Christmas Menu: 15 Recipes That Impress Holiday Guests
Put together a delicious Christmas dinner menu with these dishes that you'll want on your holiday table year after year. Explore excellent entrées, tasty side dishes, and festive desserts.
Beef Stuffed with Fruit and Nuts
Top round stuffed with a cashew-and-prune mixture is a feast for the eyes — and very tasty, too. Keep it simple and ask your butcher to cut the beef for you.
Ham is a go-to Christmas entrée because it is simple to cook and it feeds a crowd. This recipe gets its great flavor from cloves, honey, and oranges.
Duck with Apple and Rosemary Potatoes
Duck is a fantastic special-occasion ingredient, and what occasion is more special than Christmas? This recipe shows off the beautiful colors and flavors of winter.
Roast Turkey with Spiked Gravy
For many families, turkey isn't only for Thanksgiving. A splash of bourbon makes this a "spirited" main dish.
Lasagna al Forno
A traditional Italian Christmas includes a pasta course on the holiday menu. Lasagna is a hearty option for filling up family and friends.
Spinach, Pear, and Endive Salad
Balance your main course with a refreshing and festive salad. This one pairs well with any kind of meat.
Potato and Parmesan Cakes
For a fancy alternative to mashed potatoes, serve these golden brown potato cakes.
In place of a potato side dish, consider a crowd-pleasing cheese soufflé. It's simple to make. Just be sure to serve it immediately after baking for optimal fluffiness.
Chestnut and Pancetta Stuffing
Wondering what to do with those chestnuts you've roasted on an open fire? They add serious flavor to this sweet and savory stuffing.
Glazed Carrots with Thyme
Brown sugar, butter, orange juice, and thyme add fantastic flavor to this dish. It's a great accompaniment to any meat.
Green Beans with Toasted Hazelnuts
With just four flavorful ingredients, this vegetable side dish couldn't be simpler.
It's wise to steal ideas from your Thanksgiving menu. Cranberry sauce adds a touch of holiday color, plus light and fruity flavor to balance a large meal.
Serve an assortment of classic holiday cookies, such as these gingerbread stars, with coffee or tea for a sweet ending to your Christmas dinner.
For a grander finale, top off your holiday meal with a pretty and delicious jam-filled cake.
La pièce de résistance! Known to the French as bûche de Noël, this chocolate roll is the ultimate Christmas dessert.