Christmas Feast Ideas That You’ll Love

There are two traditional feasts that Filipino families often look forward to during Christmas time: the Christmas Eve Noche Buena and the one that follows on the 25th itself, which is often held as part of a festive family reunion. Either way, expect those in charge of preparing the dishes to pull out all the stops to serve the most delectable food on the table for everyone to enjoy.

And if that happens to be you, chances are high that you already have some recipes in mind to make each of these feasts a gastronomic delight to remember. They might even be all-time family favorites, or even hand-me-downs from your great-great grandparents. Having said that, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to learn a few more recipes just to keep things fresh and put something different on the table for Christmas. Two that are guaranteed to make you look like Master Chef are Meatballs in Black Truffle Sauce and Three-Cheese Truffle Macaroni and Cheese.

The recipes are as follows:

Meatballs in Black Truffle Sauce

Meatballs in Black Truffle Sauce


  • 2 slices white bread crusts removed, broken into pieces
  • scant 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 1/4 cups finely minced ground beef (or a mixture of meats, such as pork, chicken or turkey)
  • 1/2 cup meat pâté
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Plain all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • Olive oil for frying

For the black truffle sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon + 2 tsp butter
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 bunch spring onions scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1 heaped cup button or oyster mushrooms finely chopped
  • 3 1/2 tablespoon plain all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 cups beef chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 cup double heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Umbria Black Truffle Sauce


  • Place the bread in a bowl and pour over the milk. Set aside to soak.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the meat and the pâté. Add the soaked bread and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix until smooth and well combined. Form meatballs by rolling walnut-sized pieces of the mixture between your hands. They should be about 1oz each. Dust the meatballs in flour.
  • Heat some oil in a shallow pan over a medium-high heat and fry the meatballs just until they are golden. Do not overcook at this stage as we are going to finish them in the sauce. Set aside.
  • To make the sauce, heat the butter and olive oil in a pan over a medium-low heat and add the finely chopped spring onions, carrot and mushrooms. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the onion is transparent. Reduce the temperature to low and add the flour to the pan, stirring with a wooden spoon to make a roux. Cook for about 4 minutes and then add the wine, continuing to stir until you get a paste and the alcohol has evaporated, then add the stock with the salt and rosemary. Keep stirring and cooking until the sauce thickens, then add the cream, stirring so that the mixture doesn’t split or curdle. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Put Umbria Black Truffle Sauce into the sauce, mix and fold and serve hot.

Three-Cheese Truffle Macaroni and Cheese

Three-Cheese Truffle Macaroni and Cheese


  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1 cup mushroom (75 g), sliced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk (240 mL)
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (110 g)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (100 g)
  • 2 cups shell pasta (400 g), cooked


  • ½ teaspoon Umbria truffle oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped


  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper and cook until the mushrooms are softened. Remove from the pot.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and the flour to the pot. Whisk until the flour is toasted, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Add the milk while whisking continuously to avoid lumps. Cook until the sauce is thickened.
  • Whisk in the Parmesan and cheddar cheeses and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the cooked pasta and mushrooms. Mix until the sauce coats the pasta well.
  • Top with Umbria truffle oil, fold and add chives.

Of course, it’s understandable that you’d stop at nothing to make these year’s Christmas celebrations as grand as possible. After all, last year’s Holidays were mostly muted due to the pandemic. Now, the scourge that is COVID-19 is still here, but the country is showing signs of recovery and the quarantine restrictions are easing as a result.

However, that doesn’t mean you and your family should be letting your guard down. Rather, continue to be vigilant even as you think of ways to gather everyone this Christmas time—ideally, sharing some sumptuous Meatballs in Umbria Black Truffle Sauce and servings of mouthwatering Three-Cheese Umbria White Truffle Macaroni and Cheese.

Check out my other recipes at The Tennis Foodie:

  1. Fusilli Pasta with Tomato and Cheddar Cheese Sauce using Quorn Meat-Free Grounds
  2. Cucumber Orange Cupcake by The Tennis Foodie
  3. Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
  4. Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
  5. Creamy Mackerel Pasta
  6. Chicken Vermont Curry 
  7. Vinamilk No Bake Lemon Cheesecake
  8. Dark Chocolate Muesli Brigadeiros
  9. Melon Macadamia Surprise
  10. Sarangani Bay Bangus Rolls
  11. Danes Cheese Bacon Rolls
  12. Bingo Double Choco Mug Cake
  13. CDO Candied and Cheesy Bacon
  14. Bingo Orange Milkshake
  15. Baked Cheesy Salmon
  16. CDO Funtastyk Tocino Pasta
  17. CDO Chicken Franks Croissant
  18. San Remo Keilbasa – Black Forest Ham Baked Macaroni
  19. Burnt Cheesecake
  20. Crispy & Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies
  21. Baked Salmon, Baked Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts
  22. Tanduay Mango Rhum
  23. Penne al Telefono
  24. Long-Ri-Long
  25. Okonomiyaki
  26. Steak and Potatoes
  27. Chocolate Pudding
  28. Chicken Adobo
  29. Fried Rice
  30. Banana Pancakes
  31. Ham and Mushroom Quiche
  32. Cheesy Omelet
  33. Beef Mushroom Sandwich
  34. Potato Leek Soup with Truffle Oil

24 thoughts on “Christmas Feast Ideas That You’ll Love”

  1. You got me at Three-Cheese Truffle Macaroni and Cheese! It looks so good! I can’t wait to try it soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Where can I buy Umbria Truffle Oil? Oooohh… That Meatballs in Black Truffle Sauce looks so yummy! I love the other recipes too! Thanks for the links.

  3. I’m sure my Italian compatriots will rejoice with these two recipes. It both look so yummy! Can’t wait to try them.

  4. This is the first time I heard about these recipes. We don’t have it in France. I hope I can replicate these dishes at home. Thanks for these wonderful recipes.

  5. Well these recipes look amazing for any celebration, Christmas or no Christmas.. because I am not gonna wait that long to try them!

  6. Love learning about different cultures. Thank you for sharing about Filipino way of Christmas feast ideas, will try out a couple

  7. I love the idea of using truffle oil in these recipes to make them a bit more interesting. It would be a very flavorful twist.

  8. YUM! – Meatballs with black truffle sauce looks and sound amazing! Definitely going to make this as I love anything with truffles. Lots of great suggestions here for a Christmas feast!

  9. I love mac and cheese and I would have never thought to add mushrooms! It sounds amazing and festive.

  10. Omg! So many recipes that really look so good and delicious. Can’t wait to try. Yummmmm

  11. These recipes look so good. I’m going to bookmark this for next Christmas. In the meantime, I’ll be trying them throughout the year.

  12. The meatballs look amazing–I want to make them now!!! But I know my kids will love the mac and cheese. Looks like we are making meatballs AND mac and cheese for dinner this weekend!

  13. Such a great selection of festive ideas! I’m definitely bookmarking this to start trying some of them out!

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