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Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas

December 17, 2013

We have the top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas you will ever need for hosting a gathering! There is something for everyone.
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We can see you over there on your computer wringing your hands and fretting because you are hosting a holiday dinner and you have no idea what to make.

Don't fret! This time of the year can be stressful and you need some quick and simple answers to the most important question of the day, "What's for dinner?" We want to help melt some of that stress away and share with you some of my tried and true recipes from Healthy World Cuisine that can dazzle a crowd for a dinner party.

One absolute must for us when entertaining is having a main dish that can be prepared in advance.  We look forward to spending time with my guests and not slaving away in the kitchen. These top 10 holiday dinner ideas can be prepared in advance so it can be cooking while you are entertaining your guests.

#1 of the Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas: If you are not afraid of a culinary challenge, then the Timpano Pasta Dome  is sure to wow a big crowd. Once you cut into your master piece, it will reveal the layers of pasta, meatballs, sausage, cheese, eggs and other goodies hidden inside the flaky crust of the dome. You will have your friends, family and coworkers talking about this for years to come. All you need is a salad on the side like our delicious holiday salad and you are good to go.

Timpano Pasta Dome

#2 of the Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas: Prosciutto wrapped chicken with feta and roasted peppers is a stunning recipe that shows a mosaic of colors once your cut a slice. Stuffed chicken breasts with spinach, roasted red and yellow peppers, feta cheese with a caramelized onion and mushroom confetti with herbs, butter and a little white wine all rolled up and wrapped in a blanket of Italian prosciutto and topped it off with a simple sauce de jour. The chicken stays super moist because of the prosciutto wrapped around it. You can do the prep work before your guests arrive so all you need to do is pop these in the oven and then serve with a sauce de jours on top. A side of roasted potatoes/pesto rice and French style green beans and your meal is complete.

Proscuitto wrapped stuffed chicken

#3 of the Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas: Our recipe for rosemary herb pork chops with shallot wine sauce  has been pinned 1000's of times on Pinterest and I have  to say if you are looking for a recipe that tastes like a million bucks, looks like a million bucks but takes only 30 minutes from start to finish, then this is your recipe. Thick center cut bone in pork chops with fresh rosemary and herbs and a shallot wine sauce that tastes  Maybe a side of herb wild grain rice and roasted carrots and you are done like dinner. If you like to cook or like to read recipes, please take a moment to join us on Pinterest and join in on the fun.

Rosemary herbed Pork chop with shallot wine sauce

#4 of the Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas: Our topless butternut ravioli with a creamy wild mushroom sauce is another show stopper. This towering stack of butternut ravioli will satisfy all of your cravings. It has a creamy wild mushroom sauce with herbs, savory sautéed chicken, naturally sweet roasted butternut squash, cheesy gouda and even has a crispy fried ravioli toppings. You can serve either as an open face ravioli or as a lasagna. The lasagna version of this dish is great for those of you that like to be out socializing with your guests instead of in the kitchen.

Topless Butternut ravioli with wild mushroom cream sauce

#5 of the Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas:  Crab Stuffed Whitefish is made with succulent whitefish stuffed with creamy and dreamy crab filling and topped with a lemon butter just 30 little minutes.

Crab Stuffed whitefish- flounder


#6 of the Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas:  Slow Roasted Moroccan Spiced Leg of Lamb is so tender it falls off the bone, melts in your mouth and is served with a delicious golden Moroccan saucy gravy. Lamb roast is not just for Easter!

Top down photo with leg of lamb pulled off bone and topped with golden gravy

#7 of the Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas: G'Day mate. Is Santa Claus celebrating the holiday in his Bermuda swim trunks? Then our bacon wrapped pork tenderloin on the BBQ grill with a few cold drinks is the perfect way to celebrate a balmy holiday dinner. Pork Wrapped Sausage Stuffed Pork Loin. Yes, you heard us right, pork wrapped with pork inside of pork. You know it has to be good. You can also sear on top of stove on all sides and finish it off in the oven if old man winter has your grill covered in snow.

Bacon wrapped pork stuffed pork tenderloin

#8 of the Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas: For those of you on the opposite ends of the world and have waist deep snow, Tuscan slow cooked braised beef in wine sauce is sure to please. Tuscan slow Cooked Braised Beef in Wine Sauce is a great holiday meal to prepare while you are tending to all of your other affairs such as gift wrapping, tree decorating, writing holiday cards or even baking holiday cookies. Tuscan Slow Cooked Braised Beef in Wine Sauce takes no effort at all to prepare and is a wonderful one pot dish. This dish is very comforting and warming and the meat is so tender and succulent you can cut it with a spoon. Don't forget some good crusty Tuscan bread to soak up all of those wonderful juices.

Slow Roasted Tuscan Beef in Wine sauce

#9 of the Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas: For or dear vegetarian friends with our Three cheese Spinach Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce sauce is lovely. Have them join in on the fun and make their own pasta.


#10 of the Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas: Roasted Turmeric Spiced Turkey Breast is a succulent bone in turkey breast cooked with turmeric, cardamom, spices and a very fun twist for a holiday gathering.

Roasted Turmeric Spiced Turkey Breast

As a bonus we have added one more Holiday Dinner Feast Idea that will wow your guests.

Spiced Cranberry Glazed Ham tastes just like the holidays with cloves, cinnamon, ginger and cranberry glaze on top of a golden studded ham and cinnamon baked apples.

Whole Spiced cranberry Glazed ham with apples top down shot garnish and on holiday table

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday from our home to yours!



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Top 10 Holiday Dinner Ideas

By HWC Magazine  

December 17, 2013



  • All look amazingly delicious, need to revisit the recipes and make a decision.

  • Yum! I would love to try the Pasta Dome 😉 Happy holidays, BAM!! 🙂

  • I soooo needed this right now because I’m still trying to figure out the menu for our holiday dinners! Thanks for all the ideas. 🙂

  • The Pasta Dome is amazing … my family would love it! It’s on the list 🙂

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Everything looks SO good but I’m in love with the pork chops and the pasta dome. 🙂

  • I agree with all of those who are amazed at the pasta dome! It looks wonderful. As is the ravioli with sage butter sauce (a classic combo). Good stuff – thanks.

  • That dome has got my name all over it! Happiest of holidays, BAM!!

  • I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

  • What a list! I don’t know where to start!

  • Robyn

    Beautiful list, Bam! Everything is so unique and distinctly Bam! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  • They all look so good that maybe I’ll try all of them – unless you think that might be too much for 4 people. Maybe it will be a new year’s resolution to make each one. I like your suggestion of a make ahead main dish so you can enjoy the day. Some people go too nuts trying all kinds of complex dishes that they’ve never made before and spend their entire day in the kitchen. Not for me, that’s for sure. May you and your family enjoy the holidays. Oh, and wer’re not hip deep in snow but we are in the middle of a nasty storm right now.

  • What a great collection of dishes–they all look wonderful! Enjoy your holidays! 🙂

  • Great post! Love the ideas in here. 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  • Eha

    Enter ‘Alice in Wonderlamd’ ~ ‘I’m late, I’m late’, I’m late for an important date’!! Sure am!! Wonderful array when our own imagination calls a halt!! Love the pork chops [before ‘my’ time’ methinks ?] and the lamb and really like to have all these links in one place . . . hope that pre-Yule time is treating you fair . . .

  • Great post! thanks for these ideas! :3

  • Jo (

    They all look lovely! Thanks for some great ideas!! Merry Christmas!! xo

  • Buona notte, BAM! That timpano is an incredible dish and I think it great that you prepared one. I saw a recipe where the outer layer was eggplant and I’ve been wanting to give it a try. Maybe one of the cold January days ahead. And that was your opening act! This was such a fantastic round-up of some great mains. Each is perfect for a celebratory dinner and a dinner guest would be thrilled to be served any of them. Are there any open places at your Christmas table? 15 hours ain’t really that long. 🙂

  • each and every one of these is a fantastic idea!

  • Great ideas!

  • That chicken wrapped in prosciutto sounds really festive and delicious, great idea

  • ohlidia

    Oh Bam! How wonderful it all looks! And delicious! Gosh, I could have it all!!! Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones Bam!

  • I want that pasta dome in the worst way right now! It looks amazing!! I’d eat pasta for every meal if I could 🙂

  • I love that pasta dome and I want it right now!! I could really east pasta for every meal given the option 🙂

  • I want to make that pasta dome – it’s looks insanely good!! i’m having trouble comment on your blog tonight for some reason – this is my 3rd attempt 🙂 I’d eat pasta for every meal if I could!

  • What a superb idea to have this round up. Love every dish on it. I really wish we lived close to each other. I think I would be over for dinner at your place very often!
    Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • It’s true that we rarely see roundup for main dish! And thank you for reminding – I love your 2 and 3 recipes when I first saw it, but haven’t had a chance yet to try. They look so good. Will make it this holiday after our vacation. We need something delicious to start a new year! Happy Holidays to you Bobbi and your family!

  • Kumar’s Kitchen

    such a fest of delicacies…elegant,beautiful and screaming the cheer of merry holidays….the pasta dome is on our top priority list…looks beyond delicious and will be a definite winner,thanks so much…Take Care!!! 🙂

  • I love each and every dish, that pasta dome is classic and pretty. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

  • That first one – the dome – looks incredible… I think I’ll give that a bash after Christmas when everything’s calmed down a bit! 🙂

    Merry Christmas Bam!

  • Awesome Christmas round-up, Bam! These certainly come in handy.

  • So many delicious choices Bam, but I think the sage butter ravioli sold me. It’s hard for me to turn down pasta, let alone, a sage butter pasta! Happy holidays. I hope you have a delicious and festive season and a fabulous New Year!

  • What a delicious collection of recipes! Everything looks super yummy and i definitely have put down a few to my to-make list. Wish you and your family happy holidays Bobbi!

  • That’ s a wonderful idea for the Holidays, a delightful selection of recipes.
    Love the raviolis in sage butter, delicious!

  • I love the look of all of these meals, Bam, especially that pasta dome – so impressive. And I love the look of the homemade ravioli with a sage butter – delicious. I hope you and all your family have a very Merry Christmas with best wishes for the year ahead xx

  • All these dishes look so good. Wish you and your family a merry christmas and a very happy new year!

  • So many great meals! You have done all the hard work for us! …the hardest thing is always deciding what to cook! Love the prosciutto roll ups YUM!

  • These look amazing. And Timpano pasta dome is awesome!

  • What a beautiful, gorgeous collection of recipes!!

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