Christmas 2022! Christmas Eve traditions and holiday menu ideas

Christmas 2022! Christmas Eve traditions and holiday menu ideas

Immediately after the long New Year’s festivities, perhaps the most important holiday awaits all Orthodox Christians – Nativity.

On Christmas Eve, 6th January, it is customary to place twelve Lenten dishes on the table (to honor the 12 Apostles). Before dinner, adults do not eat, and in the evening they sit down at the table with their loved ones. Most often prepared:

  • Kutyu;
  • Uzvar;
  • Dumplings with cabbage;
  • The vinaigrette;
  • Dishes made from peas and beans;
  • Borscht or cabbage soup;
  • Baked fish;
  • Fried pies;
  • Baked fruit pies;
  • Stuffed cabbage rolls;
  • Mushrooms;
  • Pancakes.

Many dishes prepared for Holy Evening have their own symbolic meaning. And it is very important to spend Christmas Eve in peace and love, surrounded by family.

Here comes the morning Jan. 7 – the day of Christmas and the end of Lent. The menu on this day is varied and rich, especially with home-produced meat delicacies.

If you are just planning a holiday menu, but have not yet fully decided on the dishes, check out our selection!


It is difficult to imagine a Christmas table without sweet and aromatic kutia. Be sure to cook at least a little.


  • Wheat – 150 grams;
  • Nuts – 50 grams;
  • Poppy – 1 tbsp. l.;
  • Raisins – 30 grams;
  • Honey – 30 grams;
  • Water – 300 grams.

It is better to soak the wheat in advance, overnight. Fill it with water and leave until the morning. Then drain off the excess water, pour in clean water and put on fire. After boiling, cook over medium heat for about half an hour until the cereal is soft. At the same time, work on the additives – pour boiling water over the raisins and dry them, boil the poppy seeds and grind them, chop the nuts a little and dry them in a frying pan. Add honey to the prepared wheat to taste, add nuts, raisins and poppy seeds. Mix everything and the kutia is ready.

Canned pink salmon salad in puff tartlets

For a snack, you can prepare a delicious and satisfying salad, and serve it in homemade puff pastry baskets.


  • Canned trout – 1 jar;
  • Rice – 50 grams;
  • Apple – 1 pc.;
  • Leek – 1 pc.;
  • Tomato – 1 pc.;
  • Mayonnaise or sour cream – 1-2 tbsp. l.;
  • Salt and herbs – to taste;
  • Puff pastry – 250 grams;
  • Egg (yolk) – 1 pc.

Rinse the rice and boil until tender in salted water. Mash the fish with a fork. Combine fish with rice, add finely chopped tomato and leek. Wash the apple, dry it and grate it on a coarse grater. Add mayonnaise or sour cream, chopped herbs and salt to taste to the salad. Stir. Now you can make tartlets. Roll out the puff pastry a little and cut into circles. Use muffin tins, just turn them upside down. Place circles of dough onto the pans and form into tartlets, pinching the edges. Brush the dough with beaten yolk and place the molds in an oven preheated to 200 degrees. Bake the baskets until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Before serving, place the salad into tartlets.

Salami rolls with prunes

A quick and tasty appetizer that will perfectly diversify the usual dishes on the holiday table.


  • Salami – 100 grams;
  • Cheese – 100 grams;
  • Prunes – 70 grams;
  • Garlic – 1-3 cloves;
  • Mayonnaise and herbs – to taste.

Scald the prunes with boiling water and dry. Grate the cheese on a coarse grater. Pass the garlic through a press or chop it. Finely chop the greens. Combine cheese, prunes, garlic and herbs in a deep bowl. Season with mayonnaise and mix. Place the salami slices on the work surface. Place the filling in the center and carefully roll it up. Place the finished rolls on a serving plate and add lettuce leaves if desired.

Quiche with turkey and sweet pepper

Pie is a great option for a Christmas menu. Jellied pie with meat and vegetables will appeal to both adults and children. You can always experiment with the filling by adding other favorite ingredients.

You will need:

For the test:

  • Flour – 1 glass;
  • Butter – 90 grams;
  • Ice water – 1-2 tbsp. l.;
  • Salt – 1 pinch.
  • For filling:
  • Sour cream – 150 grams;
  • Egg – 3 pcs.;
  • Salt and spices – to taste.

For filling:

  • Turkey fillet – 300 grams;
  • Onion – 1 pc.;
  • Sweet pepper – 1 pc.;
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp. l.;
  • Garlic – 1 clove;
  • Salt and spices – to taste.

To prepare the dough, combine the sifted flour with salt and butter. Grind quickly until smooth crumbs. Pour in some water and stir. Place the finished dough in a heat-resistant form, form the bottom and sides of the base. Place in an oven preheated to 180 degrees for 10 minutes. In the meantime, you can start filling. Wash the turkey fillet, dry it and cut into small pieces. Peel and chop the onion and garlic. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan. Add the turkey and fry until lightly golden brown. Add onion and garlic, salt and season to taste. Fry for about 5 more minutes over medium heat. Beat the eggs into a deep bowl. Add sour cream, salt and spices. Beat everything until smooth and the filling is ready. Peel the bell pepper and cut into thin slices. Remove the crust from the oven, spread the filling in an even layer and distribute the pepper slices. Pour in the filling and place back in the oven. Bake the quiche for about half an hour until done.

This pie can be served either warm or cold.

Baked chicken

For the main course, you can cook duck or turkey, but chicken can also be a wonderful holiday hot dish.


  • Chicken – 1 pc.;
  • Curd cheese – 200 grams;
  • Salt and spices – to taste;
  • Soy sauce – 2 tbsp. l.;
  • Mustard – 1-2 tbsp. l.

Wash and dry the chicken, carefully cut into the breast. Combine soy sauce with mustard, salt and spices. Rub the chicken on all sides and leave for about an hour. Place chicken on a baking sheet or ovenproof dish. Grease the top with curd cheese (you can use cheese with additives, with herbs, for example). Place the bird in an oven preheated to 190 degrees. Bake for about 1.5 hours until cooked through and golden brown.

Christmas cupcake

Even if you don’t really like baking, be sure to bake such a cupcake for the holidays. It will not only delight you with its taste, but will also fill your home with the aromas of Christmas.


  • Egg – 2 pcs.;
  • Sugar – 120-150 grams;
  • Butter – 100 grams;
  • Flour – 130 grams;
  • Baking soda or baking powder – 1 tsp.
  • Vanillin and salt – 1 pinch;
  • Honey – 30 grams;
  • Nuts – 50 grams;
  • Candied fruits – 50 grams;
  • Dried berries – 50 grams.

Grind the softened butter with sugar until smooth. Add honey and beat in eggs, mix. Add vanillin, salt, baking soda or baking powder, and sifted flour. When the dough becomes homogeneous, add nuts, candied fruits and berries and mix again. Prepare a heat-resistant cake pan – grease it with butter, sprinkle with flour or semolina. Lay out the dough, smooth it out and place it in an oven preheated to 180 degrees. Bake the cake for about 35-45 minutes until golden brown. Before serving, the Christmas cake can be topped with powdered sugar, icing or chocolate.


If you want to prepare a drink for the holiday table, then be sure to make uzvar from dried fruits.


  • Dried fruits – 300 grams;
  • Water – 3 liters;
  • Honey (or sugar) – to taste.

Rinse dried fruits thoroughly under running water and place in a saucepan. Pour in water and leave for a couple of hours. Then place on the stove and bring to a boil. Boil for literally 5 minutes, remove from heat. If adding sugar, add it 1 minute before cooking. Add honey 5-7 minutes after the uzvar is ready. Cover it with a lid and leave it to brew for an hour. Then strain, cool and serve.

Merry Christmas!

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