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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.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

I came up with this recipe as a way to make something a little different. The bacon adds great flavor, and the chicken is dipped twice into an egg mixture for a nice crust.—Jim Wick, Orlando, Florida

Pork Roast with Fruit Sauce

Pork Roast with Fruit Sauce

Pork Roast with Fruit Sauce

A tender, savory pork roast gets dressed up for the holidays in this tangy apricot sauce. It's wonderful old-fashioned dish that's a family favorite. It looks so pretty on the table. —Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas

Turkey With Rye Dressing

Turkey With Rye Dressing

Turkey With Rye Dressing

My husband created the recipe for this tempting turkey and delectable dressing. It's a feast that seems like Thanksgiving whenever we enjoy it. He gets lots of recipe requests for this memorable main dish. —Joan Vernon, Riverton Utah
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Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

My mom's tender roasted chicken with potatoes and sage dressing is even more delicious than its aroma while baking. My children enjoy this meal as much as I did when I was young. —Sandra Melnychenko, Grandview, Manitoba

Shrimp and Pasta Supper

Shrimp and Pasta Supper

Shrimp and Pasta Supper

This skillet dish is so easy to make on those busy days, and it's delicious, too! I got the recipe at a covered-dish luncheon at my church. I liked it so much, I asked for the recipe, and I like to share it with others. Folks are surprised that it's so easy to make - but don't tell anyone!

Baked Ham and Apples

Baked Ham and Apples

Baked Ham and Apples

WHEN Mother wanted to serve ham, she went to the smokehouse, took one down from the rafters and sliced off as much as was needed. The rest was hung up again. This recipe is great if you use real smoked ham with no water added. When Mother prepared it this way, the flavor was especially sweet and buttery. -Marjorie Schmidt, St. Marys, Ohio

Roasted Turkey with Corn-Bread Dressing

Roasted Turkey with Corn-Bread Dressing

Roasted Turkey with Corn-Bread Dressing

"THE DRESSING was always my favorite part of the meal. I can still smell the wonderful aroma that filled the house while the turkey roasted in our wood stove. We could hardly wait to sit down and eat!"

Spiced Apple Pork Roast

Spiced Apple Pork Roast

Spiced Apple Pork Roast

"I THINK what I enjoy most about Ukrainian cooking is the smells it creates. This pork roast reminds me of my mother's kitchen—it smells wonderful! My mother canned and preserved in the fall and always used applesauce to glaze the meat. That's probably why I associate the sweet aroma of this hearty stick-to-your-ribs meal with cooler weather."

Roasted Pork and Potato Roses

Roasted Pork and Potato Roses

Roasted Pork and Potato Roses

Just right for an endearing February 14 meal is this lovely looking roast from Linda Ault of Newberry, Indiana. (The pretty potato roses, carved by Crafting Traditions' kitchen experts, provide an inviting hearty complement.) Linda writes it's a favorite with her family—so add it to your all-year recipe file as well!

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

I first fixed this chicken for guests during the Christmas season. It was a refreshing change form turkey and ham. Now this is a special supper in our home throughout the year.

Fruit-Glazed Roast Chicken

Fruit-Glazed Roast Chicken

Fruit-Glazed Roast Chicken

Whenever I want to serve a special meal with a little flair, this is the recipe I reach for. To round out the dinner, I serve oven-roasted potatoes and a salad.
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