Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

Over the years, we’ve tested hundreds of holiday recipes in our kitchens. From an amazing oyster appetizer to a secret-ingredient cake, these are the best of the best.

Clams with Prosciutto and Thyme

Photographer Michael Jensen

Best for Company

Serve a dish that’s as delicious as it is easy to prepare. The clams cook quickly, so prepare this recipe just before guests arrive and let it simmer on the stove until you’re ready to serve.

Recipe:  Clams with Prosciutto and Thyme

Hazelnut-crusted Scallops

Photographer Becky Luigart-Stayner

Most Flavorful Main Dish

Coat tender scallops in a crispy mixture of panko and chopped hazelnuts for a flavor combination sure to transform any weeknight dinner into a memorable affair.

Recipe:  Hazelnut-crusted Scallops

Mixed Greens with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Walnuts

Photographer Sara Gray

Simplest Salad

Simple doesn’t have to mean basic. This easy five-ingredient salad makes the most of rich goat cheese, tart cranberries, and savory walnut halves to dress up a bed of mixed greens. Lemon-Maple Vinaigrette adds a tart-sweet note to round out the starter salad.

Recipe:  Mixed Greens with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Walnuts

Roasted Black Bass with Apple Cider-Kale Sauce

Photographer Becky Luigart-Stayner, Stylist Melanie J. Clarke

Fish-lover’s Favorite

Update your go-to fish recipe by subbing in this delectable dish. Granny Smith apples, cider vinegar, and bacon add bold flavor to black bass fillets, making this easy fish dish an elegant holiday choice.

Recipe:  Roasted Black Bass with Apple Cider-Kale Sauce

Oysters with Mignonette Ice

Photographer Howard L. Puckett

Most Impressive Starter

Guests will never guess that this decadent appetizer takes only minutes of hands-on prep time. Make the ice mixture ahead so that it has time to freeze.

Recipe:  Oysters with Mignonette Ice

Lobster Risotto with Herb-rubbed Beef Tenderloin

Photographer Jean Allsopp, Stylist Mindi Shapiro Levine

Best Surf and Turf

Between the rich lobster risotto and the fragrant herbed tenderloin, you won’t know where to begin with this meal. Take your time and savor each bite―it’s an experience for the taste buds.

Recipe:  Lobster Risotto with Herb-rubbed Beef Tenderloin

She-crab Soup

Photographer Fran Gealer

Tastiest Soup

One spoonful of this rich soup will send your palate into overdrive. When serving to guests, garnish with hard-cooked eggs, ground pepper, and a few parsley springs for a bright note of color.

Recipe:  She-crab Soup

Clam-stuffed Mushrooms

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Ultimate Finger Food

Bring this dish to your next gathering and get ready to garner rave reviews. The meaty clams pair perfectly with the firm, fresh mushrooms. Season the clams with garlic, cracked pepper, and Italian breadcrumbs for the ultimate savory starter.

Recipe:  Clam-stuffed Mushrooms

Cornbread Dressing

Photographer Howard L. Puckett

Top Comfort Food

Save time with this dish by making the cornbread the day before, then combine with hot breakfast sausage, sautéed onion and bell pepper, and a hint of ground red pepper for a welcome bite of heat. This dish is hearty enough to star on its own, but would work just as well on your holiday buffet as a side dish.

Recipe:  Cornbread Dressing

Creamy Smoked-Salmon Scrambled Eggs of Asiago Potato Pancakes

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Brunch Favorite

You’ll rest easy knowing this dish is on your morning menu. Top cheesy potato pancakes with salmon-laden scrambled eggs, then finish with a shallot-crème fraîche mixture. For a special brunch, pair with Chardonnay or a dry Spanish white wine.

Recipe:  Creamy Smoked-Salmon Scrambled Eggs Over Asiago Potato Pancakes

Chocolate-Earl Grey Pound Cake

Photographer Fran Gealer

Most Sinful Dessert

Serve a pound cake infused with Earl Grey tea and rich cocoa powder with tea or a strong cup of coffee for a decadent afternoon treat.

Recipe:  Chocolate-Earl Grey Pound Cake

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