Easy Christmas Dinner Recipes

Enjoy a tropical twist on the traditional Christmas dinner.  Need an easy Christmas dinner menu that gives you time to enjoy your guests?  Look no further.  These easy Christmas dinner recipes will make cooking Christmas dinner a breeze.  Enjoy my collection of tried and tested — all-time favorite Tropical Christmas dinner recipes.

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Celebrate Christmas with these Easy Christmas Dinner Recipes

The Christmas season is so busy and by the time Christmas day comes around I’m usually exhausted.  Weeks of Christmas parties, Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, midnight mass, and breakfast…  Now it’s time to cook an easy delicious Christmas meal since there is nothing better than gathering family and friends from near and far to celebrate Christmas with a fabulous Christmas feast.

Living in Florida the weather is usually spectacular, (last year we were in bikinis and trunks sandbar-ing Christmas eve) and we plan a relaxing day of football watching, beach walking and a simple tropical inspired Christmas dinner.  The centerpiece of this menu is jerk turkey, we still have the turkey but we cook it on the grill with jerk spices for an absolutely amazing twist on the traditional Christmas turkey.

Once dinner is done we kick back and relax with a cocktail and as the sun goes down we jump on the boat to cruise the canals to look at Christmas lights.

A beautiful, blessed day.


Easy Christmas Dinner Recipes


This is the perfect easy Christmas dinner menu.


House of Blues Voodoo Shrimp served with crusty French bread

Charcuterie Platter


Jerk Grilled Turkey

Citrus Baked Snapper with Roasted Pineapple


Roasted Potatoes

Caramelized Sweet Plantains

Easy Honey Orange Green Beans

Grilled Zucchini, Squash, and Asparagus  

Tropical Spinach Salad with Papaya and Macadamia Nuts


Pina Colada Bread Pudding

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This menu pairs beautifully with a dry, crisp Riesling or Viognier

Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice Palomas

Rum-Spiked Mulled Apple Cider

Hot Spiced Apple Cider 

or another festive holiday drink.

Tubs of Ice Cold Beer, Water, Sparkling Water, and Sodas

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Festive enough for special occasions – simple enough for every day.  The jerk spices coat the turkey under the skin and make the meat especially spicy and juicy.  Bonus –  since the turkey is cooked on the grill  it frees up oven space and the Turkey cooks faster.

So easy to make and so good.  This makes an easy appetizer to feed a hungry crowd.  Serve plenty of crusty bread alongside to soak up all the yummy sauce.

Serve the ultimate charcuterie board and everyone will stay satisfied while the main meal cooks.  Learn how to put together a hearty and delicious board to serve before your Christmas Dinner.  Everyone will love this easy cheese and meat platter. 

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This recipe is so good and so simple.  The beans are cooked until just tender crisp, drizzled with honey and a touch of orange peel.  The real beauty of this side is that it taste best served at room temperature after the flavors have mellowed.

My absolute favorite.  It’s perfect to compliment the spicy jerk turkey, is low calorie and a festive blush color.  Perfection!




  1. Anthony

    Many of the items in this post remind me of holiday diners at my Italian Grandmother’s house. Good memories and good food. Will definately use many of these recipes this Christmas!

  2. Lanley

    Finding this post was an early Christmas gift to me. Lots of great ideas here to try. Definitely going to make the charcuterie board for an appetizer and the Pina Colada bread pudding for dessert.


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