Planning festive meals can take up a lot of time during a season where you’re already busy decorating your home, shopping for gifts and going to parties. Wish you had one of Santa’s elves to lend a hand? While we can’t send someone to your home, we can suggest a selection of recipe ideas. From appetizers to dessert and everything in between, create the perfect holiday menu with some help from Food Network’s brightest stars.
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While you’re waiting for the main course this holiday season, set out a charcuterie board and nibble on an assortment of meats, nuts, cheeses and spreads. Need some inspiration? Kardea Brown adds homemade Buffalo pimiento cheese and sweet-spicy candied pecans to a drool-worthy board that includes salami, mortadella, pickles, olives and an array of jams, served alongside crackers and baguette slices.
Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
For smaller families or intimate holiday gatherings, Ina Garten’s herb-roasted turkey breast is the perfect main dish. Spoon the pan juices over it when serving or whip up some of the Barefoot Contessa’s homemade gravy.
One of the best parts of a festive meal is the stuffing, and this recipe from Molly Yeh is unlike any you’ve had before. Made with pretzel roll cubes, beer and bacon, it pairs beautifully with roast turkey or chicken.
Need some holiday brunch ideas? Try this potato, sausage and broccoli frittata from the star of Girl Meets Farm.
Smoked Prime Rib with Red Wine Steak Sauce
If you’re not feeling turkey as a holiday main this year, Bobby Flay’s smoked prime rib is the dish for you. Coated in a signature spice rub and brushed with homemade red wine steak sauce, this will be the centrepiece of any meat lover’s festive spread.
Want more Bobby Flay? Try an entire holiday menu inspired by Bobby Flay
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Who doesn’t love a generous serving of mashed potatoes as part of their holiday feast? This bold roasted garlic potato dish from Ree Drummond is smooth and rich thanks to the addition of cream cheese.
For a sweet treat after dinner, check out the recipes in Ree Drummond’s Christmas Cookie Round-Up.
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Mashed sweet potatoes are always a crowd pleaser, but these twice-baked spuds from Guy Fieri are about to become a holiday favourite. Topped with brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and chopped pecans for a bit of nutty crunch, their flavour is worth the extra time it takes to make them.
Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Valerie Bertinelli’s sautéed Brussels sprouts get an Italian twist thanks to pancetta, flavourful salt-cured pork belly, similar in texture to thick-cut bacon. This dish is a great way to incorporate seasonal produce into your holiday meal.
For a pre-dinner cocktail, give Val’s Classic Negroni a try.
The Best Green Beans Ever
What’s the secret to Ree Drummond’s popular green bean dish? Bacon grease! First, sautée your onions and garlic in it, and then add your green beans and chopped red pepper.
Champagne cocktails are a simple yet elegant addition to your holiday celebrations. Ina Garten recommends pouring Champagne (although Prosecco or Cava also work) and letting your guests customize their own beverage with additions like Crème de Cassis or brandy plus some fresh berries. The possibilities are limitless!
For more beverage ideas from the Barefoot Contessa, here are her favourite classic cocktail recipes.