These are the culinary Christmas trends of 2021

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What will we be eating and drinking at Christmas this year? It is a fact that there will be a lot of goodies on the table again and we will dress things up festively again. But what exactly? Culy delved into the culinary Christmas trends of 2021.

What are the 2021 Christmas food and drink trends?

What should not be missing on the Christmas table in 2021? Well, if you ask us, ceviche, something-with-Burrata (because that’s what makes everyone happy), and a good Christmas bread (think: your homemade sourdough transformed into shortbread or a delicious focaccia ) are the bangers. A nice vegan option in your Christmas menu has also become a must, if only because meat really doesn’t always have to be the norm anymore and there are ridiculously tasty recipes that are also vegan.

But we don’t determine the trends, you all do that together. Culy therefore maps out the culinary Christmas trends of 2021. With some extra inspiration and tips to fly it Culy’s way, so that you can already get in the mood.

And don’t worry: we have tips & tricks for all the delicious Christmas dishes we mentioned above (and more!) for you. You can find them all in our Christmas recipes in the coming weeks .

The culinary Christmas trends of 2021

1. We celebrate big and we celebrate early

Have you also noticed that you can already see more Christmas trees and Christmas lights through the windows in November this year than before? That may be right: we started Christmas a little earlier this year. After all, we spend more time at home and could use some fun and celebration.

Recent research by Albert Heijn also shows that most people this year plan to go all out with a multi-course dinner. 56% of the 1,099 surveyed Dutch people aged 25 and older will cook such an extensive Christmas dinner.

Start with a welcome drink and an amuse-bouche, then move on to the starter, main course and dessert. If you want to expand this even further, you can also add intermediate passages. Think of a soup or a nice vegetable dish between the starter and main course. Or build the whole table full of small dishes and call it shared dining . 

2. Nicely laid out plates

Thanks to social media, we pay more and more attention to the layout of our homemade dishes. We have known for a long time that the eye also wants something, but Instagram is increasing the pressure even higher.

So come on: roll up your sleeves, grab the kitchen tweezers again and think beyond the taste, but also about the layout. What is the best way to present this dish? Is there still some color missing on the board? And are there any stains that need to be brushed away?

Would you like to know how to prepare your plates just as beautifully as in a restaurant? Check out our article on preparing plates like a star chef .

3. We dive deeper into the wine

Where a few years ago we might have thought: ‘oh yes, we still need wine!’, wine is playing an increasingly important role in our lives. In the pandemic, the wine bottles were not available and the online tastings and wine courses also proved to be a success.

We can put all that chanting and all that wine knowledge already acquired into practice this festive season with great wine-food combinations. If you still find that difficult, check it out with your favorite wine seller or look up a handy wine guide .

4. Classic Christmas dishes with a modern twist

Hasselback potatoes, carpaccio , shrimp cocktail, beef wellington : Christmas is still a feast of classics. We won’t say goodbye to that nostalgia (yet) this Christmas, but the foodie is willing to give a modern twist to those Christmas classics.

A touch of miso in the gravy or soup, an exciting carpaccio of pulpo or scallops , or a shrimp cocktail with some modern freshness: this way the classics can last another year longer.

5. Adventurous Advent Calendars

You used to have 24 to 26 of the same little chocolates, but today’s advent calendars are getting more and more adventurous. Bottles of wine for every day, exclusive specialty beers, luxury licorice balls covered with chocolate, or an Advent calendar for whiskey lovers for a few hundred euros: we like to spoil ourselves by picking open a box every day in search of a surprising snack. And tell yourself: you never get too old for that, do you?

> Here they are: the best advent calendars for foodies of 2021

6. Drinking boards

You have a serving board and you have a serving board. Gone are the days of cheese cubes and sausage slices: in 2021 we are more and more enjoying ourselves to put creative shelves on the table, especially with the holidays of course. Susan Aretz wrote two great books full of inspiration about it, and Pinterest is also full of the nicest serving boards.

The serving board should not be missing at Christmas. Fill it with delicious warm Camembert , beautiful rillettes, marinated Burrata , fine salmon snacks , delicious canned fish, and/or the most divine antipasti.

7. Order Christmas menus (or take away Christmas menus) at restaurants

During the previous lockdown, restaurants started making takeout menus en masse. Although the occasion was of course very sad, it turned out to be a joy for many food fanatics to be able to eat food from your favorite restaurant at home. Not nearly the same as in the restaurant, but also cool. If only because we admired how restaurants turned their decadent menus into practical kits that we only had to warm up at home (and that warming up and finishing was also a lot of fun to do).

For many people it was therefore a discovery to order or pick up a ready-made Christmas menu. And we will do that even more this year. Another factor is that Christmas falls on the weekend, so we have less time for preparations. Then pick up is so relaxed.

Curious where you can order or pick up such a delicious Christmas dinner or menu? Keep an eye on for our recommendations in the near future.

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