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Impress Your Guests With This Delicious Christmas Eve Menu

The countdown is on -- Christmas is just around the corner. And we all know the key to stress-free entertaining is being prepared. There's nothing like leaving things to the last minute to throw you into a festive frenzy! So if you haven't decided what you are serving up for you holiday dinner, we can help.
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The countdown is on -- Christmas is just around the corner. And we all know the key to stress-free entertaining is being prepared. There's nothing like leaving things to the last minute to throw you into a festive frenzy! So if you haven't decided what you are serving up for you holiday dinner, we can help.

We've put together this easy and delicious Christmas Eve Menu that will take all the guesswork out of your holiday dinner planning. Just make your shopping list from the recipes and you'll be ready to start cooking.

Your crowd will be wowed by this decadent menu that offers something for everyone. From a Crunchy Crostini appetizer and Canadian-inspired Maple Balsamic Salad with Bacon-Roasted Pecans to start, to decadent White Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake for dessert and holiday-themed cocktails to toast the occasion- we've got you covered.

And now that your menu is figured out, you'll have more time to worry about giftwrapping, holiday decorating, and everything else on your list. So get your recipe list out and get ready to dig in to these delicious recipes. Happy Holidays!

Appetizer

Polenta Crostini with Roasted Red Peppers and Olives

Crisp polenta squares with soft, sweet and aromatic oven-roasted peppers, along with fruity, fleshy Kalamata olives.

Starters

Maple Balsamic Salad with Bacon-Roasted Pecans

Crisp romaine, tart pom seeds, crunchy apples and sweet pears, tossed in a maple balsamic dressing & topped with bacon-roasted pecans.

Tomato Soup with Parmesan Dumplings

A delicious tomato soup that can be made in under 30 minutes, elegantly topped with Parmesan dumplings.

Main

Prime Rib Roast with Creamy Horseradish Mustard Sauce

This beautiful cut of meat is rubbed with garlic, rosemary and thyme, and roasted until perfectly pink inside and browned outside.

Sides

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple Dressing

Tender brussels sprouts tossed in a sweet and tangy maple mustard vinaigrette.

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Tossed with baby potatoes, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and garlic, rosemary boosts the flavour of these crispy-crusted, tender taters.

Desserts

Raspberry Meringue Nest

Meringue nests, with crisp exteriors and soft, light interiors, are packed with a homemade, sweet raspberry filling and finished with an airy pillowy topping.

White Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

A buttery graham cracker crust is topped with smooth white chocolate cheesecake and topped with sweet cherries and chocolate.

Drinks

Cranberry Martini

Shake up a batch of these delicious Cranberry Martinis (aka Crantinis), an easy cocktail recipe guaranteed to brighten up any celebration.

Candy Cane Martini

A holiday cocktail that combines vanilla vodka with white chocolate liqueur and peppermint.

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