My Christmas Dinner Ideas

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Christmas dinner ideas usually boil down to two choices for us. Are we doing lasagna or a fancy cut of beef? Should it be prime rib of beef, roast lamb or beef tenderloin?

I just attended an all “beef” cooking class, where we made prime rib with horseradish, very similar to this idea. I couldn’t take great pictures that day because it got dark and everyone was hungry, but the comments went like this. “This is the best meal you ever made.”

I didn’t roast it on that cast iron pan. You will need a real roasting pan, and to make it even more exciting, it was roasted over beef ribs, which were the best ribs I ever ate (as leftovers).

Roasted Prime Rib with Horseradish Sauce. I give you all the details on how to roast a no fail prime rib,

How to Make the Best Prime Rib of Beef from Spinach Tiger

Beef Tenderloin Roast

Last year I did this tenderloin roast. You may also know this cut of beef as filet mignon. It couldn’t be easier. It’s less fat than a prime rib, if that matters to you, and it’s a quicker roasting time. I’ve made this so many times at Christmas, it’s become a sort of tradition. You won’t be sorry if you have leftovers either.

Leg of Lamb with Pistachio Mint PestoLamb lovers take heart, I have the best, that is delicious, festive and very easy to to roast.

Roast Turkey. Just in case you don’t know Spinach Tiger very well, I have the best roast turkey recipe, which uses a cheesecloth to do a no basting method.

If you have to make a smaller dinner, but you still want something special, this Holiday Roast Chicken will serve you well.

Zuni Cafe Style Roast Chicken

If you need a slow cooker recipe, Marcella Hazan’s Roast Beef Made in Red Wine is a stellar dish.

If you love Italian food, this Veal Ossobuco dish also from Marcella Hazan is splendid. I served it on grits.

Roasted Pork Stuffed with Fennel and Winter Roasted Vegetables

Christmas Dinner Ideas Need Side Dishes

Scalloped Potatoes. We go all out for Christmas, starting with scalloped potatoes, rich and delicious.

Perfect No Lump Mashed Potatoes.

Prosciutto Wrapped Broccolini

Let’s Talk Italian Food for Christmas Dinner Ideas

We love the big fat pastas such as lasagna, and I suggest that even if you make a beef entree, make a dish of manicotti.

Baked Manicotti is my husband’s favorite. Who could resist?

Baked Manicotti

I have four different lasagnas for Christmas Dinner Ideas.

Christmas Dinner Ideas:Four Ways to Make Lasagna

Meatball Lasagna. RECIPE HERE

Green Lasagna with Bechemel and Bolognese. You can make this Marcella Hazan recipe in steps. Make the bolognese the day before.  RECIPE HERE

Spinach Lasagna RECIPE HERE

Sweet Potato Lasagna RECIPE HERE

Christmas Dinner Ideas: Salad

The Winter Holiday Kale Salad with Walnut Viniagrette will compliment any entree. RECIPE HERE

The Festive Kale Salad with Butternut Squash is such a beautiful presentation and captures Christmas.

The Party Wedge with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Christmas Dinner Ideas: Dessert

Every year I make a few desserts and these are always included.

Flourless Chocolate Cake. Top with this Stabilized Whipped Cream

Christmas Apple Pie


Maple Cheesecake Bars  (sugar free, gluten free) RECIPE HERE

Christmas Ice Cream Bombe. I’ve been making this forever. It’s vanilla ice cream wrapped around raspberry sorbet. It’s fun to make. You can serve with chocolate sauce.

Peppermint Ice Cream. This is my husband’s favorite holiday treat.

Don’t forget to have at least one Christmas cookie. I have lots of family favorites. RECIPES HERE.

If you’re not a baker, you can make a holiday cocktail dessert with fruit, pomegranate juice and bubbly.

I hope you were able to get some wonderful ideas for your Christmas dinner. I’d love to hear what you’re making.

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