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Craft your perfect Christmas dinner from our best holiday recipes. Whether you’re hosting a casual buffet or a formal sit-down dinner, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help you feed the ones you love the most.

A Christmas table with prime rib, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and rolls.

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.

Table of Contents
  1. Perfect Prime Rib
  2. Cheesy scalloped potatoes
  3. Favorite green beans with bacon
  4. Super soft dinner rolls
  5. Crockpot cranberry apple cider
  6. Festive cranberry wreath cake

Perfect Prime Rib

Prime Rib with Mustard Cream Sauce
Learn how to cook the perfect Prime Rib with step-by-step instructions and photos. This prime rib recipe will be the star of your holiday table, and it's even better with a drizzle of mustard cream sauce.
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A platter of sliced prime rib.

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Fennel
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Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin surrounded by roasted fennel and onions.

Hibachi Steak with Grilled Wasabi Potatoes

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A rotisserie chicken on a white plate with slices of lemon.

Cheesy scalloped potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes
At dinners and parties throughout the Midwest, Scalloped Potatoes are always the first thing to disappear. This recipe uses a quick, made-from-scratch cheese sauce that's layered with plenty of potatoes.
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A baking dish full of scalloped potatoes.

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Cheesy Potato Casserole
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A pile of cheesy potato casserole on a plate.

Boursin Mashed Potatoes

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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
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Roasted rosemary potatoes on a baking sheet.

Favorite green beans with bacon

Green Beans with Bacon
An easy recipe for Green Beans with Bacon (and a touch of brown sugar, too). Cook the bacon and blanch the beans ahead of time, and this dish comes together in minutes.
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Green beans with bacon on a white platter.

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Harvest Roasted Vegetables

An easy recipe for Harvest Roasted Vegetables with butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, bacon, and walnuts. Your new favorite fall side dish!

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Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole
This Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole is a great mix of convenience and from-scratch cooking and won't take up any oven space.
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Slow cooker green bean casserole on a patterned platter.

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Parmesan

This recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan and Lemon turns boring broccoli into something crispy and caramelized in 40 minutes or less. Delicious! True confession: I actually grew up eating frozen broccoli with melted Velveeta…

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Vegetable Casserole
Vegetable Casserole, just like mom used to make! Made with frozen veggies, Velveeta, and buttery cracker crumbs, it's always the first side dish to disappear.
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A pan of vegetable casserole with Velveeta and cracker crumbs.

Super soft dinner rolls

Soft Yeast Dinner Rolls
When nothing but homemade bread will do, try these easy Soft Yeast Dinner Rolls. They are perfect at your holiday table, on the side of Sunday Supper, piled with any kind of meat, or served simply with a bowl of soup.
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Soft yeast dinner rolls on a baking sheet.

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Homemade Crescent Rolls
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A basket of homemade crescent rolls.

Crockpot cranberry apple cider

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider
Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider is simple to make, sweet, and delicious. This welcoming, spiced hot beverage makes the whole house smell amazing, too.
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Slow cooker cranberry apple cider in a clear mug.

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Eggnog

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Brandy Old Fashioned
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A brandy old fashioned in a clear glass.
White Russian
The classic White Russian cocktail is made with vodka, Kahlúa, and cream. It's simple, delicious, and tastes a little bit like iced coffee.
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A white Russian cocktail with a bottle of Kahlua in the background.

Festive cranberry wreath cake

Cranberry Wreath Cake
Cranberry Wreath Cake is a luscious chocolate cake covered in sweet vanilla buttercream and is perfect for the holidays or any winter celebration. A crown of fresh rosemary and sugared cranberries makes a stunning finishing touch.
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A slice of cranberry wreath cake on a plate with a fork.

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Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake)
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Pizzelle

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Christmas Sugar Cookies
These frosted Christmas Sugar Cookies are my grandma’s best recipe, so buttery and sweet! A family favorite. No Christmas is complete without them.
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Frosted sugar cookies decorated for Christmas on a baking rack.

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  1. Once again, you developed an outstanding selection of ideas/recipes! The pictures as well as step by step recipes are very helpful. The difficult part is narrowing choices. Happy holidays. Thanks again.

  2. I haven’t used any of these recipes yet but I will be using some of these recipes for Christmas dinner I’m always looking for a new recipe I get tired of cooking the same Christmas dinner year after year