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Top 10 Decadent Christmas Dinners

20/12/2015 (Last Updated: 15/01/2019)

Whether you celebrate on Christmas Eve or save the feasting for Christmas Day, we’ve rounded up this list of our favourite Christmas Dinners from around the world to help you cook up a decadent feast for family and friends.

Top 10 Decadent Christmas Dinners - A cosy collection of world recipes to delight your tastebuds on Christmas night.

I’ve just found out that in some parts of the Christmas-holiday-celebrating world, Christmas Eve is more important than Christmas Day.

Call me naive, but it totally blew my mind.

Christmas Day has always been the big one in both our families for as long as we can remember.

It’s the day that we open our presents, a free-for-all wrapping-paper explosion in my family, versus a respectable one-present-at-a-time pace in Sarah’s.

(I don’t know how they do it. I’m far too excited for that kind of crazy patience on Christmas Day!)

It’s the day our friends and family come over for a traditional seafood brunch complete with dad’s Cocktail Prawns and mum’s incredible Oysters Kilpatrick.

And it’s the day we celebrate together over an Aussie Christmas Feast, complete with slow roasted lamb, golden roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese, mint sauce and the essential jug of mum’s homemade gravy.

Since we’ll be celebrating abroad this year, we decided to check out some delicious Christmas dinners on offer from around the world. From traditional to exotic, there’s a world of international flavour just waiting to be dished up.

Ditch the turkey and get on to something a little different this year.

Get ready to celebrate with our Top 10 Decadent Christmas Dinners

1. Belgian Meatloaf by Wandercooks

Decadent Christmas Dinners: Belgian Meatloaf Recipe - Meatloaf is making a comeback, and we think it's never looked so good.

2. West African Jollof Rice by Recipes From a Pantry

Decadent Christmas Dinners: West African Jollof Rice by Recipes from a Pantry

3. Indian Zero Oil Chicken Masala by My Food Story

Decadent Christmas Dinners: Zero Oil Chicken Tikka Masala by My Food Story

4. Cuban Style Picadillo by Bits of Umami

Decadent Christmas Dinners: Cuban Style Picadillo by Bits of Umami

5. Puerto Rican Pernil Pork by Kitchen Gadget

Decadent Christmas Dinners: Puerto Rican Pernil Pork by Kitchen Gadget

6. Irish Simple Garlic and Rosemary Roast Lamb by Donal Skehan

Decadent Christmas Dinners: Simple Garlic and Rosemary Roast Lamb by Donal Skehan

7. American Cheesy Tortellini Casserole by Simply Recipes

Decadent Christmas Dinners: Cheesy Tortellini Casserole by Simply Recipes

8. Viennese Beef Roulade by Wandercooks

Decadent Christmas Dinners: Viennese Beef Roulade - Pull the rolls out before serving to sit and sweat to ensure epic tenderness.

9. Malaysian Ayam Percik (Coconut Spiced Chicken) by Ann Low @ Honest Cooking

Decadent Christmas Dinners: Malaysian Ayam Percik (Coconut Chicken) by Ann Low at Honest Cooking

10. Burmese Eggplant Curry (Khayan Thee Hnut) by Wandercooks

Decadent Christmas Dinners: Burmese Eggplant Curry - This brown dish is sure to become a new family favourite. Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Looking for some sweet inspiration to top it all off? Be sure to check out our 11 Kickass International Christmas Desserts.

And if you still want more, check out this awesome (& free) cookbook from the guys at 196 Flavors, which includes one of our very own festive Christmas treats.

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, what will you be cooking this year? We want to hear about all traditional favourites or modern creations to hit your table, so let us know in the comments below.

Top 10 Decadent Christmas Dinners

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  • Reply
    Andreas Bauer
    25/12/2015 at 5:04 pm

    Hi there,
    I really hope that you guys are having a good Christmas.
    According to your pics you definitely will have one.

    We celebrated on Christmas Eve. Even though we enjoy it in Australia a lot, we are keeping a FEW German traditions.

    I also want to say that your recipies are always taking me on a journey.

    Enjoy the rest of your time.

  • Reply
    Rebekah | Kitchen Gidget
    23/12/2015 at 11:06 pm

    I love hearing how other people celebrate Christmas! I treasure my family’s traditions, but I’m kind of excited to create some new ones.

    Thank you for including my Pernil recipe – shared this great collection!

    • Reply
      24/12/2015 at 1:45 am

      Hey thanks for sharing Rebekah. Your recipe looks fantastic and I’m sure it tastes just as good too. Looking forward to making it when we get back home. Hope you have a great Christmas, we’re off to Singapore tomorrow and are keen as beans to see our friends – and learn all about their traditions too!

  • Reply
    21/12/2015 at 6:57 am

    My family always had a feast on Christmas Eve and then midnight mass and then a snack of French Canadian toutiere pie. It’s no wonder my mother never had to get up early with the children on Christmas morning – we were zonked after all that.

    You’ve chosen some lovely dishes from around the world – I want some. 🙂

    • Reply
      21/12/2015 at 9:54 pm

      Oh wow that pie sounds incredible – adding that to the must-try list! Your Christmas Day sounds like our Christmas afternoon… After all that feasting it’s nice to relax. Glad you enjoyed the list Maureen, hope you have a Merry Christmas 🙂

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