There’s something idyllic about a classic Christmas. You know, a snowy, white Christmas where families are together, gathered around a table, eating a traditional feast. If you want to play host to your own old-fashioned New England-inspired Christmas this year, don’t forget the cheese straws, creamed onions and cranberry pie. When planning your menu, keep these New England Christmas classics in mind.
It gets cold up in New England, so the region’s holiday fare is filled with warming bowls of comforting soups. This apple pumpkin soup is the perfect start to any meal, with a creamy, slightly sweet flavor.
This soup is a staple in New England throughout the year, so there’s no way it’s missing from a holiday menu.
Cheddar and rosemary straws are a traditional New England appetizer, and they pair wonderfully with the seasonal soups on the holiday appetizer table.
A favorite for guests of all ages, this simple shrimp cocktail recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes.
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This dish is a classic centerpiece dish for Christmas Eve. The prep is easy and simple, and the flavors could not be more divine.
This hearty sausage, spinach and ricotta lasagna taps into New England’s Italian heritage and makes for a comforting holiday entree.
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Mashed potatoes are a classic holiday comfort food, and no New England feast would be complete without them. This dish jazzes up the standard side a bit with a delicious caramelized onion topping.
The mild, sweet flavors of these creamed onions will go with whatever main course you choose. This is yet another classic New England side dish.
This broccoli and cauliflower casserole has a crunchy topping and cream cheese, creating an ideal balance of healthy and satisfying.
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Corn pudding has all of the elements of the best New England holiday dishes. It’s bright, creamy, hearty and traditional.
Cranberries are a must-have for any classic Christmas dinner. Forget that ol’ relish and use cranberries for this delightful tart dessert instead.
The warming, homey flavors of molasses and holiday ginger spice make this traditional Christmas cookie a must-have for any New England-inspired feast.
New England’s colonial roots lead to plenty of English influence in its holiday celebrations, including in this classic Christmas pudding recipe. For the best results, don’t skimp on the fruit. It’s part of a true vintage-inspired holiday menu.
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