Our Best Christmas Roasts

Regardless of how you celebrate, there’s no denying that a showstopping roast is the perfect centerpiece for your holiday table. These recipes will help you find the right option for your gathering, from prime rib to ham — and everything in between.

November 16, 2021

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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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Pineapple Honey-Glazed Ham

Ham dressed in pineapple rings and maraschino cherries is a holiday classic, and this dish will definitely steal the show.

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Stuffed Standing Rib Roast

This roast is everything we love about the holiday. Rosy, incredibly tender and perfectly seasoned meat stuffed with all the quintessential Christmas roast sides -- garlicky spinach, sauteed mushrooms and cubed buttery brioche. Butterflying the roast may seem intimidating but just take your time and the effort will pay off when you hear the accolades at the table. We love how truffle butter adds umami to the dish, but we made it optional – it really is just gilding the lily.

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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.

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Classic Pork Crown Roast

This classic crown roast of pork is sure to wow family and friends at your next holiday gathering. We seasoned the pork overnight with salt, pepper and aromatic spices such as fennel, juniper, bay and allspice, for the most tender and juicy roasted meat. Glazed apples and onions serve as a sweet and tangy counterpoint.

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Millionaire's Ham

Humble ingredients make this slightly spicy and candied ham look like a million bucks.

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Air Fryer Rack of Lamb with Roasted Garlic Aioli

The next time you're in need of an elegant and simple meal, look no further than your air fryer. We used it to cook a rack of lamb, first coating it with a Parmesan crust to produce a crisp, golden outer layer that helps keep the lamb juicy and flavorful. Cooking a whole rack also helps the meat stay tender as there's less chance of overcooking, plus it makes for a beautiful presentation.

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Prime Rib

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

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Glazed Spiral-Cut Ham

Brush a spiral ham with a sweet and tangy apricot glaze, and serve it with a quick sauce made from pan drippings for an impressive holiday roast.

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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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Roast Prime Rib with Thyme Au Jus

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

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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.

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Whole Duck with Green Peppercorn Glaze

Alex suggests reserving any duck fat that accumulates at the bottom of the pan. You can use it like oil or butter for cooking.

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Olive-Stuffed Lamb Roulade with Salsa Verde

Add a unexpected touch to your Christmas with this stuffed lamb roast. To make the salsa verde topping, pulse parsley, oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes and capers in a food processor. Next add lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and olive oil. Drizzle your chunky sauce on top of your sliced lamb when done for a tasty and virbant pop of flavor and color.

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The Neelys' Old Fashioned Glazed Ham

Pat and Gina stud their 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.

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Michael Symon's Porchetta

If there are leftovers, porchetta can be turned into a delicious sandwich - hot or cold - for overnight guests, and it holds up well for days in the fridge.

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Dry-Aged Standing Rib Roast with Sage Jus

For tender, juicy results, Alton recommends cooking the rib roast in a clay pot, such as a terracotta planter. "Nothing heats as evenly as ceramic," he says.

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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.

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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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Giada's Braciole

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

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