All right, Christmas season is nice. It’s getting colder outside and cosier inside, and beautiful lights and festive decorations are placed in the cities. Everybody is looking forward to meet the family and to have a wonderful Christmas Eve with them (or with many, many presents from them). But up to that great evening it costs you a lot of time and nerves to prepare for this special event. But don’t worry: Stay strong and keep calm because we are going to help you through these stressful days. You don’t have to spend any thought on cooking ideas for Christmas Eve. We already did that for you. Have a look at our ultimate Christmas menu powered by yummy canned food.
First course: Beet and White Bean Salad
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 can whole beets, well drained and each cut in half
- 1 can white kidney beans
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
- Baby Arugula leaves
- salt and ground pepper
Your family will love you for this! And here is the best on top: It’s so easy to prepare. Everybody can find these ingredients at home. First of all you have to create the dressing. It is so tasty – we would die for it! Take a small bowl and put in cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and ½ teaspoon sugar. Add some olive oil, salt and pepper and stir it well until it gets a creamy consistence.
Now it’s time for the big show of the canned beets and white beans. Put them into a big bowl and toss them with the dressing. To serve this nice starter, place arugula leaves on a pretty plate, top it with the beet-beans-mixture, and to make it unforgettable, sprinkle a handful of walnuts and crumbled blue cheese on top. Just wow!
Main course: Basque Chicken
- 1 whole chicken
- salt and ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 chorizo sausage, cut into thin slices
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 can chopped spinach, drained
This chicken will show your family what stuff you’re made of – You will be their cooking god! Season a chicken with salt and pepper. Use a frying pan to cook the chicken over medium heat until the pieces are well browned. After that take the chicken pieces out of the pan and cook some chorizo, onion, green pepper, and garlic in the remaining drippings. Now add the ingredients that will bring the thrill into this meal: chicken broth, diced tomatoes, red wine vinegar, paprika, and the good looking chicken pieces again. Simmer this exciting mix on low heat for 30 minutes and add chopped spinach to finish it up. That’s it: Your blasting main course is done! Time to blow off your socks, guys!
Dessert: Peaches and Cream Cheesecake Bars
- 1 cup almonds, finely chopped
- 1 cup cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 can peaches, drained
- pinch of salt
Okay, first and main course are great. But now get ready for heaven on earth! Preheat the oven to 190° C. Take a mixing bowl, combine almonds, cracker crumbs, and butter in it and stir it together. This will be the bottom of your cake. Press it into the pan. Next step is beating cream cheese with a hand blender until it is smooth. While mixing, add the condensed milk, eggs, lemon juice, almond extract, and flour. Don’t stop mixing until you have a smooth cream. After that spread this sweet cream of heaven on top of the crumbs bottom.
Yummy, yummy – it’s the peaches turn now! You have to blend them and mix them up with a pinch of salt. Use a tablespoon to drop the peach puree over the top of the cream mixture. Are you up to a fancy marbled look? Use a knife to swirl the peaches gently through the cream. Bake it for 30 minutes and then give the cake some time to chill in the refrigerator. Trust us: The waiting time will be worth it. This cake is like heaven!
Now you’re all set up for Christmas Eve’s dinner and able to impress your family with your culinary arts. Do you have any other ideas for a breathtaking menu? Let us know and leave us a comment below.