Instead of serving traditional meats such as ham or turkey at your holiday dinner, add a twist to your menu by looking around the world for new ideas, or escape the typically cold weather and relive warmer days with a summer-inspired meal.
Create a Christmas dinner that focuses on Italian dishes. Appetizers like garlic bread, antipasto salad and fried mozzarella sticks can be set out for guests to eat while socialising. Dinner entrées can include popular Italian staples such as chicken Parmigiana, lasagne, or spaghetti. Make individual canolis or one big tiramisu to share for dessert.
A meal of Asian-inspired dished lets you set out an appetizer buffet table for guests to snack from while you create a variety of stir fry dishes for the main course. Consider appetizers like spring rolls, shrimp toast, and beef and chicken Teryaki skewers. A stir-fry dinner can include a seafood dish with shrimp or lobster; beef, pork, chicken and vegetable stir frys are also popular. Be sure to offer your guests spicy and mild dishes. Offer fried rice, with or without meat, on the side. The traditional dessert of fortune cookies and ice cream helps offset the heat of the spices in the dishes.
Keep cold December weather at bay by creating a Christmas barbecue. If it's too cold to use the outdoor grill, grill inside on an electric grill. Appetizers could be grilled vegetables, small grilled pizzas and kebabs. For a casual Christmas barbecue, serve hamburgers and hot dogs; grill whole chickens or roast beef for a more formal meal. Prepare S'mores by grilling marshmallows on skewers over the heat of the grill for a casual dinner; or grill fruits such as pineapple, bananas, pears and top with ice cream.
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