18 Classic Christmas Main Dishes

When it comes to the main course, Christmas calls for something special. These easy-yet-impressive dishes like juicy prime rib are sure to stand out on your holiday table.

Part of: Holiday Central: Christmas

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Perfect Prime Rib

"This turned out perfectly and will be my only prime rib recipe! I couldn't find horseradish powder, so I substituted fresh ground horseradish instead."

-Barb_in_Indy

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Honey-Roasted Pork Loin

"I was looking for a new way to cook pork loin — this is it! We loved it. I added garlic and used rosemary instead of thyme."

-LK Devildog

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Easy Cornish Game Hens

"This recipe is very easy and delicious! I made it even easier by not cutting the hens in half, and I cooked two hens — one for now and one for later."

-sloe cooker

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Lobster-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin & Bearnaise Sauce

"This came out beautifully medium rare, and the Bearnaise sauce is the best I've ever had. I substituted cremini mushrooms for the chanterelles. We can't wait to serve this to company!"

-Just Call Me Martha

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Molasses-Glazed Ham Steak

"This is a quick, tangy-sweet glaze. However, it looks (and tastes) like something that took a while!"

-Deb Wolf

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Roast Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine & Shallot Sauce

"I made this for Christmas dinner and it was devoured and loved by all. The beef was melt-in-your-mouth tender and I could have eaten a bowl of the sauce all by itself. This one is a keeper!"

-Brenda Morris

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Herb-Roasted Turkey

"This recipe is fabulous! The turkey was so flavorful and moist, and the white meat was juicy too."

-bad kitty 1116

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Rosemary-Mustard Roast Leg of Lamb

"We love lamb! I made this with a bone-in leg, and used fresh rosemary and a mix of grainy and Dijon mustard. It was very moist and tender, and the drippings made a fantastic gravy."

-Leggy Peggy

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Schnitzels

"The flavor in this was very tasty. I used panko breadcrumbs and shredded Parmesan. It made for a delicious dinner."

-GibbyLou

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Company Steak with Bearnaise Butter

"This Bearnaise butter will be a very welcome addition to my steaks from now on. I love the tarragon and shallot flavor combination, and when it slowly melts over a steak it is wonderful!"

-LifeIsGood

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Shrimp Scampi Pasta

"We find the red pepper flakes help balance the sweetness of the garlic. This was very tasty and our guests enjoyed it a lot."

-Beautiful BC

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Swedish Meatballs

"This dish was really easy to prepare, and I liked that I didn't have to fry the meatballs. I doubled the recipe so I had enough left over for a second meal down the road!"

-Lori Mama

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

"This is a fabulous dish! The meat was so tender you could leave the knife in the utensil drawer."

-HokiesMom

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Crown Roast of Pork & Stuffing

"This is an outstanding roast with wonderful flavor. I used a 6-rib roast and just placed the roast on top of the stuffing; it turned out magnificent!"

-Derf

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Roast Goose with Caramelized Apples

"This was wonderful! I purchased a frozen goose last weekend and as it slowly defrosted, my husband asked me every day when I would be making this recipe. He was not disappointed!"

-mersaydees

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Jamie Olivers Pasta Carbonara

"This was very authentic, and I loved the addition of peas to the recipe. They brought a fresh burst of flavor to this. It was perfect."

-French Tart

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Reveillon Tourtiere (French Canadian Meat Pie)

"This is oh-so-good and has such a wonderful aroma. I couldn't find savory, so I substituted thyme. I'm looking forward to having leftovers tonight as it made plenty."

-BJ from BC

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Kittencal's Rapid-Roast Whole Chicken

"This is fantastic! I made it for my first Christmas dinner at my house and it was SO GOOD. I love the bit of kick from the cayenne pepper."

-Jen's*Kitchen

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