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25 Best Christmas Roast Recipes for Your Holiday Table

If you think Christmas roast recipes just include turkey and ham, think again!

Below, you’ll find all sorts of main entrees to make this Christmas the tastiest one yet.

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From a vegan holiday roast to a bacon-wrapped turkey breast, this list has it all.

You’ll even discover how to make your own Turducken.

And I even have a recipe for the best beef Wellington ever at the bottom!

So, without further ado, let’s get into this list of Christmas roast recipes so you can start planning the big holiday feast.

Roasted beef tenderloin sliced served with sweet roasted shallots and a wine sauce on a plate garnished with rosemary.
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1. Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Shallots and Port

What’s the best way to cook a Christmas roast? Low and slow, of course!

This one features sweet shallots and red wine. So it’s super rich but perfectly balanced.

The port sauce takes a bit of time – and a hefty number of ingredients – but it’s Christmas! If you can’t go all out at the holidays, when can you?

Roasted rib eye steak covered with spices and seasoning served upright on a plate.
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2. Standing Beef Rib Roast

This recipe might look like it came from a Michelin-star restaurant, but it could not be simpler to make.

You start with a large cut of bone-in steak, then give it a good rub with mustard, herbs, and bacon grease.

After a round in the oven, this steak is ready to delight the masses.

Serve it with a crispy baguette for sopping up the mouthwatering sauce.

Sliced roasted chuck beef on a cutting board.
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3. Christmas Beef Chuck Roast

This Christmas beef chuck roast ensures that you don’t have to break the budget to feed the whole family.

This slab of meat goes big on flavor, thanks to the well-seasoned rub. Expect smoky paprika, fragrant rosemary, and brown sugar to enchant you.

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You create the most detectable brown gravy using drippings from the pan.

It would pair wonderfully with a side of mashed potatoes or bread.

Sliced prime rib steak on a cutting board.

4. Perfect Prime Rib

Need a Christmas roast dinner without a lot of effort? Try this perfect prime rib.

The texture is tender and juicy every single time, making it a great, crowd-pleasing sidekick for the holiday season.

And it goes with everything! So don’t be shy with the sides.

Roasted pork loin sliced garnished with cranberry sauce and sliced oranges.
Source: Thecookierookie.com

5. Orange Cranberry Pork Loin Roast

Do you like your meat on the sweeter side? If so, check this recipe out.

You’ll drizzle a delicious orange cranberry sauce over the roast to give each bite a bright, festive edge.

The pork is so succulent it will melt in your mouth with deep, savory flavors.

The garnish of orange slices and cranberries amp up the holiday cheer.

Whole baked chicken served with baked with potatoes, carrots, herbs cranberries and oranges.
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6. Christmas Chicken

Chicken is an underrated holiday entree that rarely appears at the big dinner.

While often overshadowed by turkey and baked ham, this recipe makes poultry a force to be reckoned with.

You’ll rub the chicken with herb butter. Then bake it with a mixture of cranberries, oranges, potatoes, carrots, and seasoning.

After roasting in the oven, the chicken comes out crispy and succulent, with a subtle citrusy sweetness.

Beef tenderloin with a layer of mustard, mushroom duxelles, and prosciutto wrapped in a soft, buttery pastry sliced, served on a platre.
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7. Best Ever Beef Wellington

Tender pink beef, buttery mushrooms, and salty prosciutto…is your mouth watering? Good, now go bookmark this recipe

Beef Wellington may seem like a difficult recipe to whip up, but this recipe breaks down the process.

You can have this delicacy ready in just over an hour, and you only need a handful of simple ingredients to make it.

Stuffed pork tenderloin filled with caramelized onion, fresh cranberry sauce, goat cheese and fresh spinach.
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8. Holiday Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

This pork tenderloin is literally bursting with festive flavors.

You stuff the meat with a flavorful mixture, including cranberry sauce, goat cheese, fresh sage, and butter.

The roasting process allows these ingredients to get acquainted with the tender pork.

In the end, the meat and the stuffing are the best of friends, culminating in a sweet and savory flavor profile.

Pot roast served with carrots and potatoes.
Source: Thecookierookie.com

9. Red Wine Pot Roast

If you’re craving some stick-to-your-bones comfort food, you can’t beat this recipe.

Expect the juicy beef to fall apart the second you sink your fork into it. And you’ll be blown away by the rich, beefy flavors.

Enhanced by red wine, rosemary, smoked paprika, and thyme, it’s not one to miss.

Roasted lamb back on a plate coated with bread crumbs drizzled with sauce.
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10. Rosemary-Dijon Rack of Lamb

Looking for a new roast idea? Go all out with a stunning and succulent rack of lamb.

Believe it or not, you only need six ingredients.

Of course, if you want to add more, go for it! But, it’ll be incredibly delicious with the simple blend of breadcrumbs, mustard, and rosemary.

Whole glazed ham coated in a sweet brown sugar and honey glaze served on a festive holiday plate garnished with cranberries and rosemary.
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11. Glazed Ham for the Holidays

You can’t beat a glazed ham for Christmas. Not only does it taste amazing, but the prep work is insanely easy.

You start by whipping up a quick ham glaze consisting of butter, brown sugar, apple cider, honey, and spices.

Drizzle it over the meat, cover it with aluminum foil, and bake. It’s really as simple as that!

Whole roasted turkey on a sheet pan with pomegranate, orange slices and herbs.
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12. Herb Butter Maple Roasted Turkey

Level up your traditional Thanksgiving bird with this fantastic recipe.

You’ll infuse the turkey with fresh herbs, garlic, and maple syrup to create a sweet and savory flavor profile.

It might take upwards of 3 hours, but it’s definitely worth it.

Slices of baked turkey breast served with stuffing and green beans.
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13. Baked Turkey Tenderloin with Garlic Herb Marinade

If you want a traditional and impressive Christmas dinner, try this baked turkey breast tenderloin.

It’s a perfect solution if you don’t have time to make a whole turkey.

You’ll be swept away by how much flavor is in each bite, thanks to the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and herb marinade.

Sliced vegan roast with gravy on top served with cranberry sauce on the side.
Source: Veganhuggs.com

14. Vegan Holiday Roast

Whether you’re plant-based or just trying to lighten up your holiday dinner, this vegan roast is the way to go.

This isn’t your typical Tofurkey. In fact, you won’t find any tofu in this recipe at all.

Instead, it contains a base of white beans, mushrooms, and wheat gluten to create a delicious texture.

The flavors are reminiscent of the holiday season, with a deep umami savoriness in every bite.

Whole glazed roast duck served on a bed of herbs and berries.
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15. Crispy Whole Roast Duck

Shake up your holiday menu with this festive duck recipe.

The skin is perfectly crisp, which you get by letting it chill in the fridge overnight – uncovered.

It starts out low in the oven, so the meat becomes wonderfully tender. Then crank up the heat to get that crispy finish.

Shredded pot roast served on a white plate.

16. Mississippi Pot Roast

Celebrate Christmas Southern style with this Mississippi pot roast.

This roast is so incredibly tender, you don’t even need a knife. Just sink your fork into the soft meat and watch it fall apart.

Don’t be turned off by the 8-hour cooking time since the Crockpot does most of the work for you.

Just toss everything into the slow cooker and go about your day.

When you get home from work, you’ll be met with a tantalizing aroma that will make your mouth water.

Roasted whole turkey served with apple slices, cranberries and a bed of green leaves.
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17. Apple Cider Brined Turkey

Brining turkey with apple cider is the best way to add holiday cheer to your entree.

It adds an unforgettable sweetness reminiscent of the season. But it also helps lock in moisture throughout the cooking process.

This recipe doesn’t stop there, you also infuse the turkey with zesty garlic and fragrant herbs to create even more flavor.

Roasted pork ribs arranged in crown on a bed of stuffing.
Source: Howtofeedaloon.com

18. Pork Crown Roast with Stuffing

How incredible does the crown roast look?

You have to find the right cut – frenched crown roast, to be precise. And that gets formed into the crown and tied.

Add some homemade stuffing and it’s ready for the oven.

Roast pork pulled apart served with broth garnished with herbs and rosemary.
Source: Yourhomebasedmom.com

19. Crockpot Pork Roast

You can make this decadent pot roast using just 5 ingredients: pork shoulder, onions, seasoning mix, salt, and chicken broth.

All you have to do is layer onions on the bottom of a slow cooker, place the seasoned pork on top, then douse some broth around the roast.

Let it cook for 6-9 hours, and that’s it!

If you’re running short on time on the 25th, this recipe will help save Christmas dinner.

Roast beef in slow cooker with seasoned baby potatoes and carrots.
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20. Slow Cooker Beef Roast

Can you imagine a better way to spend a snowed-in Sunday than cozying up to this hearty meal?

Place a seasoned chuck and some veggies into your slow cooker, then douse it with beef broth.

Then, head outside to make a snowman with the kids!

After an afternoon of winter fun, come home to your kitchen smelling like pure magic.

A succulent roasted lamb dish seasoned with fragrant rosemary and thyme.
Source: Recipetineats.com

21. Slow Roast Leg of Lamb

This lamb roast is very forgiving, and it’s hard to mess it up.

All you have to do is toss the ingredients in a slow cooker and let it roast low-and-slow.

While it takes a bit of patience, the result is worth it. The meat falls off the bone with bright, herbal flavors to tantalize your taste buds.

 A plate with a delicious beef brisket roast and carrots.
Source: Simplyrecipes.com

22. Beef Brisket Pot Roast

Fall-apart beef brisket bathed in a rich brown sauce and a side of tender carrots? That’s what I call a holiday feast!

The secret to creating flavorful beef brisket is onions. Lots and lots of onions.

You can eat this brisket by itself or serve it with a side of potatoes, egg noodles, or some green beans.

I would personally pair this delicious entree with some Italian bread for dipping.

Garlic, rosemary, and horseradish encrusted roast beef sliced on a plate.
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23. Garlic, Rosemary, and Horseradish Encrusted Roast Beef

The title says it all.

It’s garlicky, herby, and just the right amount of punchy, thanks to the horseradish.

It’s also insanely easy to make. After about an hour in the oven and a quick rest, dinner is ready.

Turkey wrapped in bacon strips served on a plate.
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24. Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast

This recipe is not for the faint of heart. But if you want to indulge, this bacon-wrapped turkey will accomplish all that and more.

Bake a turkey like you normally would, then cross-stitch some bacon on top.

After another round in the oven, you’re ready to serve this delectable feast.

Sliced roasted turkducken.
Source: Thespeckledpalate.com

25. Roasted Turducken

I had to finish this list of best Christmas roast recipes with a bang.

If you’re unfamiliar with the famous Turducken, let me explain this holiday hybrid.

It’s a chicken, inside a duck, inside a turkey. Tur-duck-en. Get it?

This Cajun specialty has made its way around the country, and you must try it at least once.

Buy it pre-stuffed, so you don’t have to do any of the dirty work.

25 Best Christmas Roast Recipes

Course: DinnerCuisine: English
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

1

hour

15

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour

30

minutes
Calories

543

kcal

Jazz up your holiday table with these Christmas roast recipes! From beef tenderloin to this stunning beef Wellington, each of these meals is guaranteed to please.

Ingredients

  • For the Mushroom Duxelles
  • 1 -2 pounds mushrooms, such as portabella, cremini, white button, cleaned, trimmed, and roughly chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

  • For the Caramelized Onions and Garlic
  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

  • For the Beef
  • 2 pounds beef tenderloin, trimmed of fat and lining

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon horseradish

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 pound prosciutto ham, about 16 slices

  • 2 frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

  • flour for dusting

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon milk

  • sea salt, for topping

  • 1 recipe rosemary roasted potatoes, for serving

Instructions

  • Clean, trim, and roughly chop the mushrooms. Place them into a food processor with the garlic and thyme and pulse until it’s spreadable.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the mushroom mix with salt and pepper for about 10 minutes. The mushrooms should be dry when they’re done.
  • Remove from the heat, transfer to a plate, and let cool completely.
  • While the mushrooms cool, make the onions.
  • In the same skillet used for the mushrooms, add the onions and olive oil. Sauté on medium-low heat until soft, then add the salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and the pan is dry. Transfer the onions to a plate and leave to cool fully.
  • Lay a few pieces of plastic wrap on the counter, long enough to wrap the beef on all sides.
  • In the middle, lay the prosciutto vertically, slightly overlapping, to the length of the beef.
  • Spread the cold mushroom and onions over the ham in an even layer.
  • Place the beef in the middle and gently lift the plastic on one side to cover the meat in the ham. Peel back the plastic, then lift the other side to cover it entirely. Gently wrap the ham around the ends.
  • Roll the beef over in the plastic, seal the ends, and place it in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
  • Lightly beat the egg and milk in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Lay new plastic on the counter, then add the puff pastry sheets side by side. Overlap them slightly and seal them with a small amount of egg wash.
  • Roll until they’re wide enough to cover the beef fully.
  • Take the beef out of the fridge, remove the plastic, and place it in the center of the pastry.
  • Brush egg wash around the edges of the pastry, then roll it up around the beef, wrapping it tightly. Trim off excess pastry on the ends and pinch to seal shut.
  • Put the pastry-wrapped beef into the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with foil. Add a light coating of cooking spray.
  • Remove the beef wellington from the fridge and place it on the tray, seam side down.
  • Brush the top and sides with egg wash and use the back of a fork to make a pattern (optional), being careful not to cut through the pastry.
  • Sprinkle liberally with sea salt and bake for 25-30 minutes. Check the internal temperature before removing it from the oven. It should be 110º F for rare and 120º F for medium rare.
  • If the beef is not ready, pop it back in the oven for 5 minutes and check again. Keep in mind it will continue to cook as it rests.
  • Take the Wellington out of the oven and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Slice, serve with roasted potatoes, and enjoy.

Notes

  • Let the Beef Wellingtons rest after baking to allow the juices to redistribute before slicing.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness without having to cut into the Wellington.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 543kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Protein: 54g
  • Fat: 28g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 166mg
  • Sodium: 2947mg
  • Potassium: 852mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Calcium: 59mg
  • Iron: 6mg
Christmas Roast Recipes

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