Our 2016 Holiday Recipe Roundup

Let’s face it. Christmas just isn’t as fun as when you were little. Sure, you still gets presents. Sure, there’s still big sparkly trees. Sure, the movies are just as funny or sentimental. But that magical tingly feeling that hit sometime right after Thanksgiving and lasted all through the big day just doesn’t have the same effect. On the other hand, there are different things to get excited about. Like spiked hot cocoa and eggnog. Or baking dozens upon dozens of cookies until your arms feel like they’re gonna fall off. Or, our favorite thing, the holiday menu. Planning usually begins months in advance and consists of hours of scrolling through Pinterest and our favorite food blogs. But, come on, how can you not want to try to make chiles en nogada? Or your very own buche de noel? Check out some of our other favorite holiday favorites and see if you spy one or two that can be the perfect last minute addition to your meal.

Chiles en nogada is a traditional Mexican Christmas dish.Chiles En Nogada

This traditional Mexican dish definitely has the colors down. Bright green poblanos stuffed with meat and fruit and spices, covered in a walnut cream sauce and topped with pomegranate seeds. One word: yum.

Recipe here: http://www.escoffieronline.com/stuffed-peppers-with-goat-cheese-walnut-sauce/

Gingerbread cookiesOld Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies

Whether or not you were a gingerbread kid, these cookies are worth the effort as an adult. Not only do they make a great lazy Sunday project, they also make great holiday gifts or a fun project for kids.

Recipe here: http://www.escoffieronline.com/gingerbread-cookies/

Mulled wine is a great holiday drink.Mulled Wine AKA Glogg AKA Glühwein

As soon as the temperature dips below 40, we start craving this scrumptious hot drink. Red wine gets a little extra help from cinnamon, clove, anise, orange and a dash of good ol’ fashioned bourbon. Simmer it low and slow so you get the flavor AND the alcohol.

Recipe here: http://www.escoffieronline.com/easy-mulled-wine/

Instead of almonds, you can also garnish with pistachio or pecan pieces.Strawberry & Hazelnut Cream Stuffed Pastry

We’re breaking all the rules with this not-so-traditional French pastry. Originally named the Paris-Brest, this dessert is stuffed with hazelnut pastry cream, whipped cream and topped with almonds and powdered sugar. Strawberry on the top? It looks like a wreath. Win!

Recipe here: http://www.escoffieronline.com/how-to-make-a-paris-brest-pastry/

Fresh sugar cane gives this drink a very unique flavor.Mexican Holiday Punch

This classic Central-American beverage is the perfect addition to your holiday gathering. Make up a big pot and keep it simmering on the stove for a fancy and easy help-yourself situation.

Recipe here: http://www.escoffieronline.com/how-to-make-mexican-holiday-punch/

These chocolate crinkle cookies are just the thing your holidays need.Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Our new go-to Christmas cookie, these chocolate crinkles are super delicious and go down perfectly with a big cup of cocoa. Make them more festive by adding a little mint extract to the batter.

Recipe here: http://www.escoffieronline.com/how-to-make-mexican-holiday-punch/

Potatoes Au GratinCheesy Potatoes Au Gratin

How can you not love potatoes au gratin? This American staple gets the homemade treatment in this simple recipe. Pro tip: use a mandolin to ensure the potatoes are the same size and cook evenly.

Recipe here: http://www.escoffieronline.com/cheesy-potatoes-au-gratin/

Beef rouladeStuffed Beef Roulade

Searching for the main dish that will impress even the pickiest eater? Look no further than this amazing beef roulade. Follow our chef’s guide for stuffing and rolling techniques.

Recipe here: http://www.escoffieronline.com/how-to-make-a-beef-roulade/

Eggnog cookiesEggnog Cookies

Stop in the name of Christmas! We’ve done it, folks. We created a cookie that tastes just like everyone’s favorite holiday drink. The secret? Use freshly grated nutmeg. You won’t be sorry.

Recipe here: http://www.escoffieronline.com/how-to-make-eggnog-cookies/

 

Stuffed pork chopsStuffed Pork Chops

The budget-friendly main course. Thick cut pork chops get the ultimate treatment in this dish. Stuffed with pancetta, spinach, onion and feta, these things were made to wow.

Recipe here: http://www.escoffieronline.com/how-to-make-stuffed-pork-chops/

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