70+ Christmas Dinner Recipes That You'll Want to Make Again and Again

So you've been tasked with coming up with a dinner for Christmas, either for just a few people or maybe for a bunch. Don't sweat! We have so many ideas to help you make it through. Christmas dessert is the easy part, but the main course and sides can be just as easy if you're prepared. We pulled together more than 50 options, from pastas to meat and every side dish you can think of, so you can put your Christmas dinner menu together in a flash. Read on to see them all.

Additional reporting by Lauren Harano

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Christmas Ham
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Christmas Ham

No holiday meal is complete without a delicious glazed ham.

Get the recipe: Christmas ham

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Pork Chops With Whiskey Gravy
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Pork Chops With Whiskey Gravy

For a dish with zing, try these pork chops with a twist.

Get the recipe: instant pot pork chops with whiskey gravy

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Marinated Skirt Steak
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Marinated Skirt Steak

Marinated steak is sure to please all your holiday dinner guests.

Get the recipe: marinated skirt steak

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Slow-Cooker Chicken
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Slow-Cooker Chicken

Keep it simple with this chicken you can throw in your slow cooker.

Get the recipe: slow-cooker chicken

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Beef Wellington
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Beef Wellington

Try something a little different for the holidays, like this dish.

Get the recipe: beef wellington

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Cinnamon Butter Baked Carrots
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Cinnamon Butter Baked Carrots

Even picky eaters won't be able to resist these yummy baked carrots.

Get the recipe: cinnamon butter baked carrots

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Herb Butter Roast Turkey
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Herb Butter Roast Turkey

This turkey recipe is classic, simple, and delicious.

Get the recipe: herb butter roast turkey

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Apple Bread Pudding
Neurotic Baker

Apple Bread Pudding

The apples in this recipe make it unique, and your family will all be begging for seconds.

Get the recipe: apple bread pudding

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Baked Ham With Crumb Topping
Culinary Hill

Baked Ham With Crumb Topping

The coating on this ham gives it some crunch and extra flavor.

Get the recipe: baked ham with crumb topping

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Hoisin-Braised Short Ribs
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Hoisin-Braised Short Ribs

These short ribs pair wonderfully with mashed potatoes.

Get the recipe: hoisin-braised short ribs

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Brussels Sprouts With Bacon
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Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

Kick your Brussels sprouts up a notch with bacon.

Get the recipe: Brussels sprouts with bacon

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Scalloped Potatoes
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Scalloped Potatoes

Channel Chrissy Teigen with this decadent potato recipe for Christmas.

Get the recipe: scalloped potatoes

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Roast Cauliflower
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Roast Cauliflower

This cauliflower is anything but basic and boring.

Get the recipe: roast cauliflower

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Honey Baked Ham
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Honey Baked Ham

This juicy-but-not-too-sweet main course will have you hearing angels sing — ideal to drown out your uncle who won't stop talking about politics.

Get the recipe: honey baked ham

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Slow-Cooker Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries, Pecans, and Butternut
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Slow-Cooker Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries, Pecans, and Butternut

Looking for a vegetable dish to feature on your holiday dinner table? Brussels sprouts should not be boring, so if you have a picky eater, try out this recipe.

Get the recipe here: slow-cooker brussels sprouts with cranberries, pecans and butternut

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Corned Beef and Cabbage
Damn Delicious

Corned Beef and Cabbage

This dish is a staple for many on Jan. 1, as it is fabled to bring good luck in the new year. Best not to chance these things, especially when this meal is so easy to prepare.

Get the recipe: corned beef and cabbage

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Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Packed with protein, loaded with vegetables, and low in carbs, everyone will enjoy digging into this rich squash. Fill each one with sausage, mushrooms, apples, warm spices, and herbs, and your work is just about done!

Get the recipe here: sausage-stuffed acorn squash

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Broiled Lobster Tails
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Broiled Lobster Tails

Forget dining out, eat in! This easy broiled lobster tail recipe delivers restaurant-quality results. All you have to do is put butter on the meat, pop the tails in a broiler, and dig in.

Get the recipe here: broiled lobster tails

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Creamy Cauliflower Casserole
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Creamy Cauliflower Casserole

If you're looking to indulge for dinner, this creamy casserole is just what you need. Made with rich cheese, crispy bacon, and topped with cream cheese, just one bite of this will leave you wanting more.

Get the recipe here: creamy cauliflower casserole

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Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatloaf
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Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatloaf

Imagine: rich ground beef full of warm and creamy mozzarella. Yes, please.

Get the recipe here: mozzarella-stuffed meatloaf

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Balsamic Beef Brisket
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Balsamic Beef Brisket

Brisket is notoriously tricky to master and can take the better part of a day to tenderize. That is, unless you let the Instant Pot do all the work in just 55 minutes.

Get the recipe: balsamic beef brisket

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Spinach Artichoke Lasagna
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Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

Artichoke dip, but make it a meal. This sinfully delicious lasagna consists of noodles, cheese, artichoke hearts, and more.

Get the recipe here: spinach artichoke lasagna

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Classic Sunday Pot Roast
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Classic Sunday Pot Roast

If you're busy running around and you have people coming over for dinner, fear not because this pot roast recipe is on your side. Once you prep the food for the pot, simply throw it in, and it'll do the rest.

Get the recipe here: classic Sunday pot roast

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Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash and Chickpea Pasta
Slow Cooker Gourmet

Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash and Chickpea Pasta

If you're craving mac and cheese but not all the calories, this butternut squash bulks this dish up along with chickpeas for extra protein and nutrients.

Get the recipe here: slow-cooker butternut squash and chickpea pasta

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Butternut Squash Casserole With Sausage and Sage Breadcrumbs
Well Plated by Erin

Butternut Squash Casserole With Sausage and Sage Breadcrumbs

If you've been eyeing the dessert table, but still want to fill up on a hearty dinner, opt for this butternut squash casserole. With healthy kale and spicy-sweet sausage, you'll be getting veggies and protein. A win-win!

Get the recipe here: butternut squash casserole with sausage and sage breadcrumbs

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Acorn Squash Stuffed With Wild Rice, Cranberries, and Chickpeas
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Acorn Squash Stuffed With Wild Rice, Cranberries, and Chickpeas

The best flavors of the season are all right here! Packed inside a single acorn squash, you can find delightful herbs, flavor-packed cranberries, and nutty wild rice. The best part? It's hearty enough to stand on its own for a light dinner.

Get the recipe here: acorn squash stuffed with wild rice, cranberries, and chickpeas

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Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole
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Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Make room on your plate because this sweet potato casserole is coming through to steal the show! With the perfect strike between savory and sweet, this dish is both vegan and gluten free, meaning everyone can indulge.

Get the recipe here: healthy sweet potato casserole

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Healthy Lemon Garlic Salmon
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Healthy Lemon Garlic Salmon

If you're looking for a healthy and easy salmon recipe, we've got the thing for you. With only five main ingredients and a cook and prep time of less than 20 minutes, you'll be whipping this up at all hours of the day.

Get the recipe here: healthy lemon garlic salmon

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Parmesan Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
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Parmesan Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

This casserole recipe is made with limited amounts of butter and non-fat milk, keeping it relatively low-cal but still rich in flavor thanks to the extra sharp cheddar cheese and tender broccoli.

Get the recipe here: parmesan cheesy broccoli casserole

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Simple Grilled Salmon
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Simple Grilled Salmon

Easy, healthy, and oh-so-tasty, does it get any better than salmon? This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make, so make sure your guests are ready to eat!

Get the recipe here: simple grilled salmon

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Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese
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Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese

Now, you might be asking yourself if this dish healthy or hearty . . . We're here to tell you it's both! Made with low-fat Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream and wheat pasta as opposed to white, this mac and cheese recipe is the best of both worlds.

Get the recipe here: Brussels sprouts mac and cheese

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Classic Braised Lamb Shanks
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Classic Braised Lamb Shanks

No matter if you make this in an Instant Pot, slow cooker, or in the oven, this meal will be over-the-top tasty. With lamb that practically melts in your mouth, be sure to make enough for second and third helpings!

Get the recipe here: classic braised lamb shanks

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Kale Salad
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Kale Salad

It's totally acceptable to start your meal with a solid kale salad.

Get the recipe: kale salad

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Blistered Green Beans
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Blistered Green Beans

Switch up your typical green bean casserole with these blistered green beans instead.

Get the recipe: blistered green beans

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Citrus Salad
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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Citrus Salad

This bright salad will set your guests on track for the best meal they've ever had.

Get the recipe: shredded Brussels sprouts citrus salad

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Beef Tenderloin
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Beef Tenderloin

This beef dish is so tender, you almost won't even believe it.

Get the recipe: beef tenderloin

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Braised Red Cabbage
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Braised Red Cabbage

This red cabbage side dish is packed with so much flavor.

Get the recipe: braised red cabbage

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Sheet-Pan Lamb
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Sheet-Pan Lamb

Throw everything on a sheet pan for this dish and call it a day.

Get the recipe: sheet-pan lamb

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Mashed Potatoes
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Mashed Potatoes

Who could possibly have a holiday meal without mashed potatoes? Not us!

Get the recipe: mashed potatoes

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Fennel and Orange Salad
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Fennel and Orange Salad

This salad will be a completely unexpected start to your holiday meal, which makes it extra fun.

Get the recipe: fennel and orange salad

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Beef Tenderloin With Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce
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Beef Tenderloin With Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce

For a rich and creamy main course, try this beef dish.

Get the recipe: beef tenderloin with wild mushroom cream sauce

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Prime Rib
Culinary Hill

Prime Rib

The mustard cream sauce is truly what makes this prime rib the best you'll ever have.

Get the recipe: prime rib

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Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad
Pinch of Yum

Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad

Whip up this refreshing salad to start off your Christmas meal.

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Green Beans With Bacon
Culinary Hill

Green Beans With Bacon

Every meal needs a few sides, and this green bean dish is just that.

Get the recipe: green beans with bacon

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Creamy Mushroom and Ricotta Pasta
Cooking For Keeps

Creamy Mushroom and Ricotta Pasta

Go for a decadent pasta dish for your Christmas meal, like this supercreamy option.

Get the recipe: creamy mushroom and ricotta pasta

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Chicken Rice Bowl
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Chicken Rice Bowl

If you feel like having a nontraditional holiday meal, this chicken rice bowl is a great alternative.

Get the recipe: chicken rice bowl

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BBQ Beef Brisket
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BBQ Beef Brisket

We love a great barbecue dish for any meal, especially when the family's all together for the holidays.

Get the recipe: BBQ beef brisket

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Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli
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Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli

A warm, hearty soup will start your meal off with a bang.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot pasta e fagioli

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Twice Baked Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Peas and Saffron

Twice Baked Sweet Potato Casserole

These sweet potatoes are on a whole new level from what you might expect at a holiday meal.

Get the recipe: twice baked sweet potato casserole

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Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Gratin
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Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Gratin

Try this broccoli-cauliflower combo for a side dish at your holiday dinner.

Get the recipe: cheesy broccoli cauliflower gratin

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Crock-Pot Ham
Sweet Peas and Saffron

Crock-Pot Ham

If you make your meat dish in the Crock-Pot, you barely have to do any work!

Get the recipe: Crock-Pot ham

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Cranberry Butternut Squash Stuffing
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Cranberry Butternut Squash Stuffing

This stuffing recipe is oh-so seasonal, and your family will love it.

Get the recipe: cranberry butternut squash stuffing

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Broccoli Cheese Wild Rice Casserole
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Broccoli Cheese Wild Rice Casserole

Broccoli becomes irresistible when you mix it with cheese and wild rice.

Get the recipe: broccoli cheese wild rice casserole

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Stuffed Acorn Squash
Sweet Peas and Saffron

Stuffed Acorn Squash

These festive little bundles will be a big hit at a dinner party.

Get the recipe: stuffed acorn squash

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Sweet Potato Casserole
Averie Cooks

Sweet Potato Casserole

Your sweet potato casserole is instantly made better by putting potato chips on top.

Get the recipe: sweet potato casserole

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Cheesy Potato Casserole
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Cheesy Potato Casserole

Bake your cheesy potatoes in the oven with this simple recipe that everyone will love.

Get the recipe: cheesy potato casserole

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Golden Sweet Potato Soup
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Golden Sweet Potato Soup

Turn your sweet potatoes into this hearty soup and serve it before the main course.

Get the recipe: golden sweet potato soup

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Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese
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Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese

Lighten up your macaroni dish by adding some delicious Brussels sprouts.

Get the recipe: Brussels sprouts mac and cheese

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Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs
Spicy Southern Kitchen

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

Throw these meatballs in the Instant Pot and serve them to your guests while you finish the rest of the cooking.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot sweet and spicy meatballs

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

The more cheese, the better when it comes to this potato dish!

Get the recipe: cheesy scalloped potatoes

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Crock-Pot Potato Soup
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Crock-Pot Potato Soup

A great potato soup goes well with the rest of your Christmas dinner menu.

Get the recipe: Crock-Pot potato soup

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Shepherd's Pie Mashed Potatoes
Spiced

Shepherd's Pie Mashed Potatoes

By making these turned-up mashed potatoes, you've turned your side dish into a main course.

Get the recipe: shepherd's pie mashed potatoes

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Instant Pot Lamb Leg
Savory Tooth

Instant Pot Lamb Leg

By cooking your holiday meal in the Instant Pot, you can get it done faster and have more time to spend with your loved ones.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot lamb leg

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Coca-Cola Ham
Dinner at the Zoo

Coca-Cola Ham

Bet you didn't know Coca-Cola makes a great glaze, did ya?

Get the recipe: Coca-Cola ham

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Seared Scallop Ravioli
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Seared Scallop Ravioli

If you've got a family that loves seafood, try this scallop ravioli for your holiday meal.

Get the recipe: seared scallop ravioli

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Healthy Green Bean Casserole
Well Plated by Erin

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Classic enough to feel traditional, this green been casserole will make for a mouth-watering main dish. Plus, it's made with Greek yogurt meaning you won't get any of the extra calories.

Get the recipe here: healthy green bean casserole

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Turkey Soup With Stuffing Dumplings
Whitney Bond

Turkey Soup With Stuffing Dumplings

Searching for a creative way to use up those leftovers? Look no further.

Get the recipe: turkey soup with stuffing dumplings

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