The 31 Best Main Dishes That’ll Make for a Memorable Holiday Meal

Can't decide what to serve as the heart of your holiday celebration? Try one of these clean main dishes, all of which are made to wow guests.

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Mouth-watering and visually stunning, a holiday main is meant to be a total showstopper. Whether you’re serving a roast pork loin or whole turkey, a giant head of cauliflower or a bubbling deep-dish casserole, the main dish you make for your holiday celebrations has to stand out. We’ve got exactly what you need, with impressive recipes that’ll make you look like a total pro and please your guests.

Whether you’re hosting plant-based, Paleo, keto or gluten-free guests, we’ve got plenty of main dish inspiration and ideas. Try the following recipes, all of which are among our favorite holiday meals. And don’t be surprised when there’s very little left of these dishes at the end of your celebration!

Meat-based holiday main dishes

Pork recipes

Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Cherry Cranberry Pan Sauce

Cranberry-Glazed Pork Loin Roast with Cranberry Shallot Compote

Roasted Rosemary & Thyme Pork Tenderloin with Green Bean Mushroom Casserole

Pork Loin Roast with Butternut Fontina Stuffing

Turkey recipes

Spatchcocked Dry-Brined Turkey with Make-Ahead Gravy

Herb-Stuffed Turkey Breast with Apple Cider Pan Sauce

Roast Turkey with Mega Herb Butter & Make-Ahead Gravy

Roast Turkey with Sage, Onions & Red Wine Gravy

Orange Marmalade Roast Turkey & Grain-Free Jus

Rosemary-Roasted Turkey with Porcini Pan Sauce

Chicken recipes

Whole Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic Gravy

Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Chive Butter & Rainbow Carrots

Rosemary Lemon Chicken with Inside-Out Stuffing & Roasted Vegetables

Maple Roasted Chicken with Acorn Squash

Beef recipes

Spiced Brisket with Shallots & Tangerines

Slow-Roasted Brisket with Apple-Veggie Toss & Beet Greens

Garlic & Horseradish Beef Tenderloin

Seafood recipes

Fennel-Crusted Side of Salmon with Chive Yogurt Sauce

Citrus Poached Salmon with Herb Sauce

Cedar Plank Maple Dijon Salmon with Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Maple Baked Salmon

Plant-based holiday main dishes

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Mixed Greens Galette with Caramelized Onions & Goat Cheese

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pomegranate Tahini Sauce, Raisins & Hazelnuts

Roasted Beet Wellington

Potato, Leek & Artichoke Sideways Gratin

Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad with Yogurt Sauce

Butternut Squash Lasagna with Cashew Cauliflower Béchamel

Cheesy Kale & Squash White Lasagna

Quinoa, Eggplant & Marinara Bake

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