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Growing up in Wisconsin, Christmas dinner with family always included a juicy baked ham, a seemingly infinite array of side dishes, and a sweets table that groaned from the weight of all my mom’s cookies and desserts.
This year, I wanted to pull out all of the stops. I kept some of my favorite things, but switched up the main event and learned how to make the most delicious Prime Rib ever.
Whether you’re celebrating with friends, having Christmas dinner with family, or celebrating a very, merry mixture of both, maybe my Christmas dinner ideas will inspire you to update your own traditions.
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Prime Rib makes a mouth-watering, show-stopping centerpiece for any holiday gathering. If you’ve never attempted Prime Rib, fear not! All the information you need is there, broken-down and clearly explained, so you can approach this indulgent cut of meat with confidence, even as a beginner.
Prime Rib with Mustard Cream Sauce
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
How to Make Rotisserie Chicken
Scalloped potatoes are creamy, cheesy, and delicious in every bite, a rich side dish that is perfect for a celebration. Layers and layers of thinly sliced potatoes swim in a homemade cheese sauce, then baked until golden brown and crunchy on top. These are great for dinner and brunch alike!
Cheesy Potato Casserole
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Everything is better with bacon, and green beans are no exception. Blanch the green beans to keep them bright green and tender crisp, then toss with chewy (or crispy) bacon and a touch of brown sugar for sweetness. It’s a vegetable side dish people go crazy for!
Green Beans and Bacon
Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole
These soft, yeasty dinner rolls are perfect in every way: The size, shape, and texture you want, and so delicious slathered with butter. They are perfect for impromptu sandwiches or just enjoyed on the side of Prime Rib or whatever main dish you serve.
Soft Yeast Dinner Rolls
Homemade Crescent Rolls
A staple at the holidays, this Cranberry Apple Cider is the perfect winter warm-up for entertaining. Keep a big crockpot of cider next to mugs and a ladle, and guests can help themselves. It keeps tummies warm and adds a delicious aroma to your house, too. Stash a bottle of something on the side for the 21+ crowd, if desired.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider
Brandy Old Fashioned
This stunning Cranberry Wreath Cake is elevated with a ring of rosemary and sugared cranberries atop a decadent chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream. It’s a festive display for your Christmas table that tastes as good as it looks!
Cranberry Wreath Cake
Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake)
Christmas Sugar Cookies
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Meggan Hill is a classically-trained chef and professional writer. Her meticulously-tested recipes and detailed tutorials bring confidence and success to home cooks everywhere. Meggan has been featured on NPR, HuffPost, FoxNews, LA Times, and more.