16 Savory Dishes That Will Leave Your Christmas Dinner Guests Full and Happy

(Jeremy Ball)
(Jeremy Ball)

Looking for the perfect show stopping dish to please your holiday guests?

Stop scouring the recipe books for the perfect main course and check out these creative big plates that will feed a hungry holiday crowd. We’ve got you covered with a variety of dishes for meat lovers and a few for the vegetarians.

From tried and true favorites like prime rib and roast chicken to an updated take on chicken pot pie, these 16 savory dishes will leave everyone around the Christmas table happy.

1. Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

What could be better than pork wrapped pork? This succulent pork tenderloin makes a show-stopping Christmas dish. Finish with a spicy butter sauce to pump up the heat.

Recipe: Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

2. Roasted 12-lb turkey

Don’t let your fear of drying out a turkey stop you from making this delicious bird for your guests, courtesy of the Reluctant Entertainer.

Recipe: Roasted 12-lb turkey

3. Forager’s Wild Mushroom Pie

Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food + Wine (LA’s latest and greatest plant-based restaurant) presents a rich, veggie-focused menu offerering guests a sustainable, cruelty-free and delicious alternative, celebrating food, family and tradition.

Recipe: Forager’s Wild Mushroom Pie

4. Roast Prime Rib of Beef

We favor roasting large cuts of meat at a low temperature; the gentle heat cooks them evenly throughout (which means beautifully rosy pink slices of beef).

Recipe: Roast Prime Rib of Beef

5. Super-Crusty Grilled Steaks

The best steaks are salty, sizzling, and almost singed on the outside and juicy, red, and almost buttery within. It’s the contrast that makes for perfect steak. Steakhouses achieve formidable crust with industrial-strength grills and broilers (some push temperatures into quadruple digits!) that instantly evaporate surface moisture on the meat, leaving a dry surface upon which to build a substantial caramelized crust.

Home rigs can’t get that hot (500 degrees is all you can ask for), so you can kiss good crust goodbye. So how do you get that perfectly grilled steak with the amazing flavorful crust? Follow these directions to the T and you will have a crowds praising your culinary skills.

Recipe: Super-Crusty Grilled Steaks

6. Coffee-Spiced Prime Rib Roast

The coffee and chili powder add a nice earthly aspect that compliments and enhances the bold, beef flavor of the rib roast. Have your butcher prepare the prime rib with the fat cap still attached. Have him cut under the fat cap as though it were going to be removed but leave it attached on one side.

Recipe: Coffee-Spiced Prime Rib Roast

7. Crispy Roasted Duck Breast

This duck dish served aboard Lumiere’s on the Disney Magic and Triton’s on the Disney Wonder and would make the perfect main dish for Christmas.

Recipe: Crispy Roasted Duck Breast

8. Rainier Cherry & Maple Glazed Bandera Quail

Bandera quail is from Bandera, Tex. which is known among world-class chefs and the public, not for beef but for its exceptionally high quality and affordable quail meat.

The addition of the sweet and slightly tart cherries adds a unique flavor to this winning dish.

Recipe: Rainier Cherry & Maple Glazed Bandera Quail

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