. Check out this video for the recipe.

Gingerbread Cake

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This Christmas dessert can only be described in one word: show-stopper. It is baked with a lot of spices for the traditional gingerbread flavor, and then pomegranate seeds and a sour cream icing are added as toppings.

Christmas Turkey

Christmas would not be complete without a great roast turkey dish. You’ll get the crispy skin and the juiciest meat once you follow Jamie Oliver’s instructions. Check out the video for the full recipe.

Honey Glazed Salmon

When you have salmon this stunning and vibrant on the table, who needs a centerpiece? The good news is that it tastes just as good as it does.

Ingredients:

600 gm Salmon 
2 Tbs melted butter
2 Tbs olive oil 
2 Tbs soy sauce 
2 Tbs honey 
4 cloves garlic
2 Tbs brown sugar 
2 Tbs dijon mustard 
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Steps:

1- Marinade the salmon in the melted better, olive oil, soy sauce, honey, minced garlic, brown sugar, dijon mustard, and red pepper flakes.

2- In a baking pan, lay sliced lemon at the bottom and add the salmon on top then pour the marinade all over the salmon. Leave it for an hour in the fridge, covered.

3- Leave the salmon in room temperature 15 minutes before placing it in the oven.

4- Brawl the salmon for 10 minutes, take it out and ensure that the sauce is covering it, then place it in the oven again for 5 minutes.

Chicken Breast Dinner

If you’re hosting a low-key dinner party with a few guests, this recipe will be fantastic. It can also work as a side dish in a larger party. The glazed chicken breasts are tender, sweet, and salty - a mix made in heaven. Check out the full recipe here.

Steak Au Poivre

Try this peppercorn-crusted steak, which is pan-fried and served with a creamy sauce, for a hearty Christmas meal. Check the recipe in this video.

Clams and Beans

In under 10 minutes, you can create a brilliant seafood side dish that will make your guests fall in love with you. This dish, as Gordon Ramsey describes it, is fit for a king. Check out how he makes this masterpiece in this video below.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Try this comforting chicken soup with puff pastry rounds on top if you want to keep Christmas simple.

Creamy Carbonara Pasta

Pasta makes any dinner table complete! To make it more special and occasion-appropriate, enrich it with some ingredients that will make this dish super yummy. Check out his video for the recipe.

Beef Bourguignon Meatloaf

There is something special about this meatloaf. To take things to the next level, it is topped with a mushroom and a thick, creamy sauce.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies is a recipe that is widely loved. The best thing about it is that it can easily be done, so click here to make a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies!

Apple-Cranberry Pie

With some cranberries and an original crust that is simple to make, you can upgrade your standard apple pie.

Nutella Cookies

This is an easy Nutella cookie recipe that you can prepare to share some love with your family and friends. Not only will they be impressed, but they might ask you to get up and make some more. You don't need to be a baking pro to get these Nutella cookies ready. They're fast to make and we guarantee that your cookie jar will be empty in no time. click here for the recipe.

Tri-Tip Steak with Green Salsa

Make the most of this tasty, juicy steak if you're fortunate enough to live somewhere where it's still warm enough to grill in December. You can also bake it in the oven if you live somewhere colder.

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

With these six easy steps, get ready to make some colorfully-decorated gingerbread cookies. Not only do the gingerbread cookies look jolly, they are quite delicious and prepared by Chef Georges Bouabjian. Click here for the full recipe.

Marinated Feta

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If you’re looking for a simple yet delicious salad for your Christmas feats, this one's for you. Feta cheese gets an extra boost of flavor once it’s marinated with lemon zest, red chili and other tasty herbs. Your guests will be busy snacking on this salad while you take care of the main dish.

Ingredients:

Feta cheese

3 long shallots

500 ml olive oil

500 ml garlic oil

Zest of 2 lemons

½ large bunch of fresh coriander

10-12 pickled chilies

Juice of ½ lemon

Salt

Steps:

1- To a bowl, add sliced ring shallots, olive oil, garlic oil, lemon zest, roughly cut coriander, roughly cut chilies, lemon juice, and salt. Mix well.

2- Cut the feta cheese into small cubes, place them in a glass baking pan (don't worry; we're not baking the cheese), and then add the marinade.

3- Cover and leave in the refrigerator over night or for an hour at least.

Nutella Chocolate Cake with Bananas

If cookies aren’t enough for you, go for the Nutella cake with bananas that everyone will just love. It’s easy to make and super yummy. Click here for the recipe.

Cornmeal Biscuits with Cranberry and Pistachio

For the ideal end to Christmas dinner, serve these eye-catching cookies with coffee. The flavor of the cranberry with the crunch of the pistachio make these biscuits a perfect addition to your table.

Coffee Cake for Coffee Lovers

As a token of appreciation for coffee, we thought we'd bring you coffee but in another form - a coffee cake. Make sure to try this coffee cake recipe to enjoy the beauty of coffee mixed with dessert. Check the recipe here.

We hope you like the listed recipes and create the most wonderful Christmas dinner table for your family. Try them out and share the results with us.

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