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I love to cook but there is one thing I do stress about, making sure I get Christmas dinner on the table. If you are like me you want everything to be perfect and tasty. But Christmas should be a time for you to enjoy with your kids and your family. So let’s spend less time cooking with some easy Christmas dinner recipes that will save us time and our families will still enjoy. Ditch the traditional and make some elegant recipes that will help relieve some of that Christmas dinner stress.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Image Courtesy of Allrecipes.com Recipe by LORNASCHMALZ

There is nothing more traditional on your plate when it comes to a holiday dinner than mashed potatoes. But who said they had to be boring. These garlic mashed potatoes are not only tasty but creamy and you can use heavy cream instead of milk. Yummy!

A must try for any family that is a mashed potato lover. Give your traditional mashed potatoes a twist and try this recipe.

Get the Recipe at AllRecipes.com.

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon


Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Image Courtesy of AllRecipes.com Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson

I know what you might be thinking, Brussel sprouts, how will I get my kids to eat those? Well, these aren’t your ordinary Brussel sprouts. These babies are roasted in the fat of Bacon and then the bacon is tossed back in at the end.

Bacon makes everything better, right?

Plus this recipe is made by one of my favorite chefs who stars on many of my favorite Food Network shows including The Kitchen.


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Martini Pork Chops


Martini Pork Chops
Image courtesy of CookingChanneltv.com Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes

I love a good pork chop and this it is a great substitute for ham, to me anyway. Not only is this recipe tasty but it is very simple. It only requires six ingredients, including salt and pepper. The total time to make this dish from preparation through cooking is 25 minutes. That gives you plenty of time for other things. My kind of dish!


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Sticky Maple Bourbon Chicken

Sticky Maple Bourbon Chicken
Image courtesy of CookingChanneltv.com Recipe courtesy of Patrick Decker

Maple and bourbon, to some they would say this is a match made in heaven and this recipe seems to prove that theory. The “sticky” idea is adding a sweetener to the pan of whatever you are cooking and reducing it as it cooks.

It makes for a simple dish because the ingredients are cooked together in one pan. Saving you time and not skimping on taste.  So save on some of the calories from that ham you had on Thanksgiving and make this delicious chicken recipe.


Get the Recipe at CookingChanneltv.com

Baked Steak


Baked Steak
Image courtesy of GeniusKitchen.com Recipe by chia2160

Did I just put a steak recipe on my Christmas recipe list? Yes, I did! Steak is a great substitute for that roast you would love to make but don’t have much time for. And this is a great change up from a broiled or grilled steak. The steak is so tender and it makes some delicious gravy that you can put on those Garlic Mashed Potatoes from earlier.


Get the Recipe at GeniusKitchen.com

Orange and Cumin Leg of Lamb with Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic


Orange and Cumin Leg of Lamb
Image courtesy of WomansDay.com Recipe courtesy of Hector Sanchez

Lamb may seem like something that would take a bit of time but this recipe is simple and the colors make it look festive. The recipe is for a family of eight but is said to leave you leftovers.

Total time from prep to cooking is 2 hours and 15 minutes so this can be done early enough to allow the rest of the day for play time.


Get the Recipe at WomansDay.com

German Potato Salad Brats

german potato salad
Image and Recipe courtesy of WomansDay.com

A change up from the traditional potato salad, German potato salad has more of vinegary tang. But have you ever had German potato salad on your brats? OMG, it is so delicious! I have put all types of potato salad on my brats as a child, but the German potato salad vinegar taste goes great with this sausage.


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Mexican-Glazed Meatloaves


Glazed Mexican Meatloaf Recipe
Image and Recipe courtesy of RecipeTips.com

Try this twist on traditional meatloaf with a Mexican flair with ingredients like salsa, taco seasoning, and tortilla chips. Not only is this recipe delicious it will have your family wanting the recipe.

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Potato Gratin


Potatoes Gratin
Image courtesy of FoodNetwork.com Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Maybe you would like a simple easy recipe that lets you get away from the mashed potatoes this year. The gratin is a widespread cooking technique where ingredients are topped with a browned crust, often using breadcrumbs, grated cheese, eggs and/or butter. This potato gratin recipe is a favorite among children, I think because of the cheese.

Prep time is only 20 minutes and it only takes 40 minutes to cook.

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Ring Around the Rolls With Cheese Fondue


Ring around a Rolls -Bite-sized dinner rolls ring served with a cheese fondue dip. Perfect for the holidays and special occasions!
Image and Recipe courtesy of CleoButtera.com

Boring Christmas dinner rolls? Not in your house! This recipe is great for Christmas family get-togethers and who doesn’t love cheese. Okay some of us don’t and some of us can’t have it. But for those who love cheese and better yet, fondue, this recipe will be a hit.

Fluffy dinner rolls baked in a ring that is bite size so the little ones can enjoy it too. Even if you don’t have a fondue maker you can still put this together.

Plus the shape of this looks like a Christmas wreath and you can spice it up to make it look very festive on your dinner table.


Get the Recipe at CleoButtera.com

Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops

Pork Chops with Apple Cider Glaze
Image courtesy of AllRecipes.com Recipe by Chef John

Apple cider is one of my families favorite holiday drinks so this recipe is perfect for Christmas dinner. It is really easy to make and very tasty. In 45 minutes you can have this on your dinner table and get back to the festivities.


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Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs


Barbecue Cranberry Meatmalls
Image and Recipe courtesy of YellowBlissRaod.com

If there are two things my family loves that is definitely barbeque and meatballs. So putting them together naturally sounds like something I would love to serve my family.

This spicy cranberry recipe is not only right up there with the holiday flavors but it is easy to make. The total time to get these on your table is only 20 minutes. Now I don’t know may recipes that are this tasty and takes that little of time. Three simple ingredients and your family will love them.


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Creamy Swiss Chicken Bake

Delicious Creamy Swiss Chicken Bake - a simple and delicious dinner recipe that includes Swiss and Parmesan cheese.
Image and Recipe courtesy of LilLuna.com

If you want an easy recipe this has to be one of the easiest. And who doesn’t love an easy recipe that you can put together and throw in the oven? I know I do. But don’t worry, with this creamy swiss chicken bake you will not be giving up on taste.


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One Pot Pea and Bacon Pasta


One Pot Pea and Bacon Pasta
Image and Recipe courtesy of TastyKitchen.com

This recipe is titled one pot for a reason. You only use one pot to make this dish from start to finish, even the pasta gets cooked right in the sauce. With bacon and cheese, you can’t go wrong. My son loves pasta dishes and this is something you can put together and have time for some great main dishes. It takes 15 minutes to get this on your table.


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Gruyère, Ham and Spinach Strata


This Gruyère, Ham, and Spinach Strata is a great brunch recipe since it can be made a day ahead of time and baked the morning of the brunch. I’m definitely adding it to my holiday brunch menu.
Image and Recipe courtesy of HomemadeInterest.com

This recipe is easy but does take some preparation ahead of time as well as refrigeration of the product, so you must make it the day before. It is similar to a frittata because it is made with bread, eggs, and cheese, and your choice of vegetables and meats. Spinach and ham is a very popular combination and this is made with gruyere cheese.

It only takes 30 minutes to put the dish together and then you must cover it and put it in the refrigerator for 8 hours up to one day before cooking. It only bakes for 45 to 55 minutes so it is still a very simple dish to complete.


Get the Recipe at HomemadeInterest.com.


I love the holidays because of the time I get to spend with my family and though cooking can be time-consuming it is still something I enjoy. Saving time is always something welcomed in my home because not only does it help relieve some of my stress it gives me time to do other needed things.

Don’t let yourself get consumed this Christmas with dinner. Take a step away from the traditional recipes and try some easy recipes so that you can enjoy the holiday too!

Do any of these recipes look like something your family would love? Do you have an easy Christmas recipe you would love to share? Feel free to comment below and have a Happy Holiday!

4 thoughts on “Easy Christmas Dinner Recipes – 15 Recipes to Save Time”

  1. Wow… great article with a lot of mouthwatering yummy recipes. I will definitely try these recipes. Thank you so much for sharing all these recipes and making our job much easier. I will share it with others as well…👍👍👍

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I am glad you like them and find it useful, that is exactly why I do it. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Great Article! I love to cook and lamb is one of my favorite dishes. I definitely am going to give it a try during this holiday season. I look forward to seeing more…..

    1. Hi Leah,
      I am glad you found the article useful. I too love to cook and I love trying new recipes so I too am trying new ones this holiday season. Thanks for the comment!

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