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Christmas Main Dish Recipes

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Beef Brisket Marinara

Marinara sauce and tender meat are real comfort food. Serve this brisket with mashed potatoes, rice or pasta. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, MA
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Herbed Standing Rib Roast

Herbed Standing Rib Roast

Herbed Standing Rib Roast

We're a meat-and-potatoes family, so this roast is right up our alley. It really is the highlight of an elegant dinner for special guests. Leftovers are great for sandwiches, too.

Snowman Party Stew

Snowman Party Stew

Snowman Party Stew

Youngsters will dig right into this playful potato-topped pie, loaded with ground beef and vegetables. The dashing details are easy to add after baking.

Fiery Skewered Shrimp

Fiery Skewered Shrimp

Fiery Skewered Shrimp

This easy-to-make entree gets its great taste from a simple yet spicy marinade. You can broil the kabobs or throw them on the grill outside. We like to serve the shrimp on a bed of greens.

Sweet 'n' Sassy Meatballs

Sweet 'n' Sassy Meatballs

Sweet 'n' Sassy Meatballs

When Dawn Onuffer, Crestview, Florida, declares, “The buffet is open,” guests make a beeline for the meatballs. “The combination of lean turkey, sausage, chili sauce and preserves is scrumptious!”

Apricot Ham Rolls

Apricot Ham Rolls

Apricot Ham Rolls

Apricot Ham Rolls, from Carolyn Hannay of Antioch, Tennessee, are both speedy and special. "This is the kind of hearty dish we 10 kids would devour after doing chores on our parents' farm," Carolyn recalls. "Mom always had lots of hungry mouths to appreciate her good food. When I'm short on cooking time, I rely on this tasty recipe."

Baked Herb Pork Roast

Baked Herb Pork Roast

Baked Herb Pork Roast

I received this recipe when we moved to Oklahoma. A going-away party was held for us, and the guests were asked to bring their favorite recipe as a remembrance. The special friend who brought this one has since died, and every time I make it, a flood of wonderful memories fills my heart.

Classic Beef Wellingtons

Classic Beef Wellingtons

Classic Beef Wellingtons

Perfect for holidays, this entree is also impressively easy. Find ready-made puff pastry sheets in the frozen food section.—Kerry Dingwall, Ponte Vedra, Florida

Mixed Mushroom Tartlets

Mixed Mushroom Tartlets

Mixed Mushroom Tartlets

I summer in northern Michigan and find the morels that grow wild up there just irresistible, but never pick mushrooms if you are not 100% sure they are safe to eat. If morels are not available, I use whatever mushrooms I can find at the supermarket. If you like crumble some goat cheese over the top. The tarts can be used as a vegetarian entree or an appetizers.—Jennifer Condreay, Centennial, Colorado

Mediterranean Shrimp 'n' Pasta

Mediterranean Shrimp 'n' Pasta

Mediterranean Shrimp 'n' Pasta

Sun-dried tomatoes and curry take center stage in this pasta dish that's loaded with tender shrimp and crunchy asparagus. "This is one of my husband's favorites for special occasions," notes Shirley Kunde of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. "Guests always enjoy it, too."

Broccoli-Ham Cheese Pie

Broccoli-Ham Cheese Pie

Broccoli-Ham Cheese Pie

Sheets of easy-to-use phyllo dough create a crisp buttery crust for this comforting entree from Nancy Granaman. "This egg and vegetable pie always gets thumbs-up approval from my sons and husband," says the Burlington, Iowa cook.

Glazed Pork Crown Roast

Glazed Pork Crown Roast

Glazed Pork Crown Roast

If you need an elegant entree to serve a crowd, you can't go wrong with crown roast of pork. An easy glaze enhances every bite.—Rita Kitsteiner, Tucson, Arizona
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