Recipes for Christmas Dinner

Recipes for Christmas Dinner

Here you'll find a nice variety of recipes for Christmas dinner. 

Stick with the traditional dinner, which included a turkey or ham with all the fixings, or get creative and try something new.

Once you've selected your recipes for Christmas Dinner, check out the sample menus below.  Use them as is, or substitute items wherever you see fit. 

Your best bet is to choose a variety of foods to satisfy everyone's taste buds.

Holiday Turkey

Holiday Turkey

-1 Thawed turkey
-Olive oil
-Seasoned Salt
-Garlic Powder
-Celery salt
-Ground pepper

First, make sure your turkey is completely thawed.  If it's frozen, you may have to remove it from the freezer a couple of days before you're ready to cook it.

Start by removing all the insides of the turkey, and place them aside.

Rinse the turkey down with cool water, inside and out, and pat dry.

Place the turkey in a rosting pan, and completely coat it with olive oil.

Season generously with seasoned salt, garlic powder, celery salt and pepper.  Make sure your add seasoning to the inside as well.

In order to prevent the tips of the wings from burning in the oven, either bend them back behind the body of the turkey, or cover the tips with aluminum foil.

Follow the baking instructions on the wrapper, and remember to baste your turkey often.

Once the turkery is golden brown, and is cooked thoroughly, cover remove it from the oven and immediately cover with foil.

Holiday Ham

Holiday Ham

-1 pre-cooked, spiral cut bone in ham (hams with the bone in are much more flavorful)
-Handful of cloves
-1 cup dark brown sugar

Remove ham from packaging and rinse with cool water.

Gently push the cloves in to the ham, into various spaces along the spiral cuts.

Coat the skin of the ham with the brown sugar.

Place ham in a baking dish, along with enough water to coat the bottom of the dish.

Follow the baking instructions on the wrapper.

Once the ham is thoroughly cooked, remove from the oven and cover with foil.

The holiday turkey and ham are two of the most traditional recipes for Christmas dinner, but here's a recipe that's a bit more modern, and your party guests will love it.

Baked Lasagna

backed lasagna

-1 box of ready to bake lasagna noodles
-1 32 oz. package of ricotta cheese
-2 bags of shredded Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses
-2 whole eggs
-2 jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
-1 lb. ground beef, pork or turkey
-1/4 c. parsley flakes
-Seasoned salt
-Garlic powder

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 bags of the shredded cheeses, eggs, parsley flakes, and all seasonings (season to taste)

Brown meat until completely cooked through, then add spaghetti sauce.  Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.

Line the bottom of your lasagna pan with a small amount of the meat sauce.

Then line the pan with a layer of lasagna noodles, then a layer of meat sauce, and then a layer of the cheese mix.

Keep layering the lasagna until you run out of noodles.

Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown on top.

Recipes for Christmas Dinner Side Dishes

String Beans

String Beans

-32 oz. can of fresh cut string beans
-2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
-1 piece of smoked turkey meat (any cut)
-Garlic powder
-Seasoned salt

Thawed or frozen, boil smoked turkey meat until fully cooked.

Cut meat into bite sized pieces and set aside.

Drain water from string beans

Rinse string beans a couple time, and transfer to a medium saucepan.

Add oil and seasonings (season to taste)

Then add meat

Cook covered on medium heat for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, string beans can continue to simmer to bring out more flavor.

As an option, a about 1 teaspoon of hot sauce or crushed hot peppers to the pot.

Roasted Red Potatoes

Roasted Red Potatoes

-1 bag of small red potatoes
-3 tbsp. Italian seasoning
-Garlic powder
-Seasoned salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Rub each potato under cool water and pat dry.

Cut potatoes into fours, and transfer to shallow baking dish.

Coat potatoes with oil.

Sprinkle potatoes with seasonings (to taste) and with Italian seasoning.

Cook for about 25 minutes, or until potatoes become soft, but not mushy.

Turkey Gravy

Turkey Gravy

-All the insides of the turkey (neck, giblets and liver)
-1 medium onion (preferably a sweet onion)
-2 cups water
-2 tbsp all purpose flour
-1/4 c. milk
-Seasoned salt
-Garlic powder

Sear turkey parts in small frying pan.

Add turkey, along with any oil from the pan, to medium saucepan with water.

Mix in onion, and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and let simmer.

Add flour to a small cup.

Gradually add milk until you get a smooth consistency.

Gradually milk and flour mixture to saucepan.

Stir frequently so that gravy will not scorch bottom of pot.

If gravy is too thick, add more milk.  If it's too thin, add more flour.

Sample Christmas Dinner Menus

Pigs in a blanket
Main dish:
Holiday turkey
Side dish:
Mashed potatoes
Hot chocolate with whipped cream

Fresh Fruit tray
Main dish:
Holiday ham
Side dish:
Sweet corn
Apple cobbler

Caesar salad
Main dish:
Side dish:
Garlic bread
Christmas sugar cookies

Chips and salsa
Main dish:
Prime rib
Side dish:
Steamed mixed vegetables
Steamed rice
Fudge brownies

Soup bar - serve 3 different kinds of hot soup
Main dish:
Hot and cold sandwich bar
Side dish:
Baked potatoes
Chocolate pudding

As you can see, preparing recipes for Christmas dinner can be easy and fun!

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