If you want to impress your guests with how delicious Keto can be, this is the Ultimate Keto Christmas Menu!
In 2014, shortly after being married in October, my husband and I decided to start a Holiday tradition. I don’t even know how the idea got started, but gathering together to celebrate the holiday with close friends was a must.
Everyone spends time with family during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but how about your friends? To be honest, I am closer with some of my friends than with family members. So the idea of having a Freinds-Christmas dinner party was born.
This was way before Friendsgiving got popular and we wanted it to be after Thanksgiving but before Christmas.
The first few years we were only able to invite two other couples due to the lack of space in our old house. Last year we moved to a bigger house, and while we wanted to expand, our hope of having the dining room furnished did not come into fruition.
So, we planned on inviting the original two couples and keeping it low key for another year.
However, about two months ago, I thought to myself “Even if we had the dining room furnished, how many more people could we invite.” The answer, not many. Why was I holding back from inviting more people because of a simple dining room? I suddenly had the desire to throw a big party.
The thing about it is, I still put in so much time, energy and effort for six people, what is the difference if it turns into 15 people, I still make enough food for an army, I always go all out on the tablescape and planning, so why not add more?
To my surprise, my husband was entirely up for it. I think he was shocked I even brought it up due to the fact we had no intention of expanding the party size this year.
To accommodate the additional people, we had to get two 8ft folding tables and 16 chairs from IKEA. Yes, there had to be a lot of planning and coordination that went along with it, but hey, Christmas comes once a year, and we love entertaining (or at least I do)
Generally, my menu has always been composed of Bon Appétit recipes. I always include the following:
- Gourmet Cheese plate
- Dinner Rolls
- 2-3 hot Side dishes
- 1 cold Side dish
- 1-2 Desserts
- Custom Holiday cocktail
However, for this year, I wanted to make the whole menu Keto friendly. Mind you, my friends, nor my husband’s friends follow the Ketogenic diet. I did invite a long time friend who introduced me to Keto, but she does Keto cycling (on and off Keto).
So, why would I do an all Keto menu if no one follows Keto besides me? Below are a few reasons:
- A lot of people have the perception that Keto is restrictive
- Many believe eating Keto foods is boring, or its the same food (bacon, butter, cheese & eggs)
- I want to share all of my Keto holiday recipes with the Keto community
- I did not want to feel like death like I did every other year I had this dinner party
- Keto is my lifestyle, and I am proud to showcase how amazing it is
That said, I will be sharing every single recipe for my Keto Christmas Dinner Party below. I will also include some pictures of the decor and the evening to bring the holiday spirit into play here. I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together! Merry Christmas Freinds!
2018 Keto Christmas Menu
- Cheese plate
- Garlic and Rosemary Dinner Rolls
- Pork Crown Roast
- Low-Carb Apple Pecan Stuffing
- Bacon-wrapped Asparagus
- Keto Gravy
- Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Gratin
- Butternut Squash in Herb Oil
- Glazed Shallots with Chili and Thyme
- Pecan Pie Bundt Cake
- Snowball Cookies
- Chocolate PB Balls
This is an easy and straightforward appetizer idea that everyone loves. I like to get 4-5 cheeses from Trader Joe’s, crackers or flackers for Keto, nuts, hot pepper jam, mustard, and charcuterie. Dried fruit is an option as well; you can make it however you’d like. It’s pretty easy to put together and its always a hit.
This year, I got crazy with my cheese plate after being inspired from seeing beautiful cheese platters on Instagram.
Here is what I used in mine:
- Blueberry Goat Cheese
- 1000 day Gouda
- English Coastal Cheddar
- Jilz Gluten-Free crackers
- dried apricots
- dried figs
- sesame coated almonds
- pomegranate seeds
A Holiday meal isn’t complete unless there is a basket of warm rolls to pass around. However, bread rolls are not very Keto-friendly. These are light and fluffy, and the garlic and Rosemary butter I put on them took them to another level.
The star of the show. The crown jewel. After rubbing the roast down with herb oil, we added the Pecan Stuffing in the middle and smoked it to perfection. It was magnificent.
This stuffing uses Keto cornbread, Apples and Pecans to make the perfect addition to the Pork Roast. Feel free to omit the apples if you are strict Keto or live a little, a small amount of apple won’t hurt you.
I know, I had you at bacon. What is a way to get people to eat more vegetables? Wrap them in bacon, of course! Not only did I wrap these bad boys in bacon, but I brushed a Keto brown sugar maple glaze on them for a “candied bacon” taste. Yes, please!
Mashed potatoes are another holiday staple. Who doesn’t love fluffy and buttery potatoes? Or cauliflower? I promise you, with this recipe, your guests won’t be able to tell they aren’t eating mashed potatoes. They are that good.
If you love cheese and brussels sprouts, you’re going to enjoy this side dish. So creamy and flavorful, this gratin will have guests going in for seconds. The walnut gremolata with thyme and chili flakes on top add a crunchy texture with a bit of spice to the dish.
Forget about the primary way of making butternut squash, roasting it and pouring brown sugar on it. Not that there is anything wrong with that, in fact, I have Keto version of Butternut Squash Roasted in Brown Sugar, and it’s delicious.
Why not think outside the box and try this squash dish instead? The herb oil with garlic, oregano and parsley pair so well with the squash.
Also, the crumbled goat cheese on top brings it all together. Don’t forget to salt the squash to taste; it’s what makes the dish pop.
I know what you’re thinking. Onions? Who wants to eat those? Well, trust me, once you have tried these, you won’t want anyone else to eat them because you’ll want the leftovers for yourself.
They are sweet and spicy and oh so flavorful. Don’t knock ’em until you’ve tried them!
This gravy uses turkey necks, mushrooms and Tamari for a burst of umami flavor. It’s very easy to make and pairs perfectly with the Cauli-Mash and roast.
I asked Carolyn from All day I dream about food what was one of her favorite Holiday dessert recipes. Something that would wow all of my non-Keto guests. She recommended this Pecan Pie Bundt Cake. It tastes like Pecan Pie but in a cake. It was so delicious and moist.
I got this recipe from Keto Connect because I love Mexican Wedding Cookies and these taste just like them! They are very easy to make and you can substitute the walnuts with any nuts you like.
Do yourself a favor and make a double batch, if you are anything like me, you will eat half of them before you are even done coating them in the Swerve Confectioners Sugar.
Chocolate & Peanut Butter. Is there a better match made in heaven? I don’t think so.
The best part about these is you don’t have to bake them so save that oven time for something else! On the other hand, you can be really
Warning: These are extremely addictive. These are my favorite no-bake dessert recipe ever.
Now, to see all my hard work pay off….
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