Crowd-Pleasing Christmas Menu Ideas

If your ideal Christmas meal includes beef tenderloin and sugar cookies, follow our traditional Christmas dinner menu that offers a taste of the classics. If you're craving Christmas recipes that stray a bit more from grandma's line-up, try our menus that feature pizza, brunch, and even vegan options. There's no wrong way to enjoy Christmas dinner as long as you're enjoying it with those you love!

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    Traditional Christmas Menu

    While this coffee-crusted tenderloin is the heartiest of all the recipes on our traditional Christmas menu, classics like a twice-baked potato side and sugar cookie dessert might just steal the show. Welcome guests with a spread of warm brie cheese and dippers. The holiday meal gets even more amazing with each bite (if you can believe it!).

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    Cozy Christmas Dinner Menu

    This cozy Christmas dinner is all about rustic recipes and comfy dishes and drinks that will warm you up from the inside out. Roast leg of lamb and cheesy gnocchi will be the focus of your dinner plate, but as you enjoy your post-meal hot cocoa, everyone will be talking about this cinnamon roll-apple cobbler. Yes, that's a drizzle of icing on top. We wouldn't dissuade you from adding a scoop of cinnamon ice cream as well, though!

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    Easy Christmas Menu

    With a couple sheet pan sides—Brussels sprouts, smashed potatoes—and a turkey breast entree that comes together in the microwave (!), this easy Christmas dinner tastes amazing but has plenty of recipes that are simple enough for a weeknight. Kids will go wild for the hands-on gingerbread house cupcakes.

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    Italian Christmas Dinner Menu

    Pour a glass of Montepulciano or Pinot Grigio and graze your way through this fresh Italian dinner agenda. Set out platters of butternut-ricotta crostini and stuffed mushrooms for guests to nibble on as they arrive, then sit down to a three-course Christmas dinner of spinach soup, flat-iron steak, and chocolate silk pie.

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    Healthy Christmas Menu

    Slimmed-down recipes can pack just as much flavor as their calorie-loaded counterparts. The keys? Seasoning with fresh herbs and spices and focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients, just like this cauliflower "couscous" does. Enjoy this, plus pork roast, minty meringues, and even a kombucha cocktail as part of your healthy Christmas dinner.

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    Vegetarian Christmas Menu

    Red and green recipes, like this baked eggplant Parm, red pear and sprout slaw, and a savory tomato-basil monkey bread, make this meat-free Christmas menu still feel full of festivity. Dig in to cheesy entrees like butternut squash mac and farro-stuffed peppers. Just be sure to save room for a slice of mint ice cream cake or chocolate-nut pie.

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    BBQ Christmas Menu

    Yes, you can still use your grill after Labor Day. This entire BBQ Christmas dinner can be cooked on a gas or charcoal grill no matter how low the mercury dips on your thermometer. Start by heating up a cheesy potato-bacon skillet, then nibble on that as you prepare beer can chicken, grilled naan fruit pizzas, and cast-iron gingerbread cookies. Then scurry inside and enjoy the delicious results as the fireplace crackles nearby.

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    Elegant Christmas Menu

    Skip the restaurant this holiday so you can save money and wear whatever you like! Our elegant Christmas menu will ensure all of your guests still feel like they're splurging (hello, Prosecco-pomegranate cocktails and stuffed crown roast). No reservations required.

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    Seafood Christmas Menu

    Inspired by the Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, this fresh fish menu showcases scallops and lobster tails, plus refreshing and seasonally-appropriate citrus accents. We even have a copycat recipe for those cheddar biscuits that come by the basket at many popular seafood restaurants!

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    European Christmas Menu

    An Italian bread salad, Greek babaganoush flatbreads, German roast duck, and French Brie en croute all make an appearance in this charming, well-balanced European Christmas menu. If you're too full after all of that, package up the Spanish sugar cookies for your guests to take home and enjoy the next day.

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    Make-Ahead Christmas Menu

    Use our "when to make it" tips and you'll see that almost everything that's part of this make-ahead Christmas dinner can be done or in the slow cooker or oven well before your guests arrive. Yes, even the gourmet duck entree and the buttery mashed potatoes.

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    International Christmas Menu

    Stop in Thailand for coconut milk squash soup, swing by France for pastry-wrapped beef tenderloin, and wrap things up in Mexico with a warm coffee cocktail. This international Christmas menu is the best way to celebrate diverse, delicious cuisine from all edges of the earth.

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    Traditional Hanukkah Dinner Menu

    Brisket doesn't come much more tender and succulent than this. That's why we selected this ginger and orange-infused entree to be the centerpiece of our traditional Hanukkah menu, then rounded things out with other Jewish holiday specialties like noodle kugel, latkes, and challah bread. As an added bonus, we have suggestions for a different creative cocktail recipe to enjoy each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.

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    Christmas Pizza Menu

    The kids will stop begging to open presents (well, at least for a few minutes) when they see this incredible spread of pizza-inspired recipes hit the dinner table! Itty-bitty pepperonis top the appetizer dip and the leafy green salad. Then, to please the vegetarians in your family, serve Mediterranean artichoke and tomato slices for the entree. And to cap things off just like your favorite delivery joint, try a batch of warm cinnamon-caramel spiral rolls.

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    Roast Beef Christmas Menu

    The majority of classic holiday menus feature turkey or ham, but why not try something that varies a bit more from the typical Thanksgiving or Easter roster? Our Tomato-Herb Pot Roast is eat-with-a-fork tender and red meat is a nice choice on a bone-chilling winter day. Pair it with a rustic bread stuffing, potato gratin, and a bourbon-maple cocktail for a special and substantial supper.

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    Christmas Brunch Menu

    Hosting your biggest Christmas meal at brunch makes total sense. Just think: You're gathering to unwrap gifts anyway, then the party can continue all day! Silver dollar corn pancakes and fruit and nut bars are made for snacking as you check out what's hiding in the stockings. Then sit down at the table for the main attractions: a bacon frittata and baked apples. After taking a break for playtime or sledding, gather again to dig in to Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding.

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    Vegan Christmas Dinner Menu

    While you won't find any meat, dairy, eggs, or honey in any of these vegan Christmas recipes, you won't feel like you're missing a thing. Holiday ingredients like cranberries and pomegranate seeds make the menu feel celebratory, and hearty whole grains and nuts will satisfy even the hungriest elves at your Christmas table...as will the vegan vodka-cranberry punch and "nice cream" dessert.

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    Mexican Christmas Menu

    Heat up the holiday with south of the border recipes including pork tenderloin with mole, guacamole, tamales, red rice and refried beans. While this entire Mexican Christmas dinner is a treat, if we had to pick a favorite recipe, it would be the sweet churros with coffee-chocolate sauce.

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    Cajun Christmas Menu

    When you take a bite of this shrimp and sausage Boil, the gumbo appetizer, or the caramel-pecan cluster dessert, you'll feel like you're instantly transported to New Orleans. Each dish features signature Cajun spices or classic recipe inspiration (see the oysters Rockefeller stuffing and Doberge Cake).

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    Christmas Soup Menu

    Soup is good for the soul—and for the over-booked holiday chef. Our go-to Christmas potato soup and the Parmesan bread that we suggest serving alongside it come together in the slow cooker. As those two finish up, you can toss together the kale salad...and/or wrap up your holiday shopping.

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    Make-Ahead Holiday Side Dishes

    Preparing holiday side dishes shouldn't be stressful. Make-ahead methods and shortcut ingredients make easy work of these delicious recipes, including stuffing, cranberry sauce, and salads. Whether you're prepping for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's, these side-dish recipes will help you get an early start on your holiday cooking.
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