Plan your Christmas menu using our best Christmas ideas and recipes, including appetizer, side dish, and dessert ideas. For other Christmas menu ideas, try one of our ham or roasted prime rib recipes, or egg frittatas, bread pudding, and fruit salads for Christmas breakfast. We even have bite-sized and tasty finger foods, dips, cocktails, and appetizers.
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Easy Holiday Menus
Forget long hours in the kitchen with complicated recipes. Make this Christmas dinner a no-fuss, unforgettable evening with these easy, elegant menus.
Classic Holiday Menus
Browse our collection of Thanksgiving recipes, divided by type -- turkeys, side dishes, and desserts -- to create a personalized menu that will make everyone feel thankful.
Three Easy, Elegant Christmas MenusEasy elegance meets practicality in three joyous holiday meals: Christmas Eve dinner, and brunch and dinner on the day. Lucinda Scala Quinn’s inspiration? A classic dish, reinvented.
Comfort and Joy: An Easy Winter MealEvery cook needs one perfect winter meal in her repetoire. It should be lavish enough for a special occasion yet easy to prepare. This menu hits all the marks.
Holiday Parties and Menus
12 Nights of Christmas Dinners
The 12 days of Christmas and the evenings of those 12 days (12-tide), are the festive days beginning the evening of Christmas Day through the morning of Epiphany, January 6. Here is a collection of delicious and elegant appetizers, dinners, and desserts to serve at your holiday dinners this year. Happy holidays!
Holiday Main Dish Recipes
We selected these magnificent main dish recipes especially for your holiday table. Choose from glazed ham, prime rib, stuffed pork loin, beef Wellington, roasted salmon, spaghetti with lobster, and many more.
The (Nearly) Zero-Prep-Time Holiday DinnerThese recipes for appetizers, main dishes, sides, and desserts eliminate almost all of the slicing, peeling, marinating, brining, and other hours and hours' worth of prep work that usually makes you weary just to think about when deciding whether to host the holiday meal. Choose your favorites and get a fabulous, festive meal on the table in record time.
Martha's Christmas Brunch MenuA little of this, a little of that ... Martha's Christmas brunch buffet includes plan-ahead recipes, specialty foods, and plenty of fresh, seasonal citrus fruits.
Mix and Match Christmas MenusPost
Christmas Kitchen Wisdom: The Breakfast Edition
Got guests? Here are our strategies for breakfast and brunch for a group, made easy.Gallery
How to Host an Easy Holiday Party
Throwing an elegant holiday get-together -- whether a sit-down dinner or a cocktail party -- doesn't have to be stressful. Here are a few tips for hosting a wonderful Christmas gathering without breaking a sweat.Video
CroquemboucheMartha shows Rachel Maddow how to make a showstopping French dessert perfect for the holiday season.Article
Make Entertaining EasyThis party season, keep things simple -- and healthy -- with five festive recipes that only look complicated. Hosting a holiday party sounds fun, in theory. But when the time comes to actually plan and execute it, the stress of entertaining often consumes the joy of being surrounded by your nearest and dearest. What if you could have your hors d'oeuvres and eat them, too? These five appetizers take simplicity to a whole new elegant level. On top of that, they incorporate healthy ingredients, including omega-3-rich walnuts, red peppers packed with vitamin C, and beta-carotene-loaded mangoes. If that's not the recipe for a perfect party, then we don't know what is.AdvertisementAdvertisementArticle
The Perfect Party MenuLooking beyond the fried, fatty dishes all too common come party time (pigs in a blanket, anyone?), we've created a fresh, healthy, and delicious buffet menu -- one every home chef can follow.