Top 5 Christmas Main Dishes

Center your meal around one of these festive and hearty entrée recipes.


[MUSIC]. Hi, I'm Rebecca from the Southern Living test kitchen. It is possible to have a grand meal during the holidays without a big fuss. Just a few tips and tricks will help you pull it off with ease. These top main dish recipes are a cinch to make, and will insure your special affair is a success. If you need to feed a crowd with style and ease, look no further than beef tenderloin with Henry Bain sauce. Have your butcher trim the beef, then simply spread with the butter, salt, and pepper before baking. The quick sauce can be whirled up in the food processor in a matter of seconds. [MUSIC] For a seated gathering, add a simple green vegetable, and fluffy mashed potatoes. If you're having an open house, heat pans of dinner rolls, and let guests build their own little sandwiches. It's so easy, and everyone will think you've gone to a whole lot of trouble. But that's our little secret. For a dish that's perfect for a more intimate gathering around the holidays, Try shrimp and andouille sausage, with asiago grits. Save time, and buy already peeled and deveined shrimp, from the seafood department of your local grocery store. Leave the tails on for a pretty presentation, or remove them if you prefer. Prepare the grits ahead of time, and keep them warm in a slow cooker on low, so you can spend more time with guests. [MUSIC] With these tips, your get together will come off without a hitch. For a meal that's more family friendly, try Vanessa's make ahead beefy lasagna. You can prepare and freeze this dish up to three months in advance. Thaw in the refrigerator 24 hours before serving, and let it stand 30 minutes before baking as directed. [MUSIC] Serve with a large tossed green salad, and a crusty loaf of garlic bread to complete the meal. Prime rib roast is a wonderfully fancy way to celebrate the season. And supermarkets often run specials around the holidays. So keep an eye out, and you won't have to spend a small fortune. Try fennel crusted rib roast. Which looks festive, tastes amazing, and is a snap to prepare. Have your butcher trim the roast to save you a step. Crush the spices in a zip-top plastic freezer bag, using a rolling pin. Rub them into the meat, along with salt and olive oil, and then bake in the oven. It's that easy. For an unforgettable presentation, Place the roast on a pretty platter, and garnish with fresh cranberries and orange halves. This pork loin roast with Carolina apple compote is sure to wow guests at your holiday table. Since it starts with a few pantry staples. All you'll need to pick up are apples, the roast, and some fresh citrus. If you want, you can prep the roast up to 24 hours ahead of time. This will also impart more flavor into the meat. While the pork bakes, the apple compote can be simmering. For more delicious holiday main dish ideas, pick up a copy of Southern Living Magazine and visit
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