10 Christmas Dinner Ideas That Are Quick And Easy: Honey Baked Ham, Prime Rib And More!

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With Christmas almost here, it’s time for the last minute panic for those playing host to their families. There’s so much to do and only a few days left to prepare all the Christmas dinner ideas that you’re planning to make.

Spending an entire day in the kitchen cooking for a large household is the last thing anyone wants to do, so for those looking forward to a special Christmas dinner, but hoping to be able to spend some time with their family as well, here are some delicious Christmas dinner ideas that are definitely worth trying, all of which require minimal hands-on time.

1. Green Bean Casserole

With just four ingredients needed, this green bean casserole recipe is as easy to prepare as it is delicious. Using a can of green beans makes things easier as the beans are already cooked, so it’s just a matter of mixing the ingredients together and heating it all up. This classic Christmas side dish will surely please even picky eaters with minimal effort. Get the recipe here!

2. Sugar Cookies

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A staple for the holiday season, the classic sugar cookie is simple but sweet and a must-have for every family. A lot of people think baking requires a lot of effort, but you’ll be surprised how fast and easy it is to produce a batch of these sugar cookies. Just mix everything together, roll the dough into balls, roll the balls in sugar, and pop them in the oven! Get the recipe here!

3. Honey Baked Ham

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Whatever your Christmas dinner ideas may be, a traditional ham is probably included. This recipe just requires 10 minutes to prepare, then all you need to do is pop it in the oven and let it bake, just basting it occasionally. The hands-on time is minimal, just be sure to get it in the oven early so you can enjoy a savory, honey baked ham with a delicious spiced twist. Get the recipe here!

4. Prime Rib

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If your Christmas dinner ideas include beef rather than pork as your main dish, here is a prime rib recipe that is to die for. This simply recipe calls for a French herb mixture to add for a subtle twist on the usual salt and pepper simplicity of a prime rib. For a nice, pink prime rib, you just roast it for 20 minutes after spreading the herb mixture on it and then turn the oven off and let it sit for a couple of hours. Get the recipe here!

5. Sweet Potato Casserole

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This easy recipe is a favorite for the Christmas season, and you might be surprised by how simple it really is to make. The most time consuming part will be peeling the sweet potatoes, but it will all be worth it in the end. Since this recipe has you make it in the slow cooker instead of the oven, you don’t have to choose between making this classic dish or putting the prime rib in the oven instead; you can easily do both! Get the recipe here!

6. Honey-Glazed Almonds

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If you forgot to include an appetizer with your Christmas dinner ideas, here’s a quick one to whip up that is sure to get people excited for what else you are preparing. Just lightly toast some almonds for a few minutes while heating the remaining ingredients in the microwave, mix together, and then pour onto a baking sheet to let the mixture cool and set. The recipe calls for some chile powder to add a unique kick to this sweet recipe, and is sure to wow. Get the recipe here!

7. Bacon Wrapped Dates

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Bacon is good at any time of the year, but when you add dates, pistachios, and apricots to the mix, it turns into a Christmas delight! In this recipe, simply stuff the dates with pistachios, place a dried apricot on top, and wrap it with a strip of bacon before baking it. The crisp, smoky flavor of the bacon contrasts beautiful with the fruity and nutty flavors, and will definitely be one of the most unique dishes at the table! Get the recipe here!

8. Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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It’s not Christmas without some form of potato on the table. If you’d prefer to skip the sweet potato casserole in favor of something more savory than sweet, here’s a great alternative. While you’re waiting for the potatoes to boil, add a twist to your usual mashed potatoes by preparing this recipe’s garlic confit to be added. Get the recipe here!

9. Lamb with Christmas Spices

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If there aren’t enough entrees on your table already, try this unique spiced lamb dish. All that you need to do is chop some vegetables, add some spices, and simmer together with the lamb for an hour. Not only will it be a delicious dish to add to your Christmas menu, but it will ensure that your entire house smells like Christmas too. Get the recipe here!

10. Holiday Punch

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Instead of just buying bottles of soda for everyone to drink this year, try your hand at this delicious holiday punch. It’s non-alcoholic so the entire family can enjoy it, although the grownups can always add a splash of vodka to their own glass if they wish. Prepare it the day before and leave it in the fridge overnight for a delicious but not overly sweet punch for your guests to sip on. Get the recipe here!

Read also: Easy Thanksgiving Desserts In Under 15 Minutes.

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