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:

wine, olive oil, butter, pepper, fresh thyme leaves, freshly ground black pepper and 20 more
egg, green pepper, chorizo sausage, puff pastry, pecans, prosciutto and 16 more
puff pastry sheets, kosher salt, ground pepper, egg yolks, portobello mushroom caps and 11 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:

pomegranate arils, lean bacon, oranges, brussels sprouts, honey and 39 more
grated lemon zest, kosher salt, parsley leaves, garlic cloves and 10 more
dried chile, farro, coarse salt, Orange, dressing, turkey stock and 12 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, Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens, fast cooking long grain and wild rice and 3 more
butter, cornish game hens, fruit, shallot, soy sauce, Dijon mustard
cornish hens, lime juice, salt, garlic powder, lemon, pepper 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 ginger, honey, Dijon mustard, ground cinnamon, unsalted butter and 4 more
picnic ham, ground cloves, water, minced garlic, maple syrup and 4 more
spiral-sliced bone-in ham, pineapple juice, ground cloves, salted butter 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:

chicken broth, olive oil, black pepper, salt, lemon, fresh parsley and 6 more
sage leaves, fresh flat leaf parsley, turkey, fresh thyme leaves and 6 more
rosemary, garlic cloves, black pepper, turkey breast, kosher salt 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:

freshly ground black pepper, garlic, fennel seeds, kosher salt and 4 more
ribeye (rib) pork roast, olive oil, sea salt, crushed red pepper flakes and 1 more
onion salt, kosher salt, brown sugar, paprika, 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:

lime juice, racks of lamb, cherry preserves, honey, olive oil
racks of lamb, fennel seeds, pomegranate seeds, olive oil, freshly ground black pepper and 7 more
rack of lamb, mint, extra virgin olive oil, garlic clove, plain greek yogurt 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, olive oil, lamb shanks, yellow onion, cold water and 14 more
olive oil, lamb shanks, garlic cloves, bay leaf, salt, celery stalks and 8 more
red wine, olive oil, salt, carrot, garlic cloves, rosemary, 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:

garlic, thyme sprigs, bay leaf, salt, extra virgin olive oil and 12 more
salted butter, extra virgin olive oil, salted butter, extra virgin olive oil and 22 more
fresh herbs, beef stock, dry red wine, kosher salt, black pepper 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:

beef broth, garlic, celery, dried basil, cracked black pepper and 8 more
rosemary, celery stalks, all purpose flour, flat leaf parsley and 28 more
beef short ribs, medium onion, all purpose flour, kosher salt and 9 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:

bay leaves, shredded mozzarella cheese, basil, red wine, ground sausage and 11 more
Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, tomato sauce, salt and 6 more
kosher salt, grated lemon zest, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes 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, pumpkin puree, bacon, salt, chopped parsley, diced yellow onion and 4 more
small onion, celery stick, red chilli, fish stock, mussels, monkfish fillet and 17 more
garlic, salt, extra virgin olive oil, button mushrooms, white wine 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:

potato gnocchi, egg yolks, grated mozzarella, pumpkin, chopped hazelnuts and 5 more
mozzarella balls, garlic, fresh basil, freshly ground black pepper and 11 more
flour, baby spinach leaves, potato gnocchi, freshly ground black pepper and 9 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:

onion powder, gluten flour, salt, soy sauce, rubbed sage, puff pastry and 5 more
black lentils, shallots, ground cumin, lemon juice, chilli powder and 12 more
capers, spinach, italian seasoning, ravioli, olive oil, 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:

all purpose flour, pink peppercorns, yukon gold potatoes, freshly ground pepper and 13 more
egg, onions, dried thyme leaves, sugar, olive oil, unsalted butter and 1 more
butternut squash, dried rosemary, garlic cloves, salt, dried thyme and 10 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:

chili garlic sauce, sliced green onions, cauliflower, grape seed oil and 5 more
butter, cauliflower, dried parsley, smoked paprika, olive oil and 3 more
flat leaf parsley leaves, fresh lemon juice, capers, 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:

veal mince, caciocavallo, pasta, marjoram leaves, celery leaves and 20 more
olive oil, marsala wine, freshly ground black pepper, frozen peas and 10 more
garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, mozzarella, rigatoni pasta and 6 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:

extra virgin olive oil, almonds, onion, salt, garlic cloves, dried oregano and 10 more
chestnuts, cranberries, fresh herbs, olive oil, Tahini, paprika and 11 more
apricots, cracked pepper, dried oregano, celery stalk, buckwheat 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:

red onion, garlic cloves, butternut squash, virgin olive oil and 18 more
fresh thyme leaves, acorn squash, extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin olive oil and 16 more
pepitas, pearl barley, walnuts, balsamic glaze, olive oil, lentils 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:

salt, garlic, pepper, rosemary sprigs, bay leaves, root vegetables and 1 more
carrots, fresh oregano, ground pepper, sweet potatoes, avocado and 2 more
black pepper, butter, beet, salt, honey, sweet potato, 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:

milk, soy sauce, ground black pepper, french fried onions, Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup and 1 more
bacon, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, beans, pepper, garlic powder
garlic, green beans, water, coarse kosher salt, red pepper flake 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:

cumin, sweet potato, garlic, fresh thyme, olive oil, pepper, red wine vinegar and 3 more
salt, olive oil, Brussels sprouts, black pepper, garlic
ground pepper, Brussels sprouts, Dijon mustard, salt, half and half 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:

fresh parsley, salt, red potatoes, freshly ground black pepper and 5 more
kosher salt, butter, sour cream, bacon, extra-virgin olive oil and 6 more
garlic, sage, grated Parmesan, low sodium chicken broth, 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:

butter, grated Parmesan cheese, broccoli florets, whole milk and 6 more
shallots, yukon gold potatoes, butter, mayonnaise, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 6 more
milk, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, butter, sweet potatoes 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:

salt, romanesco, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese and 3 more
black pepper, olive oil, sea salt, leeks, green olives, romanesco and 3 more
white wine vinegar, chopped parsley, romanesco, lemon wedges 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, butter, olive oil, fresh lemon juice and 2 more
salt, black pepper, carrots, honey, extra virgin olive oil, beets
salt, carrots, cinnamon, chopped parsley, maple syrup, pepper 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:

parsley, maple syrup, crumbled goat cheese, feta, olive oil, lemon juice and 7 more
extra virgin olive oil, salt, pecans, black pepper, dried cranberries and 6 more
goat cheese, Dijon mustard, blood orange zest, beets, 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:

lemon wedges, garlic, bay leaf, butter, artichokes
flour, whipping cream, artichoke hearts, salt, frozen chopped spinach and 6 more
olive oil, fryers, fresh lemons, salt, artichokes, pepper

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, sea salt, unsalted butter, dough
water, salt, milk, salted butter, active dry yeast, crushed pineapple and 5 more
kosher salt, unbleached all purpose flour, 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, pizza dough and 4 more
sausage links, all purpose flour, fresh parsley, warm water, casings and 10 more
active dry yeast, all purpose flour, kosher salt, Italian seasoning 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:

candy canes, heavy cream, gingerbread cookies, chocolate syrup and 5 more
pomegranate seeds, ice cubes, oranges, limes, fresh cranberries and 5 more
maple syrup, sugar, bourbon, pomegranate juice, fresh basil, simple syrup and 3 more

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