What do you eat on Christmas eve? (13 Exciting Recipes)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, What do you eat on Christmas eve? We will discuss the dishes that you can eat on Christmas eve and the traditions that are related to the food eaten on Christmas eve.

What do you eat on Christmas eve?

You can eat fish on Christmas eve, as do the Catholics, and the British. Eating fish for Catholics comes from the feast of the seven fish while the British encouraged fish to boost their trade. 

Hence, in a British household, it is common to feast on salmon and herring on Christmas eve. What follows fish as a choice for Christmas eve is ham.  

In Ireland, the practice is a little different, where they eat spiced beef. The beef is prepared with lots of spices such as the preparation of tikka. 

The Italians and Scadaviains never miss out on fish. Fish pie is the favorite option on the list of the feast of the seven fish, followed by pickled herring. They also have braised cabbages, boiled potatoes and brown potatoes, roast pork, boiled eggs, and gravy. 

Brown potatoes are sweetened potatoes made by blanching and then cooked with butter and sugar. 

While making Christmas plans for Christmas day is already decided, Christmas eve can be a tough call.

An Australian blogger discussed her account where she likes to make a few salad bowls and smoked salmon blinis. 

What are some recipes to try out on Christmas eve?

  1. Chicken Wild rice Casseroles

To make this signature casserole, saute onions in butter in a pan. Add salt and pepper. Add the chicken broth and boil for two minutes. 

Add cream, chicken, rice, mushrooms, parsley and cook at low flame. 

Transfer the contents to a baking dish and add almonds. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 Fahrenheit.  

  1. Spinach salad with goat cheese and beetroots

Prepare your beetroots, put them in water, and then in a Dutch oven. Bring the beets to a boil, and then simmer on low flame for 30 to 60 minutes. Take them out of the water and peel the beetroots and cut them into cubes. 

Take another bowl and add honey, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Use a whisk to blend the ingredients together and then gradually add oil.

Take a bowl and put spinach in it. Add the dressings to it and then add goat cheese, walnut, and beetroots. 

  1. Herb-roasted Turkey

Take a bowl and add oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and chopped herbs. Rub the spices under the turkey skin. Cut onions and put them with the turkey including celery and carrots. Also, put sage leaves and thyme. 

Place the turkey and the vegetables on a baking tray and bake uncovered at 170 Fahrenheit for over 3 hours. 

Take the turkey out after it has browned and let it sit for 20 minutes before carving it. 

4. Roast Chicken with vegetables

Prepare your baking dish with your vegetables including carrots, potatoes, corn, salt pepper, and paprika. Coat the vegetables evenly with all the spices. 

Place onions and rosemary inside the chicken. Rub the skin of the chicken with oil and then add rosemary, salt, pepper, and paprika. 

Bake for over an hour or until the thermometer reads 170 Fahrenheit for the inside of the chicken. 

Carve after the chicken cools down and serve to your guests. 

5. Cranberry and Roasted beet salad

Prepare the beets by trimming the tops off and scrubbing the body. Wrap foil and place it on a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 425 Fahrenheit for 45 to 50 minutes. 

Take the foil off and cut the beets into small cubes. In the bowl with the beet pieces, add pears and cranberries. 

Take another bowl and whisk together oil, vinegar, cranberry juice, and orange juice. Let the mixture sit on the beets overnight in the refrigerator.

Toss the beets and then add goat cheese, almonds, and parsley. 

6. Rosemary pork and pistachio 

Rub your pork with oil, salt, and pepper and make slits in the pork chunks and insert garlic inside. 

Place the pork on a rack and season with rosemary sprigs, then bake at 145 Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes. 

Move on to prepare the topping by heating oil in a skillet and sauteing pistachio, cherries, garlic, and rosemary. 

Cook for a few minutes and then proceed to add the contents to a blender. Serve with chopped garnish and honey mustard on top of the pork. 

You can also make traditional lasagne, baked pasta with beans, chicken tamales, confetti pasta, chicken Alfredo lasagne, herb-cheese rolls, slow-cooked beef, tenderloins with horseradish cream cheese, Christmas punch, sage pork chops, and spinach pie. 

In this brief guide, we answered the question, What do you eat on Christmas eve? We discussed the dishes that you can eat on Christmas eve and the traditions that are related to the food eaten on Christmas eve.



Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.