Perfect Pot Roast Dinner Menu for Christmas

Celebrate the Holidays With The Perfect Menu

Perfect pot roast

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You might think of pot roast as a humble dish, but when cooked and flavored perfectly, it will be the star of the holiday dinner table. This easy to prepare pot roast dinner Christmas menu is incredibly delicious and comforting, including fresh salad greens with fruit and nuts, home-baked dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, creamy vegetables, and traditional Yorkshire pudding. And for dessert—Christmas cookies, of course!

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    Pear and Greens Salad

    Pear and greens salad recipe

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    Winter is an ideal season for adding fresh, juicy, sweet pears at their peak to your dinner menus. This fancy pear and greens salad is a wonderful way to showcase the goodness of pears and is a perfect recipe for serving at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. You'll love the simple yet special combination of tender and slightly bitter greens with a sweet celery seed dressing, juicy and tart pears, blue cheese, and toasted walnuts.

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    Buttery Dinner Rolls

    Buttery Dinner Rolls

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    Looking for a recipe for delicious and easy homemade rolls to serve at Christmas dinner? These butter pan rolls are fantastic served warm from the oven, and taste great served with butter. Make a big batch and reserve some rolls for slicing in half and using as sandwich rolls later.

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    New England Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    Pot Roast

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    Pot roast has always been a favorite one-pot Christmas dinner entree. This recipe for New England style pot roast makes a wonderful main dish for your holiday meals, and is both budget-friendly and requires little hands on cooking. Prepare the roast in the morning and put it into the slow cooker to braise all day. Then whip up an easy, delicious butter and horseradish gravy, and serve with the melt in your mouth meat.

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    Perfect Southern Pot Roast

    Perfect pot roast

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    This simply delicious oven-baked pot roast is so easy to prepare and makes a stand-out dish at your Christmas dinner table. You'll cook the meat low and slow in the oven, so it comes out tender and juicy, with or without the optional gravy. Add potatoes to the pan, for an easy one-dish entree your family and friends will love.

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    Traditional Yorkshire Pudding

    Traditional Yorkshire Pudding

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    What could be more classic at Christmas dinner than irresistible, hot, cute little Yorkshire puddings? You'll never buy ready-made Yorkshire puddings again, once you try this super easy, all-star, traditional recipe that turns out gold and delicious British style puddings every time. They make the perfect accompaniment to your holiday roast.

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    Oven Braised Bottom Round Pot Roast

    Oven Braised Pot Roast, Bottom Round
    Oven Braised Beef Pot Roast.

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    Braising is the perfect cooking technique to make a budget-conscious bottom round roast come out moist, tender, and delicious. Apple juice and beef broth team up as the braising liquid, and a bit of vinegar adds tangy flavor, in this recipe you'll want to add to your holiday repertoire. Serve this classic roast with mashed potatoes, and your favorite cooked vegetables, for a fabulous family dinner.

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    Classic Mashed Potatoes

    Classic mashed potatoes

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    Perfect, creamy mashed potatoes are possible to make at home, with this essential kitchen recipe and helpful tips. You'll get advice on choosing the right potatoes, what to add to them, ideas for flavor variations, and the best methods for mashing them to a smooth, wonderful texture.

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    Creamy Rice Pilaf With Peas

    Creamy Rice Pilaf with Peas

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    Creamy rice pilaf with peas is an easy and quick side dish recipe that perfectly complements pot roasts and other traditional Christmas main dishes. This recipe combines sweet peas, sour cream, and onions with tender rice, for a simple and tasty side.

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    Broccoli Cheese Casserole

    Broccoli Casserole

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    Kids and adults alike will go for seconds of this easy, cheesy side dish casserole that is so simple to prepare in about half an hour. Frozen broccoli, condensed soups, and cheese are combined to create creamy, yummy goodness. Slivered almonds add great crunch to this holiday favorite casserole.

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    Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage

    Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage

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    Roasting root vegetables in the oven is a wonderful way to bring out their natural sweetness. This delicious roasted butternut squash recipe is a snap to fix, and makes a great side dish at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Just toss cubes with olive oil, sage, and optional onions and roast.

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    Vanilla Sugar Cookies

    Sugar Cookies
    Sugar Cookies.

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    What would Christmas dinner be without sweet little sugar cookies? This classic Christmas treat is always a favorite, especially with kids, who will enjoy helping you make this recipe. Just a few basic baking ingredients can create a holiday dessert that everyone loves.