18 Best Holiday Main Course Recipes

As the festive season approaches, it’s time to trade in the ordinary dinner routine for something extraordinary. For those who love hosting holiday feasts, we’ve got some mouthwatering main courses that are sure to impress your guests and leave them talking long after the meal is over.

Whether you’re hosting a big family gathering or a cozy dinner with friends, our recipes are designed to bring people together and make your holiday table the star of the show. From tender roasted turkey to sweetly glazed ham, these dishes are crafted to delight your taste buds and become the highlight of your holiday celebration. So, don your apron, preheat the oven, and join us on a culinary journey that will make this holiday season one for the books!

Christmas Beef Tenderloin (Sheet Pan Beef Tenderloin) Recipe


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Transform your Christmas celebration into a stress-free, indulgent experience with this mouth-watering Christmas Beef Tenderloin recipe. By cooking tenderloin beef to perfection alongside red potatoes and earthy mushrooms on a single sheet pan, you’ll create a hassle-free roasted dinner that’s sure to delight the entire family. Take it to the next level by serving it with a rich, creamy blue cheese sauce that will leave everyone craving more.

Roast Beef Tenderloin


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Indulge in the tender and flavorful experience of roasting a beef tenderloin to perfection. With its melt-in-your-mouth texture, this dish is elevated by the rich flavors of a simple yet impressive red wine sauce (or jus), making it an effortless culinary delight.

How to Make Corned Beef


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This classic corned beef recipe involves a five-day curing process using beef brisket, pickling spices, and kosher salt. After the curing process, the meat is roasted in the oven with a sweet and tangy mustard-brown sugar rub, accompanied by carrots, potatoes, and cabbage until tender. The result is a hearty, one-pot meal that’s perfect for special occasions or everyday meals. For added convenience, I’ve also provided instructions on how to cook corned beef using a crockpot, Instant Pot, or traditional boiling method.

Juicy Beef Brisket


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Savor the rich flavors of slow-cooked beef brisket, infused with a depth of smokiness from a tangy barbecue sauce. This mouthwatering delight is elevated by the pungency of garlic and an optional spicy kick. Whether you’re using a slow cooker, oven, Instant Pot, or pressure cooker, we’ll guide you through a variety of cooking methods to achieve tender, fall-apart results.

Slow Cooker Brisket (+ Homemade Bbq Sauce)


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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket has earned a special place in my heart as a go-to recipe for tender, flavor-packed beef brisket. What sets it apart from other methods like smoked or oven-roasted brisket is its incredible ease of preparation and versatility. This slow-cooked masterpiece can be prepared days in advance, allowing you to effortlessly reheat it when company arrives – the ultimate stress-free dinner solution.

Garlic Herb Prime Rib


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Indulge in a mouth-watering Christmas feast with garlic butter herb prime rib roast, a dish that combines rich flavors with effortless preparation time – all within an astonishing 60 minutes. This show-stopping centerpiece is sure to impress your loved ones and satisfy even the most discerning palates.

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs


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Indulge in the rich flavors of home-cooked gourmet cuisine with these spectacular Red Wine Braised Short Ribs. A harmonious blend of tender beef, bold red wine, aromatic garlic, and fragrant fresh herbs come together to create a delectable sauce and fall-off-the-bone braised short ribs that will leave you wanting more.

Cajun Butter Steak Bites


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Savoring the flavors of Louisiana, these bite-sized steak delights can be prepared in just under 10 minutes, sans the need for any lengthy marinating process. A crowd-pleasing favorite among families, their Cajun butter-infused goodness is sure to impress even the most discerning palates.

Churrasco Steak with Mojo Marinade


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Savoring the essence of a warm summer evening, this delectable Churrasco Steak recipe is the ultimate reason to rev up your grill game. The perfectly grilled cut, smothered in a zesty chimichurri sauce infused with fresh herbs, promises an unparalleled culinary experience. Marinated in the rich flavors of mojo, each bite yields a tender and tantalizing delight that will leave you craving more.

Reverse Sear Beef Tenderloin


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For special occasions, Reverse Sear Beef Tenderloin is an ideal choice to impress your guests with its elegant presentation and delectable flavor. This recipe employs a tried-and-tested reverse sear technique to ensure that the beef loin turns out perfectly cooked every time. A rich roasted garlic butter adds a savory and aromatic dimension to the dish, making it perfect for holiday meals or celebratory gatherings. The tender pink interior and crispy exterior will leave your dinner guests in awe, craving another bite of this mouthwatering recipe.

Slow Cooker Hanukkah Beef Brisket


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Savoring the tender and rich flavors of slow-cooked beef brisket, this comforting dish melts in your mouth. As the meat cooks low and slow, it transforms into a velvety texture, perfectly complemented by a sweet and tangy sauce that will leave you craving more.

Ina Garten Pot Roast


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With Ina Garten’s renowned Company Pot Roast recipe, the possibilities for delicious, sophisticated dinner gatherings are endless. This comprehensive guide not only provides the original Barefoot Contessa formula but also offers a stress-free slow cooker adaptation and even a pressure cooker variation. Whether you’re preparing a menu for a special occasion or simply seeking a comforting, satisfying meal, this versatile recipe will become a trusted favorite. When paired with one of our suggested side dishes from What to Serve With Pot Roast, Ina Garten’s classic pot roast transforms into a truly exceptional dining experience.

Smoked Turkey Breast with Herb Butter


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Indulge in the savory delight of a smoked turkey breast, elevated by the subtle richness of herby butter. With its effortless preparation and profound depth of flavor, this dish is sure to become a new favorite. The tender poultry absorbs the essence of smoking, transforming it into a culinary masterpiece that will leave you craving more.

Smoked Prime Rib

Transform your holiday gathering with a show-stopping, tenderly smoked prime rib. By mastering this technique, you’ll effortlessly sidestep the unsightly gray ring that often plagues prime ribs, resulting in a visually stunning and mouthwateringly savory centerpiece for your special occasion. The key to achieving this impressive dish lies in the slow, deliberate process of smoking the prime rib, allowing the rich flavors to meld together and the meat to remain luxuriously tender.

Dr. Pepper Ham


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Imagine the aroma of slow-cooked ham wafting through your home, filling the air with savory scents and tantalizing taste buds. This effortless crockpot recipe lets you free up valuable oven space for side dishes and sweet treats, allowing you to focus on crafting a well-rounded holiday meal. Simply add a juicy ham and a refreshing glass of Dr. Pepper to the crockpot, and let the magic unfold as the flavors meld together for a tender and satisfying result.

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham


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Indulge in the sweet and savory flavors of a homemade brown sugar glazed ham, perfect as the centerpiece for your holiday gathering. Ditch the takeout from the Honeybaked store and treat your loved ones to a more personal and satisfying dining experience instead. The result is sure to be a culinary delight that will leave everyone feeling grateful.

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