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Christmas Dinner Ideas

written by

Kassi Glassman

posted on

December 3, 2021

It's safe to say, we'll all gather around a table during the Christmas season to tuck into a special meal with those we love. Be it a boisterous family affair, a quiet dinner for two or something in between, here's a few ideas to kick start your meal planning

A Show Stopping Dinner to feed a Crowd

Choose a Prime Rib to fill all the plates and impress all the in-laws. The best part is oven roasting a prime rib is super simple! Also called a "Standing Rib Roast," Prime Rib is a roast of Ribeye Steak, and can be bone-in or boneless. Opt for a traditional bone-in roast and plan for 1 rib for every 2 guests.

Serve with: Twice Baked Potato Casserole by Taste of Home

An Elevated, Intimate Family Dinner

Choose a Filet Mignon Roast (also known as a Tenderloin Roast) and show off your cooking skills with a Christmas classic, Beef Wellington, or opt for a simpler preparation like this Herb-Crusted Roast Tenderloin. This cut is a roast of Filet Mignon Steak, the most prized and tender cut on the whole beef.

Serve with: Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots by Cravings of a Lunatic

A Make-Ahead Dinner for a Big Crew

Let's do a soup bar! Choose a recipes, like chili, that freeze well and reheat before serving. Lean on helpful shortcuts like these soup mixes or buy pre-made soup for a low-stress dinner that everyone will love. This idea is easy to scale for a big crowd, just serve more soup varieties or make it a soup pot-luck.

Serve with: some good, crusty bread & butter.

Laid-Back Dinner on the Smoker

Spatchcock a whole chicken or put a brisket on the smoker for the perfect meal to enjoy while watching Christmas Day basketball or football.

Serve with: Southern Style Baked Beans by Dinner then Dessert

Special & Affordable Family Dinner

Cut from the sirloin, a Tri-Tip Roast is both delicious and affordable with a price tag usually under $30. It's small enough to easily prepare in the oven or on the grill to feed a family of 4-6.

Serve with: a budget friendly side dish from Budget Bytes

Melty Sandwiches for Lunch

Use the slow cooker for a batch of Hot Italian Beef Sandwiches using the recipe instructions from Vince's Italian Beef Seasoning, a Small Rump Roast and top with Vince's Caponata and Farmhouse Sliced Cheese.

Serve with: Italian Chopped Salad by Love & Lemons

I hope this inspires your holiday meal planning. Happy eating & Merry Christmas! -Kassi

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