Pear Crostini

Start your party off right with these elegant, easy-to-assemble little snacks. A little bit of fruit, a little bit of cheese, a little bit of bread and a little bit of green add up to a lot of flavor!

Cranberry Meatball Skewers

Up the ante on the appetizer course by serving these slow-cooked cranberry sauce meatballs on cocktail picks along with nutty Parmesan and fragrant fresh basil. Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make your own by simmering sugar, water and cranberries. Add a small amount of hoisin sauce and voila – deliciousness!

Mini Caprese Phyllo Cups

Miniature phyllo cups make it easy to create a delicious appetizer without a ton of work! Fill them with traditional Italian salad ingredients to make savory bite size snacks you can serve before dinner or as part of an appetizer-only spread.

Garlicky Cheese Breadstick Twists

Put refrigerated dough to work for you as you easily roll, fill and twist your way to savory yumminess. Garlic-parsley butter adds loads of flavor to each bite.

Sweet Potato Stacks

Layering thin slices of sweet potatoes with melted butter and fragrant fresh herbs makes for an appetizer that tastes and smells amazing. Maple syrup finishes these little stacks off with just a hint of sweetness.

Blackberry French Toast Bake

Breakfast is sweet when you layer up this fragrant and flavorful dish that’s both rustic and elegant. Using cinnamon bread is a bit of a cheat, as you get the flavor of cinnamon without having to add another ingredient to the mix. The warm maple-sage syrup brings it all to a whole new level.

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

Whether you buy premade or whip up a batch of your own, using cinnamon rolls as the base of a bread pudding provides it with great structure and flavor. Bacon, cranberries and pecans add their own great tastes and result in an easy-to-make crowd favorite.

Sweet Potato Biscuit Egg & Ham Sandwiches

The perfect breakfast entrée for houseguests: Set out a basket of split sweet potato biscuits along with a selection of breakfast sandwich ingredients and invite guests to have at it. Everyone can assemble his or her own favorite combo of ham, cheese, eggs and jam!

Winter Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff has long been a favorite entrée when the weather starts to turn chilly. This version takes things up a notch by adding ultra-rich cream and a garnish of fresh parsley. Cooking the beef and sauce in a slow cooker makes it ultra-easy to prepare. Pairs well with syrah and hefeweizen.


Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potatoes

Cheesy potatoes have long been a favorite on holiday tables, and this slow-cooker recipe makes them especially easy to make. Layering baby reds with salty bacon, spicy jalapeño, green onions and parsley, then topping it off with rich sour cream makes for an amazing side dish!

Slow-Cooked BBQ Turkey Sliders

Turkey breast becomes an incredible sandwich filling when it’s slow cooked with barbecue sauce, raspberry jam, onion, chipotle and Dijon mustard. Served up on slider buns and topped with cheese and veggies, these mini sandwiches will satisfy!

Brussels Sprouts Slaw

Look for shaved Brussels sprouts packaged in plastic bags in the Produce section. Not having to trim and slice the Brussels sprouts yourself will save tons of time. Use this time to toss together the rest of the ingredients and enjoy the flavors and colors of this bright and beautiful veggie salad!

Red Quinoa Vegetable Salad

Good nutrition and great flavors combine in this grain salad. A quick simmer brings together a super-easy DIY cranberry sauce, which becomes the foundation of the sweet and tangy dressing, used to coat velvety spinach leaves and crunchy cauliflower florets.

Slow Cooker Spiced Cranberry-Apple Cider

If you’re serving a crowd, this warm and toasty spin on apple cider is the way to do it. If you want to make your guests feel really special, take the extra few seconds to rim the glass with cinnamon-sugar and garnish with an apple wheel.

Jack Frost Peppermint Vanilla Latte

The next time you’re considering a trip to the coffee shop, try making your latte at home with this simple and spectacular peppermint latte recipe! Using just a few ingredients, you can satisfy your coffee cravings in minutes.

Lemon-Garlic Chicken

This simple main dish showcases the appeal of roasted chicken: with very little effort, you can turn out an amazing meal. Stuff the chicken with a few fragrant basics and roast it in a hot cast iron skillet for phenomenal results. Pairs well with chardonnay and lager.

Pesto Turkey Breast

Rubbing this turkey breast with pesto is a great cheat: so many flavors in one ingredient! The bell peppers add color, while cooking in wine or broth keeps the meat moist. You’ll have a hit on your hands with this recipe! Pairs well with sauvignon blanc and Belgian ales.

Pancetta-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin (or Sirloin Tip)

If you’re looking for an indulgent main dish, you’ve found it! By layering beef tenderloin with garlic, herbs and pancetta, then rubbing it with olive oil, it bastes itself as it roasts. The result is a tender and flavorful cut of meat. The crispy pancetta on top is a delicious bonus! Pairs well with cabernet and porter.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

Created by: Heidi, Foodie Crush

The key to getting these sprouts crispy is to let them cook undisturbed in the heavy-bottomed cast iron skillet cut side down so the caramelization process can begin. All vegetables become sweeter with that continued exposure to higher heat, releasing the sugars within.

Beef Rib Roast

Be sure to follow this recipe for success every time with this elegant dinner.

Grasshopper Pan Pie

A favorite frozen cocktail, reinvented as a no-bake pie! Refreshingly minty, chocolate-y, smooth and creamy — what more could you could ask for from dessert?

Eggnog Bundt Cake with Cinnamon-Nutmeg Icing

Eggnog boosts the time-honored Bundt cake to new heights by lending it the subtle, sweet-and-spicy flavors of a traditional creamy holiday beverage. The nutmeg icing sweetens the deal!

Individual Citrus Cheesecakes

Winter nights may be long, but you can cap your holiday meal with a sweet hint of sunshine! Your family and guests will love these no-slice, individual citrus cheesecakes, featuring tangy hints of lemon, lime and orange.

Gingerbread Jingle Bell Pops

These cake pops boast the fantastically fragrant flavor of gingerbread and tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting, and they look like jingle bells!

Fruitcake Cookies

An easy way to bring traditional holiday flavor to your Christmas cookie platter.

Beet Latkes

Deep-red beets provide an eye-catching, tasty twist on traditional latkes.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

This is a relatively easy version of gumbo, but it certainly won’t disappoint. Serve it with warm, crusty French bread and plenty of butter.

Corn Bread

Corn bread can be made with a variety of additions, such as pecans, corn kernels, diced red bell pepper, sliced green onions, bacon, or shredded Cheddar cheese.

Crispy Fried Okra

Okra, fried with a crispy cornmeal coating, is a Southern favorite. If you’ve never tried okra, this is the recipe to try.

Grilled Cajun-Style Catfish

For grilling catfish, you need a nice thick piece of fish. It is important to put a piece of aluminum foil under the fish to keep it together.

Jerk Chicken

This is a milder take on this typically ultra-spicy Caribbean favorite.

Savory Collard Greens

Greens have long been a favorite in Southern kitchens, and collard greens are wonderful. Serve this dish with plenty of Tabasco sauce at the table.

Spicy Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice is a New Orleans specialty. This combination makes an inexpensive and satisfying dinner.

Sweet Potato Pie

This is a delicious sweet potato pie, made with just the right combination of spices and sugar.

Ethiopian Injera

Injera is not only used as a utensil. Savory, spicy Ethiopian stews are served on top of the bread too. It catches the juices and gravies, producing a fantastic end-of-the-meal treat.

Sherried Chicken with Mushrooms

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

This Sherried Chicken recipe has it all: sautéed mushrooms, a flavorful sauce and tender chicken, cooked to perfection. It’s extra fancy and perfect for entertaining guests or family during the week. For all its fancy taste and appearance, it’s easy and comes together simply.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic favorite, with toasted marshmallow topping, sweetened pecans and flavorful sweet potato mash. Using a slow cooker eases the cooking process while a turn in the oven guarantees the caramelized pecan topping and toasted marshmallows.

Kabocha Squash Casserole

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

My favorite winter squash is the kabocha squash. It’s naturally very sweet, with a smooth texture and buttery flavor. Making a naturally sweetened kabocha squash casserole with a gluten-free topping ensures your gluten-free friends and family will be able to enjoy the dish, while those who do eat gluten won’t be able to tell the difference.

Holly Ball Cheese Ball

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Your holiday guests will enjoy this festive and tasty cheese ball inspired by a classic holly ball! With it’s sweet pomegranate seeds, salty feta cheese and peppery arugula, this easy to make yet impressive Holly Ball Cheese Ball is sure to please every guest’s palate.

Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Keep yourself fueled and energized during the busy holiday season with these easy to make Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites. These tasty no-bake bites are full of tart cranberries, spicy ginger and hearty oats to keep going through that holiday shopping, gift wrapping and cookie baking!

Cranberry-Orange Punch

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

This easy punch recipe combines the traditional holiday flavors of cranberry and orange in one delicious drink. It’s inexpensive and easy to make, perfect for adding a bit of bubbly fun to any holiday party!

Christmas Cookie Dough Dip

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies. I’ve got something even more fun than cookies, and that’s a delicious Christmas Cookie Dough Dip that you can enjoy with cookies, fruits and other goodies.

Pecan and Brown Sugar Rugelach

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Rugelach are traditional Jewish cookies made with either cream cheese or sour cream, and then filled with jams, nuts, or raisins. They are eaten year-round but are particularly enjoyed during the Hanukkah season. This fun twist on these traditional crescent-shaped cookies will be a new family favorite.

Pesto Garlic Rolls

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

This recipe was recreated for a dear friend who had them in an Italian restaurant. Great for an appetizer with pasta or a starter to a Holiday feast!

Brussels Sprout Casserole

An updated version of the classic green bean casserole with seasonal Brussels sprouts, a splash of sherry and a crunchy parmesan topping.

Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Give the gift of food this holiday season, with easy-to-make cookies. Do most of the work yourself, but let your loved ones bake the cookies when they are in the mood for them. Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar are the perfect gift because everyone knows food is the way to one’s heart!

M&M Brownie Mix

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Homemade brownies are my favorite dessert, so I want to share that love with others. Unfortunately homemade brownies can dry out and go bad before people get to enjoy them. So I found a better way! Brownie mix in a jar!

Panko Latkes with Sour Cream Horseradish Sauce

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

Latkes are one of my favorite parts of the Hanukkah meal. I grew up eating latkes, but not being Jewish, we called them potato pancakes. My Polish grandmother grated the potatoes on the finest section of her box grater. Before she could finish all the potatoes, they were turning brown because they're quick to oxidize. Ultimately, they didn't look very appetizing.

Apple-Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I have spent the last 15 years perfecting this Hanukkah apple cake for my husband. He absolutely adores cinnamon and apples together in baked goods. This particular sweet combination triggers happy childhood memories for him, especially during the holidays. His mother baked lots from scratch, with this flavor profile playing a dominant role.

Bacon, Apple and Pretzel Bread Stuffing

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I love a good stuffing, especially a nontraditional one. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to classic recipes during the holidays, but I always make a few new dishes too. Stuffing is one of the easiest ways to add something unexpected and creative to the mix.

Almond Donuts with a Blueberry Glaze

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

The almond-blueberry combo in these homemade donuts is as fun as it is delicious. These are guaranteed to be just as exciting as the presents on Christmas morning. The frosting can be made ahead of time, and if you really want to be on top of things, you can make the dough the night before, too.

Turkey Breakfast Casserole

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

Certain recipes have been in families for years – recipes you remember enjoying from the time you first started forming memories. My family has a sausage egg casserole that my grandma has made for as long as I can remember.

Cran-Apple Fizzy Mocktail

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

The party beverage often gets overlooked, or gets turned into a bottle of soda, juice or water. Just a little planning and creativity can really make that punch stand out. Every holiday party or gathering needs a fun beverage that can be consumed by kids and adults.

Cranberry Bruschetta

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Cranberries make for a great holiday recipe ingredient, but sometimes the recipes can be really time consuming. Try this quick and easy cranberry bruschetta, and your holiday party guests will be calling you the next Martha Stewart.

Pomegranate and Mustard Glazed Ham

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Holiday traditions. Every family has them at this time of year, and families have completely different ideas of what’s “traditional” for the holidays. For my family, Thanksgiving means turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. But there are no food traditions to be heard of for my family during the holidays after Thanksgiving. We play around each year with different meal plans and proteins.

Cranberry and Pistachio Cheese Ball

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

There are a million reasons why I love the holidays. The lights are dazzling; there’s festive music everywhere you go and people just seem genuinely happy. Although, as a person who seriously loves to eat, perhaps the single thing I love most about this time of year is all the fun finger food I inevitably get to snack on at every party.

Dried Cranberry, Sage and White Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

I always thought when it came to the kitchen, you were either a cook or a baker – never in between – and for most of my life that mentality was pretty accurate. Although, in the last couple of years, I’ve actually found baking to be quite simple, and I even feel a heavy sense of accomplishment when a recipe I’ve developed from start to finish is received with rave reviews.

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Holidays are all about some serious side dishing. We all know how it goes. Life as we know it gets put on hold and we focus our attention on this one thing that seems fairly unimportant at any other time of the year – the side dish. But during the holidays, side dishes can be just as important and require just as much forethought and energy as the main dish.

Hot Toddy Apple Cider

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of apple cider during the holidays. Here's your classic apple cider taken up a notch. Hot toddy apple cider is an easy, comforting and delicious drink, perfect for snuggling by a holiday fire.

Holiday Confetti Popcorn

'Tis the season to satisfy your sweet tooth with our quick and easy Holiday Confetti Popcorn. Whether you're looking for a simple gift or just something sweet to snack on, this easier-than-it-looks treat is delicious and sure to delight friends and family this holiday season.

Santa Hat Cookies

These little cookies are scrumptious and festive! Red frosting piles high to make each little “hat,” while a mini marshmallow tops it all off.

North Star Cookies

These stunning cookies look difficult to pull off, but they’re as simple as any other sandwich cookie. In this recipe, we use the cut-out centers for tinier North Star Cookies.

Gingerbread Cookie Chex Mix

Warning: this snack mix is dangerously easy to eat! Munch by the handful, or partition into fancy favor bags and hand out at the end of your party.

Chocolate-Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate cookies are great as-is, but the addition of coconut elevates these thumbprint cookies to a whole new level of yum. Once baked, the coconut makes a toasted and tasty addition.

Holiday Blossom Cookies

If you’re hankering for a splash of color on your cookie table, these Holiday Blossom cookies are a delicious solution. Use whatever color of sugar you’d like.

Chocolate Coal Lumps

Cocoa Puffs™ cereal forms the base of these amazing bar cookies. Finished with a chocolate coat, you’ll be happy to get this coal in your stocking!

Chocolate Mint Thumbprints

Mint chocolate is one of our favorite flavors of the holiday season, so consider these soft green cookies a tasty tribute.

Pumpkin Pie Cookies

This recipe makes 24 petite pumpkin pies so delicious that we guarantee you’ll want to keep a few for yourself.

Alpine Mint Hot Chocolate

One sip of this decadent hot chocolate will transport you to a cozy ski lodge in the Alps. Patterned sweater optional.

Cilantro Shrimp

This beautiful appetizer or side dish is a fresh departure from the standard shrimp cocktail.

Stuffed Potato Bites

This crowd-pleasing twice-baked appetizer looks fancy, but it’s easy to make. Plus being bite-size makes it fun to eat!

Roasted Spiced Nuts

Give dry roasted nuts a salty-sweet glaze for a cocktail snack your guests will want to nibble by the handful.

Oatmeal Sour Cream Bars

These crumbly bar cookies have a sweet surprise of plump raisins and a hint of cinnamon in the center.

Cranberry Spritzer

Break out your fancy glassware for this refreshing drink that’s great for the holidays!

Pumpkin Curry Soup

Lime and curry give this creamy, hearty soup an exotic spice. Try adding shrimp or chicken to make it a complete meal.

Mini Turkey Reubens

This deli favorite can be made with pre-sliced turkey or a fresh roasted turkey breast. Add a pickle on the side for extra authenticity.


A bountiful medley of fresh vegetables simmered in cream.


Shortening and sugar are the secrets to mastering the soft, pillowy texture of this classic cinnamon-sprinkled cookie.

Trail Mix Clusters

No need to set out on a winter hike to enjoy this chocolaty take on everyone’s favorite trail snack.

Apple Molasses Cookies

Enjoy the spiced flavor of a homemade apple pie with a touch of molasses. All without touching a rolling pin.

Key Lime Coconut Snowballs

These little bites of coconut-covered sweetness taste like a holiday vacation. You don’t even need to bake them!

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

No need to limit your holiday baking to cookies. Try your hand at candy-making with this simple recipe for Buckeyes. They make a great gift for neighbors, co-workers, or friends, just be sure to save a few for you!

Classic Crab Cakes

Top these broiled crab cakes with a squeeze of lemon and a side of tartar sauce sprinkled with chives.

Sesame Salmon

The crunchy crust of these Salmon fillets complements the nutty flavor of the sesame seeds.

Sautéed Oysters Parmesan

Oysters rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese set the tone for a spectacular seafood meal.

King Crab Legs

Jumbo King Crab Legs come precooked when you buy them at the store, so getting them ready to serve is simple.

Dark Chocolate Truffles

These nut-covered bon-bons are as versatile as they are addictive. Try coating a few in coca powder or pistachios for a delicious variety.

Very Cherry Muffins

Thawed frozen cherries make it easy to snack on these fruit-filled muffins any time of the year.

Sweet Greek Custard

This decadent layered custard is light and fluffy on the inside and topped with a layer of cinnamon-infused syrup.

Chocolate Coconut Bars

Make a pretty tea-party presentation by cutting these bars ahead of time and arranging them in neat rows between cookies or fruit

Swiss Biscuit Blossoms

These biscuit cookies are a fun project for kids, and still look simply elegant on a tea party platter.

Fresh Fruit Skewers with Honey-Lime Dip

Make these fresh fruit skewers your own by picking up a few of your favorite fruits. Choose a variety of colors or try strawberries alternating with green grapes for a holiday theme.

Peanut Butter Truffles

Keep your guests smiling all evening with a stack of salty-sweet peanut butter truffles. Peanut butter never tasted so elegant!

Marinated Olives

A cocktail party just wouldn’t be complete without a dish of olives. We mix garlic, lemon zest, and fresh herbs in this tangy refrigerator marinade that’s sure to please.

Festive Holiday Meatballs

The "festive" in these meatballs is in the sauce. Bring a little holiday cheer to any party with meatballs slow-cooked in cranberry sauce and red wine.

Gorgonzola Grapes

Pistachios, grapes, and Gorgonzola cheese come together for a party snack that is definitely NOT your average cheeseball.

Couscous Stuffed Artichokes

Your guests will love the savory surprise of curry-spiced couscous nestled in cooked California artichokes. This recipe is lower in fat, too!

Blarney and Blueberry Corn Muffins

Blarney Cheddar and blueberries are a surprising combination perfect for brunch, snack time or along with a meal. You'll love the sweet and savory flavor.

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Hazelnuts and mushrooms make this stuffing a Northwest classic. It’s perfect for a vegetarian meal or alongside a roast or turkey.

Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie

Who saved room for dessert? If you like classic, creamy pumpkin pie, this streusel topped pie will be your new favorite.

Antipasti Wreath

Try RITZ snowflake crackers or a sliced baguette with this fun alternative to cheese and crackers.

Hot Crab Dip

Serve this warm crab dip in a casserole or crock-pot alongside crackers, bread, or wedges of English muffins for dipping.

Butterscotch Pie

A pre-made piecrust and a few humble ingredients are all it takes to assemble a fluffy, flavorful butterscotch meringue pie.

Italian Tiramisu

Keep guests spirits high with this classic, coffee-infused Italian dessert.

Bread Pudding

Your kitchen will smell amazing while cubes of bread soak up all the flavors of cranberries, cinnamon and sugar in this baked wintertime treat.

Chocolate Satin Pie

Top this silky pie with fresh seasonal berries or chopped nuts for an elegant and easy dessert.

Streusel Coffee Cake

Here's how to make your own beautiful and delicious coffee cake. Slicing it reveals the sweet center.

Coffee Vienna

This perfect blend of coffee, chocolate and cinnamon is great for dessert or a decadent morning coffee!