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62 Christmas Dinner Menu Ideas
By: Jessica Farris, Editor, RecipeLion.com
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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to cook a massive Christmas feast complete with appetizers, a main course, side dishes and salads. Meanwhile, you must acquire Christmas presents and decorate the house. As the yearly host for your family, you must make sure all adults and children are occupied and content while you are busy in the kitchen. You must do all of this before midnight on Christmas Eve. An impossible task, you say?
Nothing is impossible with this collection of 62 Christmas Dinner Menu ideas! These traditional Christmas recipes are laid out in perfect form for you to pick and choose from each section. Including everything from Christmas main dishes to vegetable dishes and salad recipes, this guide includes the best recipes for Christmas dinner. Check out the recipes below for to complete your Christmas dinner mission.
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At Christmastime, the center of every dinner table features an incredible work of culinary genius. A feat of staggering culinary genius, the main dish is the jaw-dropping, mouth watering object of every guest's attention as they approach the dining room. Many people choose to prepare a Christmas ham recipe, and others prefer a Christmas roast turkey. Still others choose a pheasant recipe or a chicken. No matter which of these Christmas meat dishes is your favorite, we have them all! Choose one, two, or all fourteen!
Tangy and zesty, sweet and spiced, jellied and chunky, hot and cold—we have every type of cranberry sauce you could ever want or need to make for Christmas. Cranberry sauce recipes are the most versatile of all holiday recipes because the delicious red substance is perfect as a topping, a gravy, or just eaten plain. It's also great as an appetizer or a topping for desserts. The bright red color of the tart berries makes them ideal and edible décor for dinner tables and Christmas trees alike. Enjoy one or two of the cranberry sauce recipes below and celebrate the holidays in style!
If you plan on roasting a turkey for Christmas, stuffing recipes are a must-have, but these are all incredibly tasty regardless. Bake them in a casserole dish or fill up the bird to impress all of your guests. These dressing recipes have been specially chosen for their dedication to traditional Christmas flavors, including cranberry, chestnut and more.
In order to save room for the main course, as well as all of those tasty Christmas desserts that come after dinner, your guests will need lighter side dishes. Include these soup recipes and holiday salads as light starters, appetizers or side dishes without sacrificing flavor. Cool salads cleanse the palate, while hot soups warm up guests who have just come in from the chilly December air. Every one of these is a homestyle favorite that is sure to satisfy and delight.
Despite common misconceptions, it is not impossible to maintain a diet over the holidays. Even though you'll be eating a ton of food this holiday season, you don't have to chow down on junk food the whole time. Replace a cookie with one of these delicious and nutritious Christmas vegetable recipes. Fresh veggies will fill you up and help you resist the mountain of sugary pies, cakes and cookies that cascades from every corner around Christmas. These vegetable dishes are so good, even kids will want seconds!
Soak up every last drop of gravy and cranberry sauce with a warm slice of bread, or set out a loaf of sweet bread to distract curious family members hovering in the kitchen. This collection of bread and rolls is designed to keep you in the holiday spirit. Quick bread recipes make excellent inexpensive gifts for family and friends, while breadsticks and rolls make a perfect addition to the dinner table.
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