From Crown Roast of Pork to Stuffed Boneless Turkey Breast, our favorite Christmas entrées are a great choice for easy entertaining.

Photo collage: Crown roast of pork, roast turkey, roast capon, carved prime rib roast.

The holiday season is a wonderful time to entertain family and friends, and Christmas dinner is by far our favorite meal to make. But can you cook a gourmet meal and still enjoy the season? Absolutely! Read on for some tips.

Tips for planning Christmas dinner

A little planning goes a long way when it comes to preparing Christmas dinner and we’ve got some tips to help you.

Choose your entrée and side dishes

Begin planning your menu by confirming your guest list so you can choose a main dish.

If you are having a small gathering of up to six people, a capon or turkey breast may be a better choice than a large turkey. Three or four side dishes should be adequate for a group of this size.

With larger gatherings, a central meat dish with five or six side dishes will keep your guests full and your menu manageable.

Regardless of your party size, if you’re serving appetizers before the main meal, choose simple recipes that can be prepared days ahead and easily assembled the day of.

Make detailed lists

Start by making a list of your recipes, then carefully review the ingredients and check your pantry and fridge for items you may already have.

Don’t forget to include any specialized serving dishes or prep tools you might need as these items may require an extra shopping trip.

Organize your time in the kitchen

Analyze your recipes for preparation and cook times and check for make-ahead instructions. Spacing out your time in the kitchen will not only help you stay organized, but it will also leave you extra time to enjoy your guests.

If possible, consider freezing make-ahead items and thawing them the day before. Many desserts, side dishes, breads, and rolls are freezer friendly.

While planning your holiday meal, check out our collection of time-tested Christmas entrées. You can find an assortment of our favorites perfect for a gathering of any size.

From our beautiful Crown Roast of Pork to our easy-to-carve Stuffed Boneless Turkey Breast, one of these classic Christmas main dishes is sure to become a new holiday favorite for your family, too.

This article was written by contributing author Jennifer Partridge. Jennifer is a freelance writer, artist, teacher, and experienced cook who has perfected a delicious gluten-free lifestyle. You’ll find her food articles and advice on gluten-free substitutions throughout the website.

Our Favorite Christmas Entrées

From Crown Roast of Pork to Stuffed Boneless Turkey Breast, our favorite Christmas entrées are a great choice for easy entertaining.