19+ Elegant Christmas Main Dishes

19+ Ideas for Christmas Dinner

Now that we’re all stuffed with turkey from Thanksgiving, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas!

From beef to pork and everything in between, these are the best Christmas main dish recipes.

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These easy Christmas Main Dishes will be total showstoppers at your holiday parties! If you’re tired of turkey, these Christmas main dish dinner ideas are perfect for you!

Are you tired of turkey? Because I know I am! now that Thanksgiving is over, we can start planning for my favorite holiday: Christmas!

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Aside from all of the usual excitements like gift giving and the first snow, one of my favorite parts of Christmas is the food! I love making an elegant dinner for close family and friends. These main dishes are some of my favorites!

Poultry Christmas Main Dishes

Classic Cornish Hens
Cornish hens on a white plate with lemons - Christmas main dishes
Classic Cornish Hens are perfect for holiday parties! Basted with a zesty butter sauce and ready in under 1 hour. Your family will LOVE them!
Sweet Roasted Goose
Sweet Roasted Goose is a tried and true recipe for a succulent goose with crispy skin and tender meat seasoned with apple, orange and potato stuffing. Top with Cumberland Sauce. #howtocookgoose #roastgoose www.savoryexperiments.com
Succulent and sweet, roasted goose is the perfect Christmas dinner meal. These easy to follow steps will have you roasting your goose like a pro!
Crispy Duck a l’Orange
Crispy Duck A L’Orange Recipe- You won’t believe how easy this dish really is! Classic crispy duck a l'orange makes for a perfect holiday or special event dinner. Super juicy and flavorful meat with a crispy, seasoned skin.
Classic crispy duck a l’orange makes for a perfect holiday or special event dinner. Super juicy and flavorful meat with a crispy, seasoned skin.

Pork Christmas Main Dishes

Thyme Honey Baked Ham
A plate of food with a slice cut out, with Ham and Thyme
Thyme Honey Glazed Ham is a light and flavorful ham glaze recipe the whole family will enjoy. Simple to make and delicious to eat! 
Balsamic Cherry Ham Glaze
Balsamic Cherry Ham Glaze is an easy ham glaze for your Christmas ham or any baked ham throughout the year. Tart cherries, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar lend bold flavors. #hamglaze #christmasham #hamrecipe www.savoryexperiments.com
Balsamic Cherry Ham Glaze is an easy ham glaze for your Christmas ham or any baked ham throughout the year. Tart cherries, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar lend bold flavors.
Mustard Brown Sugar Baked Ham
Mustard Brown Sugar Baked Ham is a ham glaze recipe that's perfect for a Christmas ham or an Easter ham. One of the best easy ham recipes! #hamglazerecipe #spiralhamrecipes #easterham #christmasham www.savoryexperiments.com
Mustard Brown Sugar Baked Ham is a ham glaze recipe that’s perfect for a Christmas ham or an Easter ham. One of the best easy ham recipes!
Crown Pork Roast
Crown Pork Roast is the perfect special occasion or holiday meal to serve for a crowd. Tasty and impressive presentation make this a winning pork recipe!
Crown Pork Roast is the perfect special occasion or holiday meal to serve for a crowd. Tasty and impressive presentation make this a winning pork recipe!
Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin and Stuffing
Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Stuffing- one of the best pork recipes out there! This pork tenderloin recipe will blow you away with aromatic spices and an apple jelly glaze, surrounding with fresh apple and ham stuffing, all cooked on the same baking sheet. www.savoryexperiments.com
Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin is a pork tenderloin recipe  that will blow you away with aromatic spices and an apple jelly glaze, surrounding with fresh apple and ham stuffing, all cooked on the same baking sheet.
Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze
This Balsamic Herbed Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze is festive enough to serve your family and friends over the holidays. But, you’ll never have to tell your guests just how easy it was to make!
Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham
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Brown sugar pineapple ham is a classic baked ham recipe using a mustard glaze with pineapples and cherries.

Beef Christmas Main Dishes

Cranberry Glazed Tri-Tip Roast
Cranberry Glazed Tri-tip Roast- a Cranberry and orange glaze that also tastes amazing on vanilla ice cream and waffles!
Cranberry Glazed Tri-Tip is a tender piece of beef that pairs perfectly with a sweet cranberry-orange glaze for a perfect roast on the grill, smoker or even in the oven. 
Crab Imperial Filet Mignon
Angle view of Crab Imperial Filet Mignon on a square plate
Crab Imperial Filet Mignon is an easy dish perfect for special occassions. Tender beef topped with buttery crab and clarified butter.
Reverse Sear Beef Tenderloin with Blueberry Sauce
serving platter of beef tenderloin with blueberry sauce
Stunning Reverse Sear Beef Tenderloin recipe with a savory Blueberry Sauce and toasted Hazelnuts is the perfect celebratory roast for your holiday table!
Braised Brisket
sliced braised brisket with gravy
A slow, red-wine Braised Brisket is the perfect EASY dinner with minimal effort. A prime cut of beef, slowly roasted and fall apart tender!
Mini Beef Wellington
Mini Beef Wellington is one of the best party appetizers out there! Mini pieces of beef tenderloin seasoned with mushrooms, thyme, Dijon and prosciutto, all tucked into puff pastry.
Mini Beef Wellington is one of the best party appetizers out there! Mini pieces of beef tenderloin seasoned with mushrooms, thyme, Dijon and prosciutto, all tucked into puff pastry.
Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin
plate of seared beef tenderloin with tomatoes and scallions
Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin will add a whole new flavor dimension to your roast! Serve with delicious whipped horseradish sauce.
Herb Crusted Standing Rib Roast
Standing rib roast sliced on a tray - Christmas main dishes
The easiest, most fool-proof way to make a Standing Rib Roast. Herb Crusted Standing Rib Roast with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce is a show stopping, jaw dropping dinner that’s simple to make.

Pasta Christmas Main Dishes

Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs is perfect for nights when you need dinner fast. You won't need to know how to make spaghetti and meatballs any other way! #howtomakespaghettiandmeatballs #instantpotrecipes #spaghettiandmeatballs  www.savoryexperiments.com
Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs is perfect for nights when you need dinner fast. You won’t need to know how to make spaghetti and meatballs any other way!
Skinny Beef Stroganoff
Skinny Beef Stroganoff use a secret ingredient to make this into a low calorie creamy dish. Add peas and spinach for extra veggie! #beefstroganoff www.savoryexperiments.com
Skinny Beef Stroganoff Recipe- Fast, easy to make, beef stroganoff, that is family friendly and cuts down on calories by using yogurt instead of cream or sour cream. Added peas and spinach make this beef stroganoff THE BEST!
Chicken Stuffed Shells with Creamy Brie Sauce
Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Shells and Creamy Brie Sauce
Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Stuffed Shells and Creamy Brie Sauce is a rich and savory easy dinner you’ll want to make again and again! 

Lamb Christmas Main Dishes

Pomegranate Lamb Loin Chops
pomegranate lamb chops on a white platter
Warm, comforting undertones of fall flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander create a lamb crust that pairs perfectly with sweet, tart burgundy pomegranate sauce. Aroma alone will get you in the holiday spirit.
Lamb Chops with Romesco
Romesco sauce on a lamb chops
Lamb Chops, also known as Lamb Lollipops, are one of the easiest dinners to make! Only 10 minutes to cook with a smoky romesco sauce and you are ready to dine!
Parmesan Garlic Lamb Chops
close up of lamb lollipops
Parmesan Garlic Lamb Chops are an easy and tasty Easter dinner recipe made with just bread crumbs, lemon zest and pecorino romano. 
Herb Roast Leg of Lamb
Leg of Lamb is an easy lamb recipe using a layer of fresh herbs and seasonings and high temperatures sear to form a nice crust leaving the instead nice and juicy. #legoflamb #roastlamb #easterlamb www.savoryexperiments.com
Herb Roast Leg of Lamb is an easy lamb recipe using fresh herbs, seasonings and high temperatures sear a nice crust leaving the instead nice & juicy.

Check out these fun and festive Christmas desserts:

Cherry Poke Cake
A piece of cake on a plate, with Cherry
Poke cakes are so fun, and this Cherry Poke Cake is no exception. Easier to make than just a white cake with cherry filling, and more delicious too!
Christmas Puppy Chow
Christmas Puppy Chow transforms a traditional muddy buddy recipe into a festive Reindeer Chow mix! The perfect no-bake dessert for any party or event. #puppychow #reindeerchow #muddybuddy www.savoryexperiments.com
Christmas Puppy Chow transforms a traditional muddy buddy recipe into a festive Reindeer Chow mix! The perfect no-bake dessert for any party or event.
Holiday Meringue Wreath
pavlova wreath
If you're looking for the perfect showstopping holiday dessert, look no further than this Meringue Wreath! A beautiful holiday pavlova with whipped cream and fresh berries.
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