Hosting a Christmas party for 8 to 10 pax? Here are some easy-to-make recipes you can consider for your feast!

Christmas is coming, and if you’re hosting a gathering, that means you’ll have a lot more preparations to get ready for. Other than making your house look as festive as possible with a Christmas tree and other Christmas decorations, you would also have to prepare groceries if you’re intending to cook on the actual day itself. While some people may already know what they’re going to prepare, others may not have had the time to research just yet.

And that’s why we’re here to save the day! The current restrictions allow us to have up to five visitors a day, so read on for Christmas party recipes that you can easily prepare for up to 10 people.

Roasts

Roast Beef

One of the must-haves at a Christmas party is roast beef. There’s just something about sinking your teeth into tender meat slices, washing it down with a glass of booze, and having a catch-up session with your loved ones and friends.

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The most important thing when you’re preparing roast beef is deciding the cut that you would be using. In order to ensure that the meat is tender, you should opt for cuts like prime rib, ribeye, and beef tenderloin. Of course, for a better quality, you would also have to pay a lightly higher price.

Alternatively, you can also go for the shoulder, sirloin tip, rump roast, or bottom round. It is best that you opt for an end cut with a layer of fat).

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1.3 to 1.6kg of boneless rump roast
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 to 10 slivers of garlic (3 to 4 cloves, sliced in half or thirds)
  • salt and pepper

For the gravy

  • red wine, water, and/or beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch

This recipe is good for four to six people, so you can adjust it accordingly if you’re hosting more guests.

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Roast Turkey

Roast turkey always looks so flavourful, and its glistening golden brown skin makes it even more drool-worthy. And since it’s so big, there’s going to be enough to go around, especially when you’re hosting a huge party.

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Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 5.44kg of turkey
  • salt and pepper for the inside and outside of the turkey

For the flavoured butter:

  • 226g of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, plus a bit more to drizzle the top
  • 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of lemon zest
  • 3 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/4 cup of freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, freshly ground

For the turkey stuffing:

  • 1 large onion, quartered (no peeling)
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved (no peeling)
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley
  • 1 lemon, quartered

It is important to note that this recipe will feed 12 people, so if you’re only cooking for a party of eight or fewer, you can either pack the leftovers for your guests to bring home, or roast a chicken instead.

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Garlic herb butter roast chicken

If you’re preparing for a slightly smaller party, or if you prefer to have more variation for the feast and not just rely on one whole turkey as the main course, you can prepare this garlic herb butter roast chicken that is sure to win every other rotisserie chicken out there.

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The smell will be heavenly thanks to all the herbs that are used in this recipe. This serves eight people.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 3.63kg of whole chicken, at room temperature, giblets and neck removed from cavity
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 head of garlic roughly peeled and cut in half horizontally through the middle crosswise
  • 6 fresh whole rosemary sprigs

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Brown sugar mustard glazed ham

Other than turkey, another must-have is ham! If you’ve ever tried baking ham by yourself at home previously, you would know that it is easy for the inside to end up very dry and with no flavour. Obviously, we wouldn’t want that to happen again this Christmas, so we’ve sourced this amazing recipe that is bound to give you that sick glaze and savoury goodness.

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Just looking at that beauty is enough to make us salivate.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • About 1.45 to 1.8kg of bone-in fully cooked ham
  • 1/5 cup of water
  • 1/5 cup of unsalted butter
  • 2/5 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/5 cup of honey
  • 0.8 tablespoon of dijon mustard
  • 0.1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 0.1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1.6 cloves garlic, smashed

This recipe is enough to serve ten people. You can try your hand at it by clicking here to view more details.

Sides

Roasted potatoes

For sides, you would probably want to go with something to balance out the meaty flavours of the roasts that you have prepared. Plus, you’re going to want to have some carbs on the table so that you feel a little fuller.

One side that will go perfectly with everything is this plate of Garlic Roasted Potatoes. It’s easy to prepare, and the ingredients are things you would already have laying around in the kitchen.

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Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 0.90kg of red or yellow skinned potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, parsley, thyme, basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • to taste coarse salt and pepper

This recipe will serve six, and you can tweak it however you deem fit to feed the number of people you’re hosting for your party. However, if you’re preparing lots of other sides and roasts, this should be enough!

If you have any leftovers at the end of the party, you can reheat them and serve with sour cream or bacon bits for something different the next morning.

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The best mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a crowd-favourite. It’s easy to eat, and goes well with lots of different types of meat. And most important of all, you can make it within a total of 45 minutes inclusive of preparation and cooking time.

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These homemade mashed potatoes are rich, creamy, buttery, and full of flavour, and we’re sure you’re going to get a lot of compliments for it.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2.27kg of potatoes
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • fine sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 118ml of cream cheese at room temperature
  • toppings: chopped fresh chives or green onions, freshly-cracked black pepper

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Roasted vegetables

We all need some greens after eating that much meat, so check out this roasted vegetables recipe where you can dump all the vegetables onto one tray to cook together.

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This will result in tender vegetables that are so flavourful, even the kids would love it.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • 2 cups of cremini mushrooms
  • 2 cups of chopped butternut squash
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced and quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, or more, to taste
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried thyme
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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Mac and cheese

Here’s another hot favourite amongst adults and kids alike, especially those who love cheese. While you may be more comfortable with eating the Mac and Cheese from restaurants or the store-bought ones because how daunting it can be to prepare it yourself, it’s actually not that bad.

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This recipe for eight breaks it all down into simple steps so that you can take it slowly, one at a time. And the result will be a decadent bowl of warm, cheesy and creamy macaroni.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of dried macaroni pasta
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

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Sweet treats

Chocolate yule log

After a magnificent feast, no matter how full one is, there will always be room for dessert! Go with something classic by baking your own Chocolate Yule Log cake with this recipe. We know that it could seem intimidating, but rest assured that this recipe is meant to be simple, so you don’t have to have advanced skills as a baker to make this.

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This recipe features a rich chocolate sponge cake with a mocha buttercream filling that serves 10. The exterior is then layered with ganache frosting.

Ingredients you’ll need:

For the filling:

  • 1 2/3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of coffee-flavoured liquor
  • 1/3 cup of mascarpone cheese

For the sponge cake:

  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup of boiling hot heavy cream
  • 1 packet of dark chocolate chips (approximately 3.63kg)

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Gingerbread cookies

Another pastry synonymous with Christmas is gingerbread cookies! This recipe has the right amount of crisp and spice to it, that we bet your guests would be begging to bring home a few each.

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It’s also fun to do these gingerbread cookies because you will have the freedom to decorate them however you would like. You can even design each cookie to look like each of your guests!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 145g of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 150g of packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup of unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinammon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves

With this amount of ingredients, you will get 24 four-inch gingerbread cookies.

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Peppermint bark

If you’re pressed for time and you’re in need of a quick dessert recipe, this is the one that you can make in 10 minutes. Yes, you read that right. 10 minutes flat.

The ingredients are simple, and after the preparation, you just have to refrigerate again for about 20 minutes, and voilà, you’ll have a delicious minty chocolate treat that people will think you took really long to make.

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So simple and fast to make, yet it serves 12 people!

The dessert also looks very pretty with the red-and-white stripes from the crushed peppermint candy canes.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 340g of semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 340g of white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • 8 candy canes, crushed

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