If you’re looking for easy Christmas Eve dinner ideas, you’re come to the right place! Christmas Eve, while magical and memorable, can also be the busiest night of the holiday season. Many families juggle getting to church, wrapping last minute gifts and hosting family. The best advice I can offer? Plan for an easy Christmas Eve dinner that doesn’t take too much time in the kitchen. In fact, if you can pre-make the dinner earlier that week you’ll save yourself a lot of stress and anxiety.
Here are a few great ideas and recipes I’ve collected from around the blogosphere. Additionally, please leave a comment with your favorite *easy* Christmas eve dinner idea so that others can share in the joy of a stress free holiday.
Make-it-Yourself Pizza: Kids (and adults) can be very antsy on Christmas Eve. One great way to get everyone involved with dinner is to make homemade mini pizzas. The key to success is prepping the dough and toppings earlier in the day so by the time you get home from Christmas services or caroling, you’ll be ready to rock and roll! A few hints: if you live near a Trader Joe’s, their pre-made pizza dough is cheap, delicious and easy to use. If you’d rather make the dough yourself, a blog called Eat It, Kid has a video tutorial. Of course you can get creative as you want with toppings; and the larger your dinner party the more options you’ll probably want to offer. Besides staples such as pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, sausage, and pineapple you may also want to consider gourmet cheeses, BBQ chicken, and lots of veggie options. A final word of advice? If you’re lucky enough to have good weather on Christmas Eve, consider putting the pizzas on the barbecue. The taste is delicious, plus it will save you a bit of kitchen cleanup. (One more thing! Have you ever made a dessert pizza?! Now there’s a creative way to use a few cans of Oregon Fruit. Check out this Raspberry and Nutella Pizza.)
Soup for You and You and You: If you’re really organized, consider pre-making several different soups. You can either freeze the soups days in advance, or put them in crock pots the morning of the 24th. A really smart host will turn this idea into a Soup Potluck, asking each guest to bring a soup, salad or bread dish. Need a few recipes? Check-out this Crab Bisque Soup from Simply Recipes, Crockpot Chicken with Wild Rice Soup from Bakespace, and Homemade Stovetop No Bean Beef Chili from Deep South Dish. Don’t they all sound delicious? If you’re ambitious, homemade bread would be a great addition to these soups, but if you’re smart you’ll just hop on over to a local bakery and ask them to do the work for you!
There’s No Shame in Takeout: My final piece of advice? There’s no shame in takeout! In fact, some families enjoy takeout as a Christmas Eve tradition. Whether you order a pizza, get Chinese, or opt for something like Boston Market, just remember it’s about the good memories with those you care about.
Have a fabulous holiday week!