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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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