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50+ Best Christmas Dinner Ideas

Oleh : Kristalpoker

Ready to give your Christmas dinner some oomph? I’ve rounded up festive finger foods, the best veggie-heavy sides, and unique sweets and drinks to get you in that joyful mood. I’ve also got a few ideas for the most satiating mains that also present as beautiful centerpieces on your holiday dinner table.

Cooked prime rib standing in pan.

For me, Christmas day itself is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s a day full of family, friends and memorable nostalgic feelings. But come Christmas dinner – we’re all looking forward to a night filled with the best holiday foods. I’m talking slices of meltingly tender prime rib, cheesy stuffed mushrooms, honey-glazed carrots, and festive drinks to keep the party going.

Aside from the classics though, these Christmas dinner ideas will veer you into some new, exciting directions. Not a turkey or prime rib fan? Swap your main for juicy pork chops or spatchcock chicken. Want to give side dishes an upgrade? Get creative with different mashed, roasted, and sauteed veggies. Looking for a new dessert to impress the crowd? There’s plenty of that here. However you envision your Christmas dinner – plan for the best with a selection from the recipes below!

Slices of beef tenderloin on a plate.

The Best Of The Best For A Traditional Christmas Dinner

There’s no better feeling than cooking up succulent, meaty mains for the holidays. And while they seem intimidating, I’ll show you step-by-step just how easy they are to make with helpful tips within each recipe. Now the question is – which one will you be making this year?

  • Prime Rib: This garlic-crusted prime rib drizzled with a red wine au jus will satisfy all the beefy lovers around the table. Better yet, this no-fail recipe will ensure crazy good results to impress your guests.
  • Beef Tenderloin (coming soon!): Not gonna lie, this may be the most tender meat you will ever have. Oh, and don’t forget the horseradish sauce – it makes all the difference.
  • Easy Roasted Turkey: Believe it or not, this roasted turkey doesn’t need any basting or covering. It’s super simple and you’ll end up with the juiciest, most perfectly cooked turkey ever.
  • Maple Orange Glazed Spatchcock Turkey: Switch up your turkey routine with the new spatchcock trend. It ensures even cooking every time, plus the maple orange glaze gives the turkey a sweet and savory touch.
Apple cider sage pork chops in a skillet

Unique Christmas Dinner Ideas (That Aren’t Turkey or Prime Rib)

Turkey and prime rib are the classics that you can expect every year. So why not have some fun and switch up the traditions? Opt for juicy pork chops cooked with apples, or turkey meatballs doused in a heavenly maple mustard sauce. Whatever flavor profile you’re going for, you can’t go wrong with these options.

  • Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops: This is for all the pork lovers at Christmas dinner. The pork chops are brined in apple cider, and seared to a crusty brown with apples and sage. Now that’s how you make pork chops shine!
  • Slow Cooker Pot Roast: If you’re limited on time but need a bangin’ main, this pot roast recipe does it all. It serves up the most tender chuck roast and perfectly cooked, chunky vegetables.
  • Lemon Garlic Spatchcock Chicken: This spatchcock chicken gives your average roast chicken a whole new vibe with delicious lemon garlic flavor, juicy insides, and perfectly browned skin.
Turkey meatballs in a pan with maple mustard sauce with a spoon.
  • Slow Cooker Whole Chicken: Another super easy way to serve up juicy chicken is none other than your slow cooker! Just add in some veggies, season the chicken, and let the slow cooker work its magic.
  • Turkey Meatballs: These meatballs simmered in a maple mustard sauce are a new reader favorite! Tons of people made this for Thanksgiving and absolutely loved it. So, of course I had to add it to this list of Christmas dinner ideas.

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