Christmas Dinner Menu Recipe Ideas

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  • 01 of 07

    Great Christmas Dinner Menu Ideas

    Christmas Dinner Table
    Christmas Dinner Table. Linda Larsen

    Christmas dinner traditionally means ham with some kind of rich potato dish, a few elegant side dishes, and lots of cookies for dessert. Some people like to serve a big roast turkey with all the trimmings, while others choose a simpler alternative menu that's easy on the cook and the budget but still special. 

    These Christmas dinner menus are perfect whatever option you prefer. Whichever you decide to use, make sure to light the tree, build a big fire in the fireplace, turn on Christmas...MORE carols and enjoy your home with family and friends.

    Merry Christmas!

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  • 02 of 07

    A Fun AND Easy Christmas Dinner

    Fun and Easy Christmas Dinner
    Fun and Easy Christmas Dinner. Linda Larsen

    This fun and easy Christmas dinner menu is the result of some experimentation and substitutions, and it's now one of my favorite holiday meals. Why not use waffle fries for your scalloped potatoes? Ham goes with almost anything, so you can add side dishes based on what you have on hand if you run out of time to shop in advance.


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  • 03 of 07

    The Easiest Ever Christmas Dinner

    Serve a cold ham with some elegant and easy sauces, crock-pot sides and make-ahead salads. By the time everyone sits down to eat, the ham is often cold anyway! You'll have an easy Christmas dinner that's not only delicious but super easy, leaving you with plenty of time to spend with your family and friends. Round the meal out with roasted asparagus and bacon-stuffed cherry tomatoes.


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  • 04 of 07

    A Cozy Christmas Dinner

    Onion Scones
    The onion scones are always a hit!. Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

    The centerpiece of this cozy Christmas dinner menu is delicious and rich wild rice chowder. It's perfect for enjoying as you gather around the Christmas tree, eyeing all the presents and enjoying your warm home. Just add some scones, a salad and some Christmas cookies for a great gathering. 

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  • 05 of 07

    A Roast Beef Christmas Dinner

    Perfect Pot Roast. Linda Larsen

    Of course, you can roast a prime rib, but that's a lot of work. You want to be with your loved ones, not toiling for hours in the kitchen. A perfect pot roast (really!) is the center of this fabulous Roast Beef Christmas dinner menu. You can serve it with your favorite sides, but mine are included here: mashed potatoes, honey rolls and a pear and greens salad, to name a few.


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  • 06 of 07

    A Traditional Christmas Dinner

    This is the menu my family serves for our traditional Christmas dinner, but you can feel free to add or substitute your own traditions. Mine includes ham, rich potatoes, some special gelatin salads and my grandmother's infamous Parker House rolls. Add Christmas cookies for the perfect combination.


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  • 07 of 07

    Roast Turkey for Christmas Dinner

    My Family's Thanksgiving Dinner. Linda Larsen

    There's no reason you can't serve a Thanksgiving dinner at Christmas! These easy recipes for a traditional roast turkey dinner are so delicious I'd happily eat them every week.