‘Tis the season to savor the joy of cooking and sharing delicious Christmas dinner main dish recipes with loved ones. As the holiday season approaches, the anticipation of planning the perfect Christmas Day main dinner entree begins to take center stage. Elevate your festive feast with these hearty and elegant main dish recipes that promise to delight your guests and serve as the crowning glory of your holiday spread. Whether you opt for a classic holiday glazed baked ham, a whole roast turkey, or venture into new culinary territory with a rack of lamb, rest assured that your Christmas entree will be a showstopper.
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Brined Turkey Breast
Slow cooker apple cider brined turkey breast is a perfect autumn recipe. I guarantee you’ve never had such moist turkey! It’s juicy and delicious and bursting with fall flavours. Cooking boneless turkey breast in a slow cooker is an easy no fuss dinner. This is the best brined turkey breast and perfect for all the holidays ahead.
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The Best Holiday Roasted Chicken
The key to the best holiday roasted chicken might lie in the simplicity of the recipe. Also ideal for a regular weeknight dinner when you want something a little fancier, this no-fuss, one-pot whole chicken is a real winner. Garlic, lemon, and rosemary add subtle, delicious flavors, and you will find just about any festive side dishes that go perfectly alongside this juicy chicken. Add this Thanksgiving or Christmas roast chicken to your holiday menu!
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Sheet Pan Turkey Breast Dinner
Turkey is something many of us only eat once a year (more than once if you’re counting all the meals from leftovers!) But if you don’t want to cook a huge turkey, you might prefer this sheet pan turkey breast dinner instead. You still get all the flavor and deliciousness of cooking a whole bird and sides, but with a simpler method. This is one of the best Thanksgiving sheet pan recipes!
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Holiday Beef Wellington
What about making holiday beef wellington for Thanksgiving dinner this year? It’s made with beef tenderloin, the most tender cut of beef, along with flavourful ingredients such as prosciutto parma ham, rosemary, thyme, mushrooms, shallot, and more. This Thanksgiving or Christmas beef wellington recipe is straightforward to make and it’s a wonderfully decadent meal for the holidays.
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Sheet Pan Crab Legs
Flavored with Old Bay, butter, garlic, and lemon, these juicy crab legs are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. Crab has a distinctive taste and these snow crab legs are always a nice treat.
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Cranberry Holiday Beef Brisket
This cranberry holiday beef brisket is seriously amazing. It’s a lovely dish for the holiday season, Jewish holidays or any time of year you’re feeling festive. A large brisket with fresh cranberries or cranberry jelly is a great recipe for any holiday, special occasion or simply because it’s delicious enough to have any day!
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Pot Roast with Red Wine
This slow cooker pot roast with red wine is a simple and delicious meal that is perfect for preparing in the morning and letting cook all day. When you return, the mouth-watering aroma that fills your home is just a bonus!
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Smoked Sweet Onion Honey Glazed Ham
Smoked sweet onion honey glazed ham on a pellet grill makes such a delicious meal for a special occasion. Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter would be the perfect time for smoking a ham on a pellet smoker or Traeger grill. This honey ham recipe is juicy, boasting all kinds of rich, wonderful flavours. The glaze ensures it won’t dry out and the flavour is just phenomenal.
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Smoked Turkey Breast
This smoked turkey breast recipe is perfect for holiday dinners, and learning how to smoke it over wood chips or pellets will make you a pro. With juicy and flavorful results, your family will love it, so fire up your Traeger grill or pellet smoker!
Recipe here: Smoked Turkey Breast
Instant Pot Pork Loin Roast with Vegetables
This Instant Pot pork loin roast is an especially great recipe because you can make it in a fraction of the time you’d spend using a slow cooker or Dutch oven. Pork roast with vegetables makes a very easy dinner for busy weeknights.
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Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Flank Steak
How does cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak sound as a Thanksgiving dinner dish? Doesn’t the sound of this recipe make your mouth begin to water? It’s such a great recipe for stuffed flank steak and works well as a New Year, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe when you want something both fancy and tasty. It is so easy to Stuff and roll a butterflied flank steak, so don’t be intimidated.
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Maple Bacon Pork Tenderloin
Looking for something unique for your Thanksgiving table? This Maple Bacon Pork Tenderloin is a smoky, flavorful dish that the family will love. Bacon makes everything better, right?
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Cherry Chestnut 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.
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Easy Roasted Rosemary Lemon Chicken
Roasted Rosemary Lemon Chicken is a moist and delicious entree for your Thanksgiving table. It’s easier than a whole Turkey and you can make two and have leftover chicken for the week.
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Air Fryer Country Style Ribs
Change things up this Thanksgiving with these Air Fryer Country Style Ribs. They are full of tender, juicy, flavors. You won’t believe how fast this dish comes together. Made with thick, country-style ribs, light seasoning, and your favorite bbq sauce.
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Dutch Oven Turkey Breast
Dutch Oven Turkey Breast is the perfect alternative to roasting a whole turkey during the holidays. It’s moist, tender, and loaded with flavor from the dry rub brine, fresh herbs, and juicy lemons!
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Roasted Turkey Leg
In the mood for turkey but don’t want to roast an entire turkey? Try this Turkey Leg Recipe! It’s easier, faster, and just as tasty, if not more.
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Roast Turkey Breast Recipe
This easy Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast is my favorite no-fuss alternative to a full-size turkey. Perfect for smaller groups or families, the result is juicy, delicious, perfectly seasoned roast turkey breast every time!
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This turkey is full of flavor and one you will need to add to your menu list this Christmas! The family will love this delicious turkey recipe.
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Cioppino Recipe (Seafood Stew)
Cioppino is a comforting San Franciscan seafood stew filled with shrimp, clams, mussels, white fish, and crab legs all simmered in a rich broth made from tomatoes, white wine, and fish stock. A family favorite, enjoy this easy and delicious one-pot seafood stew for a special weeknight or holiday meal.
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Stuffed Lamb Recipe
A simple cranberry pesto made with basil, mint, garlic and pine nuts makes this stuffed American lamb recipe a gorgeously festive and delicious winter dish perfect as a holiday dinner party centerpiece. Lamb is the perfect meat for a holiday dinner because it’s just a llittlebit more special than the rest and truly complements winter herbs and flavors so well.
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Sausage Stuffed Cornish Hens
Sausage stuffed Cornish hens are petite birds that are perfect for a special occasion or easy enough to roast for a weeknight dinner at home. The Cornish hens are stuffed with a flavorful sausage and wild rice mixture and rubbed with an herbaceous compound butter that is roasted to golden perfection.
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Dr. Pepper Ham (Crockpot Recipe)
Dr. Pepper Ham is a fantastic holiday meal that’s easy to make in your slow cooker. The glaze includes Dr Pepper, brown sugar, and pineapple, so it’s sweet, tangy, and finger licking good!! Since oven space is always limited during the holidays, a crockpot ham is the perfect solution.
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Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb
Roasted boneless leg of lamb is a delicious and easy to prepare dish that can be enjoyed year-round! This succulent, juicy cut of meat makes for a hearty meal fit for any occasion. With its mild flavor and versatile cooking methods, boneless lamb roast recipe is an excellent choice for entertaining or a cozy night in.
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This roasted duck recipe is caramelized and crispy on the outside yet tender and juicy on the inside. It’s a gloriously tasty dish that guarantees to be the star of your dinner table!
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Prime rib is one of of those show-stoppers for your table, which makes it perfect for the holidays. If you’re not a fan of turkey or just can’t seem to make it without it being dry and flavorless, prime rib is the way to go!
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Chicken Fricassee (or fricasseé – pronounced fri-cah-say) is a classic French comfort food dish. Silky cream sauce coats tender and delicious chicken thighs, while white wine cuts the acidity of the sauce. Perfect for when you’re looking for something cozy to eat!
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This spatchcock turkey recipe is a whole turkey that’s been brined, then flattened and roasted until golden brown. A spatchcocked turkey cooks significantly faster than a traditional roast turkey, and comes out tender and juicy every time! Add this to your list of favorite Thanksgiving sheet pan recipes.
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Prepare to fall madly in love with this Creamy, dreamy Mustard Chicken Recipe. Classic French dish that tastes outstanding. Imagine a perfectly braised, falls-off-the-bone chicken swimming in a creamy, flavorful mustard sauce.
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Sweet And Sticky Char Siu (Chinese Bbq Pork)
If you love a juicy, sweet & sticky char siu (Chinese BBQ Pork, 叉烧), give this easy recipe a try! Delicious authentic char siu is achievable at home! Includes instructions on how to make char siu in the oven so this can be made in the oven or the grill depending on the season.
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Oven Roasted Five Spice Peking Chicken
This Chinese roast chicken recipe is a cross between a roasted chicken & Peking duck. This Peking chicken recipe is for days when you have that craving for a Peking duck, but chicken is all you have to work with.
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Bacon-Wrapped Venison Backstrap Roast
Bacon-Wrapped Venison Backstrap Roast is marinated in teriyaki sauce before roasting in the oven or air fryer. Best and easiest venison backstrap or tenderloin recipe! Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, first day of deer season or Fathers Day dinner.
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Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon In Foil Recipe
Baked salmon in foil is a moist, flavorful, and flaky whole side of salmon infused with lemon garlic butter sauce. It makes a nice centerpiece for your holiday dinner table, and it’s also perfect to make for dinner without a special occasion. Salmon in foil is easy, and ready in under half an hour!
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This succulent pineapple ham is a show-stopping centerpiece. Warm and juicy, our spiral ham features sweet roasted pineapple, maraschino cherries, and a sticky brown sugar glaze. Impressive enough for a holiday meal like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s also easy enough for Sunday supper.
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Easy Prime Rib Roast With Horseradish Cream
It doesn’t get any better (or easier) than this Salt and Pepper Crusted Prime Rib Roast recipe. Save this one for the holidays or anytime you want a celebration-worthy dinner!
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