Christmas Dinner Recipes—What I Made for Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner Recipes

This Christmas was the first Christmas that I've ever spent away from home. (tear!) We missed our families and my mom's and Aunt's delicious cooking, but Matt and I had a lovely relaxing day and I had fun planning and cooking our Christmas dinner which I am sharing below!

Our main dish was a roast beef tenderloin (filet mignon) and a few sides. I got all of my recipes from Pinterest and pinned them to this "Christmas Dinner Ideas" board if you want to check out more ideas! We went to the store the day-before, and good thing too because Matt went back again on Christmas day to get some croissants, and they were closed! 

So, back to the dinner, it was actually pretty easy to make. I made the dessert and the sauce for the beef the day before, so day-of all I had to do was the veggies, meat and gnocchi (which you see there in the left corner). It kind of sounds like a lot, but it only took me about an hour to put everything together day-of, which I didn't think was that bad. 

Here are the recipes that I used below!

The main event:

Roast beef tenderloin with red wine sauce 

Notes: I made the sauce the day before so I only had to do the beef the day-of. It was SUPER easy. All I did was salt and pepper the meat, seared it, then popped it in the oven for a few mins. Then Voila! It was done. 


Roasted mushrooms in browned garlic butter with thyme

Notes: When I made this, I put the mushrooms in at the same time as the beef, (they actually had to cook about 5 mins longer than the beef) and then made the sauce (melted butter, garlic, lemon juice and some thyme) before tossing them into it. 

Proscuitto wrapped asparagus

Notes: The best thing about this dish is that it only requires two ingredients: proscuitto and asparagus, yet it's super easy, delicious and looks so fancy! For this recipe, all you do is wrap the asparagus in proscuitto and then sear it in a lightly greased pan. Done!

Spicy Pesto Gnocchi

Notes: So, this I didn't have a recipe for, but it only required two ingredients. Basically, we grabbed some fresh gnocchi from the store and our favorite jar of pesto (you could also do your own homemade pesto the day before!) The gnocchi only need to boil for two mins before they're done. So this is a quick and easy side if you're looking for something different than potatoes or have limited kitchen supplies (like me in Brazil). 


Notes: No recipe, we bought this from the bakery at the grocery store. So randomly, there is a legit french bakery inside the grocery store that is near Matt's apartment in Rio. It is so random, but they seriously have the best croissants, brioche and other french things that I've ever had outside of France. 




Notes: Brigadeiro is a traditional Brazilian desert. It's a delicious chocolate fudge covered in sprinkles. It's made of three ingredients: sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter. But it is oh so addicting~

I made these little desserts the day before and I also used Dolce de Leche instead of sweetened condensed milk (sort of an accident, I am not good at deciphering ingredients at the store when everything is in Portuguese!! heehee) which I think slightly differs from the traditional sweetened condensed milk (it's more caramel-y and thicker) but it's so decadent and tasted delicious! These also keep well in the fridge. 


I hope that everyone had an amazing Christmas!! <3 If you end up making any of these recipes, let me know how it goes!! 


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