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!
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!
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.
Ingredients: whole milk, unsalted butter, warm water, active dry yeast, granulated sugar, kosher salt, all-purpose flour, Extra flour for rolling, egg, milk, Melted salted butter for brushing
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!
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!
Ingredients: Smithfield Slow Roasted Golden Rotisserie Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin, olive oil, fresh green beans, Salt and pepper, + 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice, apple cider vinegar, sweet orange marmalade, whole cranberry sauce, Optional: fresh cranberries and/or rosemary
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!
Ingredients: Homemade, fresh or frozen sour cherries and their juice, granulated sugar, cornstarch, almond extract, lemon juice, unsalted butter, egg yolk, water
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!
Ingredients: unsalted butter, packed brown sugar, all-purpose flour, salt, unsalted butter, packed light brown sugar, honey, heavy cream, vanilla, chopped pecans
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!
Ingredients: spinach, strawberries, apple, pear, apple cider, Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, Honey, poppyseeds, feta cheese, chopped pecans
This easy Christmas fruit salad recipe is loaded with red and green fruit making it theperfect light and healthy addition to your holiday table! With a super simple dressing, it comes together quickly and is sure to be a hit!
Ingredients: pear, red apples, green grapes, red grapes, kiwi, raspberries, pomegranate arils, honey, lime juice, water
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!
What a yummy collection! Thanks for including our Butternut Squash Risotto! Have a great holiday Alyssa and Tiffany!