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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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Shrimp Marinara

Shrimp Marinara

Shrimp Marinara

Flavorful marinara sauce simmers for just a few hours. Right before mealtime, toss in the shrimp to cook quickly. Serve over steamy spaghetti for a delicious weeknight dish that feels dressed up. —Sue Mackey, Jackson, Wisconsin

Spiral Ham with Cranberry Glaze

Spiral Ham with Cranberry Glaze

Spiral Ham with Cranberry Glaze

The sweet, tangy glaze that complements this ham looks so pretty, and the cranberry flavor pairs well with the meat. It’s been a tradition in my home for as long as I can remember. —Pattie Prescott, Manchester, New Hampshire

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce

Pork tenderloin is a versatile cut that's ideal for hurried cooks because it roasts so quickly. Filled with a stuffing of fresh herbs, sausage, porcini and shiitake mushrooms, it makes a flavorful entree. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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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

Apricot-Filled Pork Tenderloin

Apricot-Filled Pork Tenderloin

Apricot-Filled Pork Tenderloin

This flavorful main course is a great company offering. The tenderloin tastes wonderful and looks so pretty when it's sliced to reveal a golden apricot center. In the 15 years I've been using this recipe, it has never failed me.

Best-Ever Lamb Chops

Best-Ever Lamb Chops

Best-Ever Lamb Chops

"My mom just loved a good lamb chop, and this easy recipe was her favorite way to have them. I've also grilled these chops with great results." Kim Mundy - Visalia, CA

Best-Ever Lamb Chops for 2

Best-Ever Lamb Chops for 2

Best-Ever Lamb Chops for 2

Need an easy dinner fix for two tonight? Try this! "My mom just loved a good lamb chop, and this easy recipe was her favorite way to have them. I've also grilled these chops with great results." Kim Mundy - Visalia, CA

Bourbon-Glazed Ham

Bourbon-Glazed Ham

Bourbon-Glazed Ham

Smoky and sweet flavors come through in every bite of this Kentucky-style ham. Since I found this recipe, it’s the only ham I make. —Sue Schiller, Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Brined Grilled Turkey Breast

Brined Grilled Turkey Breast

Brined Grilled Turkey Breast

You'll want to give thanks for this mouthwatering, slightly sweet turkey! A hint of spice makes this one of our best turkey recipes ever. —Tina Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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

Chicken Amandine

Chicken Amandine

Chicken Amandine

With colorful green beans and pimientos, this attractive casserole is terrific for the holidays. This is true comfort food at its finest. —Kat Woolbright, Wichita Falls, Texas
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