My Favorite Holiday Recipes

November 11, 2015 12:06 PM
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Between hosting holiday parties and catering them, there are a few go-to recipes I always make for the holidays from savory bites to sweet ones and everything between, here are my favorite recipes to make.

Appetizers

Tuna Tartare with Homemade Wonton Chips– Ina Garten is the woman! She is my most trusted Food Network chef and I’m more than satisfied with over 99% of her recipes. This one doesn’t disappoint. It’s easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time- and then just assembled (tuna and marinade) 30 minutes before serving. It’s sophisticated and crowd-pleasing. To make my wonton chips, I just buy pre-made wonton wrappers, cut them in half and bake them into my desired “chip” shape by using mini muffin pans.  They can also be made ahead of time and store great.  Don’t forget to top with Black Sesame Seeds!

Herbed Feta, Sun Dried Tomato and Kalamata Olive Dip Inspired by my favorite blogger, Smitten Kitchen, I do a slight variation of this awesome and unique recipe. It’s not your traditional dip which is why I love to make it so much. It’s great with both veggie sticks and pita chips. And honestly, you don’t feel so guilty when you find that you’ve eaten half of the dip all by yourself!

Mains

Portobello Mushroom Lasagna This recipe is great for many reasons: it can be made ahead of time, it feeds a crowd quite easily, you’re not paying an arm and a leg for meat/poultry AND even though it’s vegetarian, it’s unbelievably satisfying! Ina does it again! My tip- I add a variety of mushrooms and use extra herbs like thyme and parsley.

Chicken Marbella– To me, this is Silver Palate’s most popular and best recipe. Marinate the day before and bake it right before serving. Seriously- so easy! Who would have thought prunes could be so good? I serve mine over a bed of couscous. Mmm.

Silky Syrah Short Ribs– Okay, so this isn’t the easiest of dishes to make. But by golly, if you want to impress your guests, do not hesitate to make this. A client turned me on to this recipe, and therefore, I needed to buy the grand cookbook “Happy in the Kitchen” by Michel Richard (famous for Central and Citronelle).  It’s a stunning book and makes for a great holiday gift.  Back to those ribs- they are decadent and flawless (because you slaved away on them). You will not regret all of your hard work on this. KitchKat promise.

Sides

Creamed Spinach– This is a beautiful and elegant dish.  Have kids? They won’t turn down this veggie dish. Neither will your picky partner.

Cauliflower Au Gratin– Smitten Kitchen knows her sides. This can also be made ahead of time which is so helpful during the busy holidays.  No need to splurge on purple cauliflower!

Sweets

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Pie– This is a wow recipe! I mean it, every component in this dish is stunning and you could devour each one on its own. When I make this, I make 1.5 the filling and put it into a cheesecake springform pan. Bonus- this is the only salted caramel recipe that I make. Hold on to it!

Vanilla Pots de Creme– This is a wonderful, inexpensive and luxurious recipe that I’ve made over and over again. It’s creme brulee without the brulee! And guess what I add on top (just to be over the top)? That salted caramel I just raved about.  But even without a topping, this dish is simple and perfect.

 

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