Save on Pinterest

75 Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas

Looking for the best Christmas Eve dinner ideas to complement your favorite Christmas cookie recipes? Here are our top picks.

1 / 75

Contest-Winning Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

While this special chicken and wild rice casserole is perfect for a company dinner, it’s so good that I often make it for everyday family meals. We think it is very nice served with some crusty rolls or French bread. —Elizabeth Tokariuk, Lethbridge, Alberta

Get Recipe

2 / 75
Makeover Traditional Lasagna Exps Sddj19 80342 E07 24 10b 3

Makeover Traditional Lasagna

I’ve never been quick to pass along my special recipes, but this one is so good that it’s become our family’s Christmas Eve tradition! —Michelle Behan, Littleton, Colorado

After dinner, enjoy these recipes for a Christmas Eve movie night.

3 / 75
Pesto Star Bread Exps Tohdj21 254384 B07 30 4b 3

Pesto Star Bread

I was excited to work with the Taste of Home Test Kitchen to make a savory version of my Christmas Star Twisted Bread. Pesto bread is perfect for the holidays (but it’s great any time of the year). —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
4 / 75

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Beets

Here’s a super easy salad that looks and tastes festive for the wonderful Christmas season, but is also wonderful all year round. Vinaigrette dressing coats the greens nicely. —Nancy Latulippe, Simcoe, Ontario
5 / 75
Exps100610 Sd153323d06 05 5b 3

Salmon with Spinach & White Beans

My husband, Oscar, is a Southerner at heart. This salmon with garlicky beans and spinach won him over at first bite. —Mary Ellen Hofstetter, Brentwood, Tennessee

Hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes? Make these recipes.

6 / 75

A Christmas Story Meat Loaf

I've watched the film “A Christmas Story” so many times since I was a kid. Now I have a family of my own, so I re-created the mom’s meatloaf and mashed potatoes. —Christina Addison, Blanchester, Ohio
7 / 75
Stollen Butter Rolls Exps Thn18 223540 B06 07 3b 14

Stollen Butter Rolls

Our family enjoys my stollen so much they say it's just too good to be served only as a holiday sweet bread. I created these buttery, less sweet dinner rolls so we can satisfy our stollen cravings anytime. —Mindy White, Nashville, Tennessee
8 / 75
Spiced Tea Poached Pears Exps Dodbz20 129592 E07 21 8b

Spiced Tea Poached Pears

Pears are among my favorite fruits. This lovely dessert makes them especially spectacular. Easy elegance at its best—and that’s important around the holidays. —Peter Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
9 / 75

Butternut Squash and Sausage Stuffed Shells

I rarely invite friends for dinner without someone requesting this easy pasta casserole. The sweet squash complements the spicy sausage, and the creamy goat cheese makes it all just melt in your mouth! You can substitute manicotti or even rolled lasagna noodles for the shells. The stuffed shells and sauce can be prepared a day ahead and assembled just before baking. —Taylor Hale, Sonoma, California
10 / 75

Finnish Mulled Wine

I found this recipe stuck in the pages of my Finnish grandmother's Bible. It takes 24 hours to make. Store tightly bottled in the fridge for up to two weeks. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida
11 / 75
Orange Appeal Exps Thca18 3357  D04 27 4b 1

Orange Appeal

Oranges add color and great taste to winter meals! This dish looks very bright and appealing served in a glass bowl, and it's a light and easy dessert to finish off a hearty holiday meal. As far as I'm concerned, the citrusy aroma of oranges is a must at Christmas time! —Billie Moss, Walnut Creek, California
12 / 75
Frozen Christmas Salad Exps Gbhrbz18 167911 E06 20 3b 5

Frozen Christmas Salad

My mom’s use of red and green cherries to decorate dishes at Christmastime inspired me to create my holiday-themed molded salad. It’s cool, creamy and fun to serve guests. —Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas
13 / 75
Exps178281 Sd163618c12 08 5b 5

Pasta Fagioli al Forno

The name of this Italian-inspired pasta bake dish means “baked pasta with beans.” But my busy family translates it as “super satisfying dinner.” —Cindy Preller, Grayslake, Illinois
14 / 75
Chicken Tamales Exps Hc17 50905 C12 16 2b 6

Chicken Tamales

I love making these homemade tamales. They take a little time to make but are so worth the effort. I usually make them for Christmas, but my family wants them more often, so I freeze a big batch. —Cindy Pruitt, Grove, Oklahoma
15 / 75
Exps38682 Thca153054a10 21 1b 5

Christmas Eve Confetti Pasta

This easy Christmas dinner has become a holiday tradition in our home. All the prep is done before we attend Christmas Eve service. On returning, I just boil water and saute. It's so colorful with a tossed salad and garlic bread — and always gets raves! — Ellen Fiore, Ridgewood, New Jersey
16 / 75

Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

My family was growing tired of traditional red sauce lasagna, so I created this fun twist using a creamy homemade Alfredo sauce. Store-bought rotisserie chicken keeps prep simple and fast. —Caitlin MacNeilly, Uncasville, Connecticut
17 / 75
Exps189486 Sd153323a06 05 1b V2

New England Bean & Bog Cassoulet

When I moved to New England, I embraced the local cuisine. My cassoulet with baked beans pays tribute to a French classic and to New England in one hearty, heartwarming dish. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut
18 / 75

Turkey Dumpling Stew

My mom made this stew when I was young, and it was always a hit. Since it's not time-consuming to make I can fix it on a weekend for our children, who love the tender dumplings. —Becky Mohr, Appleton, Wisconsin
19 / 75

Pork Medallions in Mustard Sauce

I like pork medallions with apricot preserves and wondered how else I could dress them up. I played around with different flavors until I found this combo. Wows every time. —Tahnia Fox, Trenton, Michigan
20 / 75
Holiday Herb Cheese Rolls Exps 13x9bz21 132528 E10 08 5b 13

Holiday Herb-Cheese Rolls

These low-fat hot rolls are flavored with garlic, dill and cheese—they’re yummy even without butter! Or stuff with your favorite fixings for mini sandwiches. —Nancy Boyd, Midlothian, Virginia
21 / 75
Exps188752 Th163619c10 01 1b 2

Festive Slow-Cooked Beef Tips

We once owned an organic greenhouse and produce business. Weekends were hectic, so I made no-fuss meals like yummy beef tips to fortify us at day’s end. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
22 / 75

Chicken Amandine

With colorful green beans and pimientos, this attractive casserole is terrific for the holidays. This is true comfort food at its finest. —Kat Woolbright, Wichita Falls, Texas
23 / 75
Tenderloin With Horseradish Cream Cheese Exps50207 Th133086a08 01 8bc Rms 3

Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream Cheese

My husband and I both love the classic combination of beef and horseradish. He asks me to make this for dinner often, and I'm always happy to. Try serving with baked potatoes as a side.—Mary Lou Cook, Welches, Oregon
24 / 75
Exps188008 Th153343c04 16 6b 4

Artichoke Florentine Pasta

Pasta loaded with artichokes and creamy cheese is everything a Sunday dinner should be: rich, tasty and memorable. Add cooked chicken, shrimp or crab if you like. —Nancy Beckman, Helena, Montana
25 / 75

Warm Christmas Punch

Red Hot candies add rich color and spiciness to this festive punch, and the cranberry juice gives it a little tang. Our children always request it for December brunches. —Julie Sterchi, Campbellsville, Kentucky
26 / 75
Sage Pork Chops With Cider Pan Gravy Exps Cwon16 45877 C06 29 087 2

Sage Pork Chops with Cider Pan Gravy

A creamy sauce flavored with apple cider and sage makes for a quick and tasty weeknight dinner. If you like, serve these lightly seasoned chops with couscous, rice or noodles.—Erica Wilson, Beverly, Massachusetts
27 / 75

New England Lamb Bake

This dish is hearty and perfect for warming up on a chilly winter evening. The aroma is almost as delightful as the dish itself. —Frank Grady, Fort Kent, Maine
28 / 75
Exps49420 Thca153054d11 07 1b 3

Roast Chicken with Vegetables

Love a moist and tender chicken but not the mess of actually roasting one? Use an oven cooking bag to keep a chicken and veggies easily under control. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
29 / 75

Spinach Beef Pie

I found this recipe about 15 years ago, and it's still one I turn to often. It's flavorful and pretty.—Meg Stankiewicz, Garfield Heights, Ohio
30 / 75
Apple And Walnut Stuffed Pork Tenderloin With Red Currant Sauce Exps Tohca20 133853 E02 21 9b

Apple and Walnut Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Red Currant Sauce

My roasted pork tenderloin is stuffed with two of our favorite ingredients: walnuts and apples. This comforting entree is my family’s most requested pork dish. —Gloria Bradley, Naperville, Illinois
31 / 75
Exps148000 Hc143213b05 14 5b

Creamy Spinach & Rigatoni Bake

Macaroni and cheese is one of the ultimate comfort foods. My recipe gives it an Italian twist. —Tammy Rex, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
32 / 75
Contest Winning Braised Short Ribs Exps40638 Scm14342b03 12 5bc Rms 6

Contest-Winning Braised Short Ribs

I've been relying on this braised short ribs recipe ever since I bought my first slow cooker some 19 years ago. The fall-off-the-bone-tender entree is much appreciated on busy days. —Peggy Edwards, Heber City, Utah
33 / 75
Exps155226 Sd153323b06 10 3b 10

Harvesttime Chicken with Couscous

Even on busy days, I can start this chicken in the slow cooker and still get to work on time. When I come home, I whip up a spinach salad and crescent rolls to round out the menu. —Heidi Rudolph, Oregon, Illinois
34 / 75

Rosemary-Lemon Chicken Thighs

A cooking show inspired me to create this lemony chicken. Ask your butcher to remove the bones from chicken thighs but leave the skin intact. —Jennifer Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
35 / 75
Exps9370 Scm153676d01 27 5b

Stuffed Flank Steak

I like to make this on special occasions. The tender steak cuts easily into appetizing spirals for serving, and extra stuffing cooks conveniently in a foil packet on top of the steak. —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida
36 / 75
Exps149139 Th153345b07 21 11b 1

Tomato-Poached Halibut

My halibut with a burst of lemon comes together in one pan and stays super moist. Try it with polenta, angel hair pasta or crusty bread. —Danna Rogers, Westport, Connecticut
37 / 75

Chicken & Cheddar Biscuit Casserole

I always get rave reviews when I bring this casserole to my son's Cub Scouts meetings. It's the perfect comfort meal after a long day. —Sarah Phillips, East Lansing, Michigan
38 / 75
Apricot Kielbasa Slices Exps Cimz19 26157 E08 31 1b 2

Apricot Kielbasa Slices

This easy-to-fix kielbasa appetizer is coated in a thick, zesty sauce with just the right amount of sweetness. —Barbara McCalley, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
39 / 75
Chorizo Pumpkin Pasta Exps Sdon16 170910 D06 03 5b 4

Chorizo Pumpkin Pasta

I’m a busy student, and this spicy-sweet pasta makes a perfect quick dinner. Even better, it works on a bigger scale to feed a bunch of friends. —Christine Yang, Syracuse, New York
40 / 75

Mushroom Hunter's Sauce

Hunter sauce is a rich brown sauce with an accent of tomato. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
41 / 75
Exps162481 Sd163575b10 08 8b 4

Cod with Hearty Tomato Sauce

My father made up this sweet, flavorful recipe for my mother when he took over the cooking. We serve it with whole wheat pasta or brown rice. —Ann Marie Eberhart, Gig Harbor, Washington
42 / 75
Exps4622 Fm153592d03 18 1b 2

Spicy Bean and Beef Pie

My daughter helped me come up with this recipe when we wanted a one-dish meal that was different than a casserole. This pie slices nicely and is a fun and filling dish. —Debra Dohy, Massillon, Ohio
43 / 75

Italian-Style Pizzas

With prepared pesto and pizza crusts, this recipe comes together in a flash. It makes two, and we love that we each get our own Italian style pizza! I like to complete the meal with a salad and fresh fruit. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
44 / 75

Hearty Baked Beef Stew

This is such an easy way to make a wonderful beef stew. You don't need to brown the meat first—just combine it with hearty chunks of carrots, potatoes and celery, and let it all cook together in a flavorful gravy. My daughter Karen came up with the recipe for her busy family. —Doris Sleeth, Naples, Florida
45 / 75
Tortellini Carbonara Exps Sdam17 20418 C12 09 2b 8

Tortellini Carbonara

I've made this bacon, cream and Parmesan cheese pasta sauce for so many years and have always called it a carbonara. Low-and-behold, I recently found out it's actually more like an Alfredo sauce. In either case, it's absolutely heavenly and a great option for company! —Cathy Croyle, Davidsville, Pennsylvania
46 / 75
Wild Rice With Dried Blueberries Exps Scbz20 173494 E07 15 5b 1

Wild Rice with Dried Blueberries

I love the combination of rice and fruit, so this is a go-to holiday side dish at my house. I toss in mushrooms and toasted almonds to enhance the flavor. You can also include dried cherries or cranberries if you like. —Janie Colle, Hutchinson, Kansas
47 / 75
Creamy Braised Chicken Exps Dsbz17 14223 B01 18 2b 8

Creamy Braised Chicken

A smooth, delicate cream sauce gives a special taste to these tender chicken breasts accompanied by pearl onions and sauteed mushrooms. This dish is so rich-tasting, you'll want to serve it to company. —Margaret Haugh Heilman, Houston, Texas
48 / 75
Best Lasagna Exps36333  Th133086d07 23 6b Rms 6

Best Lasagna

Want to know how to make lasagna for a casual holiday meal? You can't go wrong with this deliciously rich meat lasagna recipe. My grown sons and daughter-in-law request it for their birthdays, too. —Pam Thompson, Girard, Illinois
49 / 75
Exps149115 Cw153047b12 12 3b Ap 8

Creamy Salmon Linguine

Extra Pesto Grilled Salmon gives this creamy pasta toss a luxurious taste and texture. We love it as is, but you could easily sub in any veggies you have on hand for the broccoli. —Jacob Kitzman, Seattle, Washington
50 / 75
Puff Pastry Chicken Potpie  Exps Sdon16 199097 C06 08 3b 4

Puff Pastry Chicken Potpie

When my wife is craving comfort food, I whip up this chicken pot pie with puff pastry. It's easy to make, sticks to your ribs and delivers soul-satisfying flavor. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado
51 / 75
Mulled Wine Margaritas Exps Tohdj21 226020 B07 30 1b 2

Mulled Wine Margaritas

These margarita wine cocktails are so fun, festive and unique. This favorite holiday beverage has complex flavors and warms the soul—it’s the ultimate Christmas drink! —Becky Hardin, St. Peters, Missouri
52 / 75

Meatball Chili with Dumplings

My family enjoys this delicious recipe—it's like a spicy meatball stew with dumplings!—Sarah Yoder, Middlebury, Indiana
53 / 75
Slow Cooker Beef Stew Exps Hsc19 21539 B07 09 3b 14

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

When there's a chill in the air, nothing beats this Crock-Pot beef stew. Seasoned with thyme and dry mustard, the hearty slow-cooker beef stew is chock-full of tender carrots, potatoes and meat. —Earnestine Wilson, Waco, Texas
54 / 75
Exps49339 Lr153742b09 10 4b

Rich Baked Spaghetti

It takes a little longer to make baked spaghetti, but the difference in taste, texture and richness is well worth the time. I serve this lasagna-style dish with a tossed green salad and breadsticks for a hearty, healthy meal. —Betty Rabe, Mahtomedi, Minnesota
55 / 75
Exps79148 Sd153321d01 30 5b 1

Artichoke Ratatouille Chicken

I loaded all the fresh produce I could find into this speedy chicken dinner. Serve it on its own or over pasta. —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana
56 / 75
Italian Stuffed Shells Exps Thn16 5942 D06 21 3b 2

Italian Stuffed Shells

A dear friend first brought over this stuffed shells recipe. It’s always a big hit! —Beverly Austin, Fulton, Missouri
57 / 75
Contest Winning Broccoli Chicken Casserole Exps37392 Th143193b04 22 3bc Rms 12

Contest-Winning Broccoli Chicken Casserole

This delicious chicken and broccoli casserole recipe is a twist on chicken divan that came from an old boss. It’s quick, satisfying comfort food. —Jennifer Schlachter, Big Rock, Illinois
58 / 75

Lemony Chicken & Rice

I couldn’t say who loves this recipe best, because it gets raves every time I serve it! Occasionally I even get a phone call or email from a friend requesting the recipe, and it's certainly a favorite for my grown children and 15 grandchildren. —Maryalice Wood, Langley, British Columbia
59 / 75
Buttery Mashed Potatoes Exps Ft20 258900 F 0930 1

Buttery Mashed Potatoes

These creamy, buttery mashed potatoes use simple ingredients. The tricks are to use Yukon Gold potatoes and then to warm the cream and butter before adding them to the potatoes. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
60 / 75
Spice Crusted Steaks With Cherry Sauce Exps Cimz19 95484 E08 014 6b Basedon 1

Air-Fryer Spiced Steaks with Cherry Sauce

Who needs to grill? These impressive steaks, topped with a rich cherry sauce, will delight your guests. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
61 / 75
Cranberry And Bacon Swiss Cheese Dip  Exps Tohfm20 241265 B09 19 5b 2

Cranberry and Bacon Swiss Cheese Dip

This warm, rich and creamy Swiss cheese dip is guaranteed to please family and friends alike. Served with thin, crunchy slices of French bread, it makes the perfect appetizer—especially since it can be prepared ahead, put in the fridge, and then baked just before you want to serve it. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
62 / 75
Exps42622 Sd143207d05 30 1b 4

Chicken-Pepper Alfredo

When I want a lighter dinner, I use lean turkey bacon in this recipe. It gives the pasta that richness you want without all the extra fat. —Courtney Harris, Denton, Texas
63 / 75
Sugarplum Spice Bread Exps Hbmz18 20029 C07 12 6b

Sugarplum Spice Bread

I make Christmas Eve magical with hot cocoa and toasted slices of this fragrant, fruit-studded bread. My son and I combined several recipes to come up with this winner. —Jackie Brown, Tully, New York
64 / 75
Herbed Seafood Casserole Exps 13x9bz19 35537 C10 09 8b 9

Herbed Seafood Casserole

When I wanted a seafood dish for my annual Christmas Eve buffet, my friend gave me a wonderful recipe. This is a rich, creamy casserole loaded with shrimp, scallops and crab. —Donna Schmuland, Westaskiwin, Alberta
65 / 75
Rosemary Pork With Cherry Pistachio Topping Exps Sddj19 226448 B07 19 5b 4

Rosemary Pork with Cherry-Pistachio Topping

Thirty years ago, my new mother-in-law asked me to do something with a large frozen pork loin being served for a crowd at a Christmas Eve buffet. I assembled some fragrant ingredients and this is the result. —Shelia Brown, Canton Michigan
66 / 75

Deluxe Cornbread Stuffing

When my husband and I were newlyweds and far from family, we invited friends over for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. I searched for stuffing recipes and combined the best aspects of several to create this one. Everyone liked it, and I still make it for holidays. —Pamela Rickman, Valdosta, Georgia
67 / 75

Chipotle-Orange Cranberry Sauce

My family prefers traditional dishes on Christmas, but I like to add in a few of my own unique creations. With brown sugar, cinnamon and chipotle powder for a little kick, this cranberry sauce will earn a permanent spot in your holiday lineup. —Chris Michalowski, Dallas, Texas
68 / 75
Creole Skillet Dinner Exps Bmz18 1485 D12 08  6b

Creole Skillet Dinner

While living in Canada, I sampled this colorful dish at a neighbor's. The following Christmas, I served it instead of my traditional turkey, and I received numerous compliments on it. I frequently substitute shrimp or sausage for the chicken ... or add all three. —Bonnie Brann, Pasco, Washington
69 / 75
Five Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip Exps Hplbz18 80323 C05 16 7b 4

Five-Cheese Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Whenever I go to an event, I'm always asked to bring this hot dip. Five types of cheese make it a standout and oh-so delicious. I love its party-ready convenience— I serve it straight from the slow cooker, so set-up and clean-up are a breeze! —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota
70 / 75
French Canadian Tourtieres Exps Thca19 35549 C08 22 4b 4

French Canadian Tourtieres

This recipe comes from my big sister. Each fall, we get together and make about 20 of these pies to use at Christmas, give as gifts or freeze for unexpected company. —Pat Menee, Carberry, Manitoba
71 / 75
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast With Cranberry Gravy Exps Thn18 221617 D05 30 4b 8

Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast with Cranberry Gravy

I created this dish when I was craving Thanksgiving dinner, and it was still over a month away. You get all the bells and whistles of a holiday dinner in no time, Add a vegetable, some mashed potatoes and you’re ready to eat. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida
72 / 75
Weeknight Turkey Tortilla Soup Exps Sdon18 55924 C06 19 1b 2

Weeknight Turkey Tortilla Soup

This is now my family's most requested soup—so much so that they will make sure I have leftover turkey. You can spice up this soup and make it more hearty by adding smoked sausage or andouille and some Cajun seasoning to taste. —Gail Lucas, Olive Branch, Mississippi
73 / 75
Cranberry And Roasted Beet Salad Exps Sddj19 226689 B07 18 9b 6

Cranberry and Roasted Beet Salad

I created this as a healthy, tasty side dish to complement Christmas dinner. This enticing substitute for cranberry relish is excellent with turkey. Even the children loved it! Serve the beet blend alone or on a bed of salad greens. —Brianna St. Clair, Worland, Wyoming
74 / 75
Rich Seafood Chowder Exps Sddj19 225763 B07 19 2b 1

Rich Seafood Chowder

This creamy, delectable soup is even better the next day. It also works well with scallops or a flaky whitefish. Substitute half-and-half or heavy cream for all or part of the milk to make this soup even richer. —Anita Culver, Royersford, Pennsylvania
75 / 75

Christmas Cutouts

Making and decorating these tender sugar cookies left a lasting impression on our four children. Adults now, they’ve all asked for my Christmas cutouts recipe so they can bake them with their own children. —Shirley Kidd, New London, Minnesota

Newsletter Unit

CMU Unit

cover
Subscribe & SAVE Save Up To 80%!