Christmas Countdown: Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas

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With Christmas just around the corner, developing a meal plan to please all of your guests should be your top priority this week. When it comes to Christmas Dinner, most people tend to stick to a similar menu year on year, usually because they have a reserve of tried and tested dishes that they know will get a big thumbs up from the family. However, that’s not to say you can’t change things around now and again…

Introducing our list of Christmas recipes, with a few alternative choices thrown in for you to experiment with this year. We’ve compiled our favourites from around the web and we’re sure with an open mind your guests will love them as much as we do!

Pork Pies with Chestnut and Apple
Christmas Chestnut Apple Pork Pies

Tasty pies from The Pink Whisk

I’ve always loved the smell of roast chestnuts, warm and satisfying, they invariably remind me of Christmastime. This imaginative recipe from Philip’s blog, Baking Fanatic, combines a traditional pork pie recipe with chestnuts and apples, to create a Christmas special that your guests will love. Ideal for serving warm with potatoes and veg for a main dish, or a as light snack or lunch option.

If you’d prefer to stick to a more traditional recipe, try Ruth Clemens’ tasty Pork Pies from her blog The Pink Whisk, she serves them with Cranberry Jelly for a Christmas twist!

Thai Turkey Croquettes with Cranberry Mixed Grains

This creative recipe from Helen’s blog, Fuss Free Flavours, is a brilliant way to use up your Christmas leftovers. Accompanied with cous cous, this meal can stretch as far as you’d like it to go and the light and fresh flavours are great, especially if you’ve been left feeling a bit sluggish from those heavy Christmas dinners!

Cheesy Lentil pie with cornmeal pastry

We all know that Christmas can be a very expensive time, so if your purse-strings are feeling a bit pitched and you need a warming, hearty and filling dish to feed you guests, this cheesy lentil pie with cornmeal pastry is perfect. The pie from Emily Leary’s blog, A Mummy Too, is a great alternative to your usual Christmas dishes and is also suitable for any vegetarians you might be catering for.

Almond Treacle Tarts

These individual almond and treacle tarts from Kate’s blog, The Little Loaf, are sure to tingle your taste buds this Christmas. The addition of ground almonds is a great twist on this classic tart and Kate’s beautiful photos really showcase how deliciously moist the end product will be! Perfect to enjoy with guests… if you can bear to give them away!

Delicious Almond Treacle Tart

Delicious tart from The Little Loaf

Donal Skehan's Mince Pie Slice

Donal Skehan’s mine pie slice

Mince Pie Star Slice

Donal Skehan’s Mince Pie Star Slice makes a great alternative to individual pies and adds a modern twist to this Christmas favourite. Serve warm with cream and turn this Christmas classic into an appealing dessert.

With a delicious selection of alternative meal plans available, surely it’s time you tried something a little bit different this Christmas?

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