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Last-Minute Christmas Dinner Ideas

Are you looking for last-minute ideas for Christmas dinner? Whether you’re having an extra-small gathering because of the pandemic this year or you’re going all out with your chosen pod of people, you may need some inspired holiday food ideas this season.

We’ve chosen some of our favorites to give you a variety to choose from, starting with appetizers and ending with desserts. Here’s the best meal plan on the internet, and we’re delivering it right when you need it!

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Check out these avocado deviled eggs from Little Pine. They’re extra creamy and they’re even keto friendly and low carb, in case you have some guests coming with special diets.

Instead of fussy caprese skewers, why not arrange slices on a plate for a sliced caprese salad? This recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen includes an amazing balsamic dressing for extra flavor and elegance.

Your guests will love The Country Cook’s Cranberry Brie bites. With the festive color and rosemary garnish, these tiny appetizers are delicious and easy, yet fancy enough to add some class to your party.


Christmas is a great time to add a soup course. Whether you’re having a self-serve option to show off your new floursack kitchen towels or ladling for everyone yourself, a warm bowl of goodness is often more satisfying than any other winter option.

Grandma’s Potato Soup from Deep South Dish is amazing. It could even be its own main course, if you serve it with biscuits or savory scones.

A little more elegance is present with a homemade Zuppa Toscana. The green gives it a festive look, but it’s still filling and comforting.

Main Course

Looking for something besides turkey or ham to serve at Christmas dinner? Use your crockpot to offer a vegan option with this Sweet Potato Curry from Salt and Lavender.

Serve Brown Butter and Sage Gnocchi from Tastemade along with a beef roast to satisfy your guests and provide them a unique new dish.

How about a little Christmas fettuccine? Julie Blanner has a great homemade recipe, and you can add chicken to make it a complete meal.


Cookies are easy to make ahead of time for a holiday gathering, and they’re also great for snacking on after the meal is over and people are starting to get hungry again. Try these flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies from Ambitious Kitchen for a crowd pleaser (they’re also great for breakfast bars because they stay soft and chewy for days!).

A sweet bread is also a classic Christmas favorite. Try this Cranberry Orange Bread from Berly’s Kitchen for a beautiful and delicious dessert option.

Make Grandma’s Gingerbread Cake for your guests for a true Christmas flavor. Use a bundt pan to complete the festive look, and don’t forget a sweet glaze to balance out the spices!

Bringing It Home

Hosting a gathering, or even cooking for your family, can be stressful. Hopefully these ideas give you a great start to your holiday menu.

We’re wishing you the best Christmas holiday this season, from our family to yours! See you next year!

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