28 Classic Christmas Dinner Recipes

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.

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!"


Gordon Ramsay's Beef Wellington

"An amazing dish—perfect for an elegant dinner party, or perhaps a sophisticated holiday feast!"


Simple Pineapple Sauce for Ham

"I made this sauce for supper tonight and it was delicious with our baked ham. I used my wand blender to emulsify the sauce leaving a few chunky pieces for texture. Very easy to make and tastes great!"


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

Medium Rare Prime Rib Roast

"Restaurant quality results!"

-Steve K.

Gingersnap Crusted Ham

"The gingersnaps add a lovely, spicy sweetness to the ham. It totally works and isn't overpowering at all!"


Ham in Coca Cola

"Wonderful way to make ham! I used a smoked pork shoulder and simmered it away for the afternoon in the cola."

CarolAnne in Canada

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

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

Molasses-Glazed Ham Steak

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

-Deb Wolf

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

Herb-Roasted Turkey

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

-bad kitty 1116

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

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Schnitzels

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


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!"


Holiday Ham Glaze

"Great flavor. I used this on the Christmas ham and it was loved by everyone."


Glazed Ham with Chipotle Peppers

"I've now made this a half a dozen times. I love it. The kids love it. The family loves it."

-Marla in TX

Pork Tenderloin in Bourbon Marinade

"This was absolutely delicious. I served this at our Christmas dinner. I tripled the recipe and used rosemary instead of the dried thyme but other than that, I made as directed."


Best Turkey in the World

"Thanks for posting such a lovely recipe! This method is better than any other!"


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

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."


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

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

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


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!"


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

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

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."


Drunken English Cider Chicken

"Served this with cheesy ranch potatoes, apple sauce and green beans and had nothing left!