Christmas Dinner Ideas

All the easy Christmas Dinner Ideas you need to put on a feast! From Prime Rib and Roast Turkey to Honey Baked Hams and all the cheesy pasta bakes. Let’s not forget the sides! Creamy mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and easy slow cooker options.

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Hosting a holiday meal can be a little hectic, and menu planning makes all the difference!

Here I’ve rounded up all the Christmas Dinner recipes that you could ever hope for: main dishes, side dishes, and breads!

It’s easy to plan a great Christmas menu that will leave all your guests yearning for more 😉

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Honey Baked Ham
Juicy Honey Baked Ham is roasted nice and low, then coated in a sweet and sticky honey glaze for the best Baked Ham you've ever had!
Serve it with some mashed potatoes and a side of roasted vegetables for a Christmas dinner that no one will forget.
Get the recipe here
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Garlic Brown Sugar Dry Brine Turkey
This Garlic Brown Sugar Dry Brine Turkey is perfectly golden and crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! The best roast turkey you’ll ever have!
Dry brining is a great alternative to a normal brine because it's easy, less messy, and takes up less room in the fridge. Just a few simple ingredients and a couple of days required!
Get the recipe here
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Turkey Brine recipe
This turkey brine is exactly what you need to take your turkey from good (or not so good) to great. It adds tons of moisture and flavor to a turkey and makes it so much easier to knock holiday cooking out of the park.
Who knew an extra 10 minutes of prep could make such a big difference?
Get the recipe here
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Instant Pot Ham with Pineapple Glaze
The easiest way to cook ham for the holidays!
This Instant Pot Ham is SO juicy and couldn’t be easier! Much faster than the oven, and drizzled with a simple, sweet pineapple glaze.
Get the recipe here
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Easy Meatball Recipe (Homemade Meatballs)
Meatballs are a must have for our Christmas dinner!
This easy Meatball Recipe is tender, juicy and flavorful! Bake them, fry them, or slow cook — they work with any sauce you enjoy! (For us, it has to be sweet and sour!)
Get the recipe here
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Sous Vide Turkey Breast & Apple Cider Gravy
Wanna take your Christmas dinner to the next level? How about sous vide!
This Sous Vide Turkey Breast is a foolproof way to get juicy turkey! Well seasoned, with crispy, browned skin and served with apple cider gravy!
Get the recipe here
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Crockpot Turkey with Garlic Butter
This easy Crockpot Turkey recipe is for those who don’t want to be bothered with roasting! It’s slathered in garlic butter and cooks all day (or night!) in the slow cooker.
Perfectly moist and juicy! Broil before serving for a crispy skin.
Get the recipe here
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Roast Chicken and Vegetables
This Whole Roast Chicken and Vegetables is a one pan dinner with little prep and big flavor! A healthy dinner idea that is ready in no time.
For an easy holiday meal without the fuss!
Get the recipe here
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Crockpot Turkey Breast
This easy Crockpot Turkey Breast is juicy and tender with almost no prep time! It’s perfect for a smaller holiday gathering or a weeknight meal with leftovers.
Serve it up with mashed potatoes and gravy for a classic holiday combo.
Get the recipe here
This Slow Cooker Balsamic Cherry Glazed Ham couldn't be easier -- the slow cooker keeps the meat so juicy and the Balsamic Cherry Glaze adds so much sweet and tangy flavor! It's perfect for Easter, Christmas or Thanksgiving. Includes step by step recipe video. | slow cooker recipe | crockpot | crock pot | holiday | sauce | cherry sauce | glaze for ham
Slow Cooker Balsamic Cherry Glazed Ham
This Slow Cooker Balsamic Cherry Glazed Ham couldn’t be easier — the slow cooker keeps the meat so juicy and the Balsamic Cherry Glaze adds so much sweet and tangy flavor!
It’s perfect for Easter, Christmas or Thanksgiving
Get the recipe here
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Perfect Roast Chicken
Simple but SO delicious!
This recipe shows you how to make the perfect Roast Chicken, with a simple seasoning, golden crispy skin, and tender juicy chicken!
Get the recipe here
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Roast Turkey Breast with Cranberry Marinade
This Roast Turkey Breast with Cranberry Marinade is perfect for a small holiday dinner or any day of the week! Easy to prep ahead and great for meal prepping!
Get the recipe here
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Instant Pot Turkey Breast
This Instant Pot Turkey Breast recipe is the best method for moist, tender, and flavorful turkey!
Just 10 minutes to prep, 40 minutes in the instant pot, and you’ve got perfectly cooked turkey ready to go!
Get the recipe here
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Air Fryer Turkey Breast
This Air Fryer Turkey Breast is a simple recipe that takes just 5 minutes to prep!
Fresh turkey breast is slathered in a simple yet flavorful blend of seasonings, then air fried until fall-apart tender in the middle and golden-brown on the outside!
Get the recipe here
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Easy Spiral Ham with Apple Cider Glaze
This Easy Spiral Ham with Apple Cider Glaze is perfect for your Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter table! It’s SO easy to prepare and the glaze adds an incredible touch of sticky-sweetness.
Get the recipe here
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Holiday Rosemary Garlic Pork Roast
Juicy with a crispy skin, bone in pork roast recipe makes for the ultimate easy Holiday Roast! Packed with rosemary and garlic flavour.
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Roasted Cornish Hens Recipe
Cornish Hens are easy to roast and impressive to serve! A homemade dry rub takes this show-stopping dinner party recipe from great to amazing with no fancy ingredients.
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Tri Tip (Grilled or Oven-Roasted) from The Food Charlatan
If you’ve never had tri tip, you haven’t lived! I will show you how to cook tri tip on the grill or in the oven. It’s SO easy and the flavor is unbeatable! We always had tri tip for Christmas dinner growing up; it’s an impressive holiday meal!
Check out this recipe
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Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham Recipe
This Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham Recipe is a simple and delicious holiday meal! A flavorful glaze made with pineapple juice, dijon mustard and honey for your spiral ham.
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Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon
This bacon wrapped filet mignon will wow your dinner guests. Seared on the outside with a beautiful pink inside on this air fryer filet mignon with bacon!
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Classic Prime Rib Recipe | How to Cook Prime Rib
This classic bone-in Prime Rib recipe will show you how to cook a roast to perfection! Tender and juicy prime rib is the ultimate special occasion recipe. A flavorful garlicky crust and the rich au jus sauce takes it over the top!
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Tart Cherry Chestnut Stuffed Turkey Roulade
This turkey roulade is stuffed with tart cherries, chestnuts and herbs. It’s topped with a red wine soaked cherry sauce and makes for a beautiful (and easy!) holiday dish.
Check out this recipe
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Individual Beef Wellington
Individual beef wellington is the epitome of a classic, gourmet dish. Filet mignon steaks are layered in puff pastry with a mushroom chestnut duxelle and a thin layer of paté. The individual beef wellingtons are perfect for a holiday dinner or for a special night in.
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Christmas Dinner Mains: Cozy Casseroles

Sometimes you don't feel like doing a big roast dinner with all the sides! Here are some cozy and company-worthy casseroles for the big day.

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Easy Lasagna Recipe
This Easy Lasagna recipe is made with oven ready lasagna noodles, jarred tomato sauce and a couple special ingredients that bring LOADS of flavor!
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White Chicken Lasagna with Ham and Spinach
This White Chicken Lasagna with Ham and Spinach is the ULTIMATE comfort food! Made with a lighter Alfredo sauce, it’s decadent enough for the holidays and still loaded with healthy ingredients.
Check out this recipe
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Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe
This Ricotta Stuffed Shells recipe is creamy, comforting, easy to make ahead and freezer friendly! Perfect for freezer meal prep and busy weeknights.
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Twice Baked Potato Casserole with Ham
This Twice Baked Potato Casserole is great for Christmas dinner or Christmas leftovers! It uses a combination of cubed and mashed potatoes and ham for a creamy casserole that is a meal all on its own.
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Rigatoni Pasta Bake
This Rigatoni Pasta Bake is a hearty and comforting casserole made up meat sauce, rigatoni pasta and cheese! Meal prep and freezer friendly ground beef casserole.
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Christmas Dinner Side Dish Ideas

Holiday dinners are about more than just the main dish!

Having a good selection of Christmas dinner side dishes will make your meal an absolutely feast. Be sure to include a variety of colors, flavors and textures for a showstopping holiday dinner.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes
These Garlic Mashed Potatoes are smooth, creamy, buttery, garlicky mashed potatoes that are ready in just 30 minutes! Take your side dishes up a notch!
Check out this recipe
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Roasted Potatoes and Carrots
These easy Roasted Potatoes and Carrots are made with Creamer potatoes, tossed in garlic butter and roasted to perfection – the perfect side dish for any meal!
Check out this recipe
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Roasted Green Beans
These Roasted Green Beans are a simple and versatile side dish that takes just 5 minutes to prep! This 5-ingredient recipe is made with fresh green beans that are roasted to crisp-tender perfection!
Check out this recipe
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Lyonnaise Potatoes
Lyonnaise Potatoes are thinly sliced potatoes, par boiled and fried until crispy with caramelized onions — simple ingredients and big flavor!
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Roasted Vegetables
These Roasted Vegetables are made up of a colorful blend of veggies that are perfectly seasoned with fresh garlic, butter, cracked pepper, and parsley! This 5-minute side dish pairs perfectly with any meal!
Check out this recipe
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Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes + VIDEO
These Garlic Mashed Potatoes are smooth, creamy, buttery, garlicky mashed potatoes that are ready in just 30 minutes! Take your side dishes up a notch!
Check out this recipe
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Honey Glazed Carrots
These Honey Glazed Carrots are an easy side dish that go with almost any meal! Made with honey, brown sugar, butter and garlic, they are sweet and salty and savory!
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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
These Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham are an easy holiday dinner idea that’s also a great recipe for leftover ham! The whole family is going to love this one!
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5 Ingredient Christmas Salad
A crave-worthy salad made with 5 simple ingredients! This 5 Ingredient Christmas Salad is perfect for the holiday season (including potlucks!). A truly easy salad recipe that is delicious!
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Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese
This Easy Mac and Cheese recipe is made in ONE pot with just SIX ingredients! Ready in 30 minutes or less
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Easy Broccoli Salad
This easy recipe for Broccoli Salad keeps for days in the fridge and will quickly become a family favorite. Made from crunchy broccoli florets, this salad is tossed with a sweet and tangy homemade broccoli salad dressing!
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Cheesy Potato Casserole
This Cheesy Potato Casserole is made with fresh potatoes and a creamy, tangy homemade cheese sauce — no hashbrowns or cream soups here!
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Homemade Creamed Corn
This easy homemade Creamed Corn comes together in minutes with just a few ingredients! Use fresh, frozen or canned corn. The perfect side dish for any holiday dinner!
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Baked Cauliflower Au Gratin
This easy, healthy and keto friendly Low Carb Baked Cauliflower Au Gratin is a gluten free, delicious side dish that even the pickiest of eaters will love!
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Easy Sourdough Stuffing Recipe
Learn how to make sourdough stuffing, a favorite for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This stuffing recipe uses sourdough bread as the base, and then adds some herbs and spices to create a moist and flavorful turkey dinner side dish.
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Hashbrown Casserole
This Hashbrown Casserole is a classic side dish that takes 10 minute to prep! Hashbrown potatoes are baked in a rich and creamy sauce, topped with melty cheddar cheese, and finished off with a buttery, crunchy Corn Flake topping.
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Breads and rolls

Because we need something to dunk in all that gravy and sauce! These breads and rolls are the perfect complement to any Christmas dinner — from turkey and other roasts to casseroles and beyond.

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Garlic Bread
This homemade Garlic Bread is a classic side dish or appetizer that comes together in just 20 minutes! Sliced French bread is slathered with homemade garlic butter, then baked until soft, buttery, and golden-brown.
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Brioche Bun recipe
This Brioche Bun recipe is light, fluffy and perfect on its own or for sandwiches or burgers! Rich and golden in color and flavor!
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Mom’s Homemade Buns
My Mom’s Homemade Buns are the perfect dinner roll for any occasion! Incredibly soft and fluffy, use all purpose or whole wheat flour, make a big batch and freeze for later.
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Homemade Breadsticks
These Homemade Breadsticks are better than Olive Garden! Ready in one hour from start to finish!
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Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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