New England Christmas recipes are rooted deep in traditions brought over by our country’s earliest European settlers. You’re not likely to find a great number of geese on holiday tables across the country, but you’ll certainly see it in the Northeast. New England is also likely to see a white Christmas, so comforting, hearty soups (such as a sweet corn and clam chowder) and soul-warming cocktails (like hot buttered rum) are a holiday must-have.
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 that’s perfect for winter.
Cheddar and rosemary straws are a traditional New England appetizer, and they pair perfectly with the seasonal soups and salads on the holiday appetizer table.
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Crisp, seasonal pears team up wonderfully with walnuts, creamy goat cheese, and a mustard vinaigrette for this salad that’ll make you feel good about your holiday eating habits.
This soup is a staple in New England throughout the year, so there’s no way it’s missing from a holiday menu.
This dish is a classic centerpiece dish, perfect for Christmas Eve. The prep is easy and simple, and the flavors could not be more divine.
The Christmas goose plays a role in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for a reason; it’s a true vintage holiday classic characteristic of “Merrie Olde England.” Hosts in New England will still serve this dish from time to time, too, so consider preparing this bird for your centerpiece this year instead of the same old proteins.
A Christmas turkey is an iconic holiday meal. Cider (ideally from a local orchard) helps to give this roasted bird a bit of a New England flair.
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.
This is yet another classic New England side dish. The mild, sweet flavors of these creamed onions will go with whatever main course you choose.
Maple roasted carrots are an easy, colorful addition to a holiday plate. All you need are eight staple ingredients, and your plate will be a palate of stunning shades and flavors.
You didn’t think you could have a New England feast without Parker House rolls, did you? Come on. They’re an absolute must-have.
New England’s colonial roots lead to plenty of English influence in their holiday celebrations, including in this classic Christmas pudding recipe. Be sure not to skimp on the fruit!
Cranberries are a must-have for any classic Christmas dinner. Forget that ol’ relish no one likes to eat anyway and use cranberries for this perfectly 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.
This classic cocktail is the perfect thing to warm up to on any long New England winter night, including Christmas.