55 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. But it wouldn't be a meal without sides, salads, appetizers and desserts, too. Mix and match them for a perfect Christmas dinner, and don't forget the cocktails!

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!"


Instant Pot Potatoes au Gratin

Cut the cooking time in half for your gratin potatoes, all while keeping the full flavor profile of the original.

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!"


Mexican Tamales

These little gifts—soft masa harina shaped around a spicy pork in red salsa—are enclosed in a wrapping paper made of corn husks. What better way to celebrate than with this traditional Christmas meal?!

Instant Pot Prime Rib

"This is an excellent recipe and does have great flavors. We always sear the roast before pressure cooking, as we find this adds extra flavor to the gravy and also makes the juices much darker. An old cast iron Dutch oven works great for the sear in a few ounces of olive oil and a dollop of salted butter."

-John D.

Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese Egg Tarts)

These bite-sized Christmastime treats are filled with sweet custard that gets lightly burnt when baked.

Wild Mushroom & Ricotta Galette

Crispy, flaky pastry topped with melted garlicky cheese and roasted wild mushrooms. Serve this as the main event or slice it small to make it an appetizer.

Udny Arms Sticky Toffee Pudding

"Awesome! Mine was also done after 30 minutes and it was very moist. I first had this dessert in Ireland and fell in love with it. I always thought it was hard to make but this couldn't have been easier, and I had most everything on hand."


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

Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms

"The feta adds a nice touch to these delicious bites of mushrooms. I love that it's filled with veggies; it makes a great side dish!"


Buridda (Ligurian Fish Stew)

"This buridda tasted just like the one my grandmother made! If I closed my eyes, I would be back in Italy in her kitchen!"


Rolled Flank Steak

"Loved this recipe so much! It was very flavorful. I do recommend seasoning the steak with a bit of salt and pepper before filling and rolling. Other than that, it's a winner!"

-Jonathan Melendez

White Wine & Garlic Sautéed Mushrooms

"These mushrooms tasted divine. The pairing with green onions is a wonderful flavor sensation. The sauce was extra yummy and the butter, white wine and Worcestershire sauce go nicely together. Served with steaks and baked potatoes. A feast fit for a king."


Medium Rare Prime Rib Roast

"Restaurant quality results!"

-Steve K.

Yorkshire Pudding

"I always struggle trying to find a good Yorkshire pudding recipe, like my mum made. Look no further; this one is perfect every time. Just make sure the oil is hot enough, and they're pretty much dummy-proof."

-Jordan D.

Traditional Coq au Vin

"I loved that this recipe uses boneless skinless chicken thighs. I felt like they were super tender and the sauce tasted amazing. I highly recommend."

-Jonathan Melendez

English Cauliflower & Cheddar Gratin

"This was really, really tasty! Cheesy, creamy and delish, just like promised. Yum! I had this as my main meal and it was very satisfying even though I cut the cheese by half, as that's all I had on hand. The crumb topping was so good, I think I'll use it on other gratins as well from now on."


Horseradish Roast Beef Spirals

"I love things I can do ahead; I made these for a dinner party the day before the event. One more tablespoon of horseradish (YES, be sure to drain it!) would have been more to our taste. There weren't any left on the plate; our daughter and son-in-law thought they were wonderful. Be sure to roll them tightly."


Award-Winning Butter Tarts

"Butter tarts are a Canadian tradition. Way back in the 1970s, a national contest here in Canada concluded that these butter tarts, originating from Wilkie's Bakery in Orillia, Ontario, were the best. I certainly think so and it's the only recipe I use."


Instant Pot Cocktail Meatballs

You don't have to wait for hours on end to make delicious cocktail meatballs anymore. These are made in an Instant Pot and are ready in no time.

-Jonathan Melendez

Spinach & Roquefort Salad

"According to my husband this is the best salad he has ever eaten and I would have to agree. We loved the crunch that the sunflower seeds brought to the mix and the sweetness of the apple. It really is fabulous!"


Hungarian Mushroom Soup

"A very easy soup to make, but oh so good. I live in Oregon and pick my own wild fresh mushrooms. I do add at least double the amount of mushrooms just because that is how I roll. Store-bought mushrooms are great. Please use caution if you choose to pick your own."


Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

"My aunt is a vegetarian and made this opposite meat lasagna over the holidays. The meat lasagna was hardly touched because everyone was devouring this dish instead. It is way good and definitely is better with fresh rosemary."


Instant Pot Figgy Pudding

"The Instant Pot is perfect for old-time steamed English puddings. There were leftovers (we also had a trifle) and I enjoyed slices to top off my supper for a few days afterwards. It tasted as good after being refrigerated as it did on Christmas Day."


Linguine with Clam Sauce

"I have now made this recipe eight times. My boyfriend is a lover and connoisseur of linguine with white clam sauce. This is by far his favorite. Last time I gave him almost three helpings just to see how much of a glutton he was and he finished every single bite!"

-Jenni M.

Fannie Farmer's Scalloped Potatoes

"I personally think this recipe is awesome. My grandmother has made the best scalloped potatoes since I was little. I mean really good ones. I asked her for her recipe about a year ago only to my surprise to find out this was the same one."


Hummus-Filled Cucumber Logs

"These were great! I made it as directed, but added some roasted red pepper to the hummus which made the color really pop."

-Wish I Could Cook

Gingersnap Crusted Ham

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


Christmas Stollen

"This is a wonderful recipe! Enjoyable to make, not really all that difficult and gives fantastic results. The dough was so easy to work with, smelled heavenly while cooking and produced a beautiful (and huge!) loaf of delicious bread."


Christmas Pudding

"Christmas pudding is definitely a divider of opinions. We usually have a small one every year and theres only a few people in my family who properly love it. I like to have a small piece which, as it's packed with dried fruit, is definitely enough for me! The pudding keeps incredibly well so you can freeze leftovers, if needed."

-Izy Hossack

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

Braised Lamb Shanks

"Absolutely wonderful! The cooking method left the meat ever-so-tender, and the wine-and-port combination gave a great depth to the sauce."

-Peter J

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!


Lamb Chops

"This was delicious. I am a lamb chop fanatic, and I usually just grill or broil them because I love the lamb flavor, but this actually helped accentuate the taste. I combined the rosemary with the breadcrumbs."