18 Tantalizing Holiday Main Dishes
Stuffed Beef Tenderloin Filet
Cheese, bacon and mushrooms create a mouthwatering beef main dish from White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. "Wisconsin produces great beef," innkeeper Andy Coulson says. "The only way to improve upon a broiled tenderloin is to stuff it with onions and Wisconsin cheddar."
Baked Holiday Spiral Ham with Raisin Sauce
Raisins dot the sauce and plump up as they're heated in this easy topper for traditional spiral-sliced holiday ham. Plan on leftovers for sandwiches and soups.
Herbed Chicken With Wild Rice
For the holidays, guests savor this herbed chicken and vegetable main dish at Spa Shiki at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri. Chefs cook and stir their own Alfredo sauce, but we skipped that step and used purchased sauce as the base.
Harvest Salad with Walnut Oil Vinaigrette
Cooked chicken turns this colorful salad into a quick main dish, or use your own bumper crop of leftover turkey. Walnut oil adds a nutty flavor to vinaigrette in this salad from Clabber Girl Bake Shop in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Strongbow Turkey Pie
Saute thin-sliced pork tenderloin, then serve it with tomato-rich Marsala sauce, generously flecked with garlic. The recipe comes from Ohio's Shawnee State Park Resort near the town of Friendship.
Mediterranean Stuffed Breast of Chicken
Stuff chicken with a colorful mix of tomatoes, mushrooms, pine nuts and goat cheese or feta cheese in this recipe from the DeSoto House Hotel in Galena, Illinois. A rich cream sauce tops the chicken.
Tomato Pesto Turkey and sides
Our main dish turkey gets an extra sparkle of flavor from tomato pesto with herbs, salt and pepper slipped between the skin and meat of a turkey breast. The mashed potatoes mix yellow and sweet potatoes with cream cheese, butter, sour cream, bacon and canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. The Brussels sprouts are skillet-roasted and tossed with seasoned mushrooms.
Pheasant Breast Supreme
Serve this rich sherried mushroom sauce over either pheasant or chicken breasts. The recipe comes from a restaurant in South Dakota, where several areas claim to be the "Pheasant Capital of the World."
Thyme Pork Chops
London Broil with Marsala Sauce
Dazzling Yuletide Chicken
Impress even the most persnickety guest with this five-ingredient main. Wrap the cheesy chicken like a present in phyllo dough. The recipe comes from a Northfield, Minnesota, restaurant.
Mushroom and Gorgonzola Fettuccine
Tempt your holiday guests with this meatless main dish pasta from Herman's restaurant at Garland resort near Lewiston, Michigan. A creamy, colorful mushroom-and-sweet-pepper sauce coats the pasta.
Season's Best Shrimp Parmesan
Spoon this creamy, rich shrimp sauce over rice or pasta. It's a specialty from Cafe Beignet in St. Charles, Missouri.
DeSoto House Pot Roast
Four root vegetables combine with a tender, herbed pot roast for an old-fashioned holiday meal. The recipe comes from the Generals' Restaurant at the DeSoto House Hotel in Galena, Illinois.
Unbelievable Les Bourgeois Beef
Guests can almost forget their knives when eating this tender beef draped with rich cream-and-wine sauce. The recipe comes from Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport, Missouri.