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Christmas Prime Rib Dinner Menu Ideas
Six-Course Christmas Dinner Menu and Recipes

Normally, when I prepare a large Christmas Dinner, I serve it family style. But after I have worked for days preparing the food, everyone sits down and seems to inhale the food in 15 minutes. The reason I decided to serve Christmas dinner in courses, is to get my guests to slow down and enjoy the food and company of Christmas Dinner. It worked!

First Course - Appetizers:
Appetizers served before dinner in living room

Tom and Jerry Drink
Tom and Jerrys
This is a wonderful recipe. It is a Christmas tradition for my family.

cranberry salsa
Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese or Cranberry Holiday Spread
An interesting and delicious way to serve cranberries on Thanksgiving.

Cheese Plate
Cheese Boards - Cheese Plates - Cheese Platters
Entertaining frequently includes some kind of cheese tray, often with fruit or vegetables or meat or a combination of these foods. This is an opportunity to be creative and introduce your guests to some new cheeses. It's great fun!



Second Course:

shrimp cocktain
Shrimp Cocktail
What could be easier and more delightful than a shrimp cocktail to start off your meal?

If it is crab season, substitute fresh crab for the shrimp in this dish.


Troppo's Squash Bomb Soup
Troppo's Squash Bomb Soup
This delicious squash soup is like a dessert before dinner. It's sweet but spicy, because of the cayenne pepper.


Third Course - Salad:

Caesar Salad
My all-time favorite salad is the Caesar Salad. To many, including myself, this is the King of salads.

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

Following is my delicious low-fat version of Caesar Salad. I promise you that your guests will never know the difference! I make this low-fat and easy-to-make version all the time. I serve this salad with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Low Fat Caesar Salad Recipe




Fourth Course - Palate Cleanser:

Palate cleansers are used in the middle of a meal to remove lingering flavors from the mouth so that the next course may be enjoyed with a fresh perspective. The French also use them as an digestive to avoid heartburn and indigestion. Traditional palate cleansers have been sorbets.

Cranberry Granita
Cranberry-Jalapeno Granita
This granita would be refreshing and delicious served during Christmas dinner.


Lemon Rosemary Sorbet
Lemon Rosemary Sorbet
Another delicious and refreshing sorbet to serve your guests.


Mint Julep Sorbet
Mint Julep Sorbet
This sorbet is definitely a treat for mint julep fans.

Lots more delicious Sorbet and Granita recipe to choose from.


Fifth Course - Main Course:

sliced prime rib
Classic Prime Rib
My family loves prime rib, and it has become our traditional Christmas dinner every years.

Served with:

Yorkshire Pudding
Yorkshire Pudding
A traditional English side dish to Prime Rib Roast is Yorkshire Pudding, a puffy pop-over like pastry made with the hot drippings from the cooked prime rib.


Au Jus
Beef Au Jus - Au Jus Beef Juice
Au Jus is a French term meaning "with juice." The term is used to describe the serving of meat, most often prime rib roast, surrounded in or served with a container of the natural juices that were produced as drippings while the meat was being cooked. It is not thick like a typical sauce or gravy.


horseradish sauce
Sour Cream Horseradish Sauce

This sauce is absolutely wonderful with prime rib.


Sixth Course - Dessert Course:

Homemade Pies
of your choice:

Mincemeat Pie
Old-Fashioned Mincemeat Pie
This has been my favorite holiday pie since I was a little girl. My grandmother, Mabel Myers, used to make her own homemade mincemeat.


Chocolate Pecan Pie

Fig Pecan Pie
Pecan Pie - Chocolate Pecan Pie - Fig Pecan Pie - Pecan Praline Pie
The only way these delicious pecan pies could be better tasting is to serve it warm and top with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Lemon Meringue Pie
Fantastic Lemon Meringue Pie
This lemon meringue pie is exceptional.


Christmas Cookies
It wouldn't be Christmas without a plate of some of your family's favorite Christmas cookies.

Christmas Cookie Recipes
Bar, drop, molded, rolled & chocolate cookies.

Secrets To Making Perfect Cookies
Everything you ever wanted to know about cookies (such as history, types of cookies, how to mail, etc.)

How To Have A Successful Holiday Cookie Exchange or Cookie Swap
The cookie exchange or cookie swap tradition has been around for many years.


Etiquette, Entertaining, and Party Planning Help

Learn how to cook the Perfect Prime Rib.

Check out all of Linda's Beef Recipes using various cuts of beef.

Cooking With Wine

Check out Dining Etiquette Guide - Restaurant and Dinner Party Manners and Etiquette.

Check out all of Linda's wonderful Dinner Party Menus (includes recipes)

Simple Rules for Planning a Dinner Party

Buffet & Party Safety - Organizing Your Buffet Supper

What is a Recipe? - Learn how to follow a recipe, why some recipes do not work, and about Mise en Place

Appetizer Recipes - Hors d' oeuvres, Starters, Amuse-Bouche, and Snacks

Appetizer Hints - How many appetizers to make for your party?

Food Safety Pages - Check them out!

Buffet and Party Safety
Also includes what to do if your guests have been delayed at least an hour

Golden Rules of Food Safety
IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT! If you have any question in your mind about the freshness or safety of eating a food product, throw it out. It is better to be safe than sorry!


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