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Special Holiday Dinner Menus


Swedish meatballs
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Christmas is coming fast! If you have some entertaining to do, look no further than this collection of special holiday dinner menus that are quick, easy, and spectacular. From roast chicken to rack of lamb to salmon steaks, you'll find menus that will wow your guests, yet leave you time to celebrate too.

Remember to plan your dinner well ahead of time, making lists of everything you need to do, from shopping to cleaning the house. Then choose your menu, make out your shopping lists, shop, and get ready for a fun evening.

These menus are all very festive, yet easy on you. For menus for Christmas dinner itself, please see, logically enough, Christmas Dinner Menus! No matter which menu you choose, have fun decorating your table with Christmas ornaments and candles, build a fire in the fireplace, turn on the Christmas tree, and enjoy these special times with family and friends.

Special Holiday Dinner Menus

Swedish Meatballs Holiday Dinner
Swedish meatballs are tender gems cooked in a creamy white sauce. Served over a flavorful rice pilaf and paired with some delicious side dishes, this is a simple and festive meal.

Tortellini with Three Sauces Dinner Menu
This easy and inexpensive menu tastes and presents like something you'd get at a fancy Italian restaurant. And most of the food can be made ahead of time. Yum.

Steak with all the Trimmings
This delicious menu is perfect for meat lovers. A delectable appetizer primes your taste buds for juicy steak, a yummy fresh vegetable side dish, creamy potatoes, and a spectacular cake.

Chicken Scampi Holiday Dinner Menu
For a budget meal that tastes like a million bucks, this menu can't be beat. Chicken Scampi is one of my favorite recipes of all time. Paired with Pesto Rice and Sauteed Baby Carrots, this dish is perfect for holiday entertaining.

Special Holiday Dinner Menu: Curried Fish Fillets
Tender tilapia is served with a smooth and flavorful sauce made with curry powder, chutney, and red grapes. This tempting (but low fat!) main dish is accompanied by roasted asparagus, a fresh salad, and a decadent and delicious double chocolate pie.

Special Holiday Dinner Menu: Salmon Fillets
Baked Stuffed Potatoes are the highlight of this fabulous menu. Tender mustard-spices salmon fillets are the easy entree. And you won't believe how fabulous Angel Cheesecake Pie is!

Special Holiday Menu: Mexican Peacocks
Mexican Peacocks are an elegant entree recipe that must be made ahead of time, so you can entertain with ease. Chicken breasts are stuffed with a buttery, garlicky avocado mixture, then fried and baked. Yum.

Crockpot Stuffed Turkey Breast Dinner
A turkey breast in the crockpot will be moist, tender, and very delicious. Served with a wild rice stuffing and some elegant side dishes, this menu is easy and perfect for the busy holiday season.

Special Dinner Menu: Jambalaya
Jambalaya is a festive recipe that can easily be expanded to serve more people. Add more crockpots if you want to increase the recipe; don't just increase the amounts of ingredients!

Holiday Dinner: Roast Chicken
For a special holiday dinner, roast a chicken with lemon and garlic and serve it with cheesy, creamy potatoes, tender asparagus, a cool winter fruit salad, and a walnut torte for dessert.

Holiday Dinner: Salmon Steaks
Salmon steaks are a delicious centerpiece for this holiday dinner menu, which includes a caramel pecan pie, soft breadsticks, Antique Broccoli, and a delicious blue cheese and caramelized onion appetizer.

Special Holiday Menus: Roast Pork
This special holiday dinner features a succulent and tender boneless roast pork loin, served with scalloped carrots, a sweet and sour spinach salad, and a decadent chocolate fudge cake that is very unusual.

Special Holiday Dinner: Beef Stroganoff
This special holiday dinner menu features Beef Stroganoff made in your slow cooker, along with buttered noodles, endive and pea salad, and a Chocolate Macaroon Bundt cake for dessert.

Holiday Dinner: Rack of Lamb
This special holiday dinner menu features an elegant and beautiful rack of lamb with a honey, lemon, and garlic sauce, along with tender glazed carrots and crisp garlic bread.

Special Holiday Menu: Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp scampi, one of my favorite dishes, is the star of this elegant holiday dinner menu, which includes rice pilaf, garlic bread, and some unbelievably good chocolate crepes.

Special Holiday Dinner: Roast Beef Tenderloin
This elegant holiday dinner menu features a spectacular roasted beef tenderloin as the centerpiece, with a pomegranate salad, easy dinner rolls, and the best pecan pie.

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