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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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A mouthwatering rub featuring fresh tarragon, thyme and rosemary releases rich, bold flavor as this pork entree sizzles. Served with a delectable thickened sauce, it’s crazy good! —Naylet LaRochelle, Miami
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Fruit-Glazed Roast Chicken

Fruit-Glazed Roast Chicken

Fruit-Glazed Roast Chicken

Whenever I want to serve a special meal with a little flair, this is the recipe I reach for. To round out the dinner, I serve oven-roasted potatoes and a salad.

Marinated Stuffed Flank Steak

Marinated Stuffed Flank Steak

Marinated Stuffed Flank Steak

This is one of my favorite beef recipes. Tasty, tender and tucked full of vegetables, it warms up often on cold winter nights.

Bistro Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Bistro Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Bistro Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

A mouthwatering rub featuring fresh tarragon, thyme and rosemary releases rich, bold flavor as this pork entree sizzles. Served with a delectable thickened sauce, it’s crazy good! —Naylet LaRochelle, Miami
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Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Orange Relish

Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Orange Relish

Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Orange Relish

I like how grilled pork and fruit bring out the best in each other. If you have leftover relish, break out the tortilla chips! —Cindy Esposito, Bloomfield, New Jersey

Creole-Stuffed Turkey

Creole-Stuffed Turkey

Creole-Stuffed Turkey

Trying out new recipes is such a "passion" of mine that my husband sometimes will ask to have something for dinner that he's actually seen before! My Creole-Stuffed Turkey originated when my sister from Texas and her family—who love Southern cooking—were here one Thanksgiving. Everyone kept coming back for another serving...and we ended up stuffed, too.

Turkey with Sausage-Pecan Stuffing

Turkey with Sausage-Pecan Stuffing

Turkey with Sausage-Pecan Stuffing

The combination of sweet, savory, crunchy and spicy ingredients makes a fabulous stuffed turkey that's become a tradition at our Thanksgiving dinner. Leftover stuffing can be a meal in itself. —Keri Scofield Lawson, Fullerton, California

Apricot Pineapple Ham

Apricot Pineapple Ham

Apricot Pineapple Ham

Tired of mixing up messy glazes to put on ham, I tried this simple recipe a few years ago. Young and old alike complimented me on the lovely, sweet and juicy ham - and I've prepared it this way ever since. -Cathy Neve, Yakima, Washington

Cranberry-Apricot Pork Tenderloins

Cranberry-Apricot Pork Tenderloins

Cranberry-Apricot Pork Tenderloins

A cranberry and apricot stuffing wonderfully complements pork tenderloin. This is an elegant entree that you can pull together in no time.

Mediterranean Shrimp 'n' Pasta

Mediterranean Shrimp 'n' Pasta

Mediterranean Shrimp 'n' Pasta

Sun-dried tomatoes and curry take center stage in this pasta dish. This is one of my husband's favorites for special occasions. — Shirley Kunde, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Red-Eye Beef Roast

Red-Eye Beef Roast

Red-Eye Beef Roast

The addition of hot sauce zips up this cut of meat. It takes me back to spicy dinners I enjoyed as a child in the Southwest. I like to use the leftovers in different dishes-including barbecued beef sandwiches, quesadillas and burritos. —Carol Stevens, Basye, Virginia

Wild West Wellingtons

Wild West Wellingtons

Wild West Wellingtons

This spicy spin-off of traditional beef Wellington is so attractive that it's perfect for a special occasion. If you like your food extra spicy, choose a hot salsa rather than mild or medium. —Jenni Dise, Phoenix, Arizona
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