13 Impressive Roast Beef Recipes You Should Make for Christmas Dinner

Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Photo: Jeff Kauck

When it comes to Christmas dinner, it doesn't get more traditional than roast beef. Looking for a new way to serve it up? Choose from these Christmas roast recipes that range from grandma's to gourmet.

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Roast Beef with Rosemary

Roast Beef with Rosemary
Jennifer Davick

Family will flock to the table once they get a whiff of this aromatic beef tenderloin roast. Rosemary, pepper, anchovies, and garlic come together to season this Christmas roast dinner. Serve the finished dish with crispy smashed potatoes and a sprinkle of fresh rosemary.

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Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Andy Lyons

Your morning cup of joe just found a new job: moonlighting at Christmas dinner. Rubbed with ground coffee, brown sugar, garlic, and paprika, this revamped roast beef is wonderfully robust.

Test Kitchen Tip: Like a smokey flavor in your Christmas roast? Substitute the same amount of smoked paprika for the regular paprika.

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Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream

Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream
Christina Schmidhofer

This roast beef recipe is spiced with a peppercorn rub and creamy horseradish sauce. Serve it to your guests with crisp green beans and roasted vegetables to round out the classic Christmas dinner menu.

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Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing

Beef Tenderloin with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing
Andy Lyons

Roast beef gets even more delicious when it's filled with crowd-pleasing ingredients. Cremini mushrooms, prosciutto, garlic, and croutons make the stuffing, while a wine sauce is drizzled over every mouthwatering bite.

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Balsamic Beef Roast with Polenta

Balsamic Beef Roast Polenta
Andy Lyons

Shake up Christmas dinner with a meal the family will love. Balsamic roast beef grows tender after spending a day in the slow cooker ($25, Target) beside balsamic vinegar, onions, and Italian seasonings. Soft polenta serves as the perfect accompaniment to this bold, flavorful dish.

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Beef Brisket with Roasted Grapes

Beef Brisket with Roasted Grapes
Andy Lyons

This Christmas roast beef recipe requires a bit of planning but the tender, juicy results are totally worth it. Roast the brisket the day before you plan to serve it. Refrigerate the meat overnight to help the flavors intensify. Simply reheat and serve.

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Pan-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms

black plate of Pan-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushrooms
Blaine Moats

Serve up a showstopping beef tenderloin Christmas dinner in just 20 minutes. This quick holiday recipe is pan-roasted until tender and juicy. In the same skillet ($45, Target), whip up a quick creamy mushroom sauce. Finish the dish with freshly ground black pepper and a sprinkle of thyme.

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German-Style Beef Roast

German-Style Beef Roast
Scott Little

Go for international flair with this German-inspired pot roast. Dill, mustard, and pepper flavor the hearty meal, and the spaetzle side completes this authentic and delicious dinner.

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Rosemary Beef Tenderloin

Rosemary Beef Tenderloin
James Carriere

Warm, creamy goat cheese nestled between cuts of beef tenderloin makes this dish platter-worthy. Add freshly sliced figs, radishes, and miniature globe artichokes to complete the display. Just before serving, sprinkle the Christmas roast with fresh rosemary.

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Peppercorn Roast Beef with Herbed Yorkshire Puddings

Peppercorn Roast Beef Herbed Yorkshire Puddings
Kritsada Panichgul

Go totally classic and cook up this beef roast recipe, complete with Yorkshire pudding on the side. Despite its name, Yorkshire pudding is similar to a popover, and it provides the perfect mop-up for your juicy roast.

Test Kitchen Tip: No need for a special popover pan, these puddings bake in a muffin tin ($33, Williams Sonoma).

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Panko-Crusted Beef Roast

Panko-Crusted Beef Roast Hasselback Zucchini
Jacob Fox

A mustardy panko crust gives this Christmas roast dinner an irresistible crunchy texture. Roast it alongside baby potatoes and zucchini for a complete holiday meal. Round out your holiday menu with a fresh salad and dessert.

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Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Jeff Kauck

Christmas is all about traditions, and this classic dish will never go out of style. Tenderloin roasted with rosemary, oregano, and thyme will be a comfort to those gathered around your table this holiday.

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Roast Beef with Beets and Chicories

Roast Beef with Beets and Chicories
Blaine Moats

Balance the spiciness of this peppercorn-crusted Christmas roast beef with a bright and colorful vegetable salad. We're using in-season chicories (bitter greens including radicchio, escarole, frisee, and Belgium endive) to balance the earthy beets. Serve the dish with a homemade horseradish sauce.

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