Make Ahead Christmas Dinner Menu

Make Ahead Christmas Dinner Menu – An easy menu of make ahead Christmas recipes so you can serve a stress-free Christmas Dinner!

Christmas Dinner Menu from addapinch.com

While our Christmas dinner menu may change slightly from year to year, it is always a meal that I love hosting for my family.

Gathering all of the family together at the table to celebrate is one tradition that I look forward to all year long.

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Since it is a meal that much of it can be prepared ahead of time and is simple to cook and serve, it allows me to enjoy the day with my family without stressing over meal preparations.

I’ve included our full Christmas Dinner Menu along with my schedule for getting it all ready for a stress-free holiday! I hope you find it as useful as I have throughout the years!

Make Ahead Christmas Appetizers

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Make without baking up to a week in advance. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.
Bake and serve warm.

Chicken Cheese Ball | ©addapinch.com

Chicken Cheese Ball

Assemble up to four days in advance. Wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator.
Allow to reach room temperature for serving.

 Make Ahead Christmas Dinner

Prime Rib Recipe from addapinch.com

 Perfect Prime Rib

(served with Horseradish Sauce)

Follow schedule in post. Prepare horseradish sauce up to a week in advance.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Allow to reach room temperature for serving.

Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe from addapinch.com

Twice Baked Potatoes

This year, I’ll be making them with Boursin, similar to my Boursin Mashed Potatoes that we love so much. I can’t wait!

Assemble without baking the second time the day before you plan to serve.

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Apple Pear Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Toast the pecans up to a few days in advance but assemble the salad right before serving.

Make Ahead Christmas Desserts

Peppermint Chocolate Cake | ©addapinch.com

Peppermint Chocolate Cake

Make up to two days in advance.

Coconut Cream Pie Recipe from © addapinch.com

Coconut Cream Pie

Make up to a day or two in advance.

Favorite Christmas Cookies from addapinch.com

Assortment of Christmas Cookies

Make your cookie dough well in advance and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Bake the day before or of serving.

Wishing your family the merriest of Christmases!
Robyn xo

11 comments on “Make Ahead Christmas Dinner Menu”

  1. Looks so delicious! I am making Prime Rib as well. I will make those potatoes for the New Year, as I love Boursin cheese! Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015.

  2. Robyn, too late for my Christmas dinner, but I plan to make the Chocolate Peppermint Cake for my January Bunko group. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, you have provided me with some wonderfuly recipes for 2014, looking forward to 2015. Merry Christmas

  3. ROBYN,
    I LOVE TO COOK AND BAKE AT THE HOLIDAY. I AM GREEK AND ITALIAN AND HAVE SOME WONDERFUL RECIPES AND MADE SOME OF MY OWN. I HAVE A QUESTION I ALWAYS MAKE MY PUMPKIN ROLL AT THANKSGIVING THOUGH NEW YEAR THEN AT EASTER. I FOUND BEST THING TO ROLL IN FLOUR SAK CLOTHS I GET AT SMAS CLUB 12 CLOTHS FOR 8.00 ABOUT. THEY COME COMPLETELY CLEAN AND CAKE DOES NOT STICK TO THEM THIS IS ALSO FOR MY RED VELVET ROLL AS WELL THE QUESTION IS NO MATTER HOW MUCH POWDERED SUGAR I DUST WITH OR HOW LONG I LET SIT AFTER I UNROLL AND ADD FILLING AND GO TO RE ROLL THEY CRACK. DO YOU HAVE A TRICK OR HINT THAT WILL MAKE THEM NOT CRACK?
    FRANKIE

    • Hi Frank,
      There are a couple of tricks that I use to prevent a pumpkin roll or any other type of roll cake from cracking. First, make sure that you are getting the cake batter spread very evenly on the pan to make sure that it bakes evenly. Also, make sure that you do not overbake the cake as a moist cake does better rolling without cracking. Then, as soon as you remove the cake from the oven, go ahead and transfer to the towel for rolling.

      I hope those tips that have helped me help you, too!

  4. Would love to have your recipe for prime rib and potatoes.

    • Hi Diana,
      The link to the recipes for the prime rib and the potatoes are right under each of their photos. Let me know if you need anything else. xo

  5. Thank you very much. I did find it and will make it for Christmas. Thanks again

  6. Robyn,
    I want you to know how much I appreciate your weekly menus. After 50+ years of cooking, I find the most difficult part of cooking is coming up with a menu each week. Your menus contain a variety of easy to find ingredients, and foods that are family favorites for nearly every taste-bud. You make menu planning so easy. Keep up the great work. Additionally, your recipes are wonderful too!!
    Sincerely,
    Jan

    • Oh thank you so much Jan! I am so happy you are enjoying the meal plans! It helps me so to have them planned ahead too, and I’m glad they are helpful to you as well!
      I’m glad you enjoy the recipes – thanks so much!!! xo

  7. HI,
    Merry Christmas, I am coming to your house for dinner,
    looks so good. Wish you a wonderful time with your
    family. Enjoy them, specially your mom.
    Linda

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