POPSUGAR Food

An Elegant (but Easy) Christmas Dinner Menu

Dec 9 2014 - 3:22pm

We've pulled together a Christmas party plan that's stunningly simple — yet its festive flavors will leave everyone incredibly impressed. Our favorite item? The chocolate beet cake at the end of the meal. It's a delicious surprise that'll create a wonderful talking point around the dinner menu. For more Christmas fodder, keep reading.


— Additional reporting by Camilla Salem

Sources: Nicole Perry, Anna Monette Roberts, Camilla Salem, and Katie Sweeney

The Hummingbird

Start off the festivities by serving a bubbly, floral hummingbird cocktail [1].

Mulled Wine and Manhattans

Christmastime calls for a steaming mug of mulled wine [2], but for those guests who want something slightly more powerful, offer mulled bourbon Manhattans [3].

Apricot, Goat Cheese, and Almond Bites

Apricot, goat cheese, and almond bites [4] are vegetarian and take almost no time to prep.

Mushroom and Brie Bruschetta

A flavorful and elegant appetizer is mushroom and brie bruschetta. [5] Your guests won't be able to stop eating this one.

Brie and Fig Preserve Pie Bites

These mini "pie" bites [6] are stuffed with a little square of brie and a dollop of fig preserves.

Porchetta Roast

Fill your house with the wonderful aroma of a slow-cooked rosemary porchetta roast [7].

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

Provide your guests with a crisp and delicious salad filled with shredded brussels sprouts and kale. [8]

Green Beans With Caramelized Onions

This simple, classic side dish doesn't take much preparation. Green beans with caramelized onions [9] accompany your main porchetta roast perfectly.

Mashed Rutabagas

Mashed rutabagas [10] are an interesting side dish. The vegetable is flavorful and your guests will surely enjoy it.

Chocolate Beet Cake

Moist chocolate beet cake [11] is completely delicious. Trust us on this one, you'll love it.


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