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50+ Best Christmas Dinner Ideas

The best Christmas dinner ideas include festive finger foods, veggie-heavy sides, unique sweets, joyful drinks, and succulent mains. One of my favorite non-traditional mains are these turkey meatballs!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Dinner Ideas
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan

Ingredients

For The Meatballs

  • pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 ½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For The Sauce

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • extra fresh rosemary and thyme for garnish

Instructions

  • To a large bowl, add the turkey, egg, onion, almond flour, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix everything together, until fully combined.
    Mixing turkey meatball ingredients in a bowl
  • Measure out 1 1⁄2 tablespoons of mixture (or use a medium cookie scoop) and roll the mixture between your hands, forming approximately 30 meatballs. Place the meatballs on a plate.
    Raw turkey meatballs on a white plate
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add half of the meatballs to the pan and brown on all sides, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove the first batch of meatballs to a plate, add another tablespoon of oil to the pan, and repeat with the remaining half of meatballs. Once the second meatballs are cooked, remove them to the plate as well.
    Cooking turkey meatballs in a large pan
  • Deglaze the pan by adding the chicken broth, and use a spatula to scrape up any bits off the bottom. Then add the Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and mayonnaise. Whisk everything together and let the sauce simmer until it's creamy. Add the meatballs back to the pan and warm through. Garnish with additional fresh chopped herbs before serving.
    A large pan filled with turkey meatballs in a maple mustard sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 617mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg