All The Recipes You’ll Need to Get You Through the Holidays Slideshow
October 27, 2015
Every Recipe You’ll Need for the Holidays
When it comes to the holidays, shopping, throwing parties, and entertaining guests can be hard. The Daily Meal is here to make everything a bit easier with our list of every recipe you’ll need for the holidays.
In our round up, we have carefully selected recipes appropriate for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas (both Eve and Day), and New Year’s (likewise). You'll find recipes for breakfasts and brunches, cookies, tasty (and healthy) desserts, edible gifts, holiday drinks, late night noshes, leftovers, lunch, turkey alternatives, and side dishes, as well as five different ways to make turkey.
Breakfast and Brunch
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they say, and it's even more so on Christmas morning, when all the family is together and good cheer reigns. And on New Year's Day, when, let's face it, you might need a little help recovering from your midnight revels. These recipes will brighten any holiday morning occasion, and might even ease that morning-after feeling.
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Warmed Cider Sauce
There's something about the smell of cinnamon that makes it feel like the holidays. This is the perfect dish for an intimate brunch. Drizzling warm cider sauce on top of the pancakes is easily the best part of the procedure.
Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chunks
These breakfast muffins are the ideal treat to add to your holiday breakfast spread. Editor Lauren Gordon says, “The banana muffin base gives this pastry a true breakfast feel, while the chocolate chunks simply makes it indulgent.”
Cranberry French Toast
This dish can be prepared the night before and baked first thing in the morning. Everyone will be thrilled to eat this warm and sweet French toast casserole!
Pumpkin Bacon Grits with a Poached Egg
If you’re looking for a unique breakfast dish for the holidays, consider serving this sweet and savory entrée. The salty, crispy bacon gives this smooth and satisfying dish just the right amount of crunch.
Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito
The great thing about serving burritos during your holiday breakfast or brunch is that you can have the guests do most of the work by letting them build their own. Set out all the ingredients: eggs, onions, tomatoes, corn, and peppers. You can even add a plate of diced bacon for the carnivores.
Baked Brie Stuffed with Fig Jam
This is a simple and appetizing dish from SIMI Executive Chef, Kolin Vazzoler that will make you look like a super star. Stuff a wheel of brie with fig jam and throw it in the oven for 10 minutes. Top it with cinnamon and serve it with crackers as an appetizer that's fun to eat; or serve wedges of the brie with a simple tossed green salad for a festive lunch.
Brussel Sprouts with Crispy Lamb Belly
This is a sophisticated, delicious dish when you want to go to some extra trouble for a result that will wow your guests. Though lamb is more often associated with the spring holidays than the year-end ones, it's a great match for winter vegetables. SIMI Executive Chef, Kolin Vazzoler gave us a recipe that needs advance preparation, but it will pay off in the end. When you begin to brine your turkey a few days before the big event, remember to start curing your lamb as well.
Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Avocado
These bite-size tomatoes are filled with a kind of variation on guacamole, given an extra kick with curry powder and chili powder. Serve them as a light but full-flavored appetizer before lunch.
Creamed Spinach-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Sometimes we can't resist a little creamed spinach during the holidays, and this recipe uses mushrooms as a serving vessel — so you cut back on serving size and add another dose of vegetables to the mix. – Leslie Durso
It's big, made for a crowd; it looks glorious when roasted to a golden-brown; and it's the very symbol of Thanksgiving and of holiday feasting in general. Best of all, there are many ways to cook a holiday turkey. Here are five of our favorite ways to make this iconic specialty of the season.
Golden Cider Roasted Turkey
As this turkey roasts to beautiful completion, it fills the kitchen with the enticing aroma of apples and leeks, which roast along with it. Cider, used to baste the bird and also in the scrumptious sauce, adds a fresh, fruity accent to this roasted fowl. The recipe calls for a 14-pound bird, perfect for serving eight with leftovers. — Betty Rosbottom
Grill-Roasted Herbed Turkey with Chardonnay Gravy
Cooking your Thanksgiving turkey on the grill in a roasting pan saves your precious oven space for other dishes. Instead of stuffing the bird, you can stuff the cavity with aromatic herbs, onion, and lemon, baking the stuffing in a separate dish. — Christine Hanna
Roast Turkey with Spiced Rub
This is a simple way to add tons of flavor to your turkey. Make a spice rub using sugar, salt, chili powder, black pepper, cumin, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and coriander for a delicious result.
Stuffing Filled Turkey Breast
Chestnut bread stuffing is rolled up tightly in a turkey breast, perfect for a small group, and served with pan gravy and cranberry compote. Throw all of the stuffing vegetables into a food processor for a faster prep time!
Turkey Breast with Gravy
Sometimes you don't need to roast the whole bird — the breast can be more than enough. The breast in this recipe gets a good brine treatment so that it's flavorful and tender as can be, and the pan gravy that goes along with it is the perfect finish.
Ham with Marmalade–Bourbon Glaze
Save work and impress your guests by buying a spiral-cut ham a brushing on an easy-to-make marmalade–bourbon glaze for a picture-perfect holiday main dish.
Prime Rib Roast with Potato and Rutabaga Gratin and L’Etoile Steak Sauce
A beautiful prime rib roast makes an admirable stand-in for the traditional roast turkey on a holiday table.
The turkey (or ham or lobster or whatever) shouldn’t get all the attention on the dinner table. They need delectable counterparts to go with them. Side dishes help make the meal, and these recipes will yield results your guests will love.
Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions
Fresh green beans, fried onions, and spices add up to a mouth-watering holiday side dish.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon
Cinnamon adds a touch of warmth and spice to these roasted sweet potatoes. This recipe works perfectly with a holiday turkey or roasted chicken.
Holidays are about giving, about generosity, so no wonder we always cook enough to feed 20 people when only 10 are coming to dinner. The nice thing about that, besides the fact that nobody is going to go hungry, is that the next day you can reinvent your dishes and turn them into something new. Turn leftovers into a whole new meal with one of these easy recipes.
Leftover Turkey Sandwich Topped with Muenster Cheese and Cranberry Sauce Recipe
Use up your leftover turkey and cranberry sauce and add some tangy cheese to create a perfect day-after-Thanksgiving lunch.
Stuffing Hash and Eggs
This is a great morning-after breakfast idea: Make a stuffing hash and have it with a side of eggs for a hearty start to the day.
Thanksgiving Leftover Mac and Cheese
Along with making sandwiches and casseroles with the leftovers from your Thanksgiving dinner, there's mac and cheese. This recipe incorporates a bit of freshness, with sage and garlic, to make the best use out of your uneaten turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberries. — Michael Ferraro
When you start thinking about entertaining for the holidays, what comes up first? The perfect turkey? The best sides" The tastiest drinks? All very important — but don't forget dessert. You should desserts as much of a priority as the rest of your holiday meal, because it's usually what comes last that your guests will remember most. Elsewhere, we've given readers great pumpkin pie recipes. Here are a few simple and delicious alternatives.
Aloha Chocolate Truffles
Apple Pandoro Pudding with Vanilla Gelato, Mulled Wine Sauce, and Apple Chips
Pandoro is the local version of panettone in the romantic city of Verona, synonymous with the year-end holidays. Although pandoro is delicious on its own, it can also be used to enhance such delights as French toast, tiramisù, and bread pudding. This apple pandoro pudding recipe was developed by Luca Manfe, brand ambassador for Bauli, a major producer of pandoro and other Italian baked goods.
Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
This holiday season, make your own make your own country-style fudge. The peppermint in this recipe gives this year-round treat a Christmasy flavor.
Sweet Potato Pie with Candied Bacon
Sweet potato pie makes a great change of pace from the usual pumpkin version. Candied bacon makes it even better.
For many of us, holiday feasts are all about indulging in rich, delicious foods and not feeling bad about it. On the other hand, we're all increasingly health-conscious these days, and a good host will offer some good-tasting but a little less caloric choices as well. These healthy desserts will satisfy without excess.
This is an elegant and healthy dessert that will enhance any dinner table. Lisa Gorman, director of St. Joseph Health and Wellness Center says, “Fruit is a nice dessert because it has so many vitamins and minerals and is relatively low in calories. Chocolate, in moderation, contains a healthy dose of antioxidants.” Healthy can taste delicious during the holidays with this wonderful recipe.
Gingered Fruit Parfait
The ginger adds warmth to the glazed fruit in this quick and easy recipe — and ginger is also a tasty aid to digestion, especially useful after a big dinner.
Low-Fat Chocolate Pudding
Chocolate is a holiday must, and this lightened-up confection will satisfy chocolate cravings without guilt.
Medley of Citrus Fruit with Fresh Mint
One of the easiest, healthiest, most colorful desserts you can serve is a fruit salad. A sprig of mint is the perfect topping for these tangy-yet-sweet fruit cups — the perfect palate cleanser after a hearty meal.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
What’s the holiday season without pumpkin? Make these healthy pumpkin cookies and impress your guests. Special contributor Alisha Falkenstein says, “This cookie recipe is a healthier alternative to others because of the added Greek yogurt, whole-wheat pastry flour, rolled oats, walnuts, and dark chocolate. Just because it’s the holidays it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your health — have a treat that’s both healthy and sweet.”
Cookies are great all year long, but the holidays are really cookie season. You can set out cookies for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, keep the kids busy baking them with you in the kitchen, make a batch for that holiday party, even give them as a gift. Here are five cookie recipes that are perfect for all of the above.
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever
These cookies aren’t too sweet, and they maintain the perfect ration of soft and chewy on the inside to crispy on the outside. Your guests will love these cookies (and so will Santa Claus).
Matcha Chocolate Chip Rice Cookie
Add matcha tea to your cookies, giving them a healthy boost and a festive hue.
Pecan Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies are soft and chewy, and the combination of old-fashioned oats and pecans with pumpkin spice is a splendid evocation of the holidays.
Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies
Sweet, minty, and pretty all at once, these easy holiday cookies will make a festive addition to your holiday cookie plate. — Pillsbury
These madeleines are for anyone who goes crazy for pumpkin spice latte each fall. This gluten-free recipe will surely fill your house with those same spicy scents. If you don’t have a madeleine pan, feel free to make the batter into muffins or a sheet cake, which tastes best when topped with a chai frosting. — Lena Kwak
You've eaten so much you start to think that you might never eat again — but then, a little before midnight, hunger strikes. What are you going to eat? You can always reach for leftovers, but sometimes you’re craving something a little different than what you’ve already eaten. We have some easy dishes, both sweet and savory, that will cure your late night munchies.
Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Potato Skins Recipe
When you enjoy late night snacks, you want something rich and delicious. There are many ways to make potato skins, but the best include bacon and Cheddar cheese and this recipe has plenty of both.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
These are the perfect treat for late night because they're bite-size and scrumptious. Special contributor Carly Goldsmith says, “These decadent cheesecake dessert bites are the perfect alternative to classic pumpkin pie….”
Truffle Grilled Cheese
Melted truffle-flavored cheese and toasty bread — what else do you need to fend off a late-night hunger attack?.
Chai-Spiced Hot Chocolate
If you're a fan of creamy, spicy chai and of rich hot chocolate, then this mug of goodness is right up your alley. Sip it for Christmas brunch, or by the fire when the festivities have died down.
Harvest Spice Tea Toddy
The variety of warm drinks you can mix up for the holidays is amazine. This delightful example combines English breakfast tea, honey, apples, orange, cinnamon, and whisky.
Pomegranate Mulled Wine Recipe
Pomegranate liqueur adds a bright and slightly tart, fruit-forward flavor to this variation on mulled wine. While some mulled wines are quite sweet, this wintertime treat has more balanced flavors thanks to the pomegranate. Make a large batch for your holiday party, and serve one to each of your guests when they come in from the cold.—Allison Beck
Slow-Cooker Mulled Apple Cider
This recipe fills your home with the aroma of cinnamon, apples, and allspice. Put everything into the slow-cooker and focus on the rest of your holiday meal.
You spend a lot of time choosing just the right gifts for your friends, family, and loved one, and you always bring something along when you make your holiday rounds and go to year-end parties. For small tokens, a nice bottle of wine or a box of store-bought chocolates is never amiss — but why not put your cooking skills to good use and give something you've made yourself? There are many possibilities, but here are a few sweet ideas to get you started.
Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark
It’s that time of year when everyone’s calendars are sprinkled with holiday parties. To get in a festive spirit, we give you this wonderful pretzel bark recipe. This pretzel bark is really easy to make, and it would make a beautiful gift. It is also dangerously good. You can wrap the bark in a festive plastic and hand it out as gifts during the holidays. — The Kittchen Blog
Cranberry Orange Jam
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
These chocolate chip cookies are not too sweet or overpowering, but maintain a great richness from the semisweet chips, a spicy hint of fall flavors, and just enough sweetness to let you know that you’re indulging. Make a batch for the holidays and gift it to your host/hostess.
Swirled Peppermint Bark
This recipe for peppermint bark is a white- and milk-chocolaty swirled take on the traditional holiday treat. Simple and tasty, tit's an instant holiday classic.