Christmas & New Year’s Dinner Menu Ideas


Christmas & New Year’s Dinner Menu Ideas

Whether you’re having a cocktail party or preparing dinner, the holiday season is the time to gather with friends and loved ones and reflect on the year gone by, and talk about the year to come.  Whether you plan to celebrate with a traditional menu this holiday or take a few chances, here are some great menu ideas. 

Cold Hors D’Oeuvres

Brioche Sliders (Individual Brioche Sandwiches)

Assorted Tea Sandwiches: Prosciutto & Mozzarella, Smoked Salmon With Cucumber & Butter, Grilled Vegetables With Goat Cheese

Smoked Salmon Rounds: Smoked Salmon On Top Of Cucumber, Dill, Cream Cheese & Pumpernickel

Brioche Buttons: Roast Beef & Horseradish Cream On Mini-Brioche

Asparagus, Melon, or Fresh Figs: Wrapped In Prosciutto

Poached Shrimp With Cocktail Sauce

Buttermilk Biscuits With Turkey & Chutney

Apricot & Currant Scones: With Ham & Honey Mustard

Chicken Wrap Pinwheels: With Sun-Dried Tomatoes And Basil

Gorgonzola & Black Olive Phyllo Triangles

Caviar With Brioche Toast Points

Crudité Platter

Sliced Fruit Platter

Cheese Platter

Antipasto Platter

Mediterranean Platter: Olives, Hummus, Goat Cheese, Caponata, And Red Pepper Dip

Antipasto Platter: Smoked Meats, Grilled Vegetables, Artichokes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Olives, And Bocconcini

Tortilla Chips With Salsa, Guacamole, And Black Bean Dip

Imported Cheese Platter

Hot Hors D’Oeuvres

Tandoori Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce

Buffalo Wings With Blue Cheese Dressing And Celery Sticks

Grilled Shrimp

Mini Potato Knish

Seafood Wontons With Cilantro & Green Onion Dipping Sauce

Pigs In Blankets

Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Roasted Vegetable & Goat Cheese Tartlets

Bite-Size Potato Pancakes With Applesauce Or Caviar

Shrimp & Basil Wrapped In Phyllo

Duck A L’Orange Turnovers

Wild Mushroom Strudel

Smoked Southwestern Chicken Strudel

Baby Crab Cakes With Spicy Red Pepper Sauce

Vegetable Wontons With Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce


Roasted Free-Range Turkey

Roast Duck

Orange Glazed Cornish Hens

Whole Glazed Baked Ham

Beef Wellington

Roasted Leg Of Lamb

Crown Roast Of Pork With Cornbread & Dried Fruit Stuffing

Standing Rib Roast With Roasted Potatoes

Salmon Filet With Roasted Vegetables

Herb Crusted Filet Mignon

Red Wine Marinated London Broil

Cheese & Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Herb Crusted Tuna Filets

Beef Tenderloin

Side Dishes

Winter Vegetable Medley: Mushrooms, Parsnips, Carrots, Turnips & Haricots Vert Sautéed In Butter & Herbs

Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Pearl Onions

Green Beans & Roasted Garlic

Sage Roasted Beets

Celery Root & Leek Puree

Creamed Spinach

Herb Roasted Potatoes

Sweet Potato Puree

Grilled Vegetables: Zucchini, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Tri-Colored Peppers & Onions On A Charcoal Grill Or Under The Broiler


Holiday Traditions

Buche de Noel: Rich Chocolate Cake, Panache Filling, And Buttercream Frosting All Rolled Into A Beautiful Yule Log

Fruit Cake

Stollen: Traditional German Holiday Cake, Studded With Raisins And Almond Paste

Gingerbread Loaf

Panettone: An Italian Rich And Yeasty Cross Between A Bread And A Cake. Packed With Raisins And Candied Citrus.  Have It With Coffee In The Morning Or Champagne Later In The Day.

Holiday Mini Cupcakes

Coconut Mini Cupcakes

Shortbread Cookies

Gingerbread Men

Decorated Holiday Cookies


Lemon Meringue Pie

Fruit Pies: Apple, Blueberry Or Cherry

Pecan Pie

Almond Crust Berry Tart

Lemon Tart

Tarte Tatin: Apples Poached In Butter & Brown Sugar On Shortbread Crust

Meringue Clouds: Pistachio, Raspberry, Chocolate, Or Hazelnut

Coconut Cake: White Cake Layered With Lemon Curd With Coconut Frosting

Chocolate Cake: Single Layer Cake Frosted With Chocolate

Yellow Cake With Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Cake With Vanilla Frosting

Chocolate Layer Cake With Dark Chocolate Frosting

Assortment Of Mini French Pastries


Sliced Fruit Platter

Cheese Tray

Apple Pie 2


    Victoria has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a a young girl. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France. Victoria is published in Hearst Newspapers, Greenwich Free Press, New Canaanite, and more.

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