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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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I travel every year to Peru on a medical mission trip and was introduced to quinoa there. For years I made a similar chicken dish with rice, so I tried it with quinoa. We love it. —Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota
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Roast Christmas Goose

Roast Christmas Goose

Roast Christmas Goose

I have such fond childhood memories of Christmas dinner and my mother serving a golden brown Christmas goose. To flavor the meat, Mom stuffed the bird with peeled and quartered fruit that's discarded after baking. -Rosemarie Forcum White Stone, Virginia

Flank Steak with Wine Sauce

Flank Steak with Wine Sauce

Flank Steak with Wine Sauce

“For best results, I always serve this lean and tasty flank steak rare. Deglaze the pan with wine, making sure to scrape up all the savory browned bits with a wooden spoon,” says Warner Beatty of Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

Leftover turkey, dressing and sweet potatoes make terrific stuffing for jumbo pasta shells. We add cheese and use turkey gravy as the sauce for this crowd-pleaser. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island
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Jeweled Buffet Ham

Jeweled Buffet Ham

Jeweled Buffet Ham

Cranberry sauce and mandarin oranges make a beautiful, aromatic glaze for cooked ham. This recipe will be a crowd-pleaser! —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario

Braised Short Ribs with Gravy

Braised Short Ribs with Gravy

Braised Short Ribs with Gravy

This recipe can be finished in a slow cooker which makes it very helpful during those very busy days.—Susan Kinsella, East Falmouth, Massachusetts

Pork Loin with Peppers

Pork Loin with Peppers

Pork Loin with Peppers

A sweet and zesty sauce perfectly flavors pork and peppers in this mouthwatering main course. The aroma while baking is unbeatable.—Jean L. Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin

Artichoke Beef Steaks

Artichoke Beef Steaks

Artichoke Beef Steaks

Light green artichokes and vibrant pimientos make these colorful steaks perfect for the holiday season. If weather permits, grill the steaks outside and prepare the topping in a skillet as directed.

Citrus-Rosemary Rubbed Turkey

Citrus-Rosemary Rubbed Turkey

Citrus-Rosemary Rubbed Turkey

While recovering from hip surgery, I wrote my family for some of their favorite recipes to compile into a cookbook. This seasoned turkey is timeless. —Della Stamp, Long Beach, 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

Rolled-Up Turkey

Rolled-Up Turkey

Rolled-Up Turkey

Whenever I think of this appealing rolled turkey filled with Mom's moist cornbread stuffing, I can almost smell the aroma of it baking in the oven. It's delicious!

Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens

Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens

Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens

These savory hens are a tasty sized-right twist on the conventional bird. Filled with a well-seasoned stuffing, they make perfect individual servings, reveals Ruth Andrewson of Leavenworth, Washington. "The hens smell so good while baking, folks can hardly wait to eat," she smiles.
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