With Christmas dinner normally the star of our December feasts, it’s easy to turn to the same dishes we prepare every single year. This year, why not entice your taste buds with seasonal dishes that can be enjoyed throughout the festive season?
We decided to turn to some of our most-loved home cooks – the UK’s favourite food bloggers – who are serving up some festive delights made with seasonal ingredients which are sure to inspire you to go out of your comfort zone this Christmas.
1. Seasonal Veggie Delights
Just say no to sprouts boiled within an inch of their lives! Packing both nutrition and flavour into one heady combination is easy with these veggie dishes that provide a twist on tradition.
Wine Cheese and Kale Colcannon
Source: Happy Veggie Kitchen
Christine from Happy Veggie Kitchen has created a decadent twist on colcannon using juicy, garlicky, wine-infused kale mixed with creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes. Booze and cheese in one dish? It doesn’t get more Christmassy than that.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Potatoes and Cranberries
Source: Little Sunny Kitchen
Dina from Little Sunny Kitchen serves up brussel sprouts but not as you might know them. With a sweet honey glaze, and the addition of potatoes and cranberries to create festive flavour, perfect for your Christmas dinner and beyond.
Roasted Tenderstem Broccoli with Stilton
Source: Happy Veggie Kitchen
Christine from Happy Veggie Kitchen is back again with a super simple side dish, roasting tenderstem broccoli with crumbled blue cheese for a luxurious side, bursting with flavour.
Roasted Carrot & Swede Mash
Source: Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen
What’s the secret to perfectly smooth, packed-full-of-flavour mash? Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen spills all with this roasted seasonal veggie dish using only 4 ingredients, perfect for boxing day feasts.
2. Soups and Salads
Craving something just a bit lighter? These seasonal favourites pack in the flavour, making them the perfect accompaniments to a larger meal or for a light bite during the day.
Festive Red Cabbage Slaw
Julia from Vikalinka shares a festive red cabbage slaw, studded with pomegranate seeds, mandarin oranges and pistachios for a vibrant dish with a taste to match its beauty.
Spicy Parsnip Soup
Source: Pointed Kitchen
While the Christmas season can be a dieter’s nightmare, Marianne from Pointed Kitchen saves the day with a filling, spicy soup packed with flavour and goodness.
Shredded Brussel Sprout Salad
Source: Veggie Desserts
Perfect as a side, lunch or supperlight dinner, Kate of Veggie Desserts combines the goodness of shredded raw sprouts, crisp tangy apples, sharp red onion and jewels of dried cranberry all tossed in a tasty toasted pumpkin seed dressing.
3. Seasonal Sides
Looking for ideas to serve alongside your Christmas dinner, canapes for a seasonal party or looking for a veggie-friendly main? These scrumptious side dishes will be your table’s perfect finishing touch.
Sausage Stuffing Balls
Source: Inside the Rustic Kitchen
Emily from Inside the Rustic Kitchen provides the recipe for these delicious, soft and juicy sausage stuffing balls seasoned with sweet apple, garlic and herbs. Perfect for any festive spread or as canapes for your Christmas party.
Light Brie and Cranberry Cups
Source: The Petite Cook
Cheese lovers, rejoice! Andrea from The Petite Cook provides the perfect savoury-sweet combo with these light bites of brie, fresh cranberry sauce and herbs, all wrapped up in flaky filo pastry.
Butternut, Red Pepper & Potato Puff Pastry Plait
Source: Tinned Tomatoes
If you’re looking for something different to the traditional nut roast, Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes has come up with a tasty alternative. A golden puff pastry plait filled with sundried tomato paté, topped with roasted veg and vegan parmesan.
4. Festive Desserts
It wouldn’t be the festive season without the inclusion of a few sweet treats. While trifle and pavlova are certainly nice, why not shake up your Christmas desserts with these festive offerings?
Ginger Layer Cake with Wine Poached Pears and Cream Cheese Frosting
Source: Supergolden Bakes
Wine-poached pears and cinnamon cream cheese frosting combine to create a beautiful layered cake, perfect as a show-stopping dessert for your Christmas parties. Lucy from Supergolden Bakes takes you through each delicious step.
White Chocolate Pecan Cranberry Fudge
Source: Kitchen Mason
Made in the microwave in minutes with your refrigerator doing all the hard work, Emma from Kitchen Mason creates with beautifully festive fudge packed with crunchy pecans and sweet, chewy cranberries, perfect for parties, as a dessert or to give as homemade Christmas presents.
Gingerbread Loaf Cake
Source: Natalie’s Happy Health
With healthy, wholesome ingredients, Natalie’s Gingerbread Loaf Cake is irresistibly soft and full of warm winter spices. Enjoy some guilt-free indulgence with her recipe this festive season.