17 Classic Dishes to Add to Your Christmas Dinner Menu

'Tis the Season for Delicious Traditions

Prime Rib Roast

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It's the time of the year when family and friends gather together over food to celebrate the holidays. What could be better than a traditional Christmas dinner with all of your favorite fixings? Whether you're craving comfort, nostalgic for Christmases past, or just love the yuletide recipes you grew up eating, this holiday menu that is sure to make your stomach—and your heart—happy with festive appetizers, mains, and desserts.

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    Spinach and Artichoke Dip

    Spinach and Artichoke Dip

    Leah Maroney

    When the weather is cold and you're gathering with family to celebrate the holidays, this warm and creamy spinach and artichoke dip is sure to hit the spot. Serve it with crackers, mini pitas, or tortilla chips for dipping. It makes a great party appetizer, too.

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    Buttery Pan Rolls

    Buttery Pan Rolls

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    Homemade rolls are a wonderful accompaniment to a special meal, like these incredibly fluffy and buttery rounds. They taste fantastic served warm from the oven, slathered with more butter.

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    Quick Brandy Eggnog

    Brandy Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

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    Eggnog is a holiday classic and a favorite party drink to enjoy at Christmastime. While there are many ways to make eggnog, few recipes are as traditional as this from-scratch version, which features brandy and fresh eggs. It's easy to make and sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

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    Festive Cheese Ball with Pecans

    Festive Cheese Ball with Pecans

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    What would your Christmas party be without a cheese ball? Cheddar and cream cheese are flavored with onion, garlic, and Worcestershire, then shaped into a festive orb and rolled in finely chopped pecans. Serve with your favorite crackers.

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    Prime Rib Roast

    Prime Rib Roast

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    When you want to truly wow guests, you will never go wrong serving prime rib. This recipe produces a perfectly medium-rare roast with a gorgeous brown crust on the outside.

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    Roast Christmas Goose

    Roast Christmas Goose

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    Bring to life the world of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" when you make roast goose the star of your Christmas dinner menu. Be sure not to skip brining the goose overnight, as directed in this traditional Christmas recipe, to ensure flavorful and moist meat.

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    Perfect Southern Pot Roast

    Perfect Southern Pot Roast

    Diana Rattray

    Pot roast is a wonderful way to enjoy the rich and savory flavors of low-and-slow cooked beef for Christmas. This is truly the perfect meaty entree—tender and delicious—with or without the optional gravy.

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    Traditional Yorkshire Pudding

    Traditional Yorkshire Pudding

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    Yorkshire puddings are a classic British recipe and the traditional accompaniment for a prime rib or other roast beef dinners. Puffed-up pastry puddings with beef drippings are a great way to sop up gravy!

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    Honey Glazed Ham

    Honey Glazed Ham

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    For the ultimate Christmas dinner centerpiece, this classic honey glazed ham is simply spectacular. Be sure to let it rest a bit before serving, as instructed, for the juiciest results.

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    Crockpot Oyster Stew

    Crockpot Oyster Stew

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    Oyster stew is a traditional Christmas Eve meal. The rich, stomach-warming recipe is easily made in your crockpot, which is helpful when your oven and stove top are busy with other dishes.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Parmesan-Stuffed Dates

    Bacon-Wrapped Parmesan-Stuffed Dates

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    Bacon-wrapped dates are a classic Christmas appetizer and this easy recipe from celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck only requires three simple ingredients. Sticky, rich dates are stuffed with salty Parmesan cheese, wrapped in smoky bacon, and quickly baked to sweet-savory perfection.

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    Cheddar Cheese Green Bean Casserole

    Cheddar Cheese Green Bean Casserole

    Diana Rattray

     

    The green bean casserole is an essential Christmas and Thanksgiving side dish. Your family is sure to go in for seconds of this dish, which boasts a fantastic, homemade cheddar cheese sauce made from with sour cream and mushrooms.

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    Roasted Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese

    Roasted Potatoes With Parmesan Cheese

    Diana Rattray

     

    These savory potatoes come out nicely crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Add them to your Christmas dinner menu as a great accompaniment to beef, fowl, or ham.

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    Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage

    Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage

    Diana Rattray

     

    Roasted butternut squash with sage makes a great holiday side dish. Best of all, the six-ingredient recipe is ready to eat in less than an hour.

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    Classic New York Cheesecake

    Classic New York Cheesecake

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    This recipe for wonderfully dense and velvety cheesecake is a wonderful way to wrap up your meal. Bake it the day before and let it refrigerate overnight, or up to 24 hours, before serving.

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    Traditional English Trifle

    Traditional English Trifle

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    An English trifle is a traditional British dessert that has appeared on Christmas dinner menus for centuries. Luscious layers of sponge cake, sherry, custard, and whipped cream make this a popular and beautiful treat at the holidays, year after year.

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    Vanilla Sugar Cookies

    Vanilla Sugar Cookies

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    Christmas means sugar cookies! These classic, buttery holiday cookies are a kid favorite. Kids will love helping to decorate them with sprinkles, too.