Easy and Elegant Christmas Dinner Menu

Christmas-main-imagePutting together an elegant Christmas dinner doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen and miss out on all the holiday fun. Thanks to a make-ahead main course and quick-fix sides, you can impress your guests with ease. Just use the Menu Plan and recipes below and you’ll be on your way to putting a wow-worthy dinner with plenty of time left over to spend visiting with family and friends!

Menu Plan

1 Day Ahead
  • Prepare Red Wine-Braised Beef Short Ribs, and refrigerate. 
  • Prepare Coffee Crème Brûlées through step 5. Cover, and refrigerate. 
  • Peel and chop vegetables for Roasted Root Vegetables; place in a resealable plastic bag, and refrigerate.
2 Hours Before Dinner 
  • Reheat Red-Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs as directed below; keep warm.
1 Hour Before Dinner 
  • Prepare Smoked Gouda Grits
  • Prepare Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Prepare Citrus and Shaved Fennel Salad 
  • Prepare Garlic Green Beans 
  • Top and torch Coffee Crème Brûlées

Easy and Elegant Christmas Dinner

christmas dinner sald

Citrus and Shaved Fennel Salad with Sherry-Herb Vinaigrette 

christmas dinner short ribs

Red Wine-Braised Beef Short Ribs with Smoked Gouda Grits 

christmas dinner green beans

Garlic Green Beans 


Roasted Root Vegetables

Crème brûlées

Coffee Crème Brûlées

Find even more recipes for tasty holiday recipes in our December issue as well as our Southern Christmas Special Issue


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