There’s nothing more memorable than Christmas Dinner. It’s a culmination of the holiday season, when the rush is through and it’s time for feasting. The food doesn’t need to be complicated or difficult to be festive and memorable. We’ve gathered some simple, delicious and easy Christmas dinner recipes and ideas to help you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
When it comes to the holidays, Christmas Dinner is the showstopper. The culmination of all your planning and baking and shopping… and working. It’s the gathering close of those you love. Here are some simple and festive Christmas Dinner Recipes and ideas to browse.
Christmas Dinner Recipes & Ideas
These Christmas Dinner recipes include everything from appetizers to first courses, like soup and salad, to the main course. Deliciously festive recipes from roast turkey to ham, prime rib, pork recipes, and more.
You will also find delicious Christmas side recipes. For more ideas and recipes, you may also want to read my Festive Christmas Side Dishes for the Holidays. Plenty of delicious recipes there along with a list of the most favorite holiday side recipes according to recent surveys.
As you plan menus for the holidays, from Christmas Eve through Christmas morning, I’ve included her a list of idea posts for these as well. Keep reading for the Christmas dinner recipes below the following links.
Christmas Soup Recipes
Soup is an easy course to add for Christmas Dinner. Plus, it’s a great option for vegetarian guests as well. Here are some delicious soup recipes, perfect for Christmas dinner!
"With just three ingredients and a few minutes you can have a beautiful and festive holiday appetizer to share with friends and family. This Honey Almond Baked Brie recipe is salty, sweet, creamy, and crunchy -- making it the perfect party food for any gathering!"
This easy Holiday Cheese Board takes minutes to assemble, is a beautiful and delicious display of seasonal finger foods and appetizers that will keep everyone satisfied for parties and gatherings. I'm keeping it super simple with store-bought ingredients and almost zero prep.
"This Holiday Crostini Trio is simple and delicious, and has something for everyone! There's shrimp and avocado for the seafood lovers, prosciutto and provolone for the meat-eaters, and mushrooms with herbed mascarpone for a vegetarian option.."
"Full of beautiful flavors and textures from pomegranate, red grapes, candied pecans, pears, and cheese, this Christmas Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette is an easy, festive recipe for your holiday table!"
This Mandarin Orange Salad with Thai Crunch Salad Dressing may remind you of California Pizza Kitchen. It's an incredibly delicious quick and easy salad with little to no chopping. It comes together in minutes with sweet oranges, greens, and a zingy dressing you will love.
“Subtly spiced with a ras el hanout butter and stuffed with a bejeweled stuffing, this turkey breast is rolled for easy serving. The only tricky part with a rolled turkey breast is the butterflying process, but most butchers will do this for you if you ask.”
"Nothing is more majestic than this regal cut of meat — and nothing makes your house smell better while it roasts. Here, pork's natural sweetness is coaxed forward by the herbs and onions in the stuffing. And the crispy, savory bones are a delightful bonus."
"This recipe– though stunning– is actually much easier to make than it seems. And if you’re willing to give it a go, the rewards (in both flavor and appreciation) are astronomical. Roast this baby up for Christmas dinner and your whole family will think you’re a superstar. Swear it."
“Meltingly tender and full of flavor, prime rib is a festive main course for a Christmas feast, and it couldn’t be easier to make, leaving you time to enjoy your guests. Here we’ve included two classic accompaniments, both horseradish cream, and a red wine jus, but feel free to make only one or the other if you prefer.”
"A traditional ham is the perfect choice if you’ve got a full house with lots of people to feed. We always cook ours on Christmas Eve so that it can be enjoyed on its own and then there is plenty leftover for the festive lunch."
"The great thing about doing a whole rib roast is that you don't have to concentrate," Michael Mina says. "Season it right with salt and pepper, put it in the oven and then you can focus on all the dishes that go along with it."
“The beef is seasoned simply with crushed peppercorn, kosher salt and Dijon mustard. If you don’t like mustard, don’t let that scare you off. It adds flavor, but in a subtle way. You’d never guess the mustard was there, but trust me, you need it.”
“Soaking the turkey in a saltwater brine produces tender, juicy meat. In this recipe, our brine mixture also includes buttermilk, which adds flavor to the turkey and helps keep the meat incredibly moist.”
“Have your butcher cut the ribs from the roast and tie them back on. Use muffin tins if you don’t have popover pans. Preheating the pans makes the popover batter start cooking and fluffing the second you pour it in.”
A holiday tradition, "Porchetta Pork Tenderloin is an Italian savory and tender boneless pork with traditional spices of rosemary, fennel, thyme and garlic. Wrapped is bacon and served over mashed potatoes, it’s a feast for the eyes as well the palate."
"A stunning roast goose recipe, with a selection of bright, zesty 'friends' and a Swiss chard stuffing. This recipe is a must for those seeking something a little different to the traditional Christmas goose."
“An easy yet elegant centerpiece for a celebratory meal, this recipe uses our focaccia stuffing mix and turkey gravy base to streamline prep, though you can substitute your own favorite stuffing and gravy if you prefer. During roasting, the stuffing will absorb the flavorful juices from the turkey. Ask your butcher to butterfly the turkey breast halves for you, so they can be opened out like a book.”
“Each guest can enjoy his or her own bird when you serve these perfectly portioned Cornish game hens. Remember to season the cavities before adding the sausage and cornbread stuffing, and dot the top of each bird with butter for evenly browned skin. A honey-sweetened balsamic glaze finishes the dish nicely.”
Cooking a turkey breast in the Instant Pot will result in one of the juiciest turkey breasts you’ve ever had. Incredibly easy to make in under an hour. Perfectly seasoned with herbs and spices and even makes its own gravy!
This Warm Vichyssoise Soup is a vintage potato soup recipe, much like cream of potato soup. It's a French-inspired creamy and velvety soup that is deliciously special and even elegant. Plus, it can be made in 15 minutes or less.
"This scalloped potatoes with apples dish is delicious with breaded baked pork chops, which you could cook at the same time in another cast-iron pan. We are retired and it's just the two of us, but you could easily double the recipe."
“These are probably the simplest potatoes ever. Just potatoes, fresh oregano, thyme, butter, cheese, salt and pepper. Seven ingredients and so delish. The secret is definitely the thinly sliced potatoes.”
“To get this comforting classic right, be sure to break the crust that the cream forms several times while cooking. It’ll allow the cream and potatoes to meld perfectly — and prevent the top from overcooking.”
This iconic Green Bean Casserole is a classic favorite holiday side dish. Requiring only minutes of prep, it can be made with canned, frozen, or fresh green beans. And with a couple of unique ingredients, this twist on a classic favorite is just as delicious as ever.
“There’s a reason this vegetable side makes its way onto so many holiday tables: It’s a perfect complement to heartier meat dishes (and impossible to mess up). Don’t forget the nutmeg, which adds essential, festive warmth.”
Sweet Potato Casserole is an easy, iconic side dish perfect for the holidays with a smooth, velvety texture and sweet distinctive flavor. Topped with a crunchy pecan streusel and a hint of citrus, it's a classic favorite.
It's the festive season and this Spinach Puff Pastry Christmas Tree is savory treat you, your family, and guests will love. Simple to make with a cheesy spinach filling, store-bought puff pastry and pizza sauce for serving.
This simple Raspberry Christmas Trifle Recipe is an easy to make layered dessert of fresh raspberries, ladyfingers, and a heavenly pastry cream. It's a festive, traditional style British Christmas dessert that takes minutes to make, plus chilling time.
This Peppermint No Bake Cheesecake is a 10-minute prep(plus chilling time), no-bake, foolproof way to make cheesecake for the holidays. It's easy, utterly delicious, and simple. And invokes all things Christmas... and festive!
Figgy Pudding-- the name itself conjures visions of Christmas and sugarplums and family... and tradition. A moist and tender Christmas pudding, redolent with the spices of Christmas, figs, and oranges.