Marmalade-Glazed Roast Turkey
Give holiday guests a Christmas dinner menu to remember with this top-rated turkey. Stuffed with cherry-cranberry stuffing and surrounded by a bed of roasted root vegetables, the impressive entree gets a flavor boost from its citrus marmalade glaze.
Serve it with: Buttermilk-Sage Dinner Rolls and Blistered Green Beans
Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
The rub on this gorgeous beef tenderloin is ground coffee, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. It smells wonderful coming out of the oven on Christmas Day.
Serve it with: Roasted Garlic Potatoes and Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
How to Roast Beef Tenderloin
Make sure you know your stuff before you invest in a beef tenderloin. We'll help you ensure a juicy, tender cut of meat with our quick tips!
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Apple Cider-Ginger Brined Turkey
Sweet and tangy mingle in a gorgeous turkey that's brined for incredible flavor. Brining isn't hard -- in fact, this main dish requires just 20 minutes of hands-on time.
Serve it with: Classic Potato Salad and Lemony Green Beans
Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Want a ham that will stand out on the Christmas dinner menu? Try our savory-sweet version sprinkled with pepper and drizzled with a mouthwatering brown sugar glaze. Add mint sprigs for freshness.
Serve it with: Garlic Asiago Salad and Twice-Baked Potatoes
Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing
For a Christmas dinner that will please everyone, opt for a beef tenderloin stuffed with popular seasonal ingredients: mushrooms, shallots, parsley, rosemary, and minced garlic. The meat is trimmed of extra fat and rolled, so even the kids at the table will give it a try.
Serve it with: Smashed Potatoes, Braised Broccoli, and Cranberry Tarts
Barbecue Spice-Rubbed Turkey Breast
Bone-in turkey breast halves make single-size servings for Christmas guests. Pair the spice-rubbed turkey with cheesy twists, wild rice, and a crisp lettuce salad.
Serve it with: Gruyere Cheese Straws, Wild Rice Dressing, and Bibb Lettuce with Smoky Ranch Dressing
Citrus Tapenade Game Hens
A savory topping of Kalamata olives, capers, garlic, and anchovy paste adds a delectable twist to game hens. Give the Christmas dinner idea even more elegance by finishing with fresh thyme springs.
Serve it with: Honestly Good Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad
Pineapple preserves add sweetness to this tender dish, while a splash of dark rum gives bold flavor. Let your guests drizzle on the remaining glaze for a fruitier bite.
Serve it with: Green Beans with Shallots, Thyme, and Shiitake Mushrooms and Classic Dinner Rolls
How to Bake Ham
Prepping a ham is easier than you might think, and the results are guestworthy. Watch our secrets to baking this Christmas dinner menu specialty.
Sunday Beef Rib Roast
Celebrate Christmas together with a holiday roast your friends and family will love. Warm veggies are tossed in a savory herb-bacon topper and cooked until tender to make your holiday dining experience even more scrumptious.
Serve it with: Winter Salad and Cheese Rolls
Spice-Rubbed Ham with Apple-Maple Sauce
Stop wondering what to make for Christmas dinner and whip up this sweet-savory ham recipe. A brown sugar, garlic, and cumin mixture coats the meat before roasting, and the sauce is made from mustard, apple cider, and maple syrup.
Serve it with: Sweet Potato Casserole with Gingersnap Cookie Topping; Peas, Carrots, and Mushrooms; and Green Beans with Lime
Boeuf en Croute (Beef in Puff Pastry)
Beef tenderloin wrapped in a flaky pastry with mushrooms, shallots, and garlic makes a savory and delicious main course for your holiday meal. A homemade red wine sauce completes the traditional French recipe.
Serve it with: Sugar Snap Peas with Orange-Ginger Butter and Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad
Step aside, cranberry sauce! Tart cherries and sweet peach preserves add delightful fruitiness to this Christmas ham. Don't forget to add a little lemon juice for zesty freshness.
Serve it with: Spinach, Pear, and Shaved Parmesan Salad; Saucy Green Beans and Potatoes; and Poached Pears
Herbed Prime Rib with Two Sauces
This holiday prime rib is high on flavor from the rub of dry mustard, espresso powder, garlic, and onion powder. Merlot Au Jus and Horseradish Cream sauces complement the Christmas dinner main.
Serve it with: Butterhead Salad with Smoky Ranch, Leek Root Vegetable Gratin, and Lemon-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Ham with Five-Spice Cherry Sauce
The secret to this savory ham? Whole cloves. These peppery-sweet spices are a ham's best friend and make for a festive, decorative touch to your Christmas dinner menu.
Serve it with: Mixed Greens and Fruit Salad and Cheesy Mashed Potato Pots
Pecan-Parmesan Pork with Port Sauce
A simple sauce made of port, figs, and brown sugar adds sparkle to Parmesan-crusted pork. Kumquats make a festive garnish.
Serve it with: Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes and Mushroom-Wild Rice Stuffing
Peppercorn Roast Beef with Herbed Yorkshire Puddings
Save time when making this spiced roast beef and Yorkshire pudding by preparing them ahead -- you can chill both recipes for up to 24 hours. Roasted vegetables and our other sides make this roast a hearty holiday meal.
Serve it with: Classic Dinner Rolls, Medley of Roasted Root Vegetables, and Wilted Spinach Salad with Pears and Cranberries
Pear-Glazed Roast Turkey
Make a traditional Christmas dinner with this pear-glazed roast turkey. The poultry is a little sweet with a touch of heat and pairs well with homemade pan gravy.
Serve it with: Roasted Squash Soup and Double Cranberry Sauce
Peppery flavor makes its way into this savory holiday ham, while apricots and a touch of Dijon add a bit of sweetness. The best thing about this idea for Christmas dinner? It has fewer than 250 calories per serving.
Serve it with: Braised Cabbage with Spicy Croutons and Cranberry-Fig Relish
Pork Rib Roast with Apple-Cherry Stuffing
A fruity stuffing with apples, dried cherries, apricots, and cranberries is the perfect side for this roast. Complete the Christmas dinner menu with a tart cherry sauce.
Serve it with: Orange Browned Butter Carrots and Cauliflower, Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Beets and Red Onion Compote
Rosemary Beef Tenderloin
To make this gorgeous rosemary-accented tenderloin, roast the meat, then tuck creamy rounds of cheese between the succulent slices. Make sure to purchase a center-cut tenderloin, which holds the best shape during roasting.
Serve it with: Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Baby Beets
Pork with Cherry and Wild Rice Stuffing
A stuffing of herbed wild rice and sausage makes this pork loin a Christmas dinner favorite. To save time, prepare the stuffing the day before and refrigerate until ready to roast.
Serve it with: Twice-Baked Potatoes and Green Beans with Lime
Christmas Rib Roast
This spice-and-mustard-coated beef roast serves 12 with just 30 minutes of hands-on prep. Serve it with sweet carrots and a savory, yummy red onion compote for a traditional Christmas dinner.
Serve it with: Honeyed Carrots and Beets and Red Onion Compote
Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Mushrooms and a dollop of horseradish cream add a holidayworthy touch to this tender beef dish. A bed of fresh herbs infuses the idea for Christmas dinner with irresistible fragrances.
Serve it with: Garlic-Roasted Asparagus and Twice-Baked Potatoes
Holiday Roast Goose
This recipe shows you two ways to spice up your holiday goose with fresh herbs or a ginger-honey mixture. Bonus! The Christmas dinner recipe is as easy to prepare as traditional turkey or chicken.
Serve it with: Lemony Green Beans and Mashed Sweet Potatoes
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