2021 Christmas Recipe Ideas
With 2020 being a year unlike any other, it has left many people missing out on their yearly holiday traditions. Cooking traditional holiday recipes became a solitary activity or one done over a video call. Neither felt quite right.
With 2021 being a new year, more people are looking forward to getting back to their traditions of cooking their most loved Christmas recipes. It’s never too early to start planning the perfect holiday menu. Get started with these holiday recipe ideas.
Easy Cooking Ideas for Appetizers
This simple appetizer is a favorite holiday recipe because you can make it ahead of time and have it ready for those surprise visitors. Steam a batch of shrimp with water that has been seasoned with salt and lemon juice. Plunge the shrimp in an ice bath once fully cooked. Then keep them chilled until you’re ready to serve with cocktail sauce. You could buy cocktail sauce or make your own by mixing ketchup, horseradish, and a dash of Tabasco sauce.
This warm and filling appetizer is a perfect Christmas recipe to help fight the chill of winter. Use your Dutch oven to melt butter and add garlic, artichokes, spinach, and salt. Cook until the spinach is wilted and the water is cooked off. Then add cream cheese and stir until it’s melted. Once melted and mixed, stir in Parmesan cheese. Serve with toasted bread bites for dipping.
This elegant cheese will be a hit at your next get-together. Slice the top rind off your wheel of brie and bake it on a cookie sheet with rosemary and thyme. Your cheese is ready when it becomes melted. Remove it from the oven and let it set up a bit. Serve with walnuts, pear slices, crackers, or toasted baguette slices.
Classic Dinner Recipes
It just isn’t Christmas without a glazed ham on the table. You can’t go wrong with a 1950s style dinner recipe of pineapple glazed ham. You’ll roast your ham at a low temperature for several hours. Then, baste the ham in a glaze made from pineapple juice, vinegar, and brown sugar. For a nice coating that’s an enticing deep brown, you’ll want to baste every three minutes or so.
Slow Roasted Beef
If you’re not a pork fan, then another classic dinner recipe is roast beef. Start with a New York strip that you’ll season with salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, and olive oil. Place in a rimmed baking pan and cook in low heat until it reaches your desired level of doneness. Then finish it off by searing the outside in a hot skillet.
Turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving; it’s also a traditional Christmas recipe. Instead of trying to cook the bird whole, try a trick from the experts. Cook the turkey in a Dutch oven in pieces by removing the wings, legs, and breasts. Place them in your Dutch oven skin side up after rubbing each piece with a sauce made from herbs, garlic, orange zest, soy sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar. The result is a turkey where every bite is flavorful and juicy.
Unique Holiday Recipe Ideas
Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
Skip the boring rice dinner recipes and opt for something different. Put cauliflower in your food processor and turn it into a rice consistency. Toast almonds in the oven until golden and then toss with cinnamon and red pepper flakes. Put everything into your Dutch oven and cook until the cauliflower is steamed and tender.
French Onion Soup
Start by cooking thinly sliced onions in your Dutch oven until they are soft and sticky dark brown. Add garlic, salt, and dry white wine and cook until evaporated. Add water and simmer until you have a flavorful soup. Serve in mini croquettes. If you’re preparing a vegetarian version, you can add a thick slice of toasted bread and melted cheese. For vegan options, you can easily substitute the bread and cheese for vegan-friendly alternatives.
Easily roast some vegetables as a low-maintenance side dish. You’ll find cooking ideas that embrace vegan and vegetarian requirements. Choose small sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts, asparagus, or butternut squash. Toss in olive oil and roast in the oven. You can season your vegetables with honey, hot sauce, coriander, and lime. Or you could toss with cranberries, kosher salt, mustard powder, olive oil, and red wine vinegar.
Delicious Dessert Recipes
This classic cookie is on the top of people’s cooking ideas list for a reason. It’s a delicious blend of spices that make your mouth water. Find a recipe that you like, and cut out your gingerbread men. Then decorate with frosting and edible candies. You could save and eat them yourself or give them away as gifts.
This easy no-bake dessert recipe is perfect for those who aren’t skilled in the kitchen. Melt chopped chocolate in a double boiler and spread it on wax paper that you’ve laid out over a baking sheet. Then melt white chocolate in a similar manner and spread it over the chocolate. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. For an extra kick of peppermint, mix peppermint oil into the chocolates. Once hardened, break it into pieces and enjoy!
Adult Hot Chocolate
Not all dessert recipes are food. Mix up a batch of adult hot chocolate and serve in a carafe after dinner. You can make your hot chocolate from scratch with milk and chopped chocolate or cheat with a mix. Then mix in your favorite alcohol. Bourbon, Frangelico, Irish cream, and Kahlua are all good options. Serve with marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, or peppermint sticks for a sweet touch to this boozy drink. Elevate your dessert by toasting the marshmallows.
Christmas Recipes Simplified With the Right Kitchen Appliances
Getting excited about cooking ideas is only the first step. Next, you need to have the right tools and appliances when you attempt to prepare them. This will make your meal preparations easy and smoother.
The Buydeem Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is the do-it-all appliance. You can use it to stew, broil, braise, roast, and serve. Its beautiful and durable enamel coating helps it to look elegant on your dinner table and be easy to clean afterward. This one baking dish makes preparing everything from your main dinner recipes to your sides easy. Pair it with the Buydeem Ceramic Mini Cocotte for your personalized dishes or appetizers.
The Buydeem All-in-One Intelligent Steamer is perfect for setting and forgetting your appetizer and dinner recipes. For example, you can perfectly prepare shrimp and riced cauliflower. For faster cooking, consider the two-tiered steamer, which lets you prepare two separate recipes at once.
Toasting bread is time-consuming but necessary for an expert touch to your holiday recipes. The Buydeem 4-Slice Toaster makes quick work of the process so that you have the perfect toast for your brie, spinach-artichoke dip, or French onion soup. You can leave this beautiful toaster on your counter, so it’s always ready when you need it. Choose from a soft yet bright mellow yellow, cozy green that’s a mix between mint and sage, or classic stainless steel. There’s a color for every kitchen to create the perfect decorative yet functional accent.
Keeping your hot chocolate dessert recipe warm while serving is essential. The Buydeem Kettle Cooker K2683 is the perfect solution. Prepare warmed milk, serve, and keep it warm in your kettle. The kettle pre-programmed settings help you to perfectly warm the milk to the ideal temperature.
Start shopping for the perfect Buydeem kitchen appliances and be ready for this Holiday season.