Classic Christmas Recipes
Perfect Beef Tenderloin
Inspired by J. Kenji López-Alt, author of The Food Lab and managing culinary director of Serious Eats, we take a 3-step, 5-ingredient approach to the best holiday roast: First, season, chill, and air-dry the beef overnight to create a flavorful crust; second, slow roast in a low oven to keep it extra juicy; and third, broil a few minutes to brown it. Serve with Board Dressing, Classic Horseradish Cream Sauce, or both.
Chocolate Yule Log
We've managed to transform naughty into nice with this rich dark-chocolate sponge cake filled with a delicate, yogurt-lightened whipped cream. We cut the amount of sugar in half, letting the intensity of the chocolate in the sponge cake shine--go ahead and splurge on a higher-quality bar.
Butter-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Classic holiday flavors like buttery sweet potatoes and nutty pecans create a creamy starch that brings a sweet familiar taste in every bite.
Caramelized Baby Carrots
Gorgonzola-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Sauce
Gorgeous in presentation and taste, this succulent centerpiece yields a hearty holiday main that the whole crowd will love.
Whole-Wheat, Buttermilk, and Orange Pancakes
Serve a short stack of Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes with a punch of citrus zest. Allowing the batter to sit before cooking gives the leaveners a chance to work, creating light, fluffy pancakes.
Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Cold winter nights call for a hearty, comforting stew. A nutty dark beer adds richness and depth to the stew. Be careful not to choose a beer that's super-hoppy; it will taste too bitter.
Herb and Citrus Roast Leg of Lamb
Orange and lemon in the marinade make for a bright counterpoint to the earthy cumin. Stuff leftovers into pitas, and drizzle with yogurt.
Marmalade French Toast Casserole
Wake up the entire house with the sweet aroma of French toast on Christmas morning. This easy casserole can be assembled in less than 15 minutes and stored in the refrigerator overnight.
Cornish Hens with Cherry Glaze
Ginger gives the sweet-tart cherry glaze a little bite atop roasted Cornish game hens.
Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole
Andouille sausage, two types of cheese, and a splash of hot sauce add flavor and a little kick to Sausage and Polenta Breakfast Casserole. This make-ahead breakfast casserole is perfect for holiday mornings--just cook and enjoy.
If you like the taste of pecan pie, you'll love this easy alternative. Serve the squares with vanilla ice cream for an over-the-top dessert
Fennel-Crusted Rib Roast
Rub prime rib with freshly ground peppercorns, coriander, and fennel for a heady combination of seasonings that perfectly complements this elegant cut of meat. A garnish of fresh cranberries and oranges adds vibrant color to your table, making this dish as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.
Streusel-Topped French Toast Casserole
This make-ahead breakfast casserole features slices of French toast arranged in a pie pan and and a layer of sweetened dried fruit. The casserole is topped with a sweet, buttery streusel topping before baking.
"I have been making this for years, my whole family loves it. This recipe is great, I make it all the time." -FoodieSandi
Iced Browned Butter Sugar Cookies
With nutty, caramel notes from browned butter and a fair bit of salt to balance the flavors, these cookies will become an instant favorite.
All-Time Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
If chocolate chip cookies are your favorite cookies, whip up a batch of these all-time favorite chocolate chip cookies. They're the best of the best
Make the cookie dough up to a month in advance, wrap it tightly, and freeze. Thaw dough completely by placing it in the refrigerator overnight.
Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Truffled Wine Sauce
For an easy, elegant meal, serve family and friends Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin with Truffled Wine Sauce.
Cardamom adds an exotic sweet flavor to Coconut-Cardamom Macaroons. Coconut gives these drops cookies their chewy, dense texture. The combination adds an elegant addition to your dessert table.
"The best snickerdoodles I've ever eaten!" -lizziebrown
Chocolate-Triple Hazelnut Truffles
Mild milk chocolate allows the triple hit of nutty goodness to come forward in these creamy truffles; bittersweet chocolate would overpower those flavors.
Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon
"As a child in England, I loved fire-roasted chestnuts sold on the street in winter and presented in little brown paper bags. You'd turn your fingers black from peeling every last gem. Every time I enjoy the pleasure of a chestnut, I am transported to my youth. My grandma Eve used to make a version similar to this recipe for Christmas dinner." -Consulting chef Andrew Spurgin
Wild Rice Dressing with Roasted Chestnuts and Cranberries
The nutty, almost smoky flavor of wild rice pairs beautifully with game birds and other poultry.
For a whimsical presentation, arrange these cookies in a lunch box lined with colorful packing paper. Use a variety of cookie cutter sizes to create "families." If you don't want to cut the dough into shapes, roll it into two logs, cover, chill, and slice into 1/8-inch rounds. Refrigerate
Pumpkin Streusel Pie
This gourmet dessert combines a classic pumpkin pie with a crunchy streusel topping for a dish that will sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Brined Pork Loin with Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze
"Brined pork is about as good as it gets. Throw some bourbon on it, though, and it somehow gets better." --Mike Wilson, former Test Kitchen Professional
Roast Stuffed Pork Loin with Port Sauce
Bring elegance and beauty to your table with a lovey centerpiece dish that tastes just as good as it looks.
Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Topping
Turn a Thanksgiving side dish into a tasty Christmas dessert with this delicious recipe for Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Topping.
Pear-Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Streusel
If you can't find fresh cranberries, use thawed frozen ones. A prepared pie shell yields a stellar dessert with little effort. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Carrot-Apple Spice Cake with Browned-Butter Glaze
Fresh carrot and apple plus a splash of bourbon boost the flavor of the layers of this cake, while the browned-butter glaze is, well, the wildly delicious icing on the cake.
Serve these classic holiday pears as a side dish with turkey or ham. Spooned over vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, they also make a great dessert.