Recipes for Christmas Dinner
Here you'll find a nice variety of recipes for Christmas
Stick with the traditional dinner, which included a
turkey or ham with all the fixings, or get creative and try something
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
Your best bet is to choose a variety of foods to satisfy
everyone's taste buds.
-1 Thawed turkey
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
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
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.
-1 pre-cooked, spiral cut bone in ham (hams with the bone in are much
-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
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
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.
-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
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
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
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
-32 oz. can of fresh cut string beans
-2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
-1 piece of smoked turkey meat (any cut)
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
As an option, a about 1 teaspoon of hot sauce or crushed hot peppers
to the pot.
Roasted Red Potatoes
-1 bag of small red potatoes
-3 tbsp. Italian seasoning
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
Cook for about 25 minutes, or until potatoes become soft, but not mushy.
-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
Sear turkey parts in small frying pan.
Add turkey, along with any oil from the pan, to medium saucepan with
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
Sample Christmas Dinner Menus
Pigs in a blanket
Hot chocolate with whipped cream
Fresh Fruit tray
Christmas sugar cookies
Chips and salsa
Steamed mixed vegetables
Soup bar - serve 3 different kinds of hot soup
Hot and cold sandwich bar
As you can see, preparing recipes for Christmas dinner can be easy and