Looking for Christmas Eve buffet ideas? The holidays are a time for family and friends to get together, and these Christmas Eve Buffet ideas allow a host to provide for his guests, with the time for service being held to a minimum. By using finger foods, combining several different dishes and using traditional Christmas dinner ingredients, the spirit of Christmas is maintained, without taking away from the traditional Christmas dinner to follow the next day and still leaving time for the host to mingle with the guests.
- Turkey salad finger sandwiches. Christmas wouldn't be complete without turkey, but by using turkey salad the atmosphere is maintained without diminishing the importance of the turkey the next day. For a special touch, take a traditional turkey salad recipe and add toasted pecans, diced apples and a hint of curry powder. Serve on mini-croissants with a single piece of lettuce.
- Sliders. A long-ago favorite now making a comeback, sliders are really just mini-hamburgers. Patty them thin so they cook fast, top with some grilled onions, a dab of ketchup and mustard and a slice of dill pickle and serve on one of the many packaged, ready-to-serve rolls. This allows this item to be put on a Christmas Eve buffet quickly.
- Fresh fruit salad shish kebab. Although not usually a finger food, the use of the shish kebab skewers makes this Christmas Eve buffet dish a quick, easy and colorful addition. Fresh berries, pineapple, apple chunks and grapes are perfect for these, but the host shouldn't ignore kiwis, star fruit and other more exotic choices. A dip in water to which lemon juice has been added helps prevent the fruit from browning.
- Boiled shrimp. Cocktail shrimp are always a great Christmas Eve buffet idea because they are easy to make ahead of time and are a party favorite. Serve peeled and cold, with a dipping sauce of the traditional ketchup-based cocktail sauce. Another good choice is a remoulade, based on mayonnaise and chili sauce, or if you have low-carb eaters, a sauce made of mayonnaise and Creole mustard.
- Bacon-wrapped asparagus. This buffet dish is easy to make and is tasty as well. Wrap a single slice of bacon around one or a bundle of three thin stalks of asparagus which have been drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Bake at 350 degrees until the bacon is just barely crispy.
- Green bean bundles. This dish is a favorite at dinner parties and works equally well as a Christmas Eve buffet idea. Take the whole green beans from a can, saving the liquid, and roll three in a piece of bacon, then salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Mix the liquid from the can with a little brown sugar, garlic powder, nutmeg and cinnamon, then pour over the green bean bundles. Bake at 350 degrees until the bacon is done.
These Christmas Eve buffet ideas take traditional holiday meal and party ingredients and make them easy to serve and eat, allowing the host and guests to spend more quality time together while still enjoying great food.