There are almost as many ways to celebrate Christmas Eve dinner as there are cuisines in this country. And that’s a good thing, because you can’t expect to power through Santa’s big day on Christmas cookies and cocktails alone (as delicious as that actually sounds right now). Your house may be the kind to appreciate a make-ahead menu. Or perhaps dinner in your PJs is what you and your loved ones are after. Maybe there’s even a full-on Feast of the Seven Fishes every single year. Whatever your style is, here are 19 recipes for a Christmas Eve spread that will put a spring in your step when you roll out of bed Christmas Day.

Giada De Laurentiis' Perfect Cioppino Christmas Dinner Recipe

1. Giada De Laurentiis’ Perfect Cioppino: Calling all Italianos in the house! If you’re laying on a Feast of the Seven Fishes or just cooking up your personal faves, here’s one fish stew that has the traditional flavor you crave but cooks up easy peasy in your slow cooker. (via Fox News Magazine)

Lobster Fra Diavolo Christmas Dinner Recipe

2. Lobster Fra Diavolo: When it comes to seafood, lobster is the crème de la crème. This dish, flavored the old fashioned way with clam juice and cognac, is sure to impress everyone at your holiday table. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Fish Pie With Cheesy Mash Christmas Dinner Recipe

3. Fish Pie With Cheesy Mash: Nothing beats a creamy fish pie when the *crust* is made of mashed taters. Here’s a meal that’s guaranteed to taste better if you eat it in your jammies. (via Nicky’s Kitchen Sanctuary)

Vegetable Béchamel Lasagna Christmas Dinner Recipe

4. Vegetable Béchamel Lasagna: If you haven’t had lasagna made the old school way, with béchamel sauce instead of cheese, you are in for a *tasty* treat. This is one meatless dish even the carnivores in the house will be clamoring for. (via Donna Hay)

Whole Roasted Branzino With Fennel and Onions Christmas Dinner Recipe

5. Whole Roasted Branzino With Fennel and Onions: Whole roasted fish dishes are an Italian tradition on feast days. While this one looks like a culinary work of art sitting on your table, it actually comes together easily and calls for just seven ingredients. (via Saveur)

Garlic Rosemary Prime Rib Roast With Horseradish Cream Christmas Dinner Recipe

6. Garlic Rosemary Prime Rib Roast With Horseradish Cream: Prime rib is always a showstopper, but the real star of this show is the homemade horseradish sauce. It cuts right through the richness of the beef, adding just the right amount of savory zing. (via NeighborFood)

The Best Baked Spinach Rice Christmas Dinner Recipe

7. The Best Baked Spinach Rice: This rice casserole is rich with three kinds of cheese, spices and lemon zest. Make a double batch and hold one back in the fridge for leftovers; you’ll be thanking yourself amid tomorrow’s wrapping paper frenzy. (via The Iron You)

Secret Ingredient Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots Christmas Dinner Recipe

8. Secret Ingredient Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots: The trick to feeding a crowd is to make a meat or fish entreé with a plethora of easy and tasty sides. Well… nothing could be easier than these carrots that caramelize slowly to perfection in a balsamic glaze in a low-heat oven. This is one sweet veg you won’t have to beg the kids to eat. (via Carlsbad Cravings)

Crock Pot Mojo Pork With Cuban-Style Black Beans Christmas Dinner Recipe

9. Crock Pot Mojo Pork With Cuban-Style Black Beans: This pork shoulder is cooked the traditional way — in a tasty citrus trio of orange, lemon and lime juice, spiked with onion, jalapeño, herbs, spices and an entire head of garlic. Start it in the morning and it will bubble away happily in your slow cooker all day, giving you time (and counter space) to get the rest of the feast prepared. (via Iowa Girl Eats)

Puerto Rican Papas Rellenas Christmas Dinner Recipe

10. Puerto Rican Papas Rellenas: There’s nothing more tasty on earth than crispy potato croquettes, unless it’s potato croquettes stuffed with savory picadillo. Prepare for the onslaught, because *everyone* is going to want this recipe. (via Kitchen Gidget)


11. Lasagna Bolognese With Fontina Béchamel: Sometimes you want to mark a special occasion with a challenging dish. This lasagna bolognese is made completely from scratch, including the pasta, and your guests will appreciate that effort with every delicious bite they take. (via Nerds With Knives)


12. Slow Cooker Ham With Maple Brown Sugar Glaze: Ham is one of those hearty dishes that’s great for feeding a crowd, but it’s actually pretty tricky to get it just right. This recipe uses the slow cooker to your advantage, gently heating the meat all day in delectable juices without ever drying it out. (via No. 2 Pencil)


13. Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes: Make-ahead sides are a real life saver at holiday time. These potatoes are whipped up with cream cheese, sour cream and eggs, so you can keep them in the fridge until the very last minute and they’ll bake up to perfection, casserole style. (via Seasons and Suppers)


14. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus: This veggie side is super simple, calling for just two ingredients and 10 minutes of prep work. Throw them in a skillet right before showtime and let the prosciutto get nice and crisp while the asparagus turns bright green and tender. They turn out perfect every time, trust us. (via Damn Delicious)


15. Maple Pecan Baked Brie: Baked brie is so ooey-gooey delicious, and this one calls for ingredients you probably already have on hand. Serve it as an appetizer with a crisp white wine or in place of rolls at the table. It’s always a crowd pleaser. (via Fake Ginger)


16. Easiest Ever Lasagna Roll Up Recipe: When you love the *thought* of made-from-scratch lasagna but you just don’t have the time, roll ups to the rescue! This dish is jump-started using store-bought ingredients, but no one will ever taste the difference. (via Crystal & Co.)


17. Carnitas Tamale Pie: Tamales are a tradition this time of year, but you know the old saying: It takes a village! If you’re craving the flavor but dreading the assembly line, your new go-to recipe has arrived. (via Pinch of Yum)


18. Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Pozole: This green pozole is bubbling over with the goodness of peppers and tomatillos, zucchini and sweet corn, avocado and cotija cheese — with fresh baked tortilla strips and roasted pumpkin seeds on top. One bite and your taste buds will be singing hallelujah! (via Half Baked Harvest)


19. Crock Pot General Tso’s Chicken: Do you have fond memories of Chinese takeout on Christmas Eve? Get ready to jump into the holiday food time machine, because this crockpot version of everyone’s fave tastes every bit as good as the real thing. (via Host The Toast)

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