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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:

garlic cloves, beef tenderloin steaks, sea salt, wine, fresh thyme leaves and 21 more
kosher salt, prosciutto, puff pastry, grated Parmesan cheese and 18 more
crumbled goat cheese, butter, portobello mushroom caps, shallots 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:

kosher salt, lime, fresh thyme, fresh herbs, fresh sage, lean bacon and 21 more
fennel seeds, grated lemon zest, chopped fresh chives, garlic cloves and 10 more
dry white wine, grated orange zest, garlic clove, fresh flat leaf parsley 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:

jellied cranberry sauce, olive oil, celery, almonds, Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens and 1 more
shallot, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, butter, fruit, cornish game hens
lemon, baby potatoes, garlic powder, lime juice, butter, cumin 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:

honey, ground cloves, Dijon mustard, unsalted butter, ground cinnamon and 4 more
maple syrup, water, ground cloves, yellow mustard, brown sugar and 4 more
pineapple juice, salted butter, maraschino cherries, spiral-sliced bone-in ham 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:

lemon, turkey, black pepper, onion, fresh thyme, garlic, salt and 5 more
lemon, unsalted butter, sage leaves, turkey gravy, freshly ground pepper and 5 more
unsalted butter, turkey breast, kosher salt, rosemary, garlic cloves and 2 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, extra-virgin olive oil, fennel seeds, rosemary sprigs and 4 more
olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, sea salt, ribeye (rib) pork roast and 1 more
brown sugar, dried thyme, sugar, ground ginger, pork loin roast 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:

olive oil, racks of lamb, cherry preserves, honey, lime juice
lime, olive oil, pomegranate seeds, racks of lamb, fennel seeds and 7 more
ground cumin, extra virgin olive oil, plain greek yogurt, garlic clove and 4 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:

dark brown sugar, yellow onion, lamb shanks, celery ribs, carrots and 14 more
salt, red wine, chicken stock, chopped tomatoes, lamb shanks and 9 more
red wine, garlic cloves, cold water, pepper, rosemary, salt, cornstarch 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:

beef brisket, medium onion, black pepper, salt, fresh thyme, ketchup and 11 more
onion, balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and 21 more
fresh herbs, beef stock, prime rib roast, all purpose flour, dry red wine 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:

garlic, vegetable oil, dried basil, crushed tomatoes, fresh Parmesan cheese and 8 more
bay leaves, vegetable oil, all purpose flour, kosher salt, garlic and 12 more
pepper, medium onion, beef broth, pancetta, kosher salt, shallots 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:

lasagna noodles, kosher salt, ricotta cheese, bay leaves, egg and 11 more
ricotta cheese, tomato sauce, egg, fresh basil, mozzarella, garlic cloves and 5 more
eggplant, red pepper flakes, soft tofu, lasagna noodles, bay leaf and 21 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:

chicken broth, bacon, chopped parsley, salt, olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese and 4 more
garlic clove, red chilli, garlic clove, Parmesan, mussels, risotto rice and 16 more
white wine, chicken broth, butter, salt, extra virgin olive oil and 9 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:

egg yolks, pumpkin, olive oil, grated nutmeg, chopped hazelnuts and 5 more
fresh rosemary, freshly ground black pepper, potato gnocchi, fresh basil and 11 more
fresh mozzarella, nutmeg, salt, milk, baby spinach leaves, potato gnocchi and 7 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:

olive oil, vegetable broth, soy sauce, rubbed sage, nutritional yeast and 6 more
garlic, vegetable oil, lemon juice, chilli powder, salt, cauliflower and 11 more
italian seasoning, ravioli, artichoke hearts, olive oil, sun dried tomatoes 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, kosher salt, dill, freshly ground pepper, garlic cloves and 12 more
dried thyme leaves, onions, egg, sugar, blue cheese, unsalted butter and 1 more
salt, unsalted butter, pepper, garlic cloves, plain flour, 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, grape seed oil, ginger, sliced green onions, chili garlic sauce and 4 more
smoked paprika, butter, salt, dried parsley, cauliflower, black pepper and 3 more
cauliflower, salt, capers, wholegrain mustard, cauliflower, extra virgin olive oil and 2 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:

tomato purée, beef mince, carrot, garlic cloves, celery, passata and 19 more
freshly ground black pepper, lean ground beef, frozen peas, smoked mozzarella cheese and 10 more
crushed red pepper flakes, grated Parmesan cheese, pepper, 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:

fresh thyme leaves, pine nuts, onion, beluga lentils, fresh rosemary and 11 more
breadcrumbs, cranberries, chestnuts, butternut squash, Tahini and 12 more
celery stalk, fine sea salt, green lentils, cracked pepper, butternut squash and 5 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:

virgin olive oil, edible flowers, garlic cloves, chopped kale and 18 more
black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, salt, nonstick cooking spray and 16 more
olive oil, butternut squash, walnuts, mushrooms, balsamic vinegar and 9 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:

pepper, rosemary sprigs, garlic, bay leaves, olive oil, salt and 1 more
ground pepper, red onion, carrots, avocado, sweet potatoes, sea salt and 1 more
honey, black pepper, beet, salt, sage leaves, parsnip, butter 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:

soy sauce, ground black pepper, Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup and 3 more
bacon, brown sugar, beans, baking soda, pepper, salt, garlic powder
red pepper flake, coarse kosher salt, extra virgin olive oil and 3 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, olive oil, fresh thyme, cumin and 5 more
salt, olive oil, Brussels sprouts, black pepper, garlic
grated Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt, Brussels sprouts, garlic and 5 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:

butter, salt, olive oil, freshly ground black pepper, milk, fresh parsley and 3 more
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extra-virgin olive oil, bacon, butter, russet potatoes, milk and 6 more
shredded Gruyere cheese, sage, butter, garlic, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 5 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:

salt, nonstick cooking spray, flour, broccoli florets, panko bread crumbs and 10 more
butter, shallots, salt, garlic, red pepper flakes, freshly ground black pepper and 5 more
milk, Gruyere cheese, butter, freshly ground black pepper, kosher salt 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:

shredded sharp cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, milk, all purpose flour and 3 more
green olives, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, brussels sprouts and 5 more
blanched hazelnuts, kosher salt, unsalted butter, romanesco, garlic cloves and 5 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, olive oil, ground black pepper, kosher salt, fresh thyme leaves and 2 more
carrots, black pepper, honey, extra virgin olive oil, salt, beets
cinnamon, chopped parsley, olive oil, salt, carrots, pepper, 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:

cumin seed, lemon juice, crumbled goat cheese, kale, feta, parsley and 7 more
apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, pecans, black pepper and 7 more
goat cheese, blood orange zest, salad greens, pepper, blood orange juice 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:

bay leaf, garlic, butter, lemon wedges, artichokes
artichoke hearts, flour, frozen chopped spinach, salt, grated Parmesan cheese and 6 more
fryers, artichokes, olive oil, pepper, salt, 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, sea salt, unsalted butter
egg, salt, crushed pineapple, extra-virgin olive oil, milk, large eggs and 5 more
unbleached all purpose flour, 2% milk, unsalted butter, large eggs 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:

pizza dough, diced pancetta, shredded mozzarella cheese, freshly ground black pepper and 3 more
salt, fennel seed, bread flour, fresh parsley, casings, grated Parmesan cheese and 9 more
jalapeño peppers, all purpose flour, whole milk, kosher salt 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:

heavy cream, candy canes, kahlúa, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract and 4 more
rosemary sprigs, pomegranate seeds, ice cubes, lemons, oranges and 5 more
bourbon, fresh basil, maple syrup, sugar, simple syrup, pomegranate juice and 3 more

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