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Holiday Recipes and Dinner Menus:
Christmas Recipes and Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday recipes

My favorite times of the year are Thanksgiving and Christmas, gathered around wonderful holiday recipes with family and friends, enjoying each other’s company.

You will find both Thanksgiving recipes and Christmas recipes sprinkled throughout the site but I have gathered several of them together here to give you a few ideas for great tasting Thanksgiving and Christmas menus.

Pick and choose or search the site to try something new. Any way you do it, the most important thing is to enjoy the day.

Note the recipes you can make ahead – the pies, some of the salads, the sweet and sour meatballs and make ahead potato recipe.

Try to incorporate a few make ahead dished so the cook isn’t too frazzled to enjoy the holiday too!
Oh…and don’t forget the classic, must haves – sweets. What are the holidays without traditional, and not so traditional cookies, cakes and sweet treats. Find recipes for Holiday Cookies and Sweets below.

Christmas Dinner Menus and
Thanksgiving Dinner Menu


Menu 1 – Turkey Dinner Menu

Roast Turkey with Gravy
Delicious Turkey Stuffing
Cranberry Sauce
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Baked Squash
Green Bean Casserole
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Or – Sweet Potato Casserole
Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
Pumpkin Pie or
Lemon Meringue Pie (or make one of each)
Homemade Eggnog

For how to thaw, stuff and cook a turkey, look here.
Find out how to properly carve a turkey here.

Menu 2 – Prime Rib Roast Dinner Menu

Crab Dip Appetizer
Prime Rib au jus
Yorkshire Pudding
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Mushrooms
Apple Pie – or
Pumpkin Cheesecake

Look here for Prime Rib cooking times to make sure your roast is perfect every time.
Take it up a notch with zesty prime rib rubs.

Buffet Dinner Menu

If a buffet dinner is more your style, here is a menu of holiday recipes that is sure to please just about everyone.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Chicken and Broccoli Casserole and/or
Baked Ham
Hash Brown Potato Casserole
3 Bean Salad
Lime and Carrot Jello Salad
Deviled Eggs
Pineapple and Carrot Salad
Cheese Sticks
Key Lime Pie
Chocolate Fondue

Here’s how to do Chocolate Fondue for a crowd:
Have the fondue set up at a separate table and surround the warm chocolate fondue pot (or pots if you have lots of people) with bowls of “dippables”. See the recipe page for lots of dipping suggestions.

Holiday Brunch Buffet

Got overnight holiday guests or having the crowd over early? Here is a delicious breakfast or brunch buffet menu. Just add sausage or bacon for the meat lovers in the group and you have something for everyone.

Breakfast Casserole
Hash Brown Potato Casserole
Easy Homemade Pancakes
Low Fat Apple Walnut Muffins
Cranberry Muffins
Ambrosia Salad
Fresh Fruit Salad

Holiday Baked Goodies

There is nothing quite as nice as having an assortment of sweet treats for the holidays. Sweets are must haves!

You can bake ahead during the weeks before, freeze most of it, then arrange a wonderful mixture of cookies, squares and treats as needed for company, pot luck take alongs or a lovely gift in a pretty tin or mug, wrapped in cellophane.

Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares
Chocolate Coconut Bar Cookies
Butter Cookies
Date Squares
Florentine Cookies
Christmas Cookies – Many Variations
Jewel Gum Drop Bar Cookies
Refrigerator Cookies
Mocha Meringues
Chocolate Truffles
Find all of our delicious Christmas baking ideas here.

And of course we can’t forget the Christmas cake recipes, light and dark. Both are full of fruit, moist and delicious –

Rich Dark Fruit Cake
Light Fruit Cake Recipe

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