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Best Christmas Dinner Recipes

Best Christmas Dinner Recipes

Christmas Dinner Shopping Tips

Purchase ingredients that can be used in a variety of dishes in bulk, in order to minimize waste and save money.

Christmas Dinner Cooking Tips

When planning your menu, maximize the number of items that can be prepared in advance so you can enjoy your food without stress.


30 New Twists on Classic Christmas Recipes

As the holidays continue to creep up on us, planning your seasonal menu can feel hopeless (or at least, a lot different from years past). According to The New York Times, coronavirus cases in the U.S. keep climbing, making any large holiday gatherings impossible. But while we can't celebrate with big gatherings, don't feel like you can't show off your cooking skills this season. Start some new family traditions this Christmas by supercharging familiar recipes with spiced up new takes, making the season's festivities feel exciting, even if your crowd just consists of family.

Trying to reimagine a whole seasonal feast feels impossible, but fear not—we've assembled the master list of the ultimate menu that can please anyone looking to celebrate the holidays right. Round up your family and tempt them with a slew of new meals that not only remind us of Christmases past but also help us get ready for the bright new year ahead of us. Get ready to spread some holiday cheer with these 30 creative Christmas classics that guarantee to become a tradition at your home for years to come.

And for more ways to indulge this winter, check out these 25 easy Christmas cookie recipes to keep the holidays rolling ahead!


76 Best Christmas Dinner Recipes to Help You Prepare the Ultimate Feast

Even if you're not super confident in the kitchen, these easy Christmas dinner ideas will make you feel like a chef.

A good Christmas dinner is something you can spend the other 364 days of the year dreaming about. The best Christmas dinners include palate-exciting appetizers, delicious main courses, side dishes that have you returning for seconds, and desserts that you'll be licking clean off your plate. But as with any big meal, planning a Christmas feast can be tricky. Luckily, there are plenty of Christmas dinner ideas that will be sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. And not only will your dinner taste amazing, it'll also make you look like a seasoned chef, even if you don't feel very comfortable in the kitchen. These easy Christmas dinner recipe ideas ensure that even if you only have 15 minutes to whip up a dessert, it'll still be one of the most legendary desserts your family has tried. So instead of worrying about what to cook, you can spend more time enjoying your family this holiday season.


This recipe is a sweet, sour, and spicy take on the classic centerpiece ham, and the leftovers will taste awesome in a mini potato roll.

The chile butter is just that—mixing Calabrian chiles with butter—for this ridiculously easy appetizer.

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90+ Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas That Will Make This Year's Feast Unforgettable

The hardest thing about organizing Christmas celebrations, as far as we're concerned, isn't the holiday decorating, or figuring out how to wrap the gifts. It's planning the dinner menu. Do you make another turkey, like for Thanksgiving? How about a ham, like on Easter? Or do you go with something altogether different&mdashlamb, or Grinch-style "roast beast?"

Whatever you make, it needs to be tasty, and there need to be at least a few festive and hearty sides to go with it. Here, we've compiled our all-time favorite recipes so that you have everything you need to make a family-pleasing meal worth the celebration. With delicious recipes for perfectly cooked Christmas ham, beef, turkey, and even lamb, plus classic Christmas side dishes and desserts, we have a feeling these dishes will make this year's dinner as tasty as possible.

And don't forget something to help your adult guests get a little more in the "spirit:" Our favorite Christmas cocktails are also included here, including a big-batch punch that can be made sans alcohol for any kid-filled holiday parties. Of course, you wouldn't want to just take our word that everything here is incredibly delicious, would you? Whip up one of these recipes and poll your guests&mdashthey'll tell you themselves! (And if you decide you don't want to cook up a feast this year, let someone else do it for you and check out these restaurants open on Christmas Day.)


In between the unwrapping of presents, singing of carols, and endless holiday cheer that takes place on Christmas night is the enjoying of good food with even better company. For many, Christmas dinner is a big celebration that includes recipes that are passed down from generation to generation, most of which can feed the whole family and then some. But, for those who are looking to do a smaller and more intimate holiday gathering this year, making recipes that yield the right amount of food for two people is a real Christmas miracle in and of itself.

Complete with dinner items that can be tailored to feed the exact amount of servings you want to delicious bites that'll leave you with some mouthwatering leftovers, these made-for-two meals will perfectly complement your cozy Christmas night. Take a look at the best recipes for two, ahead.


Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Courtesy of Lil' Luna

If you usually find yourself stumped at the dessert table, contemplating between pecan pie and homemade cheesecake, this hybrid is your sweet solution. The untraditional dessert combines a pecan pie filling with a cheesecake layer and a delectable crunchy pecan topping for the ultimate post-dinner treat.

Get the recipe from Lil' Luna.


Best Christmas Dinner Recipes - Recipes

As a northern Colorado gal, this menu converted me to sayin' thangs like I'd be full as a tick on a hound dog! Thanks for sharing, Mandy!

Wow, awesome menu! Pinning it! Merry Christmas!!

These look scrumptious, thank you for sharing!

OMG!! These desserts are really luscious. Will have them in my party for sure. Last time in my tea party had taken few recipes from Nom Video Sharing. Awesome food cooking videos are there which are easy to cook. Everyone was happy with my great preparations.

Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy


If you prefer your Christmas appetizers adorable and retro, these easy-to-assemble bites are for you.

We couldn't make a list of easy Christmas appetizers without some kind of shrimp cocktail. This version starts with wine-poached shrimp and a horseradish-spiked dipping sauce.

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Other Tips and Tricks for Planning a Healthy Christmas

If there's one thing that can quickly derail any eating lifestyle, it's not having a plan. Good intentions may carry you so far, but having a plan will ensure you leave the holiday season feeling light and trim. Here are a few things to consider.

What is a good non-traditional Christmas dinner?

If you are looking for an easy way to enjoy healthy Christmas recipes, here's one of my favorite tips. Rather than feel confined to a traditional 3-course meal, why not just make a favourite low-carb casserole or even a fathead pizza, and call it a day?

While eating a fancy meal may seem tied to the holidays, eating simple doesn't take away from the spirit of them. Pair your main dish with a side salad or your favourite roasted veg, and make sure you are fueled for all the unwrapping of gifts!

What do I do with holiday leftovers?

There are loads of ways you can reuse your holiday leftovers, regardless of how fancy or simple you make Christmas dinner. Of course, the most simple solution is just to enjoy eating them the next 2-3 days, but you can also get creative by trying one of these:

  • Add leftover meats into omelettes and scrambles.
  • Enjoy the leftover meat and veg as a massive salad.
  • Bake up leftovers into a meat cupcake, similar to this one.
  • Create stews and soups with leftover ingredients.

I hope this post has helped you come up with a plan to stay on your road to health this season!

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Wishing you all a very happy Christmas, and healthy new year.