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13 Creative Christmas Dinner Ideas

What’s your go-to dish for Christmas dinner?

Big holiday dinners that happen on Christmas and Thanksgiving are often considered one of the best parts of the holidays themselves. These dinners are tradition for many U.S. families, and as such, they may cook the same thing year after year. But if you’re looking to mix things up a little this Christmas, we’re here to give you some Christmas dinner ideas. 

Unlike Thanksgiving, there’s no set way to do Christmas dinner. No one is imagining turkey and mashed potatoes. In fact, if you ask a group of people what they imagine when they think of Christmas dinner, their answers are very likely to be different. 

Since Christmas dinner is a multi-course affair, we’ve put together a list full of entrees, sides, and desserts that are sure to strike some culinary creativity. In honor of another Christmas and a season of new beginnings, here are 13 Christmas dinner ideas for your family: 

 

Christmas Dinner Ideas: Entrees

Mike Garten.

Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin 

This beef entree makes a gorgeous centerpiece for your dining table. It’s actually fairly simple to make — you’ll need to pick up pink, black, and green peppercorns, rosemary, honey, salt, and, of course, the beef tenderloin. It pairs wonderfully with a horseradish cream sauce.

Find the full recipe here.


Ethan Calabrese.

Baked Ham With Brown Sugar Glaze

Ham is a Christmas classic, and the brown sugar glaze on this one only adds to the flavor profile. A full ham might seem like a lot to take on, but delish.com breaks it down in easy steps that (almost) guarantee success.

Find the full recipe here


Mike Garten.

Easy Beef Bourguignon

This entree dish is exactly as the title says — easy. If you don’t believe me, read the recipe. Not only is it delicious, but it’s a great way to sneak some veggies in for picky kids (and picky adults, too). 

Find the full recipe here


Ethan Calabrese.

Vegan Lasagna

If you’re not vegetarian or vegan yourself, you may have a family member who is, and trust me: they will so appreciate you going the extra mile to give them an entree they can eat. They’re probably used to picking from the veggie side dishes, or making themselves a pb&j. Plus, this lasagna — made from bella mushrooms, spinach, tofu, lasagna noodles, garlic powder, and tomatoes — actually tastes pretty good! 

Find the full recipe here


Chelsea Kyle.

Sage and Orange Roast Turkey

Can you not imagine a Christmas without turkey? If so, this might be a new spin on a classic turkey dish. Roasted with sage and orange slices, this turkey has a citrus-y kick that will leave your guests begging for another helping. 

Find the full recipe here

 

Christmas Dinner Ideas: Sides

Mike Garten.

Sour Cream and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t like mashed potatoes? The holidays almost wouldn’t be the holidays without them. And these delicious potatoes are mixed generously with sour cream and cheddar cheese, adding to their flavor (and your family’s approval). 

Find the full recipe here


Ethan Calabrese.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are one of my personal favorites, and they’re the perfect veggie side dish for your Christmas dinner. They’re also super easy to make. Toss them with olive oil and then let them roast in your oven for half an hour, and voila! You’re done. 

Find the full recipe here


Parker Feierbach.

Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Bites

If you like spinach artichoke dip, you’ll like these. Plus, they make the perfect appetizer for hungry guests. Made with an amalgamation of cheeses, artichoke hearts, spinach, sour cream, zucchini, and garlic — how could these not be a hit? 

Find the full recipe here


Yossy Arefi.

Buttery Rosemary Rolls

If you’re like me, rolls are an essential part of the holiday season. These ones in particular are just the right amounts flaky and flavorful. Made with milk, eggs, flour, yeast, brown sugar, rosemary leaves, and lots of butter, they’re a great addition to any meal. 

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Beatriz de Costa.

Candied Yams

Candied yams belong on any list of Christmas dinner ideas: they are a classic. And rightfully so. These sweet little veggies pair perfectly with any entree, and this dish in particular gets its added flavor from bourbon. 

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Christmas Dinner Ideas: Desserts

Parker feierbach.

Bûche de Noël, or Yule Log Cake

If you’ve never had yule log cake, this could be your year to try it! It’s a French classic that dates back to the 19th century, and represents the yule log that French families started burning on Christmas Eve. It’s basically a lot of chocolate, cream, butter, and sugar, all rolled into a log shape. What’s not to love? 

Find the full recipe here


Winnie Au.

Pumpkin Spice Popovers

Fall is almost over, but many people are decidedly not over pumpkin spice. These popovers are made with eggs, milk, butter, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice; surprisingly, no pumpkin! Give them a try. 

Find the full recipe here


Kat Wirsing.

Cranberry Brie Bites

Finally, last on our list of Christmas dinner ideas are these cranberry brie bites. They’re actually made from crescent roll dough — which takes the pressure off you, and is delicious! Slap on some brie, cranberry sauce, chopped pecans, and rosemary, and that’s all there is to it. 

Find the full recipe here


Whether you choose one of these Christmas dinner ideas or not, we hope your holiday dinner goes off without a hitch! Share your own recipes in the comments below. 

For more, check out these 15 ugly Christmas sweater ideas

 

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