Christmas Dinner Recipes

Get great ideas for your Christmas dinner like glazed ham, prime rib, turkey, and pork recipes. For Christmas side dishes, we have recipes for mashed potatoes, casseroles, breads, and vegetable dishes. We also have quick and easy recipes for appetizer, sides, and desserts that can be made in under 20 minutes.

Staff Picks

Roast Turkey with Herb Butter

Rating: 4 stars 396
Getting a great-tasting turkey on the Thanksgiving table is easier than you might think. Here, the bird is rubbed with a flavorful mixture of butter and fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme before going into the oven. Use the roasted vegetables and turkey neck to make Rich Gravy.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.5 stars 493
Instant potatoes from the box can't compare to this homemade version.

Simple Stuffing

Rating: 3 stars 539
Drying the bread cubes and cooking the vegetables a day in advance helps this stuffing come together quickly on Thanksgiving Day. 

Herbed Roasted Turkey

Rating: 4 stars 284
This traditional holiday bird brings much more to the table than just great taste. Our version, which is packed with protein, is rubbed with a blend of parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, and garlic.

Roast Turkey

Rating: 5 stars 1
This recipe calls for brining the turkey for 24 hours, so plan accordingly. If you choose not to brine, skip the first two steps. If your roasting pan fits only sideways in the oven, rotate the pan every hour so the turkey cooks and browns evenly.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3 stars 668
This classic potato dish is always on everyone's favorites list for a Thanksgiving side.

Sausage-Cheddar Balls

Rating: 3.5 stars 1270
This reinterpretation of meatballs combines breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and onion for a very flavorful holiday appetizer, enough for a crowd of hungry folks.

Warm Cider and Rum Punch

Rating: 4 stars 389
For a fun and festive holiday gathering, make this crowd-pleasing spiked punch.

Roasted Turkey in Parchment with Gravy

Rating: 3 stars 829
Here's an unexpected, but totally genius way to cook your turkey for Thanksgiving. Our parchment bag technique yields moist meat and crisp, golden skin every time. Martha made this recipe on Cooking School episode 406.

Sausage Pear Stuffing

Rating: 3 stars 719
Firm pears such as Bosc or Anjou stand up well to baking and make a delicious foil for Italian sausage in this sweet-and-savory stuffing.

Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 104
Brightened with navel orange segments and fresh ginger, this traditional cranberry sauce is the perfect accompaniment to our Classic Brined and Roasted Turkey.

Inspiration and Ideas

18 Stellar Vegetable Sides for Your Holiday Table
Don't tell the prime rib, but sides are the true crowd-pleasers of any holiday meal. The choices are many: stovetop braises and sautés, purées, oven-roasted options, and baked vegetable casseroles.
Our Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Turkey for Thanksgiving
For a perfectly moist and tender turkey, follow our advice. The result? A bird is the star at your Thanksgiving table.
Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam
Rating: 3.5 stars 2145

Spread this savory bacon jam on bread for a holiday appetizer and send your guests home with a jar.