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
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Or – Sweet Potato Casserole
Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
Pumpkin Pie or
Lemon Meringue Pie (or make one of each)
Menu 2 – Prime Rib Roast Dinner Menu
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
Hash Brown Potato Casserole
3 Bean Salad
Lime and Carrot Jello Salad
Pineapple and Carrot Salad
Key Lime Pie
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.
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.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares
Chocolate Coconut Bar Cookies
Christmas Cookies – Many Variations
Jewel Gum Drop Bar Cookies
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 –
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