124 Christmas Dinner Ideas for the Perfect Christmas Menu

124 Christmas Dinner Ideas For The Perfect Christmas Menu

After the morning mayhem of gifts and coffee cake (and perhaps a mid-afternoon nap), there's just one more present left to open: Christmas dinner. To make sure the last gift of the day is one to remember, here are 124 of our best holiday dinner recipes.

For food-loving families across the globe, there's nothing like coming together around the table for a Christmas feast. Once you've snacked on your favorite appetizers, these recipes will make sure no one is left hungry. If anyone has room left, finish off your meal with one of these dazzling Christmas desserts or a plate of your favorite Christmas cookies. Then, when all is said and done (and eaten), go ahead and take that long winter's nap.


Meaty Mains

Easy Beef Wellington with Mushroom & Jamón

Beef Wellington is an English classic that never fails to impress. A beef tenderloin is coated with a chopped mushroom mixture known as duxelles before being wrapped in puff pastry to create a savory masterpiece.

Easy Beef Wellington with Mushroom & Jamón

More Beef Wellington Recipes:

thyme sprigs, wine, prosciutto, worcestershire sauce, chopped parsley and 21 more
olive oil, pecans, green pepper, garlic powder, garlic, grated Parmesan cheese and 16 more
tenderloin roast, chopped fresh thyme, ground pepper, olive oil and 12 more

Pancetta-Wrapped Roast Turkey Breast (Turketta)

Based on the classic Italian dish porchetta (a roast pork), this roast turkey gets wrapped in Italian bacon and stuffed with smoked mozzarella, fennel, and sage.

Pancetta-Wrapped Roast Turkey Breast (Turketta)

More Turkey-Pancetta Recipes:

fresh thyme, shallot, honey, kosher salt, cold water, olive oil and 38 more
grated lemon zest, garlic cloves, bacon, parsley leaves, olive oil and 9 more
turkey stock, fresh rosemary, extra-virgin olive oil, dry white wine and 14 more

Roasted Cornish Hens With Cherry-Bourbon Glaze

Good things come in small Christmas packages, right? That's certainly true for these Cornish game hens, which are a great option for an intimate dinner. While they're as easy to make as a roast chicken, having a whole bird for each guest feels decidedly decadent.

Roasted Cornish Hens With Cherry-Bourbon Glaze

More Cornish Hen Recipes:

olive oil, jellied cranberry sauce, fast cooking long grain and wild rice and 3 more
butter, Dijon mustard, fruit, soy sauce, cornish game hens, shallot
lime juice, baby potatoes, cornish hens, cumin, pepper, garlic powder and 5 more

Apricot-Glazed Ham

Apricot juice, brown sugar, and cloves meld in a sweet spiced glaze on this ham that can feed up to 20 people. This recipe is as simple as they come.

Apricot-Glazed Ham

More Ham Recipes:

ground cinnamon, light brown sugar, Dijon mustard, spiral sliced ham and 5 more
minced garlic, ground cloves, brown sugar, yellow mustard, maple syrup and 4 more
light brown sugar, ground cloves, maraschino cherries, pineapple slices in pineapple juice and 3 more

Herb Butter Roasted Turkey

Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving; in fact, a roast turkey is traditional Christmas fare in many countries outside of the United States. And why not? This herb-butter roasted turkey tastes great, feeds a crowd, and brings a festive, bountiful look to your meal.

Herb Butter Roasted Turkey

More Turkey Recipes:

salt, fresh parsley, fresh rosemary, onion, black pepper, garlic and 6 more
lemon, unsalted butter, freshly ground pepper, lemons, coarse salt and 5 more
black pepper, rosemary, kosher salt, thyme, garlic cloves, turkey breast and 1 more

Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin

A pork roast makes an elegant centerpiece without the expense of a large roast beef. No need to make a stuffing on the side; this recipe is filled with a cranberry-apple stuffing for a fitting winter meal.

Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin

More Pork Roast Recipes:

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kosher salt, fennel seeds, lemons, pork rib roast, freshly ground black pepper and 3 more
olive oil, sea salt, crushed red pepper flakes, fennel seeds and 1 more
ground ginger, ground cumin, paprika, crushed red pepper, onion salt and 9 more

Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb

A frenched rack of lamb makes a gorgeous winter display when decked out on a platter with pomegranates and chestnuts. The individual chops melt in your mouth for the ultimate Christmas treat.

Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb

More Rack of Lamb Recipes:

cherry preserves, honey, racks of lamb, olive oil, lime juice
fennel seeds, fennel bulbs, pomegranate seeds, oregano, garlic and 7 more
rack of lamb, plain greek yogurt, mint, ground cumin, extra virgin olive oil and 3 more

Balsamic Braised Lamb Shanks

This cozy preparation of lamb shanks brings the comforting warmth of the hearth with every bite, and the lamb literally falls off the bone. Be sure to get a nice thick balsamic vinegar for this one.

Balsamic Braised Lamb Shanks

More Lamb Shank Recipes:

coarse salt, dark brown sugar, corn starch, garlic cloves, flour and 14 more
yellow onion, olive oil, celery stalks, chicken stock, red wine and 9 more
pepper, celery stalks, rosemary, salt, red wine, onion, garlic cloves and 8 more

Perfect Garlic Prime Rib

You just can't go wrong with a prime rib for all the meat-eaters in your life. Dramatic, tender, and easy to cook, it's the perfect Christmas main dish. For more on how to cook roast beef, as well as recipes for beef tenderloin, standing rib roast, eye of round roast, and top of round roast, be sure to check out our article How To Cook A Perfect Roast Beef.

Perfect Garlic Prime Rib

More Roast Beef Recipes:

red wine vinegar, medium carrots, beef broth, bay leaf, fresh rosemary and 12 more
salt, red pepper flakes, flour, fresh rosemary, tomato paste and 21 more
kosher salt, all purpose flour, dry red wine, fresh herbs, prime rib roast and 2 more

Stout-Braised Short Ribs with Soy and Honey

Rich flavors of beer, soy, and beefy short ribs meld for hours in a dutch oven to create this decadent dish. Serve with polenta or mashed potatoes to soak up the flavorful sauce.

Stout-Braised Short Ribs with Soy and Honey

More Short Rib Recipes:

fresh Parmesan cheese, dried basil, celery, garlic, beef broth and 8 more
onion, beef short ribs, bay leaves, oregano, thyme, tomato paste and 26 more
white wine, carrots, beef broth, olive oil, pancetta, rosemary and 7 more

Pasta, Grains, And Veggie Mains

Skinny Mushroom Spinach Lasagna

Lasagna is a tradition at many holiday meals ... and with good reason! This spinach version sports Christmas colors, feeds 12 people, and is easy on both your waistline and your wallet. The Cheesy Savory Monkey Bread in this recipe roundup would be a great pairing as well.

Skinny Mushroom Spinach Lasagna

More Lasagna Recipes:

ricotta cheese, garlic powder, kosher salt, shredded mozzarella cheese and 12 more
mozzarella, ricotta cheese, egg, black pepper, medium zucchini and 6 more
garlic cloves, yellow onion, Italian parsley leaves, kosher salt and 22 more

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Risotto

A risotto is fancy and comforting all at once. This vegan version with white wine and mushrooms will please everyone around your table.

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Risotto

More (Non-Vegan) Risotto Recipes:

arborio rice, chicken broth, grated Parmesan cheese, salt, diced yellow onion and 5 more
olive oil, medium carrot, squid, dry white wine, garlic clove and 18 more
fresh thyme, fresh parsley, salt, button mushrooms, onion, extra virgin olive oil and 8 more

Mushroom Gnocchi with Arugula and Walnut Pesto

While gnocchi are made from potatoes, they typically also include flour to bind the dumplings together, so be sure to buy a gluten-free brand if you're trying to accommodate any celiac diets (or make your own if you're feeling ambitious!).

Mushroom Gnocchi with Arugula and Walnut Pesto

More Gnocchi Recipes:

olive oil, blue cheese, egg yolks, potato gnocchi, cream, grated nutmeg and 4 more
heavy cream, fresh rosemary, kosher salt, red pepper flakes, mozzarella balls and 10 more
fresh mozzarella, potato gnocchi, flour, nutmeg, baby bella mushrooms and 8 more

Butternut Squash, Cranberry, Maple Tempeh Holiday Brown Rice Bowl

This healthy seasonal dish is bursting with flavors (and cranberries). Hearty enough for a main and delightful as a side, this vegan dish fits right in at the Christmas table.

Butternut Squash, Cranberry, Maple Tempeh Holiday Brown Rice Bowl

More Vegan Centerpiece Recipes:

salt, rubbed sage, puff pastry, vegetable broth, gluten flour and 6 more
tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, chilli flakes, salt, vegetable stock and 12 more
olive oil, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, ravioli, artichoke hearts and 3 more

Mushroom And Ricotta Galette

A stunning meatless main dish, the mushroom and ricotta galette is made with a flaky rough puff pastry and Gruyere, a rich swiss cheese.

Mushroom And Ricotta Galette

More Savory Galette Recipes:

unsalted butter, raw pistachios, all purpose flour, sugar, freshly ground pepper and 12 more
onions, blue cheese, dried thyme leaves, unsalted butter, sugar and 2 more
dried thyme, semolina, salt, butternut squash, olive oil, dried rosemary and 9 more

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

If you want a dramatic vegetarian centerpiece, this recipe will certainly do the trick. While veggie-based, it's decadent with dairy: The sauce features cream cheese, heavy cream, feta, and goat cheese. To serve, slice the cauliflower into steaks and top with the whipped cheese.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese

More Roasted Cauliflower Recipes:

miso paste, chili garlic sauce, ginger, black sesame seeds, sea salt and 4 more
dried parsley, olive oil, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper and 3 more
fresh lemon juice, capers, cauliflower, extra virgin olive oil and 4 more

Pasta Cake

Once again, we prove that pasta can be anything but ordinary. Flecked with roasted red pepper and spinach, this pasta cake is sure to let all your guests know that this is a special meal.

Pasta Cake

More Pasta Pie Recipes:

caciocavallo, salt, chopped tomatoes, pork mince, Parmesan, basil leaves and 19 more
smoked mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, medium onion, Italian pork sausage and 10 more
crushed red pepper flakes, ground sirloin, mozzarella, onion and 7 more

Cavolo Nero and Cranberry Christmas Nut Roast

If you want a meatless main that embodies Christmas Day, look no further than this nut roast. Made with Cavolo Nero (an Italian kale variety), walnuts, and cranberries, this roast has all the flavors and colors of the season.

Cavolo Nero and Cranberry Christmas Nut Roast

More Nut Roast Recipes:

seed, dried oregano, almonds, pine nuts, garlic cloves, beluga lentils and 10 more
salt, paprika, freshly ground black pepper, Tahini, cranberries and 12 more
celery stalk, apricots, onion, dried oregano, fine sea salt, buckwheat and 4 more

Nutty Wild Rice and Shredded Brussels Sprout Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

Those mini pumpkins aren't just for decoration — although they will add a festive flair to your table. Even better, they can be prepared up to four days in advance so all you have to do on Christmas Day is pop them in the oven for 10-20 minutes to bake.

Nutty Wild Rice and Shredded Brussels Sprout Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

More Stuffed Squash Recipes:

red onion, garlic cloves, chopped kale, dried apricots, sea salt and 17 more
fresh shiitake mushrooms, onion, nonstick cooking spray, salt and 16 more
walnuts, Parmesan, balsamic vinegar, pepitas, red onion, butternut squash and 8 more

Savory Sides

Cheesy Root Vegetable Gratin

You can't help but eat this beautiful dish with your eyes. Luckily, you can also put it on your plate, where you get to eat the beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes, and Gruyere the old-fashioned way.

Cheesy Root Vegetable Gratin

More Root Vegetable Recipes:

bay leaves, pepper, rosemary sprigs, olive oil, root vegetables and 2 more
carrots, sweet potatoes, avocado, ground pepper, fresh oregano and 2 more
sage leaves, butter, beet, honey, parsnip, black pepper, salt and 1 more

Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette & Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Verdant green beans are always a welcome, cheery sight on a winter table. Meyer lemon zest adds a delicate tang and livens up the crunchy dusting of parmesan breadcrumbs.

Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette & Parmesan Breadcrumbs

More Green Bean Recipes:

milk, cooked cut green beans, Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup and 3 more
baking soda, pepper, beans, garlic powder, brown sugar, bacon and 1 more
green beans, water, coarse kosher salt, red pepper flake, extra virgin olive oil and 1 more

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction & Cranberries

A sumptuously sweet balsamic vinegar reduction highlights this red and green holiday dish. A far cry from bland boiled balls, these may just be the best brussels sprouts you've ever tasted.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction & Cranberries

More Brussels Sprouts Recipes:

red wine vinegar, garlic salt, garlic, pepper, fresh thyme, sweet potato and 4 more
olive oil, salt, black pepper, Brussels sprouts, garlic
half and half, crushed red pepper, grated Parmesan cheese, ground pepper and 6 more

Boursin Mashed Potatoes

Did you know you can make your own homemade Boursin out of cream cheese and herbs? There's no reason not to just buy it, but if you can't find it in your supermarket, you'll still be able to make these creamy, flavorful mashed potatoes.

Boursin Mashed Potatoes

More Mashed Potato Recipes:

olive oil, salt, butter, fresh parsley, heavy cream, red potatoes and 3 more
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russet potatoes, sour cream, bacon, butter, chopped fresh chives and 6 more
shredded sharp cheddar cheese, whole milk, grated Parmesan, sage and 6 more

Potatoes au Gratin

This potato gratin is topped with Manchego cheese for a sophisticated take on the traditional gratin — and an extra touch of elegance.

Potatoes au Gratin

More Gratin Recipes:

butter, broccoli florets, black pepper, flour, whole milk, panko bread crumbs and 4 more
pimentos, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, butter, yukon gold potatoes and 7 more
Gruyere cheese, milk, sweet potatoes, butter, freshly ground black pepper and 2 more

Pan-Roasted Romanesco with Golden Raisins, Tahini & Sumac

This pretty dish brings some exciting new flavors to your meal. Romanesco, a cruciferous vegetable that tastes like a cross between cauliflower and broccoli, is seasoned with lemony sumac and a creamy tahini sauce, accented with sweet bites of golden raisins. This is a dish that's sure to be noticed.

Pan-Roasted Romanesco with Golden Raisins, Tahini & Sumac

More Romanesco Recipes:

romanesco, unsalted butter, all purpose flour, salt, milk, Parmesan cheese and 1 more
olive oil, black pepper, romanesco, lemon, green olives, leeks and 3 more
unsalted butter, flaky sea salt, white wine vinegar, chopped parsley and 6 more

Maple Roasted Carrots in Tahini Sauce with Pomegranate and Pistachios

Pomegranates and pistachios bring the colors of Christmas to your holiday table in these maple-syrup kissed carrots. Miso paste adds a depth of flavor that makes this dish a real stunner.

Maple Roasted Carrots in Tahini Sauce with Pomegranate and Pistachios

More Carrot Recipes:

butter, small carrots, fresh thyme leaves, ground black pepper and 3 more
extra virgin olive oil, honey, beets, carrots, salt, black pepper
chopped parsley, salt, pepper, cinnamon, carrots, olive oil, maple syrup

Easy Mediterranean Orange Pomegranate Salad

The light and bright flavors of a citrus salad are always a welcome contrast to hearty roasts and heavy casseroles. Take advantage of in-season oranges for this easy and colorful addition to your Christmas menu.

Easy Mediterranean Orange Pomegranate Salad

More Salad Recipes:

maple syrup, cumin seed, mint leaves, toasted walnuts, lemon juice and 8 more
apple cider vinegar, salt, honey, extra virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard and 6 more
blood orange zest, pepper, salad greens, blood orange juice, goat cheese and 7 more

The Ultimate Stuffed Artichoke

White wine and Italian seasonings are the perfect accents for these elegant breadcrumb-studded beauties. Lovely to look at and tasty to eat, stuffed artichokes make any meal a little more special.

The Ultimate Stuffed Artichoke

More Artichoke Recipes:

garlic, bay leaf, butter, lemon wedges, artichokes
grated Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, black pepper, frozen chopped spinach and 7 more
pepper, olive oil, salt, fryers, artichokes, fresh lemons

Don't Forget the Bread!

Milk Bread

This Japanese bread is soft and light with the barest hint of sweetness on the top. Perfect for sopping up juices from a roast, with butter, or eaten just as is, one thing is certain — these rolls won't stick around for long.

Milk Bread

More Bread Recipes:

unsalted butter, dough, unsalted butter, sea salt
salt, extra-virgin olive oil, salted butter, large eggs, milk and 6 more
2% milk, unsalted butter, unbleached all purpose flour, kosher salt and 1 more

Cheesy Savory Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is fun to make, fun to grab, and fun to eat! Made in a tube pan, this cheesy version looks impressive while bringing your family together as everyone pulls hunks off the communal loaf.

Cheesy Savory Monkey Bread

More Savory Bread Recipes:

pesto sauce, finely grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese and 4 more
grated Parmesan cheese, casings, fennel seed, salted butter, fresh parsley and 10 more
all purpose flour, Italian seasoning, unsalted butter, dough and 12 more

A Little Gift For You

Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

At the end of all that cooking, even Santa's star elf wants to kick back with a treat! Pomegranate, ginger syrup, grapefruit, and mint bring Christmas cheer to this tequila-based cocktail. This festive-looking drink is great without the alcohol as well, so prepare it however you like.

Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

More Festive Cocktail Recipes:

gingerbread cookies, vodka, chocolate syrup, molasses, ginger and 4 more
chardonnay, lemons, fresh cranberries, ice cubes, oranges, pomegranate seeds and 4 more
water, fresh basil, basil leaf, pomegranate seeds, sugar, simple syrup and 3 more

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