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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.

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Cooking meats, I have to confess, isn't my specialty. But everyone who tastes this main-course dish wants more! I'm a mostly at-home mom. I like to sew and read. I also enjoy gardening—we grow a good-sized patch, and it's so nice to have fresh-picked tomatoes and spinach when I make salads.
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Turkey with Mushroom Sauce

Turkey with Mushroom Sauce

Turkey with Mushroom Sauce

When we were first married, I didn't have an oven, so I made this tender turkey in the slow cooker. These days, I rely on this recipe because it frees up the oven to make other dishes for large get-togethers. —Myra Innes, Auburn, Kansas

White Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

White Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

White Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

This recipe has evolved over the past eight years. After I added the thyme, ham and sour cream, my husband declared, “This is it!” I like to serve this rich, saucy entree with a salad and homemade French bread. —Hope Toole, Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Orange-Glazed Pork Loin

Orange-Glazed Pork Loin

Orange-Glazed Pork Loin

This is one of the best pork recipes I've ever tried. My family looks forward to this roast for dinner, and guests always want the recipe. The flavorful rub and a glaze sparked with orange juice are also outstanding on pork chops. —Lynnette Miete, Alna, Maine
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Rosemary-Garlic Roast Beef

Rosemary-Garlic Roast Beef

Rosemary-Garlic Roast Beef

This tender and juicy roast looks beautiful when I serve it to guests. It also makes the house smell wonderful as it cooks. I usually serve it with warm French bread and a salad topped with buttermilk dressing. —Brenda Hlivyak, La Center, Washington

Perfect Pot Roast

Perfect Pot Roast

Perfect Pot Roast

Cooking meats, I have to confess, isn't my specialty. But everyone who tastes this main-course dish wants more! I'm a mostly at-home mom. I like to sew and read. I also enjoy gardening—we grow a good-sized patch, and it's so nice to have fresh-picked tomatoes and spinach when I make salads.

Braised Short Ribs with Gravy

Braised Short Ribs with Gravy

Braised Short Ribs with Gravy

This recipe can be finished in a slow cooker which makes it very helpful during those very busy days.—Susan Kinsella, East Falmouth, Massachusetts

Best Lasagna

Best Lasagna

Best Lasagna

Want to know how to make lasagna for a casual holiday meal? You can't go wrong with this deliciously rich and meaty lasagna. My grown sons and daughter-in-law request it for their birthdays, too. —Pam Thompson, Girard, Illinois

Coquilles St. Jacques for 1

Coquilles St. Jacques for 1

Coquilles St. Jacques for 1

Buttery scallops in rich, creamy sauce would be tough to share. Good thing you don’t have to. —Betsy Esley, Lake Alfred, Florida

Traditional Lasagna

Traditional Lasagna

Traditional Lasagna

My family first tasted this rich, homemade lasagna recipe at a friend's home on Christmas Eve. We were so impressed that it became our own holiday tradition as well. I also prepare it other times of the year. It's requested often by my sister's Italian in-laws—I consider that the highest compliment! —Lorri Foockle, Granville, Illinois

Fontina-Fruit Chicken Breasts

Fontina-Fruit Chicken Breasts

Fontina-Fruit Chicken Breasts

This is one of my favorite chicken dishes, festive enough for a special occasion but not loaded with fat and sugar. -Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
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