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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.

Apricot-Glazed Pork Loin Roast

Apricot-Glazed Pork Loin Roast

Apricot-Glazed Pork Loin Roast

A nice alternative for a special dinner during the yuletide season or any other time of year, this pork roast gets its fruity flavor and lovely golden color from apricots. I serve it often to guests.

Spiced Roast Goose

Spiced Roast Goose

Spiced Roast Goose

As pretty as a picture with its caramelized seasoning rub, this festive goose is guaranteed to be a holiday showstopper! Best of all, it tastes as delicious as it looks and fills the house with an incredible aroma as it cooks.

Rosemary Pineapple Chicken

Rosemary Pineapple Chicken

Rosemary Pineapple Chicken

I brought this recipe with me from Germany. It's my family's favorite way to eat chicken. —Christl Haymond, Duvall, Washington
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Duck a l'Orange

Duck a l'Orange

Duck a l'Orange

My Mother-in-law prepared this duck for the holidays and special occasions. My husband loves duck, so I prepare this entree each year for his birthday dinner. The orange concentrate provides great flavor to the serving sauce. I tried this recipe on wild duck, but prefer the flavor of domestic ducklings. --Sue A. Jurack

Berry Nice Brisket

Berry Nice Brisket

Berry Nice Brisket

Cranberry juice and cranberry sauce make this brisket tender and tasty.—Carol Hunihan, Alamosa, Colorado

Mediterranean Shrimp 'n' Pasta

Mediterranean Shrimp 'n' Pasta

Mediterranean Shrimp 'n' Pasta

Sun-dried tomatoes and curry take center stage in this pasta dish that's loaded with tender shrimp and crunchy asparagus. "This is one of my husband's favorites for special occasions," notes Shirley Kunde of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. "Guests always enjoy it, too."

Barbecue Shrimp Over Pasta

Barbecue Shrimp Over Pasta

Barbecue Shrimp Over Pasta

This dish is done in minutes. Diced bacon and barbecue sauce really give it a fun kick.—Michele Field, Sykesville, Maryland

Fruit-Glazed Turkey

Fruit-Glazed Turkey

Fruit-Glazed Turkey

I came up with this recipe one holiday when my family asked that I make something other than the same old turkey. They loved this fruity version. —Christal Helman, Lisbon, Ohio

Spinach 'n' Basil-Stuffed Tenderloins

Spinach 'n' Basil-Stuffed Tenderloins

Spinach 'n' Basil-Stuffed Tenderloins

This recipe makes the most delicious stuffed pork tenderloin ever! The pork is always tender and the grilling it makes it easy.—Waukesha Area Technical College, , Waukesha, Wisconsin

Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey

Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey

Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey

“I’ve tried fancy stuffing recipes for our Thanksgiving bird, but none hits the spot like my mother’s simple mixture of bread, eggs and caramelized vegetables,” says field editor Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens

Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens

Orange-Glazed Cornish Hens

One year, I served this recipe and got nothing but raves. My family prefers these moist glazed hens instead of turkey.
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