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Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas for a Delicious Holiday Feast

Christmas is the perfect time to be merry and enjoy a delicious holiday feast! However, preparing a festive Christmas season dinner can be complicated when you still have other tasks to do like decorating your Christmas tree, buying and wrapping presents. 

Worry no more, we've got you covered! With these easy and tasty Christmas dinner ideas, you'll have plenty of time to plan the best Christmas for your entire family.

Perfect Prime Rib

This well-cooked prime rib recipe is easy to make and surely full of flavor, juicy and tender.

Total prep time: 3 hours and 10 minutes

Yields: 12

Here's what you need:

  • 1 standing rib roast (nearly 1/2 pound per person)
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper (powder)
  • 1 fresh rosemary – a bunch

Here's how to make it:

  1. Take out rib roast from packaging and put in a roasting pan. Let it rest until it reaches room temperature for about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450º.
  2. Cover all sides of the rib roast generously with salt and pepper. In a roasting pan, place the roast fat-side up. At the bottom of the pan, arrange half of the rosemary around the roast.
  3. Roast the ribs for 30 minutes, and then reduce the heat to 350º and cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes for medium-rare. (About 15 minutes per pound.)
  4. Remove rib roast from the oven, cover with foil, and let rest for 20 minutes.
  5. To serve, slice along the ribs to remove them, then separate each rib and put them aside. Slice the roast diagonally against the grain. On a platter, serve the ribs with the remaining half fresh rosemary.

Creamy Garlic One-Pot Mashed Potatoes 

This creamy and luxuriously delicious mashed potato only needs one pot and butter. 

Total prep time: 45 minutes

Yields: 8

Here's what you need:

  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 pounds Yukon gold potatoes - peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic - smashed and peeled
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter - cut up
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper

Here's how to prepare it:

  1. Tie the rosemary sprigs together with kitchen twine. 
  2. In large saucepot, put the rosemary sprigs, potatoes, and garlic. Add cream and milk, and bring to a boil. Add 2 teaspoons of salt; reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir occasionally, until potatoes are very tender and falling apart.
  3. Remove the saucepot from heat; remove rosemary sprigs and any stray needles. Use a durable spatula or spoon to mash potatoes until smooth. Add butter and 1⁄2 teaspoon of pepper and stir to mix.

Parker House Rolls

These fresh-baked dinner rolls have a fluffy and warm center and will surely be a hit on your dinner table.

Total prep time: 2 hours and 40 minutes

Yields: 8

Here's what you need:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 package (0.75-ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour - spooned and leveled, plus more for work surface
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter - at room temperature, divided
  • Oil - for bowl and baking pan
  • 1 tsp. sea salt flakes (optional)

Here's how to make it:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk to between 105°F and 110°F. Add yeast and sugar and stir. Let sit for 8 to 10 minutes until frothy.  (If it doesn’t froth, dispose and start again).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour and kosher salt and make a well in the center. Add milk mixture and 3 tablespoons of butter. Stir it gently until incorporated or until the mixture will look shaggy. To a lightly floured work surface, transfer the mixture and knead for 1 to 2 minutes until smooth. Put it in a lightly oiled bowl; cover with a plastic wrap or kitchen towel. Put the bowl in a warm place and let rise for about 45 minutes to 1 hour until size doubled. 
  3. Lightly oil a 9-inch round cake pan. Onto a work surface, turn the dough out and cut into 16 pieces. Roll pieces into balls and arrange them in the prepared pan. Cover the balls with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise for 25 to 35 minutes until the size doubled.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Gently brush half over tops of rolls. Bake for 25 to 27 minutes until puffed and lightly golden brown. Brush with remaining melted butter and sprinkle with flaked salt. Let them cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

White Chocolate Truffles

These truffles are extraordinary and packed with Speculoos cookies. They're not only delightful, but they're also easy to make!

Total prep time: 3 hours

Yields: 36

Here's what you need:

  • 1/2 cup and 9 tablespoons heavy cream - divided
  • 1 bag (11-ounce) and 3 cups, white chocolate chips - divided
  • 2 oz. cream cheese - at room temperature
  • 32 Speculoos cookies (for instance Biscoff) - finely crushed (2 1/2 cups crumbs)
  • Holly sprinkles, for decorating

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1/2 cup cream over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes until bubbles form around edges and remove the saucepan from the heat. Add an 11-ounce bag of chocolate chips and let sit for 2 minutes and whisk until smooth. Whip in cream cheese. Fold in cookie crumbs until combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and chill until firm for 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and transfer to the baking sheet. Freeze until firm for about 35 to 40 minutes. 
  3. Place the remaining 9 tablespoons of cream and 3 cups of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high 1 minute. Beat until smooth. Dip the truffles in the melted chocolate, tapping off excess, and place on a prepared baking sheet. Immediately place a holly sprinkle on top of each truffle and let set. 

Of course, a holiday feast is not complete without drinks. Check out our compilation of Classic Christmas Drinks for the Holidays that will make your holiday season merrier! Make your holidays more Christmassy with these adorable Christmas wine glass charms. They are the best wine glass identifiers at any holiday party – or make a great stocking stuffer as well!

For a stress-free and delicious holiday feast this year, our compilation of easy Christmas dinner ideas will surely be a crowd-pleasing-feast! Just whip up these all-time-favorite recipes and let the holiday feast begin! 

Happy Holidays! Cheers!

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