Most Southern families have a roundup of classic holiday dishes—from ham to dressing and everything in between—that they make every year. Those dishes provide plenty of leftovers for days (maybe even weeks) after the holiday has passed. It follows that during the holiday season, the meals start to look the same. We love leftovers, we really do, but every meal enjoyed after Christmas Day starts to seem identical. That is, until you plan an out-of-the-box Christmas Eve meal.

To prepare for all those leftovers, it's nice to kick things off with flavors that won't be repeated during the post-Christmas Day snacking. To keep the menu interesting, let us offer you a Christmas Eve recipe idea: enchiladas.

If your family makes enchiladas on Christmas Eve, you will be ready for all of your classic Christmas Day dishes (and the inevitable days of leftovers to come). "Wait!" you say, "That doesn't work for me because my family's Christmas Day meal is enchiladas!" If your classic Christmas Day meal includes enchiladas, then make our favorite Honey-Port Lacquered Ham with Whipped Dijon Cream and cornbread dressing for Christmas Eve dinner. Vice-versa and voila!

It's all about the variety on your plates, keeping things fresh, and enjoying different flavors on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to ensure that your tastebuds are awake and enjoying all the fantastic holiday food on offer. Need some recipes? Bookmark our six favorite enchiladas recipes (below), and add them to your Christmastime menus.

If you want to add Southern flair:
Make Creamy Chicken and Collard Greens Enchiladas

If you want to wow all your guests:
Make Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas
Watch the Video: Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas

If you're looking for bite-size stunners:
Make Mini Black Bean-and-Cheese Enchiladas

If you're fixing breakfast for a crowd:
Make Breakfast Enchiladas

If you're going all-out:
Make Smothered Enchiladas

If you want all the flavor and none of the fuss:
Make Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

WATCH: Chicken and Herbed Cornmeal Dumplings

What's your go-to Christmas Eve menu? Do you have favorite dishes you love to prepare year after year, or will you be trying one of our enchiladas recipes this holiday season?

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