Christmas Recipes: Main Dishes and Sides

christmas recipes Christmas will be here before you know it, and we want to make sure you’re ready! Are you hosting dinner for your family and friends? Or are you attending a Christmas potluck dinner? The holiday season is a time for gathering with loved ones, so whether you’re cooking for a work party or an intimate gathering, you have plenty of recipes to choose from. We’ve rounded up some savory Christmas recipes for main dishes and sides for you to try.

Main Dishes

1. Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Christmas is the time of year that we can indulge in some of the tastiest foods around, and few dishes are more decadent than a cream sauce over a beautiful cut of meat. This recipe for a roasted beef tenderloin with gorgonzola cream sauce will only take an hour to prepare and will make your mouth water. Here are a few of the ingredients you’ll need: beef tenderloin, gorgonzola cheese, nutmeg, and fresh parsley.

2. Turkey Breast with Mustard Sage Crumbs

This turkey breast with mustard sage crumbs is as good as it sounds. It gives turkey a holiday makeover for both taste and presentation. In fact, the finished product of this recipe might look too good to eat. (Just kidding, you won’t have any problem with that!) Combine bread crumbs, butter, turkey breast, salt and pepper, Dijon mustard, dried sage, and fresh parsley to create this masterpiece.

3. Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Honeyed Apples and Pecans

Looking for a pork recipe that will knock the socks off your guests? This recipe for pork tenderloin stuffed with honeyed apples and pecans combines perfectly paired flavors, and the result is divine. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe: Granny Smith apples, chopped pecans, scallions, honey, salt and pepper, two pork tenderloins, and peanut oil. To give this dish even more flavor, consider topping it with a maple glaze.

Side Dishes

1. Blue Cheese and Pine Nut Puffs

These precious puffs can pull double duty as both a side and/or an appetizer. In fact, this blue cheese and pine nut puff recipe makes about 100 of these puffs, so you’ll have plenty to use. Bonus: it takes less than an hour to make them! Here are a few of the things you’ll need: fresh thyme, all-purpose flour, eggs, blue cheese, and pine nuts.

2. Bacon-and-Leek Bread Pudding

We love this savory bacon-and-leek bread pudding recipe from Southern Living Magazine. This side dish will complement any meat-dominant main dish perfectly — it doesn’t matter whether it’s pork, chicken, turkey, duck, or beef. The combination of the parmesan and gouda cheeses with the bacon and leeks will have your guests raving about this dish. Ingredients include eggs, half-and-half, dried thyme, challah bread, bacon, and dried marjoram.

3. Almond Cranberry Squash Bake

Looking for something different to try? How about this almond cranberry squash bake? We love this recipe because it combines so many holiday flavors. You’ll need to combine butternut squash, cinnamonallspicenutmeg, cranberry sauce, sliced almonds, butter, salt, and brown sugar.

Do you have any Christmas recipes to share with us?

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