During the holidays, tradition tends to dictate an awful lot. From decorations and holiday cookies to the dinner menu, everyone loves the sense of familiarity that comes with tradition. Of course, there’s always room for new holiday festivities, but that’s not to say that they can be filled with the same nostalgia for time gone by.
Like most things, recipes come and go, and what’s trendy and in vogue one year might be totally off-limits a year, two years or even a decade later. That’s not to say that some retro dishes aren’t well worth making. After all there’s more to vintage recipes than aspic, banana garnishes and mayonnaise, right?
From roasted goose and beef Wellington to trifle, spoonbread and oysters Rockefeller, these recipes aren’t necessarily unheard of, but are certainly old-timey recipes that are perfect for a classic Christmas meal.
Add some alpine comfort to the dessert table this holiday with a classic apple strudel and a generous dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Beef Wellington is a showstopper of a dish, and what better time to show off your culinary chops than on Christmas day! This dish looks impressive, makes for a great centerpiece and is actually easier to make than you might think.
Lots of people enjoy a tasty roasted turkey on Christmas day, but if you’re looking for something a little bit different, why not try this roast goose with apples?
For a festively green side dish that’s totally delicious, opt for this creamed spinach recipe. It’s easy to make, and the pinch of nutmeg adds a wonderful subtle flavor.
Fruitcake is one of many ubiquitous holiday sweets, but unlike Christmas cookies and pies, if is more often the butt of jokes rather than the star upon anyone’s plate. Change that this year with this unusual riff on a holiday classic. Garam masala adds complexity to an often maligned Christmas recipe.
Cream pies in any form are delightfully retro. These mini ginger-molasses cream pies, with their festive flavors, are perfect for Christmas or any other winter holiday.
Peanut brittle has been around forever. This version, with pumpkin seeds in place of peanuts, is equally delightful and the perfect accompaniment to coffee after an indulgent holiday meal.
Nothing beats a plate of bubbling melted cheese, right? Complete with tart apples, sweet dried cranberries and nutty pecans, this baked brie is easy to prepare and makes for a stunning appetizer.
Fresh blue crab may be hard to find in December, but any lump crab will do in this fun and delicious take on deviled eggs.
The Bûche de Noël or Yule log cake is a festive and classic holiday treat to prepare for Christmas.
Try this alternative to honey-baked ham that uses this ubiquitous soft drink that balances sweetness with acidity. Ham is a classic choice to serve during the holidays, so definitely try this recipe!
This classic coconut cream pie is made with coconut milk for extra creaminess and more coconut flavor. It’s a dairy-free dessert that everyone will want to eat!
Make a double batch of this gooey cornbread — it’s that delicious. If you don’t have creme fraiche on hand for serving, you could use sour cream or plain Greek yogurt instead.
There’s nothing better than cooking potatoes in duck fat! Be sure to strain and save any rendered fat the next time you cook duck, or alternatively you can buy duck fat in the store.
This unique cheese ball will be the highlight of any party. Accompany this spread with crackers, pita bread, or sliced apples and pears.
Trifle is a Christmastime staple and this one, made with fresh gingerbread and Chambord, is full of festive flavors.
If you're sick of your regular side of green beans, this casserole is sure to jazz up any holiday spread. You can premake the shallots the day before to save a little time on the day!
Oyster stuffing is a holiday classic that's good any time of year. Our easy-to-make version is so moist and flavorful that it may become a tradition at your table.
Slather a nice thick layer of this pate onto a piece of sourdough toast and you’ve got the perfect appetizer packed with flavor.
Hot chocolate is a classic that never goes out of style. This recipe adds a touch of spice, which complements the chocolate perfectly.
Bring on the bubbly fun with this classic and refreshing cocktail. Guests will love pairing this drink with any number of the potential dishes you could serve at your brunch, especially the sweeter ones!
Glazed carrots are an easy, classic side dish that is perfect for the holidays. This recipe adds citrus peel for a lovely hint of zing that makes these carrots irresistible.
Rich brandy and citrusy juices from mandarin oranges help to give a bold twist to this traditional cold-weather drink.
What is Christmas without Christmas pudding? Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t argue that this steamed fruity dessert is a holiday table essential if you are adhering to tradition!
These rich and delicious chocolate squares are a fantastic after-dinner treat and are so easy to make — think chocolate truffles without all the hard work!
Oysters Rockefeller are a truly classic appetizer. Serve this retro dish at your next party with some fresh craft beer for a truly happy hour.
A traditional roast turkey definitely belongs on the menu during the holidays and this recipe, with rosemary, sage and thyme, has all of the familiar flavors that one expects from this centerpiece dish.
Rosti potatoes are a very retro dish. This recipe is taken to the next level with a crunchy, golden hash brown crust that gives way to an interior that’s melt-in-your-mouth tender. And who doesn’t love a creamy goat cheese layer?
This glorified baked potato has a fun and festive presentation that is sure to impress your guests and harken back to a time when even sides had to be showstoppers!
Honestly, what’s a party without punch? This recipe uses the warming, intense flavors of tea, cloves, oranges and cinnamon to take this party staple to the next level!
If you are looking for something with strong vintage vibes, this savory cheesecake with red pepper jelly is the way to go and is a great make-ahead appetizer that everyone will love.
Make this classic party food into the perfect appetizer and holiday cocktail accompaniment by skewering them onto sticks! Who doesn’t love an easy and delicious hors d’oeuvre?
Smoked salmon is delicious and everyone loves a good cheese ball. This recipe is a crowd-pleaser and is great served with crackers, flatbread, or pita chips.
Forget the store-bought eggnog. This classic holiday drink is simple enough to make yourself. All you need are five cocktail bar staples and a snifter glass and — voila — eggnog!
There’s nothing like a slice of soul-warming spice cake during the holidays. This recipe happened to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off in ’72, so it’s a classic to boot, and is well worth making, along with every other winning recipe from the Pillsbury Bake-Off.
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