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:

prosciutto, thyme sprigs, flour, fresh thyme leaves, wine, pepper and 20 more
cilantro, green pepper, garlic, kosher salt, puff pastry, baby portobello mushrooms and 16 more
olive oil, Dijon-style mustard, portobello mushroom caps, butter 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, honey, grapefruit, oranges, honey, fresh thyme, pomegranate molasses and 37 more
fresh rosemary, bacon, parsley leaves, spice, chopped fresh chives and 9 more
turkey breast, fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fresh sage, turkey stock 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:

Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens, fast cooking long grain and wild rice and 4 more
butter, shallot, Dijon mustard, fruit, cornish game hens, soy sauce
cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, cornish hens, garlic powder, lime juice 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:

light brown sugar, ground cinnamon, honey, orange zest, ground cloves and 4 more
minced garlic, salted butter, yellow mustard, picnic ham, water and 4 more
maraschino cherries, light brown sugar, spiral-sliced bone-in ham and 4 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:

garlic, butter, salt, lemon, fresh parsley, black pepper, chicken broth and 5 more
unsalted butter, lemon, lemons, fresh thyme leaves, turkey gravy and 5 more
turkey breast, thyme, rosemary, garlic cloves, black pepper, kosher salt 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:

rosemary leaves, garlic, pork rib roast, whole black peppercorns and 4 more
sea salt, fennel seeds, olive oil, ribeye (rib) pork roast, crushed red pepper flakes
black pepper, crushed red pepper, brown sugar, dried thyme, sugar 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:

honey, olive oil, lime juice, cherry preserves, racks of lamb
pomegranate molasses, garlic, olive oil, lime, freshly ground black pepper and 7 more
crushed red pepper, ground cumin, oregano, extra virgin olive oil 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:

olive oil, ground black pepper, cumin, yellow onion, tomato paste and 14 more
chopped fresh thyme, olive oil, garlic cloves, chopped tomatoes and 10 more
olive oil, rosemary, pepper, salt, red wine, water, 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:

black pepper, medium carrots, fresh thyme leaves, fresh thyme and 13 more
Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan cheese, flat leaf parsley, onion and 22 more
fresh herbs, kosher salt, prime rib roast, black pepper, beef stock 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:

kosher salt, small yellow onion, bone-in short ribs, vegetable oil and 9 more
all purpose flour, garlic, flat leaf parsley, onion, rosemary and 27 more
shallots, white wine, kosher salt, olive oil, rosemary, all purpose flour 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:

ground black pepper, lasagna noodles, crushed tomatoes, dried parsley and 12 more
black pepper, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, egg, garlic cloves and 6 more
capers, Italian parsley leaves, bay leaf, grated lemon zest, kosher salt 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:

diced yellow onion, salt, olive oil, arborio rice, chopped parsley and 5 more
Parmesan, risotto rice, monkfish fillet, unsalted butter, olive oil and 18 more
garlic, arborio rice, button mushrooms, white wine, fresh Parmesan cheese 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:

cream, blue cheese, potato gnocchi, egg yolks, olive oil, sage leaves and 4 more
heavy cream, fresh oregano, potato gnocchi, mozzarella balls and 11 more
flour, freshly ground black pepper, potato gnocchi, garlic, pancetta 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:

vegetable broth, nutritional yeast, onion powder, salt, seasoning and 6 more
crushed tomatoes, cauliflower, chilli powder, salt, chilli powder and 12 more
olive oil, olive oil, ravioli, italian seasoning, capers, sun dried tomatoes and 2 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:

olive oil, dill, raw pistachios, kosher salt, garlic cloves, kosher salt and 11 more
dried thyme leaves, blue cheese, unsalted butter, onions, egg and 2 more
butternut squash, water, semolina, plain flour, salt, unsalted butter 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:

cauliflower, sea salt, chili garlic sauce, grape seed oil, sesame oil and 4 more
dried parsley, salt, garlic powder, cauliflower, black pepper and 3 more
fresh lemon juice, cauliflower, flat leaf parsley leaves, wholegrain mustard 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:

breadcrumbs, celery leaves, onion, marjoram leaves, mozzarella and 20 more
olive oil, medium onion, basil leaves, salt, freshly ground black pepper and 9 more
olive oil, whole peeled tomatoes, rigatoni pasta, mozzarella 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:

chestnut mushrooms, fresh thyme leaves, garlic cloves, seed, dried oregano and 11 more
freshly ground black pepper, olive oil, carrots, tomato puree and 13 more
cracked pepper, apricots, carrots, butternut squash, dried oregano 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:

chopped kale, cinnamon, butternut squash, sea salt, cumin, turmeric and 16 more
fresh thyme leaves, extra virgin olive oil, nonstick cooking spray and 17 more
quinoa, balsamic glaze, olive oil, butternut squash, mushrooms 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:

bay leaves, salt, root vegetables, pepper, rosemary sprigs, garlic and 1 more
red onion, fresh oregano, ground pepper, carrots, sweet potatoes and 2 more
butter, beet, salt, honey, sweet potato, parsnip, sage leaves 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, cooked cut green beans, french fried onions and 2 more
salt, bacon, garlic powder, beans, baking soda, pepper, brown sugar
garlic, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flake, green beans and 2 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:

garlic salt, brussels sprouts, fresh thyme, olive oil, cumin and 5 more
olive oil, salt, garlic, Brussels sprouts, black pepper
ground pepper, nutmeg, garlic, Dijon mustard, bacon, salt, grated Parmesan cheese and 3 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, freshly ground black pepper, milk, heavy cream, olive oil and 4 more
kosher salt, russet potatoes, milk, chives, kosher salt, extra-virgin olive oil and 5 more
salt, butter, garlic, whole milk, grated Parmesan, shredded Gruyere cheese and 4 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:

garlic, broccoli florets, shredded cheddar cheese, grated Parmesan cheese and 6 more
shredded sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, butter, red pepper flakes and 7 more
fresh rosemary, Gruyere cheese, butter, freshly ground black pepper and 3 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, milk, Parmesan cheese, salt, all purpose flour, unsalted butter and 1 more
apple cider vinegar, olive oil, lemon, leeks, black pepper, romanesco and 3 more
lemon wedges, garlic cloves, white wine vinegar, blanched hazelnuts 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:

kosher salt, small carrots, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, ground black pepper and 2 more
extra virgin olive oil, carrots, salt, black pepper, beets, honey
pepper, cinnamon, maple syrup, salt, olive oil, chopped parsley and 1 more

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:

mint leaves, maple syrup, Fuyu persimmons, pomegranate arils and 9 more
extra virgin olive oil, baby spinach leaves, pecans, black pepper and 7 more
shallots, kosher salt, blood orange, blood orange zest, hazelnuts 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:

butter, lemon wedges, artichokes, garlic, bay leaf
hot sauce, flour, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, salt, frozen chopped spinach and 5 more
salt, pepper, artichokes, olive oil, fryers, 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:

sea salt, unsalted butter, unsalted butter, dough
salted butter, milk, extra-virgin olive oil, all purpose flour and 7 more
unbleached all purpose flour, 2% milk, large eggs, unsalted butter 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, finely grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese and 4 more
active dry yeast, salt, sausage links, chopped fresh thyme, fennel seed and 10 more
whole milk, sour cream, Italian seasoning, sugar, dough, sharp cheddar cheese and 10 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, molasses, vanilla extract, ginger, candy canes, kahlúa and 3 more
lemon lime soda, chardonnay, lemons, fresh cranberries, ice cubes and 5 more
sugar, bourbon, pomegranate seeds, water, simple syrup, basil leaf and 3 more

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