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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.

Italian-Style Round Steak

Italian-Style Round Steak

Italian-Style Round Steak

My family loves this Swiss steak with an Italian touch. It's true comfort food that will appeal to your family as well. —Sharon Farnsworth, Longmont, Colorado

Garlic Crab-Stuffed Chicken

Garlic Crab-Stuffed Chicken

Garlic Crab-Stuffed Chicken

I created this recipe as a way to make ordinary chicken extra special. To save time, you can roll up the chicken early in the day, refrigerate it, then dip in the egg, brown and bake later on. —Dorothy Glaeser, Naples, Florida

Smoky Beef Brisket

Smoky Beef Brisket

Smoky Beef Brisket

A friend and I first ate this brisket at a restaurant, then came home and duplicated it with great success. Leftovers make terrific sandwiches.—Sue McQueen, Cameron, Missouri
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Cinnamon Pork Tenderloin

Cinnamon Pork Tenderloin

Cinnamon Pork Tenderloin

The marinade for this grilled pork tenderloin is laden with lots of wonderful flavors, like cinnamon, honey and garlic. It turns out perfectly every time and always impresses. —Cathleen Bushman, Geneva, Illinois

Special Seafood Linguine

Special Seafood Linguine

Special Seafood Linguine

When entertaining, I often rely on this hearty pasta dish. To avoid some last-minute fuss, chop the onion and green pepper, and peel and devein the shrimp earlier in the day. —Valerie Putsey, Winamac, Indiana

Chicken with Tomato-Cream Sauce

Chicken with Tomato-Cream Sauce

Chicken with Tomato-Cream Sauce

A creamy tomato sauce makes plain chicken an extraordinary dish for guests. It's easy to double the recipe when cooking for a crowd. —Agnes Cooper, Newark, Delaware

Sausage-Topped Polenta

Sausage-Topped Polenta

Sausage-Topped Polenta

My Italian grandmother and mother have relied on this recipe for years. Many sauces can be served with polenta, but this tomato and sausage topping is our favorite. —Joyce Riskedal, Earlville, Illinois

Poached Teriyaki Salmon

Poached Teriyaki Salmon

Poached Teriyaki Salmon

This easy, elegant entree comes from my mother-in-law, who's an excellent and innovative cook. The salmon doesn't take a lot of time to prepare, which I appreciate as a busy mom. —Michelle Krzmarzick, Torrance, California

Broccoli and Carrot Chicken Lasagna

Broccoli and Carrot Chicken Lasagna

Broccoli and Carrot Chicken Lasagna

When hosting a holiday buffet, consider serving this special lasagna. You can make it the night before and chill. Remove it from the refrigerator 30 min. before baking. —Carol Gaus, Itasca, Illinois

Honey-Mustard Pork Roast

Honey-Mustard Pork Roast

Honey-Mustard Pork Roast

Family and friends are surprised when I tell them this impressive-looking roast is easy to prepare. I simply marinate the roast a few hours, then pop it in the oven. While it bakes, I whip up the sauce to serve alongside. —Grace Brennfleck, Clairton, Pennsylvania

Italian Shrimp and Pasta

Italian Shrimp and Pasta

Italian Shrimp and Pasta

We like pasta with Italian tomato sauces, and this recipe is one we make often. It’s heavy on the shrimp and light on the pasta, and that’s the way we like it…we can remember when shrimp was unheard of in our budget, so I guess we’re making up for it now!
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