25 Decadent Foods We Love
December 11, 2015
You won’t be able to turn down these indulgent dishes this holiday season
25 Decadent Foods We Love
To celebrate our favorite dishes to indulge on this holiday season, we have rounded up 25 recipes that showcase why so many of these foods only appear on the dining room table once a year. From labor-intensive baked goods, like the Italian-style fruitcake, panettone, that takes time and skill to prepare to savory spiced ham that requires careful attention, we have compiled the best in decadent holiday foods to try this year.
Each of these recipes includes flavorful touches, like the addition of spices, herbs, and lots of butter to make them that much more perfect for your next special occasion or holiday feast.
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Roast
Want to make your pork roast that much more delicious this year? Wrap it in bacon. You roast will get a steady basting in bacon fat as it cooks, which will keep it juicy and add plenty of delicious smoky flavor.
If you can’t stay away from beef on Christmas Day, put a spin on it like with this beef Wellington created by Jeffrey Russell of Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington. The beef is perfectly cooked and basted with shallots, thyme, and garlic, and topped with crispy phyllo dough to make it extra indulgent — perfect for a holiday meal. — Jeffrey Russell
Bûche de Noël
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A decadent dessert deserves a proper wine pairing. What to choose? Try a cabernet sauvignon or meritage. — Lori Lyn Narlock
Garam Masala Fruitcake
Fruitcake is a traditional holiday gift, and this recipe will give your fruitcake a spice of Indian flavor. — Deeba Rajpal
Sweet and savory smoked ham that is bathed in a whiskey-honey glaze with just the right amount of warming spice is the perfect main course to indulge in this season.
Ham and Cheese Croissants
Wake up to the smell of hundreds of layers of dough and butter mingling with the smell of sweet ham and cheese in the oven. Nothing is more luxurious than starting your morning with a buttery pastry.
Lobster Fra Diavolo
Lobster generally tops the list of decadent foods to enjoy anytime, but if you happen to partake in the Feast of the Seven Fishes, lobster is a decadent addition to your menu that you can serve on its own or tossed in pasta like in this classic, spicy Italian recipe for Lobster Fra Diavolo.
Savory Mini Cheese Balls
Party sized and easy to make, these mini cheese balls are a must have holiday party snack! — Philadelphia Cream Cheese
For most of us, a whole roasted turkey is something we only attempt once or twice a year during the holidays.
What better way to celebrate Hanukkah than with these tasty deep-fried doughnuts? The recipe calls for cranberry sauce, but if you don’t have any on hand, use your favorite jelly instead. Whatever you choose, these doughnuts will be sweet, chewy, and delicious. — Chef Dana Klitzberg
Swap out the butter in this recipe for pan drippings if you are serving alongside a rib roast. The secret to making these light-as-air puddings is a hot sizzling pan for the batter and a tightly closed oven while they rise and brown to crisped perfection.