Main Dish Recipes for Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner calls for the classics: impressive roasted meats, stuffings, mashed potatoes, baked casseroles, and other traditional menu items. If you're looking to add some kid-friendly options, here are some ideas for main dishes that are worthy of a special occasion and will get the thumbs-up from little diners.

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Roast Turkey Breast

Charles Schiller

Roast Turkey Breast

A turkey breast is quicker to prepare than the entire bird and more likely to be gladly received by kids at the table. If young ones don't go for the usual accompaniments, a simple turkey sandwich may meet with approval.

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Apple-Stuffed Pork Roast

Apple-Stuffed Pork Roast

Stuffed pork makes an impression on a holiday dinner table and tastes mild enough to pass taste-tests by picky eaters. The more adventurous ones might even enjoy the apple stuffing!

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Cranberry-Glazed Ham

Frances Janisch

Cranberry-Glazed Ham

If slices of this Christmas ham on special occasion plates don't win over young palates, try turning it into ham and cheese sandwiches or quesadillas.

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Roast Pork & Pan-Roasted Potatoes

Charles Schiller

Roast Pork & Pan-Roasted Potatoes

Pork and potatoes are simple enough for particular eaters, but this roast is also ample and elegant enough for a holiday feast. Scale back on the rosemary if you suspect it will sabotage plans to please everyone.

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Roast Chicken with Corn Bread Dressing

Roast Chicken with Corn Bread Dressing

Roasted chicken is a manageable poultry alternative to a giant turkey at Christmas and is easy enough to prepare. The corn bread stuffing dresses up an otherwise unfussy dish.

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Chicken Potpie

James Baigrie

Chicken Potpie

Potpie filled with good veggies, creamy gravy, and oh-so-familiar and unthreatening chicken promises to win over kids at the Christmas table. A crisp, cheesy phyllo crust over the bubbly filling seals the deal.

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Crunchy Salmon

Crunchy Salmon

Fish fans will flip for this salmon coated in crunchy fried onions. It comes together quickly, so even if the centerpiece of your meal is a crown roast, you can prepare this effortlessly as an alternative.

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Turkey-Portobello Bake

Tina Rupp

Turkey-Portobello Bake

Got a 20-pound turkey in the oven but kids who'll only eat macaroni and cheese? Try this creamy, cheesy pasta bake that uses a bit of that giant bird. While the turkey rests before slicing, nab a few pieces and stir into the rest of the ingredients to finish the dish.

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Roasted Vegetable Pie

Alexandra Grablewski

Roasted Vegetable Pie

Have a nonmeat-eater on your hands? A slice of this pie, chock-full of vegetables, is perfect for a main course or a side for others eating Christmas classics.

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Scallop & Shrimp Newburg Casserole

David Prince

Scallop & Shrimp Newburg Casserole

If you're cooking for someone who shuns everything but seafood, you're in luck with this casserole. Rich cream sauce, shrimp, and scallops make it special enough for a holiday gathering -- even though it comes together quickly.

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Classic Meat Lasagna

Rita Maas

Classic Meat Lasagna

Lasagna is a favorite for big family gatherings -- on any Sunday or on Christmas day. It tastes even better the day after assembled and baked, making it a stress-busting option for a hectic holiday meal. Few kids will decline gooey, cheesy noodles.

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