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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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To save time, the night before serving this tasty dish, Mary Jo Nikolaus in Mansfield, Ohio trims the meat, cuts up the vegetables and stores in the fridge in separate containers. Prep takes only minutes next morning. At night, she simply cooks the noodles and bakes some cheesy garlic toast to complete her warm, hearty, fuss-free meal!
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Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Shrimp and grits are a house favorite—if only we could agree on a recipe. I stirred things up with cheddar and Cajun seasoning to find a winner. —Charlotte Price, Raleigh, North Carolina

Orange-Glazed Ham Steaks

Orange-Glazed Ham Steaks

Orange-Glazed Ham Steaks

These tasty ham steaks combine orange marmalade and maple syrup for a terrific taste that goes beyond dinner: I like to serve leftovers at brunch. We love it with fruit and scrambled eggs. —Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Spicy Filet Mignon

Spicy Filet Mignon

Spicy Filet Mignon

I adapted this recipe from a seasoning I saw for blackened catfish. Because these steaks have a lot of kick, I make a more mellow side dish, like buttered potatoes or grilled fresh vegetables. —Vera Kobiako, Jupiter, Florida
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Grouper with Crabmeat Sauce

Grouper with Crabmeat Sauce

Grouper with Crabmeat Sauce

A creamy seafood sauce drapes over mild-flavored grouper for an elegant entree. Whether served to my family or to hundreds of people at a charity event, it's a winner.—Virginia Anthony, Jacksonville, Florida

Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

Leftover turkey, dressing and sweet potatoes make terrific stuffing for jumbo pasta shells. We add cheese and use turkey gravy as the sauce for this crowd-pleaser. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island

Spinach-Mushroom Stuffed Chicken

Spinach-Mushroom Stuffed Chicken

Spinach-Mushroom Stuffed Chicken

A colorful spinach stuffing peeks out from the golden skin in this recipe developed in our Test Kitchen.

Cranberry Brisket with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Cranberry Brisket with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Cranberry Brisket with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

The sweet and savory brisket is a great compliment to the zesty potatoes in this recipe. The rich color of the meat makes it an elegant holiday option.—Rachelle Schaefer, Studio City, California

Raspberry-Chipotle Glazed Ham

Raspberry-Chipotle Glazed Ham

Raspberry-Chipotle Glazed Ham

Looking to liven up your same-old holiday ham? Try this recipe, which features a sweet and spicy sauce.

Chicken Rolls with Pesto Pasta

Chicken Rolls with Pesto Pasta

Chicken Rolls with Pesto Pasta

Fresh basil (which is available in grocery stores year round) lends terrific flavor to these tasty chicken rolls. As the fantastic finishing touch, toss the pasta with purchased or homemade pesto just before serving. —Pat Stevens, Granbury, Texas

Duck with Orange Hazelnut Stuffing

Duck with Orange Hazelnut Stuffing

Duck with Orange Hazelnut Stuffing

For over 50 years, this elegant entree has graced my family's holiday table. The zesty stuffing with its nice nutty crunch complements the slices of moist duck, while the hint of orange in the gravy sets it apart.

Baked Fish with Cheese Sauce for Two

Baked Fish with Cheese Sauce for Two

Baked Fish with Cheese Sauce for Two

There's plenty of time to whip up this flaky fish and decadent cheese sauce. Turn a ho-hum weeknight into a special occasion.—Kristin Reynolds, Van Buren, Arkansas
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