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Turkey, Goose, Ham, and 9 Other Meats to Serve for Christmas Dinner

Turkey, Goose, Ham, and 9 Other Meats to Serve for Christmas Dinner


Don’t know what to cook for Christmas? Check out our best main course ideas

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Try something different for Christmas dinner this year, like this roasted venison.

The best part of Christmas day — yes, even better than the presents — is sitting down to dinner with family and friends. This year, when you are deliberating over what to prepare, consider one of these 12 options for the main course that celebrate the special occasion.

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From the usual beef, pork, and poultry options to the obscure bird or wild game, we have meat dishes that are meant to impress a large or small crowd.

When it comes to cooking your feast there is much to consider: If you live in a temperate climate and are looking to keep some of the mess out of the kitchen, then opt for grilling your main dish. If you want to make your Christmas dinner ahead of time as much as possible, slow-braised meats like brisket will fare the best. Finally, if you are looking to break from tradition and try something outside-the-box, opt for one of our picks like roasted capon or grilled venison loin.

This year, as you make your shopping lists for Christmas dinner, consider one of these main courses to celebrate the special occasion.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.


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Christmas dinner is by far one of my favorite meals of the year and one I look forward to pretty much from New Year.

In Britain, the Christmas dinner table looks pretty much the same for most families. At the center of the table is an almighty turkey, stuffed of course, and around it sits roast potatoes and vegetables, sprouts, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, and pools of gravy. I can’t explain how much my mouth is watering after writing that out.

It was so interesting to research different festive foods, in order to make an epic list of all the things you should consider making for your table this Christmas. From the appetizers to the all-important crown jewels that are the meat choice, there is bound to be something new you’ll be dying to try out.


40 of the Most Festive Christmas Dinner Ideas Out There

Christmas dinner is by far one of my favorite meals of the year and one I look forward to pretty much from New Year.

In Britain, the Christmas dinner table looks pretty much the same for most families. At the center of the table is an almighty turkey, stuffed of course, and around it sits roast potatoes and vegetables, sprouts, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, and pools of gravy. I can’t explain how much my mouth is watering after writing that out.

It was so interesting to research different festive foods, in order to make an epic list of all the things you should consider making for your table this Christmas. From the appetizers to the all-important crown jewels that are the meat choice, there is bound to be something new you’ll be dying to try out.


40 of the Most Festive Christmas Dinner Ideas Out There

Christmas dinner is by far one of my favorite meals of the year and one I look forward to pretty much from New Year.

In Britain, the Christmas dinner table looks pretty much the same for most families. At the center of the table is an almighty turkey, stuffed of course, and around it sits roast potatoes and vegetables, sprouts, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, and pools of gravy. I can’t explain how much my mouth is watering after writing that out.

It was so interesting to research different festive foods, in order to make an epic list of all the things you should consider making for your table this Christmas. From the appetizers to the all-important crown jewels that are the meat choice, there is bound to be something new you’ll be dying to try out.


40 of the Most Festive Christmas Dinner Ideas Out There

Christmas dinner is by far one of my favorite meals of the year and one I look forward to pretty much from New Year.

In Britain, the Christmas dinner table looks pretty much the same for most families. At the center of the table is an almighty turkey, stuffed of course, and around it sits roast potatoes and vegetables, sprouts, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, and pools of gravy. I can’t explain how much my mouth is watering after writing that out.

It was so interesting to research different festive foods, in order to make an epic list of all the things you should consider making for your table this Christmas. From the appetizers to the all-important crown jewels that are the meat choice, there is bound to be something new you’ll be dying to try out.


40 of the Most Festive Christmas Dinner Ideas Out There

Christmas dinner is by far one of my favorite meals of the year and one I look forward to pretty much from New Year.

In Britain, the Christmas dinner table looks pretty much the same for most families. At the center of the table is an almighty turkey, stuffed of course, and around it sits roast potatoes and vegetables, sprouts, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, and pools of gravy. I can’t explain how much my mouth is watering after writing that out.

It was so interesting to research different festive foods, in order to make an epic list of all the things you should consider making for your table this Christmas. From the appetizers to the all-important crown jewels that are the meat choice, there is bound to be something new you’ll be dying to try out.


40 of the Most Festive Christmas Dinner Ideas Out There

Christmas dinner is by far one of my favorite meals of the year and one I look forward to pretty much from New Year.

In Britain, the Christmas dinner table looks pretty much the same for most families. At the center of the table is an almighty turkey, stuffed of course, and around it sits roast potatoes and vegetables, sprouts, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, and pools of gravy. I can’t explain how much my mouth is watering after writing that out.

It was so interesting to research different festive foods, in order to make an epic list of all the things you should consider making for your table this Christmas. From the appetizers to the all-important crown jewels that are the meat choice, there is bound to be something new you’ll be dying to try out.


40 of the Most Festive Christmas Dinner Ideas Out There

Christmas dinner is by far one of my favorite meals of the year and one I look forward to pretty much from New Year.

In Britain, the Christmas dinner table looks pretty much the same for most families. At the center of the table is an almighty turkey, stuffed of course, and around it sits roast potatoes and vegetables, sprouts, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, and pools of gravy. I can’t explain how much my mouth is watering after writing that out.

It was so interesting to research different festive foods, in order to make an epic list of all the things you should consider making for your table this Christmas. From the appetizers to the all-important crown jewels that are the meat choice, there is bound to be something new you’ll be dying to try out.


40 of the Most Festive Christmas Dinner Ideas Out There

Christmas dinner is by far one of my favorite meals of the year and one I look forward to pretty much from New Year.

In Britain, the Christmas dinner table looks pretty much the same for most families. At the center of the table is an almighty turkey, stuffed of course, and around it sits roast potatoes and vegetables, sprouts, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, and pools of gravy. I can’t explain how much my mouth is watering after writing that out.

It was so interesting to research different festive foods, in order to make an epic list of all the things you should consider making for your table this Christmas. From the appetizers to the all-important crown jewels that are the meat choice, there is bound to be something new you’ll be dying to try out.


40 of the Most Festive Christmas Dinner Ideas Out There

Christmas dinner is by far one of my favorite meals of the year and one I look forward to pretty much from New Year.

In Britain, the Christmas dinner table looks pretty much the same for most families. At the center of the table is an almighty turkey, stuffed of course, and around it sits roast potatoes and vegetables, sprouts, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, and pools of gravy. I can’t explain how much my mouth is watering after writing that out.

It was so interesting to research different festive foods, in order to make an epic list of all the things you should consider making for your table this Christmas. From the appetizers to the all-important crown jewels that are the meat choice, there is bound to be something new you’ll be dying to try out.


40 of the Most Festive Christmas Dinner Ideas Out There

Christmas dinner is by far one of my favorite meals of the year and one I look forward to pretty much from New Year.

In Britain, the Christmas dinner table looks pretty much the same for most families. At the center of the table is an almighty turkey, stuffed of course, and around it sits roast potatoes and vegetables, sprouts, pigs in blankets, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, and pools of gravy. I can’t explain how much my mouth is watering after writing that out.

It was so interesting to research different festive foods, in order to make an epic list of all the things you should consider making for your table this Christmas. From the appetizers to the all-important crown jewels that are the meat choice, there is bound to be something new you’ll be dying to try out.


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