Our 11 Best Last-Minute Christmas Dinner Recipes

If the Grinch can save Christmas, so can you

With everything else happening around the Christmas season—presents, shopping, family-time, decorating and baking—preparing a Christmas dinner menu can be tough. The thing that matters most at Christmas anyways is being around the people you love, and don’t worry, we’ll help you do it around a dinner table. We’ve rounded up our best easy side dishes to accompany a simple holiday roast. Waiting until the last minute doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or deliciousness, because our best Christmas recipes have you covered.

Spiced Cabbage with Blueberries (Kryddað Rauðkál með Bláberjum)
Spiced Cabbage with Blueberries (Kryddað Rauðkál með Bláberjum) Ingalls Photography

Cookbook author Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir braises ruby red cabbage with warm spices, fruit, and jam for this festive, sweet-tart side dish that rounds out an Icelandic Christmas menu. Get the recipe for Spiced Cabbage with Blueberries (Kryddað Rauðkál með Bláberjum) »

Celery Root, Carrot, and Potato Gratin
Celery Root, Carrot, and Potato Gratin Anders Schonnemann

This simple, comforting root vegetable gratin is perfumed with fragrant thyme and bay leaves before being baked with a bubbly Gruyère crust. Get the recipe for Celery Root, Carrot, and Potato Gratin »

Blue Cheese, Grape, and Gem Lettuce Salad
Blue Cheese, Grape, and Gem Lettuce Salad Anders Schonnemann

Sweetly acidic green grapes off-set the funk of creamy Danish blue cheese in this seasonal salad tossed together with a creamy cider vinegar–walnut dressing. Get the recipe for Blue Cheese, Grape, and Gem Lettuce Salad »

Maple-Glazed Carrots
Maple-Glazed Carrots Laura Sant

Braising carrots slowly in butter, rather than steaming or boiling them, brings out their natural sweetness. Maple syrup adds a delicate glaze and a rich flavor. Get the recipe for Maple-Glazed Carrots »

Maple Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Maple Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes Maxime Iattoni

Maple syrup enhances the sweetness of this simple sweet potato mash. Get the recipe for Maple Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes »

Creamed Brussels Sprouts
Creamed Brussels Sprouts Maxime Iattoni

Bring out the best in Brussels sprouts with this simple, creamy preparation. Get the recipe for Creamed Brussels Sprouts »

Fast and Juicy Roast Turkey in Parts
Fast and Juicy Roast Turkey in Parts

Breaking the bird down into its primal cuts allows the meat to cook more evenly, and in half the time. It also frees up more space in the oven—enough to cook as many as three turkeys at once—while you simultaneously simmer the carcass into a quick stock for gravy. Get the recipe for Fast and Juicy Roast Turkey in Parts »

Never Fail SOUFFLÉ
NEVER FAIL SOUFFLÉ Matt Taylor-Gross

It’s not a classic souffle, but this dish makes a delicious centerpiece for a holiday breakfast any time of the year. Quick and easy, it is best assembled the night before it’s served. Get the recipe for Never Fail Souffle »

Roast Boneless Prime Rib
Roast Boneless Prime Rib James Oseland

A liberal dusting of salt, a quick, crust-forming pan sear, and a stint in the oven is all that’s needed to yield a juicy, flavorful prime rib of beef. Get the recipe for Roast Boneless Prime Rib »

Sweet Potato Purée
Sweet Potato Purée Eilon Paz

The staff of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro prepares this decadent version of sweet potato casserole each year as part of a Thanksgiving feast for veterans and their families. The potatoes are first baked in foil packets with allspice, butter, honey, and brown sugar. Then, infused with aromatic sweetness, they’re puréed with creamy mascarpone cheese and topped with marshmallows. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Purée »