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30 Small-Scale Christmas Dinner Ideas

Skipping the massive ham this year? Try these small-scale Christmas dinner ideas instead.

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Apple and Walnut Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Red Currant Sauce

“My roasted pork tenderloin is stuffed with two of our favourite ingredients: walnuts and apples. This comforting entree is my family’s most requested pork dish.” —Gloria Bradley, Naperville, Illinois

Get the recipe for Apple and Walnut Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Red Currant Sauce.

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Mashed Garlic Potatoes

“I infuse creamy mashed potatoes with the subtle taste of garlic, which makes them a welcome addition to any meal.” —Myra Innes, Auburn, Kansas

Get the recipe for Mashed Garlic Potatoes.

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Bacon Parmesan Popovers

“This recipe proves that simple ingredients often result in the best-tasting dishes. These popovers are a nice change from ordinary toast or muffins.” —Donna Gaston, Coplay, Pennsylvania

Get the recipe for Bacon Parmesan Popovers.

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Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower

“Want an alternative to mashed potatoes? Try cauliflower jazzed up with cheddar cheese and rosemary.” —Chrystal Baker, Studio City, California

Get the recipe for Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower.

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Maple and Bacon Glazed Brussels Sprouts

“For special meals, here’s a fantastic side dish that even children will love. The sweet maple syrup and smoky bacon complement the Brussels sprouts perfectly.” —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois

Get the recipe for Maple and Bacon Glazed Brussels Sprouts.

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Scalloped Cranberries

“This warm cranberry casserole is a nice substitute for traditional cranberry relish. It’s been a staple on my holiday table ever since my aunt gave me the recipe many years ago.” —Ellan Streett, Clear Spring, Maryland

Get the recipe for Scalloped Cranberries.

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Chicken-Prosciutto Pinwheels in Wine Sauce

“We host a large group for holiday meals, and these pinwheels always go over well alongside the regular dishes. I often double this recipe and use two 13×9-in. pans.” —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

Get the recipe for Chicken-Prosciutto Pinwheels in Wine Sauce.

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Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie

“It sounds silly, but the one thing I miss most in meatless meals is, well, the meat. That is, except for this mushroom shepherd’s pie. It’s a hearty vegetarian dish and I guarantee you won’t miss the meat either.” —Glen Warren, Edmonton, Alberta

Get the recipe for Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie.