Deliciously Festive Christmas Dinner Recipes To Impress Your Guests

Dinner By May 20, 2023

Classic Roast Turkey with Cranberry Sauce


1 (12-pound) turkey, thawed
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
Salt and pepper
1 cup cranberry sauce


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix together the butter, rosemary, thyme, and sage.
Season the turkey with salt and pepper and spread the butter mixture all over the turkey.
Bake the turkey for 3-4 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
Let the turkey rest for 15 minutes before carving.
Serve with cranberry sauce on the side.

Apple Cider Glazed Ham


1 (10-pound) fully cooked ham
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Place the ham in a roasting pan and cover with foil.
Bake for 1 hour.
In a small bowl, whisk together the apple cider, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Remove the ham from the oven and brush with the glaze.
Bake for an additional 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F.
Let the ham rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Roasted Root Vegetables with Balsamic Glaze


2 pounds mixed root vegetables (such as carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, and beets), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 cloves garlic, minced


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large bowl, toss together the root vegetables, olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
Spread the vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and caramelized.
In a small saucepan, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, honey, and garlic.
Cook over medium heat until the mixture has thickened and reduced by half.
Drizzle the glaze over the roasted vegetables before serving.

Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake


1 1/2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup peppermint extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 cup crushed peppermint candy


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, mix together the chocolate cookie crumbs and melted butter.
Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
Bake for 10 minutes and let cool.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Stir in the sour cream and peppermint extract.
Stir in the melted chocolate chips.
Pour the mixture over the cooled crust.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the cheesecake is set.
Sprinkle the crushed peppermint candy over the cheesecake before serving.


Christmas dinner is a time to gather with family and friends and enjoy delicious food. These recipes take classic dishes and add a twist, creating unique and delicious meals that will impress even the most discerning foodies. From a classic roast turkey with cranberry sauce to a peppermint chocolate cheesecake, there is something for everyone to enjoy. These recipes are perfect for aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts alike and are sure to make your Christmas dinner one to remember.

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