Our Best Christmas Dinner Menus

Prepare a delicious holiday feast with inspiration from our 16 Christmas dinner menus. Each slide features a main course paired with two side dishes to jump-start your holiday meal planning.


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Apricot-Glazed Ham Loaf

    Add a sweet taste to your holiday ham with an apricot glaze, made from apricot preserves, pineapple juice, mustard, cider vinegar, and ginger. Roasted leeks and nectarines are the perfect complement to the ham loaf.

    Serve it with: Creamy Brie-Topped Potatoes and Persimmon, Blood Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   45 mins  to 1 hr  350°F 
Stand   10 mins 
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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.

    Serve it with: Sugar Snap Peas with Orange-Ginger Butter and Goldilocks Potato Pots

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook   11 mins 
Bake   50 mins  to 1 hr  400°F 
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Spice-Rubbed Ham with Apple-Maple Sauce

    Sweet-savory flavors star in this 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 and Peas, Carrots, and Mushrooms

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake  1 hr 30 mins  to 2 hrs 15 mins  325°F 
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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: Wilted Spinach Salad with Pears and Cranberries and Butternut Squash-Wild Rice Casserole

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Roast  1 hr 45 mins  325°F 
Stand   15 mins 
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Herbed Prime Rib with Two Sauces

    This holiday prime rib is high on flavor from the preroast rub of dry mustard, espresso powder, garlic, and onion powder. Merlot Au Jus and horseradish cream sauces complement the meat.

    Serve it with: Butterhead Salad with Smoky Ranch and Leek Root Vegetable Gratin

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Roast  1 hr 45 mins  350°F 
Stand   15 mins 
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Pork Rib Roast with Apple-Cherry Stuffing

    Fruit-flavor stuffing with apples, dried cherries, apricots, and cranberries is the perfect side for this roast served with a tart cherry sauce.

    Serve it with: Orange Browned Butter Carrots and Cauliflower and Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Roast  2 hrs  to 2 hrs 15 mins  325°F 
Stand   15 mins 
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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

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Roast   25 mins  425°F 
Stand   15 mins 
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Citrus Tapenade Game Hens

    A savory topping of Kalamata olives, capers, garlic, and anchovy paste adds a delectable twist to game hens.

    Serve it with: Honestly Good Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Roast   35 mins 
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Pork with Cherry and Wild Rice Stuffing

    A stuffing of herbed wild rice and sausage makes this pork loin a holiday favorite. To save time, prepare the stuffing the day before and refrigerate it until ready to roast.

    Serve it with: Cheesy Mashed Potato Pots and Green Beans with Lime

Makes: 8 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Roast  1 hr 45 mins  325°F 
Stand   15 mins 
10/17
Rosemary Beef Tenderloin

    To make this gorgeous rosemary-accented tenderloin, roast the meat, then tuck creamy rounds of cheese between the succulent slices.

    Serve it with: Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Baby Beets

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Roast   35 mins  425°F 
Stand   15 mins 
11/17
Holiday Glazed Ham

    This recipe offers three ways to glaze traditional holiday ham -- with a tinge of spiced plum, maple-pecan, or cranberry flavor.

    Serve it with: Green Beans Amandine and Lemon-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake  1 hr 15 mins 
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Christmas Rib Roast

    Fresh-baked pears make a delicious accompaniment to this spice-and-mustard-coated beef roast.

    Serve it with: Honeyed Carrots and Beets and Red Onion Compote

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Roast  1 hr 45 mins  325°F 
Stand   15 mins 
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Beef Tenderloin with Three Spreads

    Your guests can dress this roast with the topping of their choice. We show you how to make a sumptuous roast with three different spreads -- a black pepper-olive relish, blue cheese-parsley crumble, and horseradish mayo.

    Serve it with: Braised Broccoli and Christmas Potato Soup

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Roast   35 mins  425°F 
Stand   10 mins 
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Pear-Glazed Roast Turkey

    A pear glaze gives roast turkey a bit of sweet as well as a touch of heat. Try it with homemade pan gravy.

    Serve it with: Roasted Squash Soup and Honestly Good Mashed Potatoes

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Roast  2 hrs 45 mins  325°F 
Stand   15 mins 
15/17
Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin

    Mushrooms and a dollop of horseradish cream add a holiday-worthy touch to this tender beef dish.

    Serve it with: Garlic-Roasted Asparagus and Twice-Baked Potatoes

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Roast   20 mins  250°F 
Roast   30 mins  to  40 mins  425°F 
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Holiday Roast Goose

    This recipe shows you two ways to spice up your holiday goose, with fresh herbs or a ginger-honey mixture.

    Serve it with: Lemony Green Beans and Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Roast  3 hrs  350°F 
Stand   15 mins 
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