The Best Christmas Recipes

Celebrate Christmas with friends, family and festive recipes from Food Network chefs.

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Sunday Rib Roast

Ina's Mustard Horseradish Sauce accompanies her crowd-pleasing rib roast. Carve the roast at the holiday table for a dramatic presentation.

Get the Recipe: Sunday Rib Roast

Christmas Stuffing with Bacon

Giada's Christmas stuffing uses two types of rice as an alternative to bread. The pearl onions, Brussels sprouts, hazelnuts and chopped bacon add sweet and savory flavors.

Get the Recipe: Christmas Stuffing with Bacon

Old-Fashioned Glazed Ham

Stud your Christmas ham with pineapple and maraschino cherries for a classic holiday presentation. An easy glaze made with Dijon mustard, brown sugar and thyme adds tons of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Old Fashioned Glazed Ham

Creamed Spinach

Serve this simple, classic side at your Christmas meal. Food Network Kitchen adds a little spice to the creamy sauce with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.

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Giada's Braciole

Want to try something new this Christmas? Giada stuffs flank steak with herbs, breadcrumbs, Pecorino and provolone cheese for an elegant, crowd-pleasing main dish.

Get the Recipe: Braciole

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries

Ree's balsamic vinegar reduction and dried cranberries elevate simple roasted Brussels sprouts into an elegant holiday side.

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Cherry Mitten Hand Pies

Just like real mittens, you'll probably want a pair of these wintry treats. Store-bought pie dough makes rolling and cutting easy, and cherry is a festive filling for the season.

Get the Recipe: Cherry Mitten Hand Pies

Vegetable Tarte Tatin

This beautiful side dish is a little out of the ordinary, but it's sure to be a hit at Christmas dinner.

Get the Recipe: Vegetable Tarte Tatin

Fig-and-Orange-Glazed Ham

Update the classic holiday ham with a fig jam and orange juice glaze.

Get the Recipe: Fig-and-Orange-Glazed Ham

Sticky Toffee Pudding

For the final act in your holiday meal, whip up this gooey cake made with sweet rum-soaked dates and generously topped with toffee sauce.

Get the Recipe: Sticky Toffee Pudding

Roast Pork Loin

Whether this is your first holiday as host or you just don't want to stress about the main course, consider this dish a meat, sauce and side — all in one!

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Christmas Ham Wrapped in Puff Pastry

A riff on the iconic glazed ham covered with pineapple rings and cherries, this showstopping main course offers flaky pastry and salty ham topped with sweet pineapple sauce in every slice.

Get the Recipe: Christmas Ham Wrapped in Puff Pastry

White Chocolate Holiday Bark

Chocolate bark is a simple, crowd-pleasing sweet. This version is made with white chocolate and studded with red cranberries and green pistachios.

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Simple Shrimp Scampi

Quick and easy shrimp scampi can work as an appetizer or a side dish for the holiday feast.

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Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath

This edible wreath is almost too pretty to eat (but seriously, you should dive in — it's delicious.) Crisp and crunchy meringue lies beneath a ruby-red cranberry, raspberry and pomegranate sauce.

Get the Recipe: Holiday Berry Meringue Wreath

Cioppino

Giada's aromatic seafood stew is the perfect centerpiece for a Feast of the Seven Fishes-style Christmas Eve dinner.

Get the Recipe: Cioppino

Roast Prime Rib

The cooking method for this showstopping roast may seem unconventional, but that's by design: Roasting at an initial high temperature sears the outside into a crust, then shutting off the oven and leaving the roast inside allows it to cook itself to the perfect medium rare.

Get the Recipe: Roast Prime Rib

Shrimp-Stuffed Calamari with Polenta

Italians traditionally celebrate Christmas Eve with a festive seafood spread. For your night-before-Christmas meal, serve this shrimp-stuffed calamari with plum tomato sauce and creamy Parmesan polenta.

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Toasted Spiced Ham Drizzled in Honey

1 Ham + 1 Hour + 4 Ingredients = Perfection. The secret? A fragrant and flavorful toasted-spice rub.

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Michael Symon's Porchetta

If there are leftovers, porchetta makes awesome sandwiches — hot or cold — and holds up well for days in the fridge.

Get the Recipe: Porchetta

Christmas Coal Candy

Know someone on Santa's naughty list? Give them this crunchy cocoa-flavored candy. It's sweeter than it looks and fun to make as you break it into odd-shaped pieces.

Get the Recipe: Christmas Coal Candy

Rachael's Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin Mac 'n' Cheese

Turn your mac and cheese into a dish that's chock-full of vegetables, including broccoli and cauliflower.

Get the Recipe: Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin Mac n Cheese

Ina Garten's Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp

Serve Ina's lemony shrimp pasta for your Christmas Eve dinner. She roasts the shrimp to maximize their flavor.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp

Horseradish-Crusted Steak Roulade

This impressive dish will wow your friends and family. Roll peppers, herbs and cheese into flank steak, then coat with breadcrumbs for a crisp crust. When you slice the roast, each piece shows off some of the red and green filling.

Get the Recipe: Horseradish-Crusted Steak Roulade

Giada's Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce

This special pasta is Giada's pick for a holiday main dish.

Get the Recipe: Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce

Roasted Celery Root and Carrots

This paprika-spiced side dish makes an easy addition to any holiday menu.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Celery Root and Carrots

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

Cornflakes get dressed for the holidays when mixed with a green marshmallow coating. Shaped into individual wreaths and topped with festive candies, these crunchy treats are a fun a no-bake project.

Get the Recipe: Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

Prime Rib

Michael Symon suggests letting your butcher do the prep work for this cut of meat, such as trimming and removing the bones.

Get the Recipe: Prime Rib

Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin

Three cheeses, including goat, Monterey Jack and Parmesan, make up Bobby's creamy cauliflower gratin.

Get the Recipe: Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin

Ricotta Orange Pound Cake with Strawberries

Giada's homemade pound cake is so sweet, light and fluffy that all it needs is a simple strawberry topping — no need for an icing or glaze.

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Roast Prime Rib with Thyme au Jus

Bobby stuffs whole cloves of garlic into his prime rib so the flavors permeate the meat, then serves the juicy meat with a thyme and red wine sauce.

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Stollen

This traditional German dessert dazzled with candied fruit and nuts can be served plain or topped with powdered sugar or icing.

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Burgundy Mushrooms

Over the course of the nine hours that Ree's Burgundy mushrooms slow-cook, they shrink in size and soak up all the flavors of red wine, dill and bouillon.

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Roast Prime Rib of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding

Alex's tip for a perfect roast: "It is essential to place the meat on a rack inside a roasting pan so the meat is elevated off the bottom of the pan. This will allow the heat in the oven to circulate all around the meat as it cooks."

Get the Recipe: Roast Prime Rib of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding

Smashed New Potatoes with Peas, Lemon and Pearl Onions

Tyler's smashed potatoes are topped with sauteed pearl onions, peas and lemon.

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Candy Cane Cookies

Sandra creates her charming Candy Cane Cookies using cream cheese for rich texture, box sugar cookie mix for convenience and peppermint extract for holiday flavor.

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Triple Ginger Souffle

Giada's sweet-and-spicy souffle makes an elegant addition to a holiday brunch table. The recipe takes its name from the three types of ginger it requires: ground, crystallized and fresh.  

Get the Recipe: Triple Ginger Souffle

Strawberry Santas

These delicate holiday treats are great for brunch or as a light dessert. For assembly, Giada pipes rich mascarpone frosting onto cut strawberries, reserving the strawberry tip for Santa's hat.

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Thyme for Yorkshire Pudding

These fun, easy puddings bake to a delicious golden brown in just 25 minutes. A generous dose of chopped thyme gives them their savory herb flavor. Use leftover roast beef to save money and time.

Get the Recipe: Thyme for Yorkshire Pudding

Sausage and Apple Stuffed Pork Roast

For an elegant, budget-friendly holiday spin on pork, Melissa stuffs this roast with Italian sausage and sweet apples.

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Baked Ham with Brown Sugar-Honey Glaze

Smoked ham with a sweet glaze is a classic holiday dish at Trisha's home. It's her mom's recipe!

Get the Recipe: Baked Ham with Brown Sugar-Honey Glaze

Garlic Grits Casserole

This comforting casserole takes only 10 minutes to prep. A generous helping of herb-and-garlic cheese elevates grits to an elegant dish for your holiday table. 

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Red Velvet Cake

Trisha's red velvet cake is topped with decadent cream cheese frosting laced with pecans. Sprinkle some more nuts on top for a no-fuss garnish.

Christmas Reindeer Brownies

Candy canes, marshmallows and wafer cookies turn fudgy brownies into a festive holiday dessert. These brownies are so easy the kids can help make them!

Get the Recipe: Christmas Reindeer Brownies

Santa Hat Crispy-Treat Cheesecake Squares

Crispy treats make an unexpected and sweet crust for cheesecake. Topped with strawberry Santa hats, these squares are sure to become a holiday favorite.

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Gingerbread People in Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Tubs

Give your gingerbread people a story this year. Frost on bathing suits and let them swim in cups of hot cocoa.

Get the Recipe: Gingerbread People in Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Tubs

Pull-Apart Gingerbread Man

This year's gingerbread man is made of cupcakes. Make sure to snap a photo of your handiwork before letting guests devour it!

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Christmas Brownie Trees

A simple brownie recipe becomes extra special with the addition of green frosting and candy. We bake the brownies in round cake pans to make cutting triangle shapes easy, with no trimmings or waste.

Get the Recipe: Christmas Brownie Trees

Chocolate Almond Cake with Sugared Cranberries

Make this elegant chocolate cake using a mix of all-purpose flour and almond flour. Top it with sweet and tangy sugared cranberries for festive flavor.

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Meringue Lollipops

White chocolate lollipops are sandwiched between hardened meringues for an elegant, seasonal dessert.

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Meringue Sandwiches

Mini meringues are the perfect size for these dessert sandwiches. Sandwich berry jam or lemon curd between two and serve them on a crystal platter for a wintry presentation.

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Rosemary-Salted Standing Rib Roast

This simply seasoned beef is ideal for Christmas dinner. It takes only 30 minutes of prep time, and the rest of the cooking is left to your oven, leaving you free to mingle with guests.

Get the Recipe: Rosemary-Salted Standing Rib Roast

Basic Glazed Ham

Pick your family's perfect glazed ham this holiday season. Start with a basic ham recipe and pick your glaze from six options, including mustard-orange (pictured here).

Get the Recipe: Basic Glazed Ham

Creamy Lobster Linguine

Giada's holiday table is full of decadent seafood like this lobster pasta dish. It takes only 30 minutes from start to finish, but it looks so fancy your guests will think you slaved over it all day.

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Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

The vegetables for this side dish can be prepared up to two hours ahead and stored in the fridge. Ten minutes before serving, make the glaze and add the vegetables until heated through.

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Roasted Fennel with Parmesan

Fennel fronds and pomegranate seeds give this dish a holiday color scheme. Salty Parmesan cheese will melt slightly over hot roasted fennel for a simple side.

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Spinach-Artichoke Soup

Spinach and artichoke is a winning dip combination that's also worth trying in a first course. Individual pureed soups are an easy way to start your meal.

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Prosciutto Persimmons

Persimmons take the place of the traditional melon in this recipe. The fruit is bright and sweet and complements the salty prosciutto.

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Crepes for Christmas

Make crisp crepes and an array of fillings, then let guests do the assembling.

Get the Recipe: Buckwheat Crepes

Beet and Orange Salad

This simple jewel-toned salad makes a super first course.

Get the Recipe: Beet-Orange Salad

Cupcake Christmas Tree

Transform basic chocolate cupcakes into a stunning centerpiece for your Christmas dessert spread by generously coating the frosted tops with green sprinkles or jimmies and fastening them onto a Styrofoam cone using toothpicks.

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Roasted Rack of Lamb

Seasoning is key for a perfect piece of lamb: Michael Symon loves to use fresh rosemary, salt and just a pinch of sugar.

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Pine Nut Cheese Crisps

These fragrant, festive crisps are deceptively simple to make. Top shredded Asiago cheese with chopped sage and pine nuts, then bake until golden. Bake the crisps on a silicone pad or parchment paper to keep them from sticking.

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Eggnog Ice Cream

Alton adds bourbon and freshly grated nutmeg to his creamy vanilla ice cream to create a frozen form of the classic holiday drink.

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Fennel Gratin

This is sort of the grilled steak of vegetable sides: it's rich and intense, and needs a wine that can stand up to it. The cheese and cream let the cabernet's tannins do the heavy lifting; the slight vegetal note of the fennel brings out the wine's red fruit.

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