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I looove holiday recipes! Whether you are cooking an entree, some sides, or an ooey-gooey dessert, you can’t go wrong. They are all absolutely delicious!!

I’m a firm believer that good food brings people together. What is better than celebrating the holidays with the people and food that you love?! Here’s a big roundup of all of the holiday entrees, sides, and desserts! A few of my tried and true favorites are Classic Honey Glazed Ham, Orange Pomegranate Salad, and Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies.

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Holiday Recipes

The holidays bring out the best recipes! I love them so much, but it makes me wonder why we wait all year to cook them. Maybe that’s what makes them more special?! It doesn’t matter because it IS holiday time, and I have rounded up my very favorite holiday recipes for you! There are enough here for you to put together an entire delicious feast! A feast that you can make a tradition for years to come!

The question is, how do you narrow down which ones you are going to choose? They are all so unique, and my mouth waters thinking of them! I like to make sure that along with my main dish, I have at least 2-3 sides to go along with it. I also like to bake a few dessert options… especially if I am baking pie! People need variety, and there is nothing better than showing up to a holiday event where I can try tons of different food options! These holiday recipes are all doable to even the most beginner of cooks. So browse away, pick your favorites and let’s get cooking!

Holiday Cooking Tips

Holiday cooking can get complicated because you make so many holiday recipes in your kitchen at once! Here are a few tips on how to simplify the process. You want to set yourself up for success so that you look forward to these holiday recipes every year!

  • Prep: Pick out all of your recipes and go over each of them together when making a grocery list. That way you can ensure that you are being the most efficient with your purchases and aren’t buying the same thing multiple times! Do your grocery shopping a few days beforehand so you can be prepared to chop and cut ahead of time.
  • Clean out your fridge: You will need a lot of space for all these dishes. Both before the meal and also after, for leftovers! Clear out your fridge so that when it comes time to cook, you aren’t cooking AND cleaning. We’ve all been there before, and it’s no picnic! Use these containers to store any leftovers in!
  • Thaw: Make sure that if you have any meat that takes a few days to thaw that you are doing that up to a week in advance. Nothing is worse than having a turkey that’s still frozen on party day!
  • Chop: Cut up any fruits and vegetables beforehand. It will save you so much time, and you won’t have as big of a mess to clean up!
  • Make a schedule: Go through the holiday recipes and find cooking times and temperatures. Write everything out and sort it accordingly. That way, all of your food will be steaming hot all at the same time!

World’s Best Green Bean Casserole

4.94 from 16 votes
Green bean casserole is a classic, tried and true side dish that everyone loves! It's so delicious and creamy that it just might steal the turkey's spot as the star of the show! 
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Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter

5 from 1 vote
Delicious and soft homemade rolls that taste just like Texas Roadhouse Rolls!
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Classic Honey Glazed Ham

4.50 from 4 votes
This honey-glazed ham is coated with delicious brown sugar and sweet honey glaze! It is tender and juicy and goes with everything which makes it ideal for your holiday meal!
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Caramel Apple Pie

5 from 1 vote
Caramel apple pie is the traditional American dessert, but totally elevated. Sour tart apples are smothered in caramel, it's insanely delicious.
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Grandma’s Sausage Herb Stuffing

5 from 4 votes
Grandma's sausage herb stuffing is a classic side dish! Baked bread, tender sausage, and crunchy vegetables all mixed with flavorful herbs and baked until golden brown… It makes my mouth water just thinking about it! 
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

4.88 from 8 votes
Amazing juicy and perfectly tender turkey breast that slow cooks all day in the crockpot!
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Lion House Rolls

Lion House Rolls are the best dinner rolls to pair with all of your holiday meals or any occasion for that matter. These rolls are buttery and super soft, the perfect vehicle to soak up delicious soups, sauces and gravies.
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The Easiest Cranberry Sauce

5 from 1 vote
This cranberry sauce is the perfect mixture of sweet and tart! It's made with fresh cranberries and topped with orange zest to really set it apart! 
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Winter Pomegranate Orange Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Greek Yogurt Dressing

5 from 1 vote
A mouthwatering winter salad with quinoa, spinach, mandarine oranges, and crunchy pistachios. Topped with a creamy lemon greek yogurt dressing and feta cheese this makes one unforgettable salad!
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Garlic Butter String Beans

5 from 1 vote
Garlic Butter String Beans (green beans) are the perfect easy side dish! Everyone will love these delectable tender-crisp string beans. A delicious healthier addition to your table. 
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Red Velvet Peppermint Brownies with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Peppermint Brownies with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting are the perfect holiday brownie! A rich and chewy vibrant red peppermint brownie piled high with peppermint cream cheese frosting.
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The Best Winter Fruit Salad

4.50 from 4 votes
The Best Winter Fruit Salad is filled with clementines, kiwi, pears, apples, and pomegranate. It gets tossed in a delicious honey lime poppyseed dressing and you won’t be able to get enough!
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Parmesan Roasted Vegetables

5 from 1 vote
You’re going to love this simple, easy, and super flavorful side dish!
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French Silk Pie

A flakey crust is filled with a decadent, dreamy, creamy, chocolate filling and topped with pillows of cream for this irresistible French Silk Pie. The filling is so smooth and rich, and then encased in a buttery crust. It's a crowd pleaser where ever you serve it!
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Oven Baked Herb Turkey

5 from 6 votes
Oven baked herb turkey is perfectly juicy and tender! It's stuffed with slices of citrus, a crisp apple and fresh herbs then baked until it's a toasty golden brown. It's mouthwatering and delicious! 
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Cranberry Cheesecake Fluff

5 from 3 votes
Cranberry Cheesecake Fluff is a creamy and delicious cheesecake fluff salad with cranberries and walnuts. It is so easy to make and a MUST for the holidays!
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Pumpkin Pudding Cake

This pumpkin pudding cake is warm, gooey dessert perfection! It's a great finish to any fall or Thanksgiving dinner topped with a scoop of ice cream!
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Dad’s Famous Mashed Potatoes

5 from 6 votes
My dad's famous mashed potatoes are always the star of the dinner table! Perfectly creamy, buttery, and they have such amazing flavor. People are always begging him to make the recipe!
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Roasted Cranberry Orange Pork Loin with Green Beans

4.50 from 2 votes
Roasted Cranberry Orange Pork Tenderloin with Green Beans is such a flavorful and easy meal. The cranberry orange glaze is perfect on top of the pork and green beans. This will be the star of your holiday dinner table!
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Homemade Cherry Pie

Homemade cherry pie is about as classic as they come and this recipe is no exception! Absolutely delicious, this mouthwatering pie has a tart filling and flaky crust that is so tasty that you won't be able to stop at just one slice!
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Broccoli Apple Salad

5 from 12 votes
Broccoli, pecans, cranberries, carrots and apples come together to make an amazing salad with delicious flavors and textures.  The creamy dressing on top makes this salad absolutely incredible!
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Banana Cream Pie Bars

A simplified version of Banana Cream Pie made into bars with a no-bake crust and topped with layers of luscious ingredients.
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Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

5 from 3 votes
These Scalloped Potatoes and Ham are the perfect make ahead holiday dinner but they’re just as good for leftovers, too! Super creamy, cheesy and comforting.
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Easy Turkey Gravy

5 from 1 vote
Turkey gravy is rich, thick, and creamy! This gravy takes less than 15 minutes to make! Once you drizzle it all over your turkey and potatoes, well, you will use this recipe for every holiday season!
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Butternut Squash Soup

5 from 2 votes
Butternut Squash Soup is rich, creamy, savory, and just like a warm hug in a bowl.  Classic fall flavor welcomes in the cooler weather with a perfect blend of spices and ingredients.
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Spiced Rub Brown Sugar Pineapple Glazed Ham

5 from 1 vote
Spiced Rub Brown Sugar Pineapple Glazed Ham is coated with a sweet and tangy spiced glaze that caramelizes on the edge of the ham. This will be the star at your holiday dinner table!
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Best Ever Pecan Pie Bars

5 from 7 votes
Best Ever Pecan Pie Bars takes the amazing pecan pie and transforms it into irresistible bars. A buttery shortbread crust that gets topped with a caramel pecan glaze, these are perfect for feeding a crowd!
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Leftover Turkey Casserole

This leftover turkey casserole is creamy and delicious! Made with your leftover turkey, it's the easiest recipe to make just after Thanksgiving! It's SOO GOOD!
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Almond Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

This flavorful bundt cake made with poppy seeds is bursting with almond flavor. It’s moist, delicious and comes together quick with very little effort.
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4 Ingredient Christmas Punch

5 from 1 vote
This easy Christmas punch is delicious and so festive! It's the perfect punch to serve at your next gathering… It's for all ages, young and old!
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Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies

5 from 6 votes
Soft and chewy cookies that are coated in powdered sugar to make them extra special.



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Cranberry Salsa (The Best Holiday Appetizer!)

5 from 2 votes
Cranberry salsa is a fresh cranberry mixture of sweet and savory that is laid over the top of cream cheese. This makes for the BEST holiday appetizer!
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Strawberry, Apple, and Pear Spinach Salad with an Apple Cider Poppyseed Dressing

5 from 5 votes
Strawberry, Apple, and Pear Spinach Salad is an easy to make spinach salad with crisp apples, pears and strawberries hidden throughout. Topped with feta cheese, crunchy pecans and tossed in a delicious apple cider dressing!
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Apple Tart

4 from 3 votes
Loaded with fresh apples and baked to a perfect golden brown, this beautiful apple tart is the pastry of the summer! A combination of buttery, nutty, and tart, it tastes as good as it looks!
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Christmas Fruit Salad

5 from 4 votes
This easy Christmas fruit salad recipe is loaded with red and green fruit making it the perfect light and healthy addition to your holiday table! With a super simple dressing, it comes together quickly and is sure to be a hit!
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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Alyssa Rivers and the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic. The blog launched in 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family. Each recipe is tried and true, family-tested and approved.

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2 Comments

  1. this is where I’m going for inspiration, starting with the cranberry sauce from scratch, so much better than in a can! thank you for all of these!

  2. What a yummy collection! Thanks for including our Butternut Squash Risotto! Have a great holiday Alyssa and Tiffany!