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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.

Roast Chicken with Creole Stuffing

Roast Chicken with Creole Stuffing

Roast Chicken with Creole Stuffing

I've used this recipe ever since I roasted my first chicken. Our whole family looks forward to it. The combination of shrimp, sausage, ham, vegetables and seasonings makes the stuffing unique and delicious.

Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens

Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens

Apricot-Glazed Cornish Hens

These savory hens are a tasty sized-right twist on the conventional bird. Filled with a well-seasoned stuffing, they make perfect individual servings, reveals Ruth Andrewson of Leavenworth, Washington. "The hens smell so good while baking, folks can hardly wait to eat," she smiles.

Holiday Baked Ham

Holiday Baked Ham

Holiday Baked Ham

Nothing is better at the holidays than a delicious ham baking in the oven. The preserves mixture will be sure to please all of your guests.—American Dairy Assoc, Stacy Duffy, Chicago, Illinois
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Festive Pork

Festive Pork

Festive Pork

Slices of tender pork are dressed up in a tangy sauce in this quick recipe shared by Marilyn Paradis, a field editor from Woodburn, Oregon. "The pretty sauce gives the pork a mouthwatering yuletide touch."—Marilyn Paradis, Woodburn, Oregon

Crown Roast of Pork with Mushroom Stuffing

Crown Roast of Pork with Mushroom Stuffing

Crown Roast of Pork with Mushroom Stuffing

It looks so elegant that everyone thinks I really fussed when I serve this roast. But it's actually so easy! The biggest challenge is to remember to order the crown roast from the meat department ahead of time. My family loves the succulent pork and savory bread stuffing. -Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania

Holiday Ham with Pineapple

Holiday Ham with Pineapple

Holiday Ham with Pineapple

My husband and I have lots of family living in our area, so any gathering is bound to be big. This ham satisfies everyone and is often requested. One of my brothers-in-law will eat six slices of this ham before helping himself to anything else. We never have leftovers. -Sue Jackson-Tucker, Sunset, Utah

Cranberry Spareribs

Cranberry Spareribs

Cranberry Spareribs

At first glance, this seems like an odd combination of ingredients, but the result is absolutely delicious. My mom made this main dish when we five kids were growing up. At the end of the meal, the table was surrounded by satisfied smiles and piled high with bare rib bones. -Leslie Picard, Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

"This moist and tender chicken is a real time-saver on a busy weekend," writes Marian Platt of Sequim, Washington. "A simple blend of seasonings makes it a snap to prepare, and it smells heavenly as it roasts."

Pork Roast with Herb Rub

Pork Roast with Herb Rub

Pork Roast with Herb Rub

"A combination of dry herbs gives pork an out-of this-world flavor!" exclaims Carolyn Pope of Mason City, Iowa. "This wonderful, moist roast is a family favorite—and it makes great company fare too."

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

Cider-Roasted Chicken

Cider-Roasted Chicken

Cider-Roasted Chicken

I'VE never shared this recipe before, even with members of my own family. I use it only for special occasions such as Christmas. I found the recipe in the first real good cookbook I owned, and my six children love it. I've also been inspired to enter cooking contests and have won several times. -Mary Dunphy, Stephenville, Newfoundland
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