In today’s post you will find a collection of recipes we like to make for major holidays like Christmas and Ester. Since some of you ask what my Christmas menu is, I am more than happy to share it with you. Yes, some of you may say that it's a lot of food, and I would agree. However, its a good thing that I am not the only one cooking and baking. I have older girls who love to cook and bake just as much as I do.
We usually have family or friends over for the holidays and after serving up lunch, and then dinner, most of the food is gone. I would also like to extend a treat to one distant friend. At the end of this post you may enter to win a $100 VISA Gift Card. You may enter once each day. Once all the Giveaway rules are followed, you don’t need to repeat them each day you enter. Good luck!
Golubtsi is especially a must at Christmas celebrations. Everyone have their own ideas for their Christmas menu, but I can almost guarantee that Golubtsi are on every Slavic household's menu. It wouldn’t be Christmas without Golubtsi.
2. UKRAINIAN POTATO SALAD (OLIVIE)
This traditional Ukrainian Potato Salad (Olivie) – Салат “Оливье” - goes hand-in-hand with Golubtsi. Its very easy to make, very hearty and craveable.
This is a very popular side-dish that is also made for special events and is a staple. The Pork Meat Roulette recipe may seem like a hassle to make but it’s really not as hard it looks and has exceptional flavor.
4. CUCUMBER/CAULIFLOWER/RADISH/BROCCOLI SALAD RECIPE
This salad goes marvelously with Lemon Pepper Baked Salmon, with which we usually serve. Regardless the season or the reason, this is one salad you will love very much.
5. PURPLE CABBAGE TOMATO SALAD
The colors of this salad remind me of Christmas. This salad, like most, has its own taste and deliciousness, which I like. It’s easy to make and requires few ingredients. The plain Greek yogurt and mayonnaise combo dressing gives it a rich, smooth and a healthy taste.
6. CABBAGE-CARROTS-PEPPERS SALAD
This Cabbage-Carrot-Peppers Salad recipe is not one of those salads that you really taste the sharpness of fresh vegetables. It's a marinated salad and has a bit of a sweet and sour taste to it. The best thing I like about this salad is that you can make it way ahead of time which helps avoid those last minute preparation rushes. No matter if it’s for an upcoming holiday or guests you’ve invited, you know that this sharp and delicious salad is in the fridge waiting for you to just place on the table.
7. CREPES WITH CHEESE (NALISNIKI)
This Crepes with Cheese recipe has been passed down from generation to generation. They are so tender, they just melt in your mouth. The added vanilla in the recipe gives them a wonderful vanilla flavor and aroma. It's one of the most looked forward to desserts on the holidays.
We all love bread. Especially homemade and fresh out of the oven. Warm and soft. Most food gets tiring after a while, but good bread is never one of those!
This Smoked Salmon Canapés recipe is very easy and quick to make and tends to make people very happy. These canapés not only taste incredible but they decorate your party table. The only problem seems to be with these little treats is no matter how many you make, they fly off the table much too quick.
I love them not too crunchy, as some people, but softer. The cream perfectly goes with this dough. It’s so easy and simple to make. They freeze very well. When you need a quick desert, just take them out of the freezer a couple hours before serving. We usually freeze them before major holidays when we have big cooking and baking lists. It’s a fantastic desert to have on hand when you get guests on a short notice.
11. HONEY CHOCOLATE AND STRAWBERRY CAKE
This cake is absolutely delicious! The addition of honey makes this cake very moist and sweet. The strawberry syrup gives it a fresh taste and aroma which perfectly blends with the cream. Chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries finishes the cake with a beautiful look. Your mouth waters just by looking at it.
The main thing I love about Eclairs is that they may be made way ahead of time before they are actually needed and add a touch of fancy to the host's table. Once baked and filled, they may be frozen in zip lock bags for weeks. They are wonderful with tea when you have last minute guests. Then all there is to do is place them in the fridge for a couple of hours beforehand and they are perfect and fresh to enjoy. Very convenient to have on hand.
These beauties are crunchy and soft. Every bite of this deliciousness just melts in your mouth. They are so fun to make and are a beautiful decor dessert on a holiday table.
14. HEALTHY WINTER FRUIT SALAD
This salad is simple to make and can be a great addition to your meal as a dessert or a healthy snack any time the day. The salad is not only beautiful and colorful, but is also loaded with all the goodness that not many dessert will provide and one that many cant resist.
These tasty things are literally one of the easiest things you can ever make but are absolutely fantastic! Crispy on the outside, soft and juicy on the inside with a little hint of garlic, will instantly make you a fan.
16. APPLE KVASS
There are many different kvass recipes, including the most popular bread kvass, but this recipe has a delicious, apple flavor that is delightful and enjoyed by adults and kids alike. Kvass is a perfect thirst-quenching drink and remarkably refreshing.
This Berry Flavored Water is a much healthier, nutritious and perfect substitute for juice or sodas. The original fruit juice changes the water color naturally and makes it a really attractive kid’s drink.
This drink is very popular in Eastern Europe (and at my house). It can be served warm or cold. It’s our all year round preferred drink, but since my kids like to drink kompot very warm I make it more often during cold winter days. After they drink up the Kompot they love to enjoy the fruit that is left on the bottom.
Also we are making these additional recipes: PEPPERMINT BARK, CHRISTMAS SPRITZ COOKIES, CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT BROWNIES, PEPPERMINT GLAZED COOKIES, MEAT GRINDER BISKVIT COOKIES, PEPPERMINT OREO TRUFFLES, CLUSTERS, and SHUBA. A lot of these baked goods will be packed in Gift boxes for edible holiday presents.
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Merry Christmas to you as well!!! 🙂
Irina's Home Cooking says
I will be having a mix of Ukrainian and American foods since we have a mix of different visitors for the Holidays! Thanks for the ideas! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Stay blessed!
Merry Christmas to you as well!
Turkey , ham, and pumpkin pie
Thx for the awesome giveaway. Merry Christmas to you and your family! 🙂
Thank you! Merry Christmas to you too!
Funny enough, the cabbage rolls are on my Christmas menu this year along with the potato salad. It's interesting how neighboring countries usually share similar recipes:-). I love all your recipes, they look so inviting and yummy. If only I lived closer.
Merry Christmas! Thanks for great menu ideas
Merry Christmas to you too!
I love your Web site. Thanks for your hard work.
Thank you very much! 🙂
We're getting together at my moms house and everyone is bringing some dish. I'm bringing my favorite kievskiy cake!
Jaclyn Reynolds says
Ham, Turkey sandwiches, pasta dishes, lots of comfort foods and plenty of cookies!!
Katy | Her Cup of Joy says
Love this menu, very traditional Ukrainian. So yummy!
Thank you Katy 🙂
Julia K says
Great recipes! Thinking to make one of your cakes for our sweets Christmas menu. Have a blessed Christmas Holiday!
Thank you Julia! Have a blessed Christmas as well!
We'll probably have ham, potatoes, green beans, and more! Yum!
Inna Tsvirinko says
We always have cabbage rolls for special occasions!
Susan Christy says
I'm making 15 different snacks, baking cookies and making 7 candies. We graze on Christmas - no sit down meal.
Didn't plan Christmas menu but will for sure will have shuba,galypsi,meat rools and my mom makes homemade kobasa.
Alyona D says
Didn't really have a chance to plan the menu for Christmas yet, will do that as soon as we get back to SC from WA, but one thing I know will definitely be on it is those awesome meringue fruit baskets!!! They are delicious! And so easy to make!
My favorite is the meringue cake boccone dolce!
Love your blog and recipes! We will be making cabbage rolls, potato salad, salads, desserts and your kvas recipe. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thank you and Merry Christmas to you too!
Mmmm Shuba and Olivel. Your Christams list looks perfect.
We're planning to make a roast beef this year and sweet potatoes & Brussels sprouts.
Haven't decided my menu yet. But definitely some of the food will be from your blog 🙂
Thank you for making my recipes. Have a Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to your family Valya!
We haven't decided about the Christmas menu just yet..., But I really want to make oreshki filled with cooked condensed milk. Thank you for your website!
Merry Christmas to you as well Larisa!
Kaine Allenbaugh says
not much in the budget for this 1st years christmas, but i say lasagna, mashed potatoes, corn, and gravy
This year we will be having mashed potatoes, shuba, ham, green salad, and for dessert I want to try your little meringues with the cranberries and also a chocolate cake.
HI, This year I am going traditional but making cheesecake for dessert instead of pie. I think I might add the potato salad from this post too.
We will be having mashed potatoes, ribs, ham, baked mushrooms,a variety of salads, and cheese crepes and a cake for dessert.
Ruthie Tomes says
Hello from Kentucky! We usually have ham, potato salad, latkes, several types of rolls, all types of h'orderves, cheeses and crackers. We also do many, many candies, cookies, cakes, and pies. I am going to add the purple cabbage and tomato salad. It looks fabulous. Happy Holidays!
Welcome Ruthie. Thank you for visiting my blog and trying out my recipes. 🙂
Sliced hickory smoked ham, rolls, mash taters, deviled eggs macaroni and cheese pecan pie, peanut butter balls.
Will most likely baking a cake to take to my parents house. But those chicken fritters really caught my eye! Thank you for sharing.
Crystal S says
I'm making a lasagna for my husband since he is requesting it this year along with my sugar cookies decorated and cut out in holiday fashion!
Spaghetti from scratch
nastia khomichuk says
i will be making some of your cookies for christmas!
On the menu this Christmas is Creamy mushroom potatoes, olive salad , turkey and lots and lots of sweets.
Heidi B says
We always have turkey, sour cream mashed potatoes, marshmallow rolls, wild rice, cranberries, acorn squash, stuffed mushrooms and pumpkin pie.
Renee C. says
Pears With Blue Cheese and Prosciutto.
In my family we have a tradition of making the sweet oreshki filled with dulce de leche, sweet salami and medovik cake. The savory things always change, except mashed potatoes 😉
Joy Newlan says
at my mothers this year, Ham & Turkey, ambrosia salad, deviled eggs... all the fixings
hamloaf is always a christmas staple at our house!
Lisa Brown says
turkey, stuffing, salad, candied yams, pecan pie, and more.
Golubtsi, kompot,mint cookies, chicken , stuffed mushroom caps and much more. Love cooking so much.
We are having ham, scalloped potatoes and various other side dishes
I'll be making probably a salad, some dessert but I really want to try and make your dessert no bake cheese cake with farmers cheese graham crackers and strawberries! Those looks SOOOO good! I usually make shuba salad it's like a traditional dish for Christmas.
Hello Valya. I love your menu for Christmas,maybe you can invite us to come over;) Salad is for sure on our menu and thinking about the Mom's cream horns, my mouth is always watering when I look at those, I just need the right supplies for it:( and the berry flavored water would go well with our menu. We still aren't done with Christmas menu planning but you give great ideas for it. THANKS
Merry Christmas to you and your family may God bless you!
Thanks for the great recipes, keep them coming! !
Hi dear! You are invited! Merry Christmas and God's blessings to you and your family as well!!!
Thanks!! We'll if it wouldn't be that far away, I would love to meet you in person.:) I love your blog, recipes, family blog are also one of my favorites to read, it makes me feel like I know you more!:)
Thank you dear!
Kelly D says
We will cook a ham and I will make sugar cookies.
For Christmas eve we have mashed potatoes gravy 3 kinds of meat 2 salads and loooots of baking goods and desserts...Wisch you and your family a very merry Christmas and thank you for sharing great recipes?
Marry Christmas to you as well!!!
Steve Weber says
We are going to do a holiday ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, jello, rolls and butter.
Kelly Wach says
After reading the recipes and your menu, I am inspired to make the cabbage rolls along with the Chicken fritters.
Haven't fully decided but always have a variety of sweet and savory dishes. Thanks for your recipes!
Brenda Haines says
We are going to have it t our house this year, and I'm so excited to make all our favorites! Great grandma Margaret's baked beans, green beans with bacon and sweet onions, garlic mashed potatoes, ham with a cranberry orange sauce, turkey and marionberry pie.. To start! 😀 I'm so excited for the holidays!
Ham is on our Christmas menu.
All these dishes look so good (and are making me hungry!). I don't usually do the big cooking for the holidays, but I do bake dessert and make side dishes. I've not decided on anything but cornbread dressing.
I'm planning on making lasagna for Christmas this year.
Turkey/ham, Olivye, Vinegret, Golubtsi, Pozharskiye Kotleti, Scalloped Potatoes, Corn Casserole, Roasted Vegetables, Cake
I am definitely making your Honey Cake!!! Thank you so much!
Still deciding on the menu but definitely make golubtsi. Merry Christmas and Gods blessings to your family
Merry Christmas to you as well!
Elena M says
Your website is amazing! I am your frequent visitor. ?Anyway, thank you for your wonderful recepies! On a Christmas, I am planning to make a meat rolls, mimosa salad...
Hi Elena! Thank you very much for your frequent visits, and hank you for supporting my blog! That means a lot to me and I really appreciate. Merry Christmas to you!
I'm making golubtsi for Christmas potluck at work!
Thank you for the amazing post and giveaway t. Valya!!!! Merry Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!!! May God dearly bless you, your family, and this blog!!!
Thank you very much for such a blessing! Merry Christmas and Gods blessings to you as well! 🙂
Spending Christmas with family. Will probably be bringing a salad or some sweets.
Every year we go to parents for Christmas. And always bring sweet and savory dish. Still deciding what to make ?
Merry Christmas Valechka! I love your blog! Blessings to you and your family!
Merry Christmas to you and your family Olya! 🙂
We are going to parents house for Christmas! I'll be making some sort of an appetizer and dessert.
Delicious menu! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas! Cabbage rolls and the honey chocolate cake will be added to our Christmas menu. Merry Christmas!
Marry Christmas to you and your family as well!
Love your recipes!! Everything you post always looks mouthwatering! Thank you for all your recipes. ?
Nataliya Kushtan says
This year on my Christmas menu : olive, chicken sandwiches ribs mashed potatoes, plov