Christmas Dinner Ideas: Sitting down to an incredible dinner on Christmas Day is like getting an extra present. And thanks to our best recipes, you can be sure to serve up a crowd-pleasing meal — but only if you plan ahead. When you’re brainstorming Christmas dinner ideas, start with the main dish: A Christmas ham, prime rib or roast is always a solid choice.
Round out your menu with mouthwatering side dishes, and don’t forget to include some vegetables! While easy recipes can be quite satisfying, at least one show stopping dish is a must when it comes to the holidays. This classic crown roast of pork is sure to wow family and friends. Season the pork overnight with salt, pepper and aromatic spices for the most tender and juicy roasted meat. Glazed apples and onions will serve as a sweet and tangy counterpoint.
1. Simple Shrimp Scampi
Christmas Dinner Ideas, Quick and easy shrimp scampi can work as an appetizer or a side dish for the holiday feast.
2. Christmas Ham Wrapped in Puff Pastry
Christmas Dinner Ideas, A riff on the iconic glazed ham covered with pineapple rings and cherries, this show stopping main course offers flaky pastry and salty ham topped with sweet pineapple sauce in every slice.
Christmas Dinner Ideas, Giada’s aromatic seafood stew is the perfect centerpiece for a Feast of the Seven Fishes-style Christmas Eve dinner.
4. Christmas Steak
Christmas Dinner Ideas, This restaurant-style steak is served carved and dressed in two fresh holiday-hued sauces — salsa roja and chimichurri — inspired by the two-tone grilled snapper served at the restaurant Contramar in Mexico City. Don’t be afraid of generously salting the meat; it helps create a real steakhouse crust.
5. Yorkshire Pudding
Christmas Dinner Ideas, Yorkshire pudding and prime rib go together like cookies and milk, especially on Christmas. And with just four ingredients and in only 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious side dish made, grand and burnished like a crown.
6. Pineapple Honey-Glazed Ham
Christmas Dinner Ideas, Ham dressed in pineapple rings and maraschino cherries is a holiday classic, and this dish will definitely steal the show.
7. Breakfast Cornbread Casserole with Ham and Kale
Christmas Dinner Ideas, The combination of ham and kale is traditional for a reason: It’s so unbelievably good. But this satisfying casserole is easy to adapt to other greens and meat pairings, depending on what you have on hand: Try cooked sausage with frozen spinach or andouille with frozen mustard greens.
8. Stuffed Standing Rib Roast
Christmas Dinner Ideas, This roast is everything we love about the holiday. Rosy, incredibly tender and perfectly seasoned meat stuffed with all the quintessential Christmas roast sides — garlicky spinach, sauteed mushrooms and cubed buttery brioche. Butterflying the roast may seem intimidating but just take your time and the effort will pay off when you hear the accolades at the table. We love how truffle butter adds umami to the dish, but we made it optional – it really is just gilding the lily.
9. Christmas Stuffing with Bacon
Christmas Dinner Ideas, Giada’s Christmas stuffing uses two types of rice as an alternative to bread. The pearl onions, Brussels sprouts, hazelnuts and chopped bacon add sweet and savory flavors.
10. Sheet Pan Holiday Ham Dinner
Christmas Dinner Ideas, No stove-top cooking is required for this beautiful holiday dinner, complete with glossy marmalade-glazed ham, herby stuffed mushrooms, roasted garlic green beans and buttery rolls. We used bone-in ham steaks, but you could easily swap in boneless. In just one hour, you can have a full and satisfying dinner spread that’s easy, elegant and stress-free–perfect for those smaller festive gatherings.
11. Red Chili Pork Tamales
Christmas Dinner Ideas, While it’s common to make tamales all year round, these delicious steamed corn husk-wrapped bundles are traditionally made and shared around the holidays. Everyone has their favorite filling–chicken, beef and pork are all popular. In our version, the pork shoulder filling is cooked low and slow in a flavorful sauce of dried chiles, aromatics and spices and then wrapped in a fluffy, tender masa dough. Enjoy these tamales on their own, or with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
12. Sunday Rib Roast
Christmas Dinner Ideas, Ina’s Mustard Horseradish Sauce accompanies her crowd-pleasing rib roast. Carve the roast at the holiday table for a dramatic presentation.
13. Creamed Spinach
Christmas Dinner Ideas, Serve this simple, classic side at your Christmas meal. Food Network Kitchen adds a little spice to the creamy sauce with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.
14. Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath
Christmas Dinner Ideas, This edible wreath is almost too pretty to eat (but seriously, you should dive in — it’s delicious.) Crisp and crunchy meringue lies beneath a ruby-red cranberry, raspberry and pomegranate sauce.