Christmas Eve Dinner Recipes

Whether you prefer a seafood feast or a hearty prime rib, these classic recipes are sure to please at your Christmas Eve celebration.

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Crown Roast of Lamb with Mint and Green Onion Pesto

Wow your friends and family with Valerie’s impressive roast lamb, which is made even better by adding a dollop of mint-and-onion pesto.

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Christmas Pasta Salad

Thanks to its festive colors, this pasta salad will shine bright on your holiday table.

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Christmas Tree Pesto Breadsticks

This is a centerpiece fit for a celebratory gathering. We added extra pine nuts and reduced the olive oil a bit to make a chunky pesto that spreads easily but does not melt out in the oven. Any mozzarella bits sticking out of the "branches" become golden brown and crunchy.

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Herby Butter Dinner Rolls

No holiday table is complete without a bread basket. Ree takes a shortcut by using frozen dinner rolls, which she dresses up with an herby melted butter.

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Jingle Bell Bundt Cake

You can’t go wrong with this charmingly simple Bundt cake. Olive oil stands in for butter, which ensures a rich texture that will never dry out.

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Christmas Steak

This restaurant-style steak is served carved and dressed in two fresh holiday-hued sauces -- salsa roja and chimichurri — inspired by the two-tone grilled snapper served at the restaurant Contramar in Mexico City. Don't be afraid of generously salting the meat; it helps create a real steakhouse crust.

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Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Ree’s crowd-pleasing stuffed mushrooms can work as an appetizer or a side dish for your Christmas Eve celebration.

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Collard Cobbler

Trisha’s hearty cobbler makes an excellent accompaniment to roast pork or ham.

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Easy Prime Rib with Fresh Horseradish Sauce

As Valerie says, this prime rib is a great dish for special occasions. She roasts the meat on a bed of herbs, then serves the dish with a fresh and tangy horseradish sauce.

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Pull-Apart Gingerbread Man

Get your phones ready! This Insta-worth gingerbread man is actually made from cupcakes!

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Shrimp Scampi Stuffed Shells

Ree’s stuffed shells are easy, cheesy and perfect for a crowd. Bonus? This dish freezes beautifully, so feel free to prepare it in advance.

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Roasted Winter Vegetables

Colorful winter vegetables, like radish, carrots and beets, make a beautiful addition to your holiday table.

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Cioppino

Giada’s aromatic seafood stew is perfect for an Italian-style Christmas Eve dinner.

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My Mom's Lasagna

Three cheeses, including ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan, make up Valerie’s cozy and comforting lasagna.

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Salted Caramel Gingerbread House

Popcorn and pretzels meet caramel and candy in this salty-sweet house.

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Simple Standing Rib Roast

Don’t let its elegant appearance fool you — Giada’s rib roast is deceptively easy. To accompany the meat and potatoes, she whips up a simple herb sauce and a blistered baby pepper salad.

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All-Crust Sheet-Pan Scalloped Potatoes

This super-sized version of a classic side dish maximizes the crunchy, browned bits without sacrificing the creaminess of the potatoes underneath.

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Roast Duck

Orange juice, balsamic vinegar, honey and molasses combine to form a sweet and tangy glaze for this impressive roast duck.

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Almond Cranberry Rice Pilaf

Toasted almonds and dried cranberries add a festive flair to Valerie’s rice pilaf.

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Make-Ahead Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are made even more decadent by incorporating goat cheese, sour cream, half-and-half and butter. Before serving, Ina sprinkles a layer of Parmesan and bakes the dish until golden-brown and sinfully rich.

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Italian Rainbow Cookie Cake

The Italian bakery cookie's iconic almond flavor and colorful stripes are on display in this giant-sized twist on the dessert. Store-bought almond pastry filling takes the place of almond paste here, offering extra richness and a superbly moist texture.

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Creamed Spinach with Crispy Cheese

Molly takes creamed spinach to the next level with a few dashes of hot sauce and a crispy cheese topping.

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Brussels Sprouts with Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Seeds

Ree says, "When Bobby Flay came to the ranch for a throwdown, he made a version of this dish. The color combination was so beautiful."

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Hot Buttered Rum Cake

This cozy cake features all the same flavors as your favorite winter cocktail. Though the title may say “hot,” it's equally delicious when served cold.

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Roasted Acorn Squash Agrodolce

Giada turns simple roasted squash into an extra-special side dish with the addition of fried sage leaves and a sweet and nutty mascarpone cheese sauce.

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