As we huddle ‘round the table with our nearest and dearest this holiday season, let your ambitions run wild and host a memorable stay-in Christmas dinner. Need help with cooking inspirations? Worry not, we got your back – here’s a compiled list of quick and easy recipes as recommendations. Nothing in this list of 7 recipes exceeds 7 steps – so let’s get crock-ing (housewife joke) and let the feasting begin!

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1. Creamy Garlic Mushroom Soup

Garlic Mushroom Soup for Christmas Dinner Recipe
Image credit: Beth | BudgetBytes
  • Recipe name: Creamy Garlic Mushroom Soup
  • Recipe courtesy of: Beth from BudgetBytes.com
  • Number of ingredients needed: 11
  • Steps: 5
  • Total cooking time: 35min

Mushroom soup may be on every Western menu, but it’ll take more than luck to find an exceptional bowl of heartwarming, festive soup. Try making your own – that way, you can guarantee no scrimping on any of the important ingredients!

You can use most types of mushrooms for your soup, but baby Portobellos will work really well. For rich, creamy soup, make sure you use heavy cream.

Tip: Before serving the soup to your guests, garnish it with chopped parsley for extra presentation points.

2. Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Image credit: Joanna Cismaru | Jo Cooks
  • Recipe name: Crockpot Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
  • Recipe courtesy of: Joanna Cismaru from JoCooks.com
  • Number of ingredients needed: 9
  • Steps: 4
  • Total cooking time: 4h 5min (don’t worry, active prep time is only 5 min!)

The ultimate comfort food, mashed potatoes will fill every heart (and tummy) with the warm fuzzy feeling of home and family.

This recipe uses chicken broth for both its aroma and its savoury taste. You can substitute the portion with milk, which will give you creamier mashed potatoes. Yukon gold potatoes, red-skinned potatoes and russet potatoes all work pretty well with this dish.

Tip 1: Add in bacon bits for that extra fancy flavour!

Tip 2: If you prefer something much cheesier, replace parmesan cheese with mozzarella and cheddar cheese.

3. Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Ham

Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Ham
Image credit: Whitney Bond | All Recipes

If you’re looking for a shortcut to the perfect Christmas dinner, this is it.

Simply purchase a fat leg of ham from the nearby meat deli, and brush home-made blackberry glaze over it before roasting. The best part? That sweet, peppery glazed ham can even double up as an eye-catching table centrepiece! Add some Jalapeno peppers at the side for those who love an extra kick. If raw peppers are not your thing, try roasting them till its skin is charred, then add a dab of salt for smokey flavour. Yum!

Tip 1: If you want more flavour on each cut of ham, thickly slice the ham and brush fruit glaze on each piece.

Tip 2: Add flavoured liqueur into the home-made fruit glaze whilst it’s simmering in the saucepan.

4. Mini Caprese Salad Bites

caprese salad bites on a serving platter drizzled with balsamic reduction
Image Credit: Joanna | JoCooks
  • Recipe name: Mini Caprese Salad Bites
  • Recipe courtesy of: Joanna Cismaru from JoCooks.com
  • Number of ingredients needed: 6
  • Steps: 4
  • Total cooking time: 25m

Year-end holidays doesn’t mean all food gatherings must be unhealthy. These mini caprese salad bites are the perfect appetisers to freshen up the palettes, without compromising the taste.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the balsamic vinegar. It’ll take the appetiser up a notch and introduce a whole flavour bomb to the tastebuds. However, if you want a more glaze-like texture to the dressing, reduce the amount of balsamic vinegar.

Tip 1: For more oomph, add a piece of olive or a refreshing cucumber.

Tip 2: Store any additional balsamic glaze that you cannot finish in a container. They can last you for up to a month.

 

5. Decadent Fudge  

Irish Cream Fudge
Image credit: Tasty
  • Recipe name: Irish Cream Fudge
  • Recipe courtesy of: Tasty.com
  • Number of ingredients needed: 7
  • Steps: 6

No Christmas meal is complete without chocolate dessert. Unless you want to attempt a complicated peach cobbler or Baked Alaska, all you need to do with this baby is stir, swirl, chill and cut. It doesn’t get better than this!

Tip: Add peppermint for a festive twist!

6. Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange Cranberry Muffins
Image credit: Beth | BudgetBytes
  • Recipe name: Orange Cranberry Muffins
  • Recipe courtesy of: Beth from BudgetBytes.com
  • Number of ingredients needed: 10
  • Steps: 7
  • Total cooking time: 1h

Don’t belittle this batch of muffins – you’ll need to rely on them to keep the party going if you’re going to be scurrying about in the kitchen when your guests have started to arrive.

The same recipe can be used to make Orange Cranberry Bread, but muffins are far better for portion control. Plus, you can stack them up into mini Christmas trees and decorate them with tiny frosted cookies. The only trouble you’ll have will be getting guests not to eat too much before the main course!

Tip 1: Chopped walnuts will give the already-perfect muffins yet another dimension.

Tip 2: Do check on your muffins every now and then whilst they’re still baking. Once you see the muffins browning nicely, take one out to taste-test.

7. Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
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Christmas always reminds you of the cosy living room, all cuddled up watching your favourite Netflix shows. If you want the full Christmas experience (despite the heat in Malaysia and all), entertain your guests with a delightful cup of salted caramel hot chocolate.

Make use of your slow cooker for this, so you won’t have to worry about the hot chocolate getting cooled. The ‘keep warm’ setting will do all the work for you – just remember to serve each portion with several pumps of whipping cream or caramel sauce if you like!

Tip: Adding a little bit of cinnamon will give an interesting flavour. Sweet and savoury with a kick spice – it’s simply irresistible!


Festive & Easy Christmas Dinner Recipes Anybody Can Make

That wraps up our simple recommendations! Whether you’re a seasoned cook looking for a simple dish or trying your hand at the saucepan for the first time, here’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to grab some groceries through foodpanda or iHerb to make all of these happen. Happy Christmas, one and all!

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