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Dec 20, 2013

Christmas Dinner for Beginners

Christmas is just around the corner. In just a few days, it’ll be time to unwrap presents, rehash old stories with friends and family, put on your favorite Christmas album and, most importantly, prepare yourself for a delightful Christmas feast.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or it’s your first year hosting, the steps below can help ensure that your Christmas dinner goes off without a hitch.

Step 1: Starters for Starters
Before you get to the main course, you’ll want something fairly light prepared for your guests to munch on. Below are links to a few of our favorite easy recipes that don’t take long to make but will leave your guests wanting more.

Roast Beef Canapes
Twice-Baked Potatoes with Gorgonzola
Cherry Tomato Tarts with Parmigiano Reggiano

Step 2: Splendid Sides
The right sides can accent your main course or stand well on their own. Pick a few from our list below. These recipes go well with both main course options: poultry or ham.

Crispy Roasted Potatoes
Asparagus and Beans with Hazelnut Cranberry Dressing
Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry, Sausage and Apple Stuffing
Brussels Sprouts in Sherry Bacon Cream Sauce

Step 3: Must-Have Mains
Finally, on to the main course. Below you’ll find a few easy, traditional recipes that when followed closely will deliver smiles all around your table.

Maple-Glazed Ham
Maple Roast Turkey and Gravy
Homestyle Turkey

Step 4: Did Somebody Say Desserts?
No Christmas dinner is complete without a satisfying dessert. Make sure you tell your guests to save room – they won’t want to miss these.

Mascarpone Custard and Fruit Trifle
Chocolate and Walnut Fudge
Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake