Last Minute Quick and Easy Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas

Posted by Annette Bellisari on

With Christmas looming large in a couple of days, of course I’m busy crossing off holiday tasks from a list that seems to get longer rather than shorter with each passing day! Weeknights are crazy no matter the time of year — add Christmas shopping, memory-making, present-wrapping, and all of the holiday festivities into the mix, and you’ve got yourself one daunting “to-do” list. It’s easy to forget some of the everyday things that still have to happen too. For instance, you may have every detail of your Christmas Day meal planned, right down to the centerpiece on the kid’s table, but have you considered the fact that folks will want to eat on Christmas Eve too? You should add it to the ever-growing list for sure, but here are some easy and tasty recipes that will satisfy the hungry hoards that are passing through. No one goes hungry, and you can focus on the fun stuff, enjoying the holiday magic without as much of the stress.

On Christmas Eve, it seems like everyone has to be at different places at all hours, so it works well if you can have foods that are quick and easy to grab on the go. I love ham for occasions like this one. Family and guests can easily grab a few slices for a quick protein fix; add a nice roll, a slice of cheese, maybe a dab of mustard, and voila! You’ve got yourself a lovely and filling sandwich. However, don’t use the same ole glaze this year. Switch things up by using our Harvest Ginger Peach Spread! With just the right amount of sweetness from the peaches and a surprisingly pleasant bite from the ginger, our newest spread is an amazing glaze for a Christmas ham or ham anytime of the year! I don’t think it can get much easier to use either. Just open a jar and brush it on.

Next, I like to offer a salad that is hardy yet not heavy. This pear and walnut salad with blue cheese fits the bill!  ( This salad is great with a ham sandwich, but it’s filling enough on its own as well. It’s delicious and super easy to grab on the go. Just put the salad all together, but leave the dressing on the side. That way diners can put the amount they like on when they want it without having the lettuce get soggy.

And finally, what goes great with a sandwich and a salad? A warm comforting soup, of course! Our carrot and balsamic soup has just a few ingredients and is quick and easy to put together. In addition, if you have any vegetarians celebrating with you this year, this soup will make them very happy. (

Soup, salad, and a sandwich sounds like the perfect meal to serve your clan when everyone is in and out, busy doing last minute shopping and delivering gifts to neighbors and friends. And while these recipes are quite easy to make, our Bellisari’s spreads and sauces bring a flavor “WOW!” factor that friends and loved ones will be talking about for days to come. From all of us at Bellisari’s, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Pear and walnut salad with spinach leaves.

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