Every Recipe You'll Need to Get You Through the Holidays
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The ultimate survival guide for when friends, family, and cold weather come a-knocking
Every Recipe You'll Need to Get You Through the Holidays
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Every Recipe You'll Need to Get You Through the Holidays

Every Recipe You'll Need to Get You Through the Holidays
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Let’s face it: We're on the cusp of the holiday season. This festive timeframe now officially begins November 1 (at least as far as we’re concerned — and seriously, Christmas songs are invading the atmosphere earlier and earlier every year) and carries us through to the new year.

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It’s party season, it’s family season, and, most importantly, it’s a time of year to be generous and loving — and is there a better way to show you care than to cook for the ones who mean the most to you? We think not.

Use this guide for inspiration or pull it out in a pinch when you’re in need of a tried-and-true recipe. This collection comprises the heavy hitters, so to speak; these recipes in the major food categories are perfect for combatting the cold, for sharing, and for bringing to family dinners or parties.

Each of the following recipes, of course, has an element of seasonal or festive flair, but note, however, that this recipe roundup is not meant to satisfy Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner celebrations, and we don’t include any turkey, ham, or even traditional pumpkin pie recipes — we’ll have many other guides to address those! Avoid stress and make this holiday season seem like a piece of cake with help from this ultimate guide to holiday cooking.

Breakfasts for a Crowd

Breakfasts for a Crowd

Erin Scott

Are the in-laws coming to town? Planning ahead for hungover friends who couldn’t drive home waking up on your couch (or floor)? Try making these big breakfasts perfect for catering to larger groups.

Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls

Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls

Denise Woodward and Laudalino Ferreira

These old-fashioned cinnamon rolls are full of butter, cinnamon, and childhood nostalgia. They’re generously topped with a simple confectioner’s sugar glaze.

For the Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls recipe, click here.

Vegetable Strata

Vegetable Strata
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A strata is like a breakfast bread pudding filled with eggs, bread, whatever fillings you could think of, and just a touch of cream. This dish is ideally made the night before so the bread has time to absorb the egg mixture, but in a pinch, you can use soft, fresh bread the morning of.

For the Ham, Asparagus, and Tomato Strata recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon French Toast

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon French Toast
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Similar to the vegetable strata, this slow cooker cinnamon French toast is made in the same way, but in your slow cooker. It’s the perfect dish to make when you want minimal cleanup, and it’s great for when you have bits and bobs of leftover bread that need to find a home.

For the Slow-Cooker Cinnamon French Toast recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Coconut Rice Pudding

Slow-Cooker Coconut Rice Pudding

Erin Scott

The brown rice cooks gently until it turns soft, fragrant from the coconut milk, and mildly sweet from the maple syrup. Serve this dish like oatmeal; the coconut milk adds a richness that will have you double-dipping back into your Crock-Pot.

For the Slow-Cooker Coconut Rice Pudding recipe, click here.

Drinks

Drinks
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What would the holiday season be without decadent hot chocolate and a little festive cheer?

Glögg

Glögg

Aquavit Restaurant

Glögg is the Scandinavian recipe for mulled wine. Festive spices, red and port wine, figs, and raisins macerate over heat, and when it is ready to serve, the glögg is strained and poured into mugs. Glögg is traditionally served with blanched almonds, raisins, and pepparkakor (Scandinavian gingersnap cookies) on the side.

For the Glögg recipe, click here.

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

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This steamy beverage is perfect for warming up on the coldest of fall/winter days. Dark rum, brown sugar, butter, and spices infuse hot water in a cocktail shaker; it’s then strained into a warmed mug.

For the Hot Buttered Rum recipe, click here.

Perfect Hot Chocolate

Perfect Hot Chocolate
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If the weather outside is frightful, don’t worry: This classic hot chocolate is so delightful!

For the Perfect Hot Chocolate recipe, click here.

 

Rittenhouse Inn Wassail Punch

Rittenhouse Inn Wassail Punch

Sheri Giblin

Wassail is spiced hot cider with bourbon; wassail also means to “drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.”

For the Rittenhouse Inn Wassail Punch recipe, click here.

Spiked Eggnog

Spiked Eggnog
Smirnoff

You may love it, you may hate it, but there’s no denying that this classic winter beverage is a recipe worth having up your sleeve.

For the Spiked Eggnog recipe, click here.

 

Traditional Hot Toddy

Traditional Hot Toddy

Alexandra Fairweather

Embrace the changing seasons and warm up on a cool evening with a traditional and comforting hot toddy.

For the Traditional Hot Toddy recipe, click here.

Appetizers

Appetizers
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From first courses to passed hors d'oeuvres, start the evening off on the right foot with these dishes.

Baked Brie With Apple Cranberry Relish

Baked Brie With Apple Cranberry Relish
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Complete with tart apples, sweet dried cranberries, and nutty pecans, this baked Brie is easy to prepare and makes for a stunning appetizer.

For the Baked Brie With Apple Cranberry Relish recipe, click here.

Brussels Sprout and Cranberry Holiday Salad

Brussels Sprout and Cranberry Holiday Salad
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This salad has nuts for extra crunch, oranges for a fruity aroma, and a classic honey mustard dressing that is simultaneously biting and sweet. It’s delicious on any occasion but especially perfect during the winter holiday season.

For the Brussels Sprout and Cranberry Holiday Salad recipe, click here.

 

Gorgonzola and Fig Crostini

Gorgonzola and Fig Crostini
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This is the perfect appetizer, side, or snack for either intimate dinners or large parties.

For the Gorgonzola and Fig Crostini recipe, click here.

Spicy Rosemary-Roasted Nuts

Spicy Rosemary-Roasted Nuts
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These salty, spicy, rosemary-infused roasted nuts are so simple to make. They will fill your kitchen with a wonderful earthy and woodsy aroma when they come out of the oven.

For the Spicy Rosemary-Roasted Nuts recipe, click here.

Soups and Stews

Soups and Stews

Erin Kunkel

Soups and stews are among the most comforting dishes, and these hot and hearty dishes will warm bellies all season long.

Beef and Irish Stout Stew

Beef and Irish Stout Stew
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In this stew, the heavy Irish stout not only tenderizes the beef but also adds a lovely malty dimension.

For the Beef and Irish Stout Stew recipe, click here.

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

Art Smith

Few recipes are more comforting or downright delicious than simple chicken and dumplings. Most cooks (especially Southern cooks) won't get any fancier with seasonings beyond parsley, but other fresh herbs like chives, tarragon, or savory can also elevate the flavor profile.

For the Chicken and Dumplings recipe, click here.

Crock-Pot Italian Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Chili

Crock-Pot Italian Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Chili

Andy Boy

Chicken and spices marry and cook together for a few hours before the broccoli rabe and peppers are added into the mix. When finished, the chicken is shredded and grated Parmesan is sprinkled over the top.

For the Crock-Pot Italian Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Chili recipe, click here.

Curry Pumpkin Soup

Curry Pumpkin Soup

Erin Kunkel

This spiced pumpkin soup could not be more perfect for the season; the crumbly Italian sausage along with the ginger, cumin, and coriander flavors will please your palate and leave you with delightful warmth.

For the Curry Pumpkin Soup recipe, click here.

Holiday Cioppino

Holiday Cioppino

Whole Foods Market

This is a simplified version of the classic Italian seafood stew. The vegetable base can be made ahead of time and frozen (great to have on hand for surprise guests). When ready to serve, simply heat up and stir in the seafood to cook.

For the Holiday Cioppino recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Slow-Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Jennifer Drummond

This is truly a comfort food soup. It's thick and creamy and tastes like chicken pot pie without the crust — but you should definitely serve this soup with fresh bread or a hot buttery biscuit.

For the Slow-Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup recipe, click here.

Main Courses

Main Courses

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A collection of stunning mains you can bring to the table guaranteed to impress each and every guest in attendance.

Brisket With Carrot and Onion Gravy

Brisket With Carrot and Onion Gravy
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This classic preparation of brisket is cooked with just carrots and onions. Ask your butcher to remove the tough silverskin before you purchase your cut to make the cooking and serving process easier.

For the Brisket With Carrot and Onion Gravy recipe, click here.

Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue
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What could be better than bread dipped in hot gooey cheese? There is also a tradition in the Swiss and French Alps that when nearing the end of the meal, when the last of the cheese is almost gone, a whole egg is cracked and stirred into the remaining cheese. It creates a richly decadent and insanely delicious sauce meant to extend the meal and the fun.

For the Cheese Fondue recipe, click here.

Maple Syrup Pork Roast

Maple Syrup Pork Roast
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This dish uses the popular flavors from a roast ham glaze on a less salty piece of pork for a trimmer, healthier roast.

For the Maple Syrup Pork Roast recipe, click here.

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Danielle Walker

Most pot roasts use white flour to thicken the cooking liquid, but here the cooked vegetables are pureed to create a thick and deeply flavored gravy to serve with the roast. Best of all, you can cook the roast as you leave for work in the morning so that when you return, you will be welcomed home with an amazing aroma and dinner ready to go.

For the Slow-Cooker Pot Roast recipe, click here.

Prime Rib With Decadent Horseradish Cream

Prime Rib With Decadent Horseradish Cream
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When you talk to your butcher, make sure to order an untrimmed rib roast with the fat and rib bones still intact — as the fat melts, it will baste the meat and keep it juicy during the long cooking time.

For the Prime Rib With Decadent Horseradish Cream recipe, click here.

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Jimmy Dean

 

Acorn squash halves are stuffed with spicy sausage, chopped onions, spinach, and cranberries, and then topped with breadcrumbs, sharp cheddar, and sliced almonds for a contrasting textural crunch.

For the Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe, click here.

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Parmesan

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Parmesan

Prego's Farmers Market

Lean and tender chicken breasts are cooked in a garlicky tomato sauce with baby spinach and marinated artichoke hearts, and then finished with a generous layer of shaved Parmesan.

For the Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Parmesan recipe, click here.

Stewed Chicken With Apples, Carrots, Honey, and Apple Cider

Stewed Chicken With Apples, Carrots, Honey, and Apple Cider

Jennifer Abadi

 

Chicken thighs are braised with seasonal vegetables and apple cider. When it comes out of the oven, the chicken is so moist and tender that it falls off the bone.

For the Stewed Chicken With Apples, Carrots, Honey and Apple Cider recipe, click here.

Sides

Sides
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These vegetable-forward side dishes may even steal the spotlight from your main course.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Scratch Cookbook

The key to this side dish is patience: Let the Brussels sprouts brown to ensure that the edges are charred and crispy. Then, top with breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan to enhance the flavor and add the most delectable crunchiness.

For the Crispy Brussels Sprouts recipe, click here.

Caramelized Butternut Squash

Caramelized Butternut Squash

Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Coconut sugar, black pepper, and cinnamon coat butternut squash that is then roasted in the oven to caramelize the sugars and lightly crisp the edges.

For the Caramelized Butternut Squash recipe, click here.

Roasted Organic Cauliflower With Parmesan

Roasted Organic Cauliflower With Parmesan

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Roasted cauliflower gets a kick of flavor from garlic and umami-rich Parmesan.

For the Roasted Organic Cauliflower With Parmesan recipe, click here.

Eggplant Casserole With Pomegranate

Eggplant Casserole With Pomegranate

Tara Fisher

Verjuice, which is made from unripe grapes, has a mellow, fruity flavor that will highlight the sweetness of both the eggplant and pomegranates.

For the Eggplant Casserole With Pomegranate recipe, click here.

Green Bean Mushroom Madeira Casserole

Green Bean Mushroom Madeira Casserole

Campbells

Fresh mushrooms, Madeira wine, mascarpone cheese, and fresh green beans simmered in savory broth come together to create an utterly delicious, creamy, and flavorful side dish.

For the Green Bean Mushroom Madeira Casserole recipe, click here.

Maple Roasted Carrots

Maple Roasted Carrots

Red Stamp

Tender and colorful carrots are cooked with garlic and then topped with buttery maple syrup and rosemary glaze.

For the Maple Roasted Carrots recipe, click here.

Pressure Cooker Mashed Turnips

Pressure Cooker Mashed Turnips
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Cook these white root vegetables in your pressure cooker in mere minutes. With the help of stock and sour cream, this mash is teeming with delicious flavor.

For the Pressure Cooker Mashed Turnips recipe, click here.

Dessert

Dessert

Sarah L. Bolla

In this dessert section, we only highlight a handful of awesome holiday recipe staples. Don’t worry if we missed a few of your favorites; The Daily Meal is chock-full of awesome holiday dessert recipes and has hundreds of cookie recipes for the holiday season if you need more inspiration.

Angel Food Cake With Lemon Ginger Cream

Angel Food Cake With Lemon Ginger Cream

Jamnation

Contrast the uber-sweet and over-indulgent holiday desserts with this impossibly light and airy angel food cake frosted with a bright citrus and gingery whipped cream.

For the Angel Food Cake With Lemon Ginger Cream recipe, click here.

Brown Butter Pecan Pie With Espresso Dates

Brown Butter Pecan Pie With Espresso Dates
Food & Wine

Cut the sweetness of traditional pecan pie with wonderfully intense rich and chewy dates that have been cooked in espresso for a memorably delicious dessert.

For the Brown Butter Pecan Pie With Espresso Dates recipe, click here.

 

Gingerbread

Gingerbread
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Actual gingerbread is overlooked far too often. This cake-like bread is made with dark molasses, brown sugar, and potent ginger; serve it with an unsweetened whipped cream and be prepared to fall in love.

For the Gingerbread recipe, click here.

Mountain Rose Apple Pie

Mountain Rose Apple Pie
Food & Wine

This apple pie is filled with a super crisp variety of apples as well as a buttery, oat crumble layer to ensure a satisfying texture in the finished pie.

For the Mountain Rose Apple Pie recipe, click here.

 

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Pie Bars
Food & Wine

If you’re feeding a crowd, these easy pumpkin pie bars are the answer, there’s no need to roll out dough or crimp crusts for these delicious bars.

For the Pumpkin Pie Bars recipe, click here.

 

Red Velvet Vacherin

Red Velvet Vacherin
Alicia Taylor

Make this vacherin for an unusual and elegant holiday dessert that’s sure to impress.

For the Red Velvet Vacherin recipe, click here.

 

Ricotta, Cranberry, and Pear Mini Tarts

Ricotta, Cranberry, and Pear Mini Tarts

Sarah L. Bolla

These beautiful, gluten-free tartlets are a lovely embodiment of the warmth and sweetness of the holiday season.

For the Ricotta, Cranberry and Pear Mini Tarts recipe, click here.

Ritz Cracker–Bacon Brickle

Ritz Cracker–Bacon Brickle

Noah Fecks

This toffee-bacon-cracker combo is sweet, salty, and crunchy all at once. It’s a perfect accompaniment to serve with a cheese course dessert; specifically, a Jasper Hill Farm Winnimere Cheese is an excellent pairing according to cheese expert Tia Keenan.

For the Ritz Cracker–Bacon Brickle recipe, click here.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding
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This quintessential English dish is gooey and insanely delicious. Serve warm with clotted cream, and it will no doubt be a crowd favorite.

For the Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe, click here.

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies
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Here’s a good go-to sugar cookie recipe to keep in your back pocket throughout the holidays. Gramercy Tavern in New York City uses this sugar cookie recipe to make its edible ornaments and decorates them with colorful royal icing. These cookies will be such a hit; you may even decide that it’s totally acceptable to leave them up all winter.

For the Sugar Cookies recipe here, click here.

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