50 Mouthwatering Christmas Dinner Ideas Your Family Will Love

Everyone's going to want seconds (and thirds!)

christmas dinner
Laura Moss

Nothing brings the family together for the holidays faster than a piping hot feast on the table. Serve guests these recipes — including everything from appetizers and drinks to sides and dessert — and we guarantee they'll be back again next year.

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christmas dinner deviled eggs
Jonny Valiant
Deviled Eggs

These easy-to-make apps have all the holiday flavors you crave: smoked paprika, bacon, and fresh green herbs.

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Christmas Appetizers Tortilla Wreath
Laura Moss
Tortilla Wreath with Brie

As beautiful as it is tasty, this tortilla wreath doubles as a centerpiece and an appetizer.

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Christmas Dinner Feta and Spinach Tartlets
Raymond Hom
Feta and Spinach Tartlets

These savory tartlets are inspired by flavors of the Mediterranean. Reminiscent of Greek spanakopita, they combine spinach, feta cheese, and fresh dill for a crunchy phyllo dough shell.

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Christmas Appetizers Roasted Tomato and Garlic Tart
Constantine Poulos
Roasted Tomato and Garlic Tart

Made from many layers of rolled and folded dough, these puff pastries are buttery and flaky and can rise to eight times its original thickness. For this tasty tart, you can also cut it into smaller bites to create a party-ready appetizer.

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Christmas Dinner Cinnamon-Spiced Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Croutons
Con Poulos
Cinnamon-Spiced Sweet Potato Soup with Maple Croutons

Made from one pound of carrots, this cinnamon-spice sweet potato soup is packed with healthy vitamin A. And it's delicious too!

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What you'll need: Cuisinart Stainless Saucepan ($19, )

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Christmas Dinner Parmesan Pastry Pipes
Jonny Valiant
Parmesan Pastry Pipes

For a quick and easy appetizer, whip up these next-level breadsticks, stuffed with a yummy sour cream and cheese filling you guests will love.

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What you'll need: SveBake Pastry Bags ($12, )

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christmas dinner apricot glazed ham
Iain Bagwell
Apricot-Glazed Smoked Ham

Move over, turkey: Try this smoky ham recipe glazed in sweet fruity apricot for a main course even the kids will want seconds of.

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Christmas Dinner Chicken Drumsticks and Vegetables in Mustard-Tarragon Sauce
Ryan Liebe
Chicken Drumsticks and Vegetables in Mustard-Tarragon Sauce

This comforting classic has a flavorful twist with a tasty mustard-tarragon sauce.

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What you'll need: Cuisinart Stainless Roaster ($44, )

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Christmas Dinner Roast Cornish Hens
Jonny Valiant
Roast Cornish Hens

If you don't like ham, then try whipping up these cornish game hens. They're the perfect protein for Christmas dinner because they cook up quickly and are packed with flavor.

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What you'll need: Pyrex Glass Baking Dish Set of 2 ($20, )

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Christmas Dinner Fennel and Garlic Roast Pork Loin
Hector Sanchez
Fennel and Garlic Roast Pork Loin

There's nothing typical about this roast: Pears, fennel, and a touch of coriander combine for a taste that's succulent and earthy, with just a hint of citrus.

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What you'll need: Pro Chef Stainless Steel Colander Strainer ($30, )

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Christmas Dinner Pork Loin With Cherry-Orange Compote
Lisa Hubbard
Pork Loin With Cherry-Orange Compote

If you're looking to save some time on cooking this holiday, part of this recipe can be done 2 days ahead. Cut and wrap onion for the compote and prepare orange sections up to 2 days ahead. Refrigerate completely covered!

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Christmas Dinner Horseradish-Crusted Beef with Roasted Potatoes and Shallots
Hector Sanchez
Horseradish-Crusted Beef with Roasted Potatoes and Shallots

Roast beef gets a tasty upgrade with this recipe. The trick to a perfect dish is making sure the jarred horseradish is squeezed as much as possible — it has more liquid than you think.

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Christmas Dinner Orange-Rosemary Roast Goose
Steve Giralt
Orange-Rosemary Roast Goose

With a roast goose this beautiful, your family and friend will still be sighing well into the new year thanks to this tastes-as-good-as-it-looks Christmas dinner centerpiece.

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Christmas Dinner Roasted Chicken and Squash Panzanella
Mike Garten
Roasted Chicken and Squash Panzanella

You can spend all day playing with the kids and still whip up this dish in just 30 minutes flat.

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Christmas Dinner Chicken and Ham Stuffed Shells
Iain Bagwell
Chicken and Ham Stuffed Shells

Paired with a creamy béchamel sauce, these stuffed shells are sure to make their way into your regular dinner rotation, but you should definitely add them to your holiday spread this year.

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Christmas Dinner Garlic and Herb Roasted Turkey
Chris Court
Garlic and Herb Roasted Turkey

Who says you can only have turkey at Thanksgiving? Wow your guests with this exquisite turkey recipe with garlic, olive oil, and fresh thyme.

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Christmas Dinner Roast Pork Loin with Herb Stuffing
JOHN KERNICK
Roast Pork Loin with Herb Stuffing

An aromatic brine of juniper, cardamom, and bay imbues this lean cut with juicy flavor. The breadcrumb filling adds a flavor to every bite.

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Christmas Dinner Vegetable Lasagna
Kat Teutsch
Vegetable Lasagna

Opting out of meat this year? This hearty lasagna is meat-free and packed with veggies. Substitutions like spinach and broccoli florets cut calories without compromising taste.

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Christmas Dinner Fully Loaded Sweet Potatoes
Courtesy of The Novice Chef
Fully Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Load up your baked sweet potatoes with marshmallows, pecans, cinnamon, and brown sugar instead for a super sweet side dish.

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What you'll need: AmazonBasics Nonstick Half Baking Sheet ($16, )

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Christmas Dinner Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese
Courtesy of Carls Bad Cravings
Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese

This mac and cheese recipe turns plain nursery food into a festive holiday side dish worthy of its place at the table. Everyone will be reaching for this creamy side dish — guaranteed!

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Christmas Dinner Rosemary Dinner Rolls
Courtesy of Cooking Classy
Rosemary Dinner Rolls

These soft and fluffy rolls are a tasty addition to any main dish.

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Christmas dinner Baked Kale Gratin
Johnny Miller
Baked Kale Gratin

Inspired by spinach dip, this baked kale gratin puts a mouthwatering twist on the traditional app we know and love. You can substitute collard, turnip or mustard greens for the kale, but be sure to remove any thick stems.

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Christmas Dinner Apple-Walnut Stuffing
Johnny Miller
Apple-Walnut Stuffing

Toss dried fruits such as apricots, figs, or raisins in with the apples for an added touch of sweetness to this apple-walnut stuffing. Assemble up to a day ahead, and simply cover and chill for a grab-and-go casserole.

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Christmas Dinner Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
Christopher Testani
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

Coated in orange juice, spices, and olive oil, this sweet potato, carrot, and onion mix pops with flavor.

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Christmas Dinner Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary Pecans
ROMULO YANES
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary Pecans

Not a fan of marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes? Go the savory route with these mashed potatoes that feature rosemary-roasted pecans.

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Christmas Dinner Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies
Courtesy of Jo Cooks
Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies

Get your fix of veggies with this Italian-style baked side dish. With cauliflower, tomatoes, and cremini mushrooms, this dish is full of flavor and texture.

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Christmas Dinner Coriander Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Chris Court
Coriander Roasted Sweet Potatoes

A yogurt and lemon juice sauce gives these sweet tots a tangy finish.

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Christmas Dinner Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad
Courtesy of Cooking Classy
Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad

Full of tart cranberries, crisp spinach leaves and crunchy almonds, there's nothing boring about this holiday salad!

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Christmas Dinner Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Sausage
Con Poulos
Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Sausage

Crisped, succulent Italian sausage adds loads of flavor to this reinvented version of a holiday staple, topped with grated Parmesan and bread crumbs.

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Christmas Dinner Potato and Butternut Squash Gratin
Jonny Valiant
Potato and Butternut Squash Gratin

Add some holiday sweetness to your usual potato gratin with yummy butternut squash.

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