What comes first to your mind when you think of the holidays? Family? Gift exchanging? Food?
For many of us, feasting is a huge part of the tradition and fun of holiday entertaining. Read on for some fun and delicious recipes to warm your kitchen and treat your guests.
Holiday parties provide opportunities for eating great food. Whether you’re hosting or bringing an appetizer to someone else’s shindig, starters can be the most fun and creative items to make. If you have a collection of party recipes, this is the time to break them out!
Delicious main dishes
Time for the star of that magical feast evening—the holiday main dish. Whether you’re hankering for a spice-brined turkey, a mouthwatering roast, or a brandied ham, make your main course the stuff family memories are made of. Maybe this is the year to use Grandma’s recipe in your kitchen, or start your very own tradition with an original of your own.
For the vegetarians on your list
Make sure that meat-lovers and meat-avoiders alike are served at your table with some hearty vegetarian main dishes. Veggie lasagna or a hearty casserole will satisfy your vegetarian guests’ stomachs and should be enjoyed by meat eaters, as well. For a major “wow,” try a Spinach and Gruyere Souffle, sure to please the palate.
For many of us, the sides can be the most anticipated parts of the meal. Here is where family recipes and regional favorites really shine. How about Collard Greens and Bacon, Sweet-Potato Gratin, or Green Beans with Honey-Mustard Glaze?
These are only a few ideas to get you going. You might even take a potluck approach for variety and to allow guests a chance to share their own specialties.
Time for dessert
Few holiday entertaining recipes are as much fun to choose from as those for dessert. Though pumpkin pie remains an eternal favorite, this might be the year to try something new. Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake, Salted Chocolate Ganache Cake, or Persimmon Creme Brulee each might add delicious novelty to the finish of your meal.
No matter which fun or challenging recipes you choose for your holiday meals, the most important part of the process is having a good time. Gather the people you care about around you, and let the holiday entertaining begin!
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