A Classic Christmas Ham Dinner Menu

glazed ham with pineapple rings on top
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Stressed about holiday cooking? Let us do the planning for you. This classic Christmas dinner menu stars a glazed, baked ham worthy of any holiday table. You'll also find ideas for Christmas appetizers, drinks, sides, and desserts that will serve up beautifully alongside your Christmas ham. Pick and choose from our Christmas ham dinner menu for this year's feast.

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Appetizer: Baked Stuffed Brie with Cranberries & Walnuts

cranberry brie pastry appetizer on a cheese board
Chef John

Get everybody warmed up to the festivities with this elegant, baked Brie that's bursting with cranberries and walnuts. "This is the easiest and most delicious dish to serve as a starter," says reviewer Sheila Grace Ferguson. "It looks magnificent in its golden pastry and when you cut into it and the cheese and cranberries start oozing out the guests are so impressed."

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Appetizer: Cocktail Meatballs

Cocktail Meatballs in white spoons for serving

No holiday gathering is complete without cocktail meatballs in jellied cranberry sauce. This recipe can be made ahead of time in the slow cooker and simmered before serving.

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Appetizer: Spinach and Ricotta Puff Pastry Christmas Tree

spinach puff pastries lined up in a Christmas tree shape

This stunning appetizer display is made with puff-pastry pinwheels stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese. "It was a hit at the Christmas party I went to," says reviewer DarPrice.

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Cocktail: Cranberry Martini

cranberry martinis in chilled martini glasses rimmed with sugar
The Gruntled Gourmand

Keep spirits bright with this seasonal cocktail made with vodka, orange liquor, dry vermouth, cranberry juice, and fresh cranberries. The hardest part is resisting a second one! "I think this drink may be better than a Cosmo," says reviewer WEZIE.

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Mocktail: Blueberry-Ginger Fizz

Blueberry fizz cocktail with orange garnish
Kim's Cooking Now

For the non-drinkers and those not of age, this blueberry-ginger cocktail gives you the illusion of a sparkling Champagne cocktail (thanks to the club soda) without any of the booze.

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Main: Tangy Honey Glazed Ham

glazed ham with pineapple rings on top

For the main event, you can't go wrong with this honey-glazed ham — take it from the over 700 home cooks who've rated this recipe with five stars. Honey, pineapple, and Dijon mustard meld together to create a glaze that is both sweet and tangy.

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Side Dish: Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin

Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin on a white dish with parsley garnish

If you're serving ham, a potato side dish is a must. Make a change from the usual potatoes au gratin with these elegant, single-serve versions of the classic dish. "I love the portion control and lovely presentation of this recipe," says reviewer lutzflcat.

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Side Dish: Chef Bill's Green Bean Almondine with Cranberries

green beans, almond slivers, and cranberries in a white dish

You're bound to find green beans on the table at any holiday gathering. This recipe takes the classic side dish up a notch with sliced almonds, dried cranberries, and a splash of orange juice. "This is easy enough for a weeknight dinner but tasty enough to serve to company," says reviewer lutzflcat.

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Side Dish: Chef John's Bourbon Glazed Carrots

Chef John's Bourbon Glazed Carrots
Allrecipes Magazine

Sweet and savory, simple yet elegant — these glazed carrots are worthy of your holiday spread. Reviewer jcallahan suggests adding some candied pecans in for a little something extra.

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Side Dish: Sweet Dinner Rolls

Sweet Dinner Rolls in a bread basket

To round out our list of side dishes, these standard dinner rolls will make you forget the store-bought variety for good. Reviewer Mary Bednarz says, "There are never any rolls left when I make these for dinner."

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Dessert: Apple Bavarian Torte

Tight shot of apple bavarian torte with almond garnish on cooling rack next to apples
Kim's Cooking Now

Impress your guests with this beautiful torte. Cream cheese, almonds, and apples are layered in a homemade crust and baked in a springform pan.

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Dessert: Eggnog Gingerbread Trifle

Trifle with gingerbread topping in glass dish
Shannon LaRea Livian

Trifles are the most forgiving of all holiday desserts, and they're perfect for feeding a crowd. This one features two classic holiday flavors: eggnog and gingerbread. "I made this for a holiday potluck and took home Best Dessert prize," says reviewer ogshortey.

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