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All-Time Best Recipes Series

All-Time Best Holiday Entertaining

Full Recipe List


We simplify your planning by dividing the recipes across four chapters—Starters, Centerpieces, Shareable Sides, and Sweet Endings—so whether you’re building a meal around a singular roast or you have been asked to fill in the gaps in a family potluck, you’ll know exactly where to look. No great feast ever materialized in a single afternoon, so many of these recipes feature make-ahead information, allowing you to prep everything from soup to soufflés well before the doorbell rings.

Here Come the Holidays

Mulled Wine
Fireside Mulled Cider
Irish Coffee
Champagne Punch


Roasted Artichoke Dip
Herbed Spinach Dip
Spinach Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Spinach Dip with Feta, Lemon, and Oregano
Cilantro-Lime Spinach Dip
Chicken Liver Pâté
Brie en Croûte
Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Sweet Potato Soup
Candied Bacon Bits
Buttery Rye Croutons
Maple Sour Cream
Rich and Velvety Shrimp Bisque
Green Salad with Orange Marmalade Dressing and Toasted Almonds
Brussels Sprout Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Baked Goad Cheese Salad with Pecans and Radishes


Roasted Brined Turkey
Herbed Roast Turkey
Roast Turkey for a Crowd
Braised Turkey with Gravy
Make-Ahead Roast Turkey and Gravy
One-Pan Roast Turkey Breast with Herb Stuffing
Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
Roasted Cornish Game Hens
Herb-Roasted Cornish Game Hens
Cumin-Coriander Roasted Cornish Game Hens
Oregano-Anise Roasted Cornish Game Hens
Glazed Spiral-Sliced Ham
Cherry-Port Glaze
Maple-Orange Glaze
Slow-Roasted Fresh Ham
Crown Roast of Pork
Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin
Onion-Braised Beef Brisket
Roast Beef Tenderloin
Shallot and Parsley Butter
Chipotle and Garlic Butter with Lime and Cilantro
Boneless Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding
Horseradish Sauce
Roast Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Cumin and Mustard Seeds
Roast Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Red Pepper
Roast Butterflied Leg of Lamb iwth Fennel and Black Pepper
Roasted Rack of Lamb
Roasted Racok of Lamb iwth Sweet Mint-Almond Relish
Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Dried Cherry Sauce
Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Green Peppercorn Sauce
Oven-Poached Side of Salmon
Grapefruit and Basil Relish
Fresh Tomato Relish
Lobster Fettuccine with Fennel and Tarragon
Vegetable Moussaka
Fennel, Olive, and Goat Cheese Tarts
Artichoke, Shallot, and Goat Cheese Tarts
Mushroom Lasagna

Shareable Sides

Whipped Potatoes
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Scalloped Potatoes
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Pureed Butternut Squash
Pureed Butternut Squash with Sage and Toasted Almonds
Pureed Butternut Squash with Orange
Pureed Butternut Squash with Honey and Chipotle Chile
Roasted Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese, Pecans, and Maple
Roasted Butternut Squash with Radicchio and Parmesan
Roasted Butternut Squash with Tahini and Feta
Candied Sweet Potato Casserole
Asparagus with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette
Asparagus with Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette
Asparagus with Bacon, Red Onion, and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Carrots with Orange Glaze and Toasted Almonds
Roasted Cauliflower Gratin
Quick Green Bean "Casserole"
Buttery Sautéed Peas with Shallots and Thyme
Buttery Sautéed Peas with Mint and Feta
Creamy Peas with Tarragon
Simple Cranberry Sauce
Simple Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Cranberry Chutneys
Basic Bread Stuffing
Homemade Cornbread Dressing
Wild Rice Dressing
Dried Fruit and Nut Wild Rice Dressing
Leek and Mushroom Wild Rice Dressing
Creamy Corn Pudding
Lentil Salad with Pomegranate and Walnuts
Lentil Salad with Olives, Mint, and Feta
Lentil Salad with Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese
Lentil Salad with Carrots and Cilantro
Wild Rice Pilaf with Pecans and Cranberries
Wild Rice Pilaf with Scallions, Cilantro, and Almonds
Brown Rice Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Lemon
Ultimate Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
Fluffy Dinner Rolls

Sweet Endings

Chocolate Truffles
Hazelnut-Mocha Truffles
Chocolate Chai Masala Truffles
Glazed Butter Cookies
Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
Decorating Icing
Chocolate Pots de Crème
Chocolate Soufflé
Mocha Soufflé
Individual Chocolate Soufflés
Classic Lemon Tart
Whipped Cream
Baked Raspberry Tart
Baked Blackberry Tart
Baked Blueberry-Raspberry Tart
Quick Tarte Tatin with Pears
Quick Tarte Tatin with Apples
Tangy Whipped Cream
Deep-Dish Apple Pie
Classic Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Classic Tart Dough
Basic Pie Dough
Hand-Mixed Basic Pie Dough
Flourless CHocolate Cake
Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake
Gâteau Breton with Apricot Filling
Gâteau Breton with Prune Filling
Bittersweet Chocolate Roulade
Espresso-Mascarpone Cream
Dark Chocolate Ganache