Different Dinner Ideas for the Holiday Season

A traditional meal cooked around the holidays is turkey; however, I just wanted to take a moment to highlight some great alternatives to this classic. Often times you have two maybe even up to four Holiday dinners to attend! Mix things up a little and avoid turkey overload with these suggestions.

Pork Tourtiere

120822-Ontario_Pork 3624This pie is an easy and delicious all in one meal. You can make it ahead and just pop it in the oven for an easy dinner, leaving time for you to mingle with friends, instead of slaving over the oven. Serve with vegetables and your choice of beverage.

Crown Roast of Pork

Crown RoastA crown roast takes less time to cook than a turkey, but still allows you to prepare a stuffing which you can cook in the middle of the crown. Not only is this dish an amazing centerpiece for a meal, it is delicious and lean as well.

Bacon Bar Tapas

120822-Ontario_Pork 3633For something really different this year I would suggest holding a “Bacon Bar Tapas”. Traditional Tapas are when a wide variety of appetizers or snacks are served in a bite or two bite serving. Tapas are very popular in Spanish cuisine. I suggest serving a wide variety of different bacon dishes, from maple smoked bacon, crispy pork belly and even a bacon dessert. This interesting dinner option will be sure to give your guests a thrill. If you click on “Bacon Bar Tapas” above you will find a recipe for Bacon Toffee to get your creative juices flowing.

No matter what you serve this holiday season, just remember to enjoy the time with friends and family, the good food and good drinks- after all, the holidays only happen once a year!


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