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:

freshly ground black pepper, thyme sprigs, wine, flour, fresh thyme leaves and 21 more
cayenne pepper, beef tenderloin, chorizo sausage, kosher salt and 18 more
puff pastry sheets, prosciutto, portobello mushroom caps, white balsamic vinegar 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:

garlic, oranges, butter, cold water, shallot, oranges, honey and 20 more
crushed red pepper flakes, bacon, kosher salt, parsley leaves and 10 more
pancetta, freshly ground pepper, fennel seeds, turkey breast 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:

celery, olive oil, Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens, fast cooking long grain and wild rice and 2 more
fruit, butter, Dijon mustard, shallot, soy sauce, cornish game hens
cayenne pepper, garlic powder, baby potatoes, butter, cumin, 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:

orange zest, Dijon mustard, spiral sliced ham, unsalted butter and 5 more
minced garlic, water, maple syrup, brown sugar, picnic ham, ground cinnamon and 3 more
salted butter, pineapple juice, light brown sugar, ground cloves 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:

fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, onion, turkey, butter, lemon, garlic and 5 more
lemon, coarse salt, freshly ground pepper, lemons, fresh thyme leaves and 5 more
thyme, rosemary, kosher salt, unsalted butter, 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:

extra-virgin olive oil, lemons, freshly ground black pepper, pork rib roast and 4 more
ribeye (rib) pork roast, olive oil, sea salt, fennel seeds, crushed red pepper flakes
onion salt, crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, dried thyme, black pepper 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, cherry preserves, olive oil, honey, racks of lamb
pomegranate molasses, freshly ground black pepper, olive oil and 9 more
crushed red pepper, mint, garlic clove, ground cumin, 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:

stock, garlic cloves, corn starch, carrots, celery ribs, olive oil and 13 more
yellow onion, salt, chicken stock, carrots, tomato paste, red wine and 8 more
olive oil, pepper, carrot, salt, cold water, celery stalks, salt 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, salt, bay leaf, canned beef broth, thyme sprigs and 12 more
red pepper flakes, Parmesan cheese, beef broth, flour, fresh thyme and 21 more
dry red wine, fresh herbs, black pepper, all purpose flour, kosher salt 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:

crushed red pepper flakes, vegetable oil, medium carrots, cracked black pepper and 9 more
freshly ground black pepper, thyme, merlot, medium carrots, rosemary and 12 more
medium onion, shallots, pepper, beef broth, rosemary, olive oil 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:

bay leaves, basil, shredded mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese and 12 more
salt, fresh basil, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, Parmesan cheese and 6 more
lasagna noodles, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, capers 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:

diced yellow onion, bacon, black pepper, salt, pumpkin puree and 5 more
prawns, monkfish fillet, fish stock, dry white wine, olive oil and 17 more
fresh Parmesan cheese, arborio rice, chicken broth, frozen peas and 10 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, chopped hazelnuts, grated mozzarella, sage leaves and 6 more
yellow onion, fresh basil, kosher salt, mozzarella balls, garlic and 10 more
nutmeg, milk, fresh mozzarella, grated Parmesan cheese, freshly ground black pepper 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:

gluten flour, seasoning, puff pastry, salt, onion powder, nutritional yeast and 5 more
tomato paste, shallots, vegetable stock, cauliflower, garlic and 12 more
ravioli, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, olive oil, capers, italian seasoning 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:

sugar, raw pistachios, kosher salt, kosher salt, pink peppercorns and 12 more
unsalted butter, onions, sugar, egg, dried thyme leaves, olive oil and 1 more
semolina, garlic cloves, butternut squash, salt, dried rosemary 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:

miso paste, sliced green onions, sesame oil, cauliflower, chili garlic sauce and 4 more
garlic powder, dried parsley, black pepper, salt, smoked paprika and 3 more
cauliflower, capers, wholegrain mustard, flat leaf parsley leaves 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, beef mince, marjoram leaves, peas, tomato purée and 20 more
basil leaves, freshly ground black pepper, medium onion, lean ground beef and 10 more
whole peeled tomatoes, salt, ground sirloin, 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:

pumpkin, seed, sunflower seeds, extra virgin olive oil, fresh rosemary and 11 more
fresh herbs, carrots, medium onion, paprika, cashew nuts, salt and 11 more
cracked pepper, buckwheat, butternut squash, apricots, green lentils 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:

sea salt, butternut squash, lentils, pepper, garlic cloves, cumin and 16 more
salt, carrots, salt, salt, pecan pieces, quinoa, baby spinach leaves and 13 more
red onion, quinoa, butternut squash, olive oil, pine nuts, pearl barley 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:

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

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

red potatoes, freshly ground black pepper, garlic, salt, butter and 4 more
kosher salt, sour cream, butter, chives, chopped fresh chives and 6 more
shredded Gruyere cheese, low sodium chicken broth, garlic, grated Parmesan 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:

nonstick cooking spray, black pepper, broccoli florets, garlic and 11 more
mayonnaise, red pepper flakes, shallots, salt, pimentos, freshly ground black pepper and 5 more
kosher salt, milk, Gruyere cheese, 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:

unsalted butter, all purpose flour, salt, romanesco, milk, Parmesan cheese and 1 more
leeks, brussels sprouts, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, romanesco and 4 more
blanched hazelnuts, garlic cloves, chopped parsley, white wine vinegar 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, fresh thyme leaves, olive oil, small carrots, fresh lemon juice and 2 more
black pepper, salt, carrots, extra virgin olive oil, honey, beets
olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped parsley, cinnamon, maple syrup 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:

olive oil, kale, lemon juice, Fuyu persimmons, fine sea salt and 8 more
extra virgin olive oil, black pepper, black pepper, honey, pecans and 6 more
shallots, Dijon mustard, blood orange zest, salad greens, extra-virgin olive oil 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, artichokes, lemon wedges, bay leaf, butter
black pepper, garlic powder, hot sauce, salt, cream cheese, artichoke hearts and 5 more
salt, fresh lemons, olive oil, artichokes, fryers, 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, dough, sea salt, unsalted butter
salt, milk, all purpose flour, crushed pineapple, large eggs and 6 more
unbleached all purpose flour, unsalted butter, kosher salt, 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:

pesto sauce, freshly ground black pepper, shredded mozzarella cheese and 4 more
salted butter, active dry yeast, fennel seed, chopped fresh cilantro and 11 more
jalapeño peppers, Italian seasoning, active dry yeast, 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:

kahlúa, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, molasses, heavy cream and 4 more
pomegranate seeds, rosemary sprigs, lemon lime soda, lemons, oranges and 5 more
fresh basil, basil leaf, maple syrup, pomegranate juice, bourbon and 4 more

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