An Easy Christmas Dinner Menu

For a Delicious and Stress-Free Holiday

For some people in the U.S., Christmas dinner is one of the biggest meals of the year, along with Easter and Thanksgiving. This meal can involve lots of preparation from shopping to food prep, and from serving to cleaning up. Often, the host ends up frazzled, collapsing into their chair at the dinner table.

But it doesn't have to be that way! By following this very easy Christmas dinner menu, you will be able to relax and enjoy the meal without a lot of work beforehand. We've included time-saving, easy recipes for appetizers, main dishes, sides, desserts, and even a couple of festive holiday cocktails to enjoy.

Just choose your favorites from this round-up of the easiest-ever holiday recipes to create the ultimate Christmas dinner menu that's not only delicious but will earn you plenty of compliments as a fabulous host or hostess. 

So whether you're a beginner cook, or have more experience under your belt and just don't want to spend too much time cooped up in the kitchen this holiday season, we've got you covered for your Christmas dinner menu with these simple, scrumptious, time-saving recipes.

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    Pear and Greens Salad

    Pear and greens salad recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga 

    Start your Christmas dinner with this elegant looking salad that you can put together in a snap. This simple pear and greens salad includes tender fresh greens with juicy sliced pears, crumbled blue cheese and chopped walnuts, for a sweet-meets-savory flavor combination that's nothing short of delicious. To make it even easier, skip toasting the walnuts and use your favorite store-bought vinaigrette dressing, instead of making one from scratch. (We won't tell your guests if you don't!)

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    Baked Ham With Fruit Glaze

    Baked ham
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    Just three ingredients go into this baked ham with fruit recipe that makes an impressive—but insanely easy—main course for your Christmas dinner with family and friends. The recipe starts with a fully cooked, bone-in smoked ham (when shopping, look for one labeled "ready to eat" or "ready to serve"). All you have to do is brush on a two-ingredient glaze (it's just jam and mustard mixed together in a bowl) and bake in the oven for a few hours. The result is a stunning main dish that practically prepares itself.

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    Simple Orange Glazed Pork Roast

    Pork roast

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Pork roast makes a flavorful entree that smells wonderful while it's cooking in your oven. You'll earn kudos from guests with this uncomplicated simple orange glazed pork roast recipe that's tasty, tender and crazy easy to make. Makes a wonderful, delicious main course to enjoy at Christmas dinner, along with mashed potatoes and your family's favorite veggies.

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    Herb Roasted Turkey

    Herb roasted turkey recipe

    ​The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

    Have you always been intimidated by the idea of roasting a whole turkey for guests? Here's what most chefs won't tell you—it's actually incredibly easy to make a moist, juicy and tasty turkey in your oven, without a whole bunch of added ingredients, or time spent fussing around in the kitchen. This easy peasy herb roasted recipe walks you through how to simply prepare a large bird for your oven, then pop it inside to bake for a few hours until it's done. Want to make it even easier than it already is? Give someone at the table the "honor" of carving the bird - they'll be glad to pitch in, and you can sit back and enjoy the kudos you'll get as the chef!

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    Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes
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    Make Christmas dinner easy on yourself by getting some of the work done ahead of time, so you're less stressed on the day of with these make-ahead mashed potatoes. These rich and creamy mashed potatoes are not only super tasty and easy to make, they actually can be made up to a week ahead of time, so you can concentrate on your guests, instead of fretting about your spuds. Just prep them by boiling cut-up potatoes and mashing them with a few easy ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Then store them in your fridge in an ovenproof baking dish, for easy reheating before serving.

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    10-Minute Roasted Asparagus

    Roasted asparagus

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray 

    Roasting asparagus brings out all the best flavors of this vegetable and is unbelievably easy to do. This quick and simple 10-minute roasted asparagus recipe is truly delicious. Just dress asparagus spears with some olive oil and salt, before popping into the oven for a quick bake before serving. 

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    Steamed Green Beans

    Steamed green beans

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Green beans go beautifully with meat or turkey main dishes, making them a great choice for serving at Christmas dinner. Steaming is a wonderful way to prepare this vegetable because it results in a fresh-tasting side dish that's bright green and perfect for the holiday. Just use this trusted, impossibly easy steamed green beans recipe, in which green beans are simply steamed over boiling water, then tossed with butter, salt, and pepper, for a nutritious and colorful accompaniment to your main course at Christmas dinner.

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    Basic Bread Stuffing Recipe

    Basic Bread Stuffing

    The Spruce

    Stuffing is definitely a "want to have" item, rather than a "need to have." But if you're cooking a turkey and want to serve it up with all the trimmings, here's a straight-forward recipe for a stuffing that won't stress you out, and can bake along for the last hour or so with the turkey. All you need is cubes of fresh bread, some chopped up vegetables, and a few seasonings to pull it together before popping it in the oven. As for the broth that's called for in our basic bread stuffing recipe, take our helpful hint and open up some cans of store-bought broth, or dissolve a few bouillon cubes in boiling water from your kettle.

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    Easy Baked Apple Crisp

    Apple Crunch Dessert With Ice Cream

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    What would Christmas dinner be without dessert? Here's a stress-free recipe for an easy baked apple crisp that's sure to please everyone at your Christmas dinner table, and is one of the easiest desserts you could possibly make. Best of all, it can be made and refrigerated the day before, to be reheated when you want to eat it. Sliced apples are tossed simply with cinnamon and salt, then topped with a crumble that you mix with your fingers, for an aromatic, sweet, lightly spiced, warm dessert that smells fabulous and tastes absolutely scrumptious.

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    Easy Sugar Cookies

    Sugar cookies with sprinkles

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    Easy sugar cookies are a Christmas dinner favorite and are great to have on hand if you've got kids attending your holiday dinner. They can even help you make this recipe - it's that easy! Just a few baking ingredients combine together to create these nice, soft, tender sugar cookies. Put them out undecorated, along with a few tubes of icing and pots of sprinkles, and let your guests (young or old) decorate their own as a fun after-dinner activity!

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    Christmas Mule Recipe

    Christmas mule cocktail

    The Spruce 

    Christmas dinner is a great time to have some fun with holiday cocktails. This festive cocktail brings the popular Christmas Mule recipe into the holiday season, with a warm, inviting and comforting flavor that's ideal for any cold winter night. Best of all, it only takes two ingredients (plus a decorative cinnamon stick) to mix this cocktail, making it just about the easier beverage choice for any host or hostess - and one your guests will certainly appreciate when they come in from the chill.

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    Merry Christmas Cocktail

    Merry Christmas cocktail

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Merry Christmas to all! This refreshing tall drink is great for Christmas dinner and features one of the most classic flavors of the season - the juicy cranberry. The Merry Christmas cocktail a simple gin cocktail that adults will enjoy, but you can also leave out the gin for a tasty, thirst-quenching non-alcoholic alternative.