60 Best Christmas Dinner Ideas – Easy Christmas Dinner Menu – GoodHousekeeping.com

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Let’s be honest: Christmas dinner is better than the presents.
There’s a lot that goes into planning the ultimate Christmas: You decorate a Christmas tree, wrap presents and sort through your family’s favorite recipes to organize your menu full of Christmas side dishes, appetizers and of course, Christmas desserts! With these straightforward (and tasty!) ideas, you’ll have all the info and inspo you need to put together the best Christmas dinner ideas.
Whether you’re looking for alternative recipe ideas to shake things up, smaller portion sizes for an intimate gathering or the perfect traditional Christmas dinner, it’s super simple to build a meal that everyone will enjoy. We even shuffled in a few meat-free mains if you’ve got vegetarian family members in town!
Maybe you’re hosting your first holiday and wondering what to serve? A great roast is a good place to start — and we rounded up our best ham and roast beef recipes that totally double as festive centerpieces. Since even the most delicious meaty main needs some support, there are plenty of side dishes that go with ham, beef or even turkey (that’s right — the bird isn’t just for Thanksgiving!). Plus, we collected our best-ever desserts to end your meal on the right note. So just pick out your favorite ideas, write out your menu and enjoy the rest of the holiday season stress-free and so ready to feast.
Serve this centerpiece with a simple garlic-horseradish cream sauce.
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Sweet-sour glazed green beans pair perfectly with a holiday ham.
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Loads of spinach, a healthy dose of broccoli, three cheeses, basil and your favorite sauce makes this vegetarian Christmas dinner every bit as good as the roast.
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It’s just not Christmas without sweet, creamy eggnog.
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This dish looks seriously impressive, but it’s a lot easier to make than you’d think! To keep the puff pastry crisp on the outside, the beef inside gets wrapped in flavorful prosciutto spread with duxelles (a mixture of mushrooms, shallots and thyme).
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It only takes one pot (and a healthy dose of butter and cream!) to prep this luxurious side dish.
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Squash, kale, potato and tomato star in this beautiful layered pie that takes 15 minutes to prep.
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Lay the foundation for your gingerbread house with this peppermint-infused dough.
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This classic cocktail with white rum, pineapple juice, maraschino liqueur and grenadine is fruity but not too sweet.
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Pineapple and oranges lend juicy sweetness to contrast the salty ham, while our secret ingredient (ginger beer!) gives everything a spicy finish.
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There should be spinach and artichoke dip at every holiday, sporting event or family gathering— it’s the law.
Get the recipe for Spinach and Artichoke Dip »
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Pink, green, and black peppercorns lend serious spice and pretty pops of color to make this the perfect centerpiece for your Christmas dinner table.
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Bring vanilla bean to the savory side and try it in this easy sweet potato recipe that really makes the flavor shine.
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Sneak an extra veggie into your Christmas side dish with this parsnip-potato combo.
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This sparkling punch made with apple cider, brandy, and a splash of Prosecco makes a festive and fun way to toast the holiday.
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Place graham squares on a baking sheet; top with chocolate and marshmallow snowmen (such as Peeps). Broil until golden, sprinkle with crushed candy canes and sandwich with another graham. Stack if desired.
Use store-bought puff pastry to impress your guests with a secretly simple and super elegant appetizer.
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Slow-cooked, caramelized onions and fresh thyme give this classic soup its winning flavor. Topped with tons of grated cheese, you’ll want seconds (and thirds!).
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Filled with eggplant, zucchini and red peppers, this is hearty enough for a vegetarian main.
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Cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips make these chewy cookies a chocolate-lover’s dream.
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Impress your guests with these fancy (and easy!) bites, made with fresh sweet crab and topped with a crunchy mango-avocado relish.
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All Christmas dinner parties need a signature cocktail, and this bubbly, Aperol-based bev is the perfect elegant sipper.
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These Instant Pot short ribs braised in red wine, tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce will be the star of Christmas dinner, no effort required.
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Made with finely ground pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg, these taste like the holidays.
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A twist on a classic stew of chicken, bacon and mushrooms this crowd-pleaser uses rosé instead of red wine for a lighter, zippier take.
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They usually contain heavy cream, but coconut milk works wonders as a substitute!
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Slow-cooked chicken and beans may look like a humble dish, but the rich flavors (thanks to sausage and bacon!) make for a delicious winter-ready stew.
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Warm up on a chilly Christmas night with a boozy, chocolatey drink.
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The last thing you want to do on Christmas day is wash dishes. So prep and roast your main course on one pan for a delicious, no-mess dinner.
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Spin your classic roasted veggies by throwing a fruit in the mix.
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