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Christmas Main Dish Recipes

If you need a main dish for Christmas dinner, there are plenty of impressive options to serve guests. Browse our collection of Christmas main dish recipes for turkey, pork, chicken, ham, lasagna, stuffing and more.

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Bacon-Wrapped Filets with Scotched Mushrooms

There’s elegance in every bite of these bacon-wrapped steaks. A half hour is all you need to produce a flavorful meal your family will talk about for weeks.—Mary Kay LaBrie, Clermont, Florida
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Glazed Holiday Pork Roast

Glazed Holiday Pork Roast

Glazed Holiday Pork Roast

With this sweet and tangy fruit glaze, this pretty pork roast is perfect for a holiday meal. But don't save it just for special occasions! My husband and son love this warm and satisfying supper whenever I serve it.

Special Seafood Casserole

Special Seafood Casserole

Special Seafood Casserole

I first sampled this casserole at a baby shower and founds myself going back for more!

Crown Roast of Pork

Crown Roast of Pork

Crown Roast of Pork

My favorite entree for Christmas and other special occasions, a crown roast is easy to prepare. Both its elegant appearance and excellent flavor are sure to impress your friends and family. (Call ahead to order a crown roast from your butcher or meat department.)
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Chicken with Cranberry Stuffing

Chicken with Cranberry Stuffing

Chicken with Cranberry Stuffing

I came up with this dish by combining various elements my family enjoyed from other recipes. It's a very pretty way to dress up plain chicken breast halves.—JoAnne Cloughly, East Worcester, New York

Cannelloni-Style Lasagna

Cannelloni-Style Lasagna

Cannelloni-Style Lasagna

I created this lasagna, combining two family favorite dishes, for our family's Christmas celebration. It was extra special because my parents had just come back from a trip to Italy. —Deborah Loop, Clinton Township, Michigan

Salmon with Orange Vinaigrette

Salmon with Orange Vinaigrette

Salmon with Orange Vinaigrette

"Here's my favorite way to add zip to classic salmon. The tangy vinaigrette complements the naturally sweet fish, and the golden orange color is so appealing on the plate." —Lorie Rice, Liverpool, New York

Grouper with Crabmeat Sauce

Grouper with Crabmeat Sauce

Grouper with Crabmeat Sauce

A creamy seafood sauce drapes over mild-flavored grouper for an elegant entree. Whether served to my family or to hundreds of people at a charity event, it's a winner.—Virginia Anthony, Jacksonville, Florida

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!”

Ham Slice with Pineapple-Orange Sauce

Ham Slice with Pineapple-Orange Sauce

Ham Slice with Pineapple-Orange Sauce

A juicy ham slice is just as tasty as a whole ham, and it's easier and faster to prepare. Plus, topped with golden pineapple sauce, this dish is so elegant on the table.

Tenderloin with Creamy Garlic Sauce

Tenderloin with Creamy Garlic Sauce

Tenderloin with Creamy Garlic Sauce

Served with green beans, garlic mashed potatoes and seven-layer salad, this is the main course at my family's annual Christmas gathering. Even those who aren't fond of meat comment on its tenderness and flavor. Likely, since garlic goes well with everything, the sauce'd be good with pork or poultry besides. My husband and I have a 16-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter. -Beth Taylor, Chapin, South Carolina

Pear-Stuffed Pork Loin

Pear-Stuffed Pork Loin

Pear-Stuffed Pork Loin

From just two trees, we get an abundance of pears. So I'm always looking for new ideas on how to use them. This elegant roast offers a delicious way to incorporate pears into a main dish stuffing and glaze.
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