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Beef Wellington

You can make mock individual Beef Wellington as an easy Christmas Eve dinner. Image: Flickr / roebot / CC-BY-SA

Though traditional Thanksgiving foods are pretty standard, Christmas Eve dinner ideas tend to run the gamut. Each family has its own tradition, but an easy Christmas Eve dinner is simpler than you think. Christmas Eve dinner should be about warm, comforting food — not about stress.

Easy Christmas Eve dinner ideas – The meat

A big ham or turkey are usually considered “traditional” Christmas Eve dinner options. If you’re looking to make these two standards easier to handle, you can make an easy Christmas Eve dinner by cooking the meal in a crockpot or plug-in roaster oven. Just set the roaster to medium-high and let the meat cook for four to five hours. There is also no problem with getting a pre-roasted chicken from the grocery store. If you’re cooking for a Christmas Eve dinner for two, roasting an individual turkey breast is also a great option.

Easy Christmas Eve dinner – a stew

Christmas Eve dinner can be easy if you let go of a bit of tradition and give a stew or soup a try. Stew beef, potatoes, onions, carrots, garlic and broth all in a crockpot for three or four hours on high, and you’ll end up with a hearty, special stew that can be paired with croissants for a great, easy Christmas Eve dinner. For vegetarians, chopped potatoes blended with garlic, onions, vegetable broth and Parmesan cheese make an amazing potato soup that can warm your heart on Christmas Eve.

Easy Christmas Eve dinner – wrapped beef

If you want to spend a little extra time with your easy Christmas Eve Dinner, you can make it extra special. Pastry-wrapped beef can be prepared in 20 minutes and on the table in 45. Sear two beef tenderloin or mock tenderloin steaks over high heat for a few minutes with a half pound of mushrooms and two tablespoons butter. Use thawed, pre-purchased puff pastry sheets cut into quarters to wrap the beef with the mushrooms. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Much simpler than a traditional Beef Wellington, but still tasty and just as filling for Christmas Eve dinner.

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