hristmas dinner is one of the most special dinners of the year for many people around the world.  Even for those who are not religious or of the Christian faith, it is still a day that brings friends and family around the table. Every year, on this day, the emails cease, the phones stop ringing, the stores are closed. The world is quiet on Christmas day (unless of course, you come from an Italian-American household, like I do, in which case it’s really loud and extremely chaotic!)

No matter how a family celebrates Christmas day, food is bound to play a big role in the celebration. Every family has their own traditions on what they serve for Christmas dinner, but the thing about traditions is that sometimes they need a bit of updating to keep things interesting! So this year, why not take Christmas dinner up a notch?!

~ The Menu ~

Starter: Asparagus & Goat Cheese Tart


These savory asparagus and goat cheese tarts made with store-bought puff pastry are an easy way to impress your guests and delightful starter to an elegant meal.

Entree: Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Slow Cooked Filet of Beef

Ina’s slow roasted beef tenderloin is fit for royalty. I promise you that it will be the easiest, most impressive roast you have ever made. Promise.

Side Dish: Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

This recipe elevates broccoli to levels worthy of serving at a celebration dinner. It’s slightly crunchy texture is a perfect complement to the tender beef.

Side Dish: Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Everyone loves mashed potatoes- except the cook making them! With these tips for make-ahead mashed potatoes, the cook can enjoy the mash as much as the guests.

Dessert: Rustic Blueberry Crostata

Blueberry Crostata

With only a few ingredients, this rustic blueberry tart is easy, delicious, and the perfect end to any meal.

Italian pizzelle cookie

Every Christmas dinner needs at least two desserts and Italian Pizzelle Cookies are always one of them at our dinner table. They are light, airy, crispy and oh, so delicious. They are the perfect way to finish a savory meal!

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