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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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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
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Shrimp & Macaroni Casserole

Shrimp & Macaroni Casserole

Shrimp & Macaroni Casserole

Mac and cheese goes upscale in this deliciously cheesy variation. The shrimp gives a unique twist to this popular standard. —Michael Cohen, Los Angeles, California

Turkey Apple Stuffing

Turkey Apple Stuffing

Turkey Apple Stuffing

Complementing your golden bird, the well-seasoned bread stuffing is sparked by a festive sweetness from apples and raisins. It's a staple on our holiday menu. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Grilled Marinated Sirloin

Grilled Marinated Sirloin

Grilled Marinated Sirloin

A tasty marinade laced with lime juice is the secret behind this moist and elegant sirloin recipe from our Test Kitchen. You'll enjoy warm-weather entertaining and stay out of a hot kitchen with this grilled summer standout.
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Bacon Swiss Quiche

Bacon Swiss Quiche

Bacon Swiss Quiche

Light and fluffy, this scrumptious quiche is ideal for breakfast or brunch but can also be served at dinnertime. Serve with a clump of chilled grapes or other fresh fruit on the side. —Colleen Belbey, Warwick, Rhode Island

Autumn Pot Roast

Autumn Pot Roast

Autumn Pot Roast

Fork-tender and hearty, this pot roast is an old-fashioned stick-to-your-ribs main dish, assures field editor Shirley Kidd of New London, Minnesota.

Italian Shrimp and Pasta

Italian Shrimp and Pasta

Italian Shrimp and Pasta

We like pasta with Italian tomato sauces, and this recipe is one we make often. It’s heavy on the shrimp and light on the pasta, and that’s the way we like it…we can remember when shrimp was unheard of in our budget, so I guess we’re making up for it now!

Beef Sirloin Tip Roast

Beef Sirloin Tip Roast

Beef Sirloin Tip Roast

This meaty main course, served with a mouthwatering mushroom gravy, is a snap to assemble and pop in the oven. "It is my husband's favorite," says Mrs. Burgess Marshbanks from her home in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

Stroganoff Meatballs

Stroganoff Meatballs

Stroganoff Meatballs

These no-fuss meatballs make a marvelous main meal...or serve them as an appealing appetizer. For even quicker preparation, make the meatballs ahead of time and freeze. Then thaw, combine with the creamy sauce and warm in a chafing dish.

Mustard-Glazed Ham

Mustard-Glazed Ham

Mustard-Glazed Ham

MY MOM was known as the best cook in the country. This delicious glaze was in her collection of handwritten recipes. I laminated the ones I use most often, and this favorite was included. It's easy to prepare, and everyone seems to like ham made this way. -Dorothy Smith, El Dorado, Arkansas

Rosemary Turkey Breast

Rosemary Turkey Breast

Rosemary Turkey Breast

I season turkey with a blend of rosemary, garlic and paprika. Because I rub that mixture directly on the meat under the skin, I can remove the skin before serving and not lose any of the flavor. The result is a lower-in-fat, yet delicious entree that makes the perfect centerpiece for holiday meals. —Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas

Shrimp Pasta Primavera

Shrimp Pasta Primavera

Shrimp Pasta Primavera

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. So when I invite that special guy to dinner, I like to prepare something equally special. This well-seasoned pasta dish has lots of flavor...and it won't hurt your budget! —Shari Neff, Takoma Park, Maryland
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