Holiday Roast Recipes That Will Earn You Major Dinner Party Cred

12/13/2012 09:17 am ET | Updated Dec 16, 2014

The holiday season is definitely not a time for subtlety. Any other day of the year, we're happy with a simple dinner of grilled cheese and tomato soup. Or a healthy rice bowl. Or, even just a piece of buttered toast. But during the holidays, we need more. We want our jaws to drop when the main dish arrives at the table. We want bounty.

There really is no simpler way to accomplish that goal than with a huge, over-the-top holiday roast straight out of the oven. While we will always love a classic standing rib roast, that's not the only roast that will impress at a Christmas dinner. You can choose between roast hams, beef tenderloin and even turkey.

Whichever you choose, we can guarantee jaws will drop with these recipes below. Happy holidays!

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