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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.

Quick Sweet and Sour Ham

Quick Sweet and Sour Ham

Quick Sweet and Sour Ham

This quick-to-fix meal makes great use of leftover ham. It's also good with cooked chicken or beef.—Joyce Peugh, Woodstock, Maryland

Broiled Turkey Tenderloins

Broiled Turkey Tenderloins

Broiled Turkey Tenderloins

This recipe is perfect for weekday meals or special dinners with my grandchildren. The simple sauce gets its tang from citrus, a little kick from cayenne and subtle sweetness from molasses. It keeps well in the refrigerator, so it can be made ahead. I often fix extra to use later with other meats.—Jean Komlos, Plymouth, Michigan

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
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Festive Beef Tenderloin

Festive Beef Tenderloin

Festive Beef Tenderloin

Dressing up a tenderloin steak is quick and easy when you add the cracker crumb/herb topping suggested by Leann Meeds of Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Ham with Peach Glaze

Ham with Peach Glaze

Ham with Peach Glaze

Tender slices of this fruit-glazed ham are on our family's Christmas menu every year. Topping the meat with pineapple slices, cherries and cloves makes it look festive--and adds to the flavor of this easy holiday entree. -Christine Eilerts Tulsa, Oklahoma

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

Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin

Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin

Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin

"I serve this pork roast often when I'm entertaining company," says Michele Montgomery, Lethbridge, Alberta. "It's especially good with garden-fresh herbs, but dried work nicely as well. It makes a stunning presentation."

Berry Barbecued Pork Roast

Berry Barbecued Pork Roast

Berry Barbecued Pork Roast

Moist and tender, this elegant pork roast topped with a thick ruby-red cranberry barbecue sauce is sure to please dinner guests! Doris Heath of Franklin, North Carolina sent the recipe.

Shrimp Pasta Primavera

Shrimp Pasta Primavera

Shrimp Pasta Primavera

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. So when I invite that special guy to dinner, I like to prepare something equally special. This well-seasoned pasta dish has lots of flavor...and it won't hurt your budget! -Shari Neff Silver Spring, Maryland

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes

I came up with these crepes one day as a way to use up leftover chicken and ham. It's an elegant dish that only looks like you fussed. —Susan Kemmerer, Telford, Pennsylvania

Glazed Cornish Hens

Glazed Cornish Hens

Glazed Cornish Hens

If you're looking to add a touch of elegance to your Christmas dinner table, our Test Kitchen home economists suggest these Cornish game hens topped with a sweet apricot glaze.
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