What Are Some Ideas for Christmas Dinner?

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For Christmas dinner, try baking a turkey and making some popular dishes commonly seen at Thanksgiving. For a unique twist on classic Christmas poultry, create a Christmas turducken – a turkey with a duck roasted inside it. Include some side dishes with a variety of complementary flavors.

Turduckens are unique poultry combinations that make quite an impression at the dinner table. For a few savory and delicious turducken recipes, visit FoodNetwork.com and search for "turducken" in the search bar.

Turducken combines the savory flavor of duck with the milder flavor of turkey. Take advantage of this flavor combination by including side dishes that complement either the mildness of the turkey or the savory, robust flavor of the duck. For example, a bold, roasted red potato dish with fennel and onion is a delightful side dish that picks up on the flavor of the duck without overpowering it. FoodNetwork.com has many side dishes like this one available.

Offer some fresh leafy greens to balance the heavy protein and starch portion of the Christmas dinner. A spinach salad with goat cheese, walnuts, mandarin oranges and a light vinaigrette has an uplifting flavor that helps cleanse and excite the palate while complementing the complex variety of flavors of a turducken dinner.