The Complete Christmas Collection
Planning a full Christmas dinner for your family can be overwhelming, so here are some of my best recipes for every part of a Christmas feast, from appetizers to dessert!
This list is full of holiday flavors from fun to formal, so you’re sure to find something to fit everyone’s taste, no matter what kind of celebration you’re having.
The Best Recipes For a Complete Christmas Feast
1. Cheddar Pecan Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves
If you’re looking for the perfect appetizer recipe for any occasion, you have to try Rosalynn Carter’s Cheddar Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves. I’ve been serving this since the 1970s and people are still talking about it!
2. Sausage Balls with Two Dipping Sauces
These classic Sausage Balls with Two Dipping Sauces are going to be the hit of your next get together! They’re super simple to make and are perfect for the holidays, game day, or just a neighborly gathering. Try them dipped in my honey mustard or spicy horseradish catsup sauce. Yum!
3. Puff Pastry Cheese Straws
Serve this vintage recipe for the famous Rich’s Department Store (Atlanta) Puff Pastry Cheese Straws for any occasion where a little nibble is called for. The straws are composed of sharp cheddar and Parmesan encased in light, flaky puff pastry.
4. French Country Terrine
This classic recipe for French Country Terrine is made with ground pork, veal, and calves’ liver, wrapped in bacon, and cooked in a water bath. The result is a flavorful French pâté that can serve as the perfect elegant starter for a dinner party or as a decadent snack.
5. Cheese Pinwheels with Mayhaw Jelly
Cheese Pinwheels with Mayhaw Jelly – a twist on the southern cheese straw made into a wafer and filled with chopped pecans and Mayhaw jelly.
6. Alabama Fire Crackers
Perk up your favorite soup or chili with these flavor-filled spicy Alabama Fire Crackers. This fiery, buttery combination of very ordinary ingredients is always a hit at parties and perfect alongside salads and soups.
7. Classic Cheese Fondue with Swiss and Gruyere
This Classic Cheese Fondue using both Swiss and Gruyere cheese with bread and fruit dippers is a wonderful treat on a cold winter evening. It’s a fun way to break the ice at a dinner party or to liven up a family get together.
8. Perfect Potatoes au Gratin
Cheesy baked Potatoes au Gratin are always a family dinner favorite. These potatoes baked in a rich sauce with cream, cheese, and a hint of garlic are the perfect side dish for almost any meal.
9. Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs
Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs are a classic for a reason! They’re simply the perfect side dish for any party, barbecue, cook-out, or holiday. This classic recipe is easy, quick, and delicious!
10. Hot Baked Curried Fruit
Who says all your side dishes need to be savory? This traditional southern Hot Baked Curried Fruit recipe features a mix of canned fruits topped with a rich butter, brown sugar, and curry mixture that’s baked into sweet, fruity perfection. It’s a great classic side dish for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.
11. Cheesy Baked Broccoli Casserole
Cheesy Baked Broccoli Casserole is such a simple recipe, perfect for weeknight dinners or a great addition to any holiday meal!
12. Crispy Roasted Potatoes
My Crispy Roasted Potatoes are layers of thinly sliced russet potatoes scattered with shallots, slathered with butter and oil, and cooked until golden brown and delicious!
13. Old Fashioned Southern Style Green Beans
My low and slow method for cooking Old Fashioned Southern Style Green Beans with its beautiful, smoky ham hock broth for flavoring, will take you straight to the country no matter where you live!
14. Pecan Stuffed Mushrooms
Pecan Stuffed Mushrooms are a great starter course or side dish for a special dinner. These white button mushroom caps stuffed with a mixture of pecans, green onions, and stuffing mix are exceptional with a grilled steak.
15. Perfect Prime Rib
Prime Rib is always an impressive dish to present to your family and friends. It looks like it takes loads of work but, in truth, it’s one of the simplest recipes you can make. Follow my easy method to make a standing rib roast perfect for any special occasion.
16. Apricot and Prune Stuffed Pork Loin
Succulent dried fruits make this Apricot and Prune Stuffed Pork Loin a great choice for a dinner party or an alternate entree for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
17. Oven Roasted Turkey with Gravy
Our Thanksgiving dinner just wouldn’t be complete without the turkey! Here’s my simple method for cooking a beautifully moist Oven Roasted Turkey with golden, crispy skin and instructions for making the best pan gravy!
18. The Perfect Grilled Ribeye Steak
Are you looking for the Perfect Grilled Ribeye Steak? Look no further! This simple step-by-step guide will give you the confidence to create a delicious and juicy steak that will compare to the pros. So fire up the grill and get ready for an amazing meal!
19. Slow Cooker Barbecued Ribs
These luscious, perfectly tender Slow Cooker Barbecued Ribs are prepped in about 10 minutes and cooked long and low. You may just never go back to cooking them on the grill again!
20. Southern Fried Quail
Southern Fried Quail are a delicacy straight out of my childhood. Simply seasoned, deep fried, and served with cheese grits on the side for an authentic southern dinner.
21. Rolled Stuffed Turkey Breast
Don’t need to cook a 20-pound bird this year? This Rolled Stuffed Turkey Breast, or Turkey Roulade, is perfect for smaller gatherings. The stuffing made with Italian bread, dried cranberries, shallots, celery, pine nuts, and sausage will have all your guests asking for the recipe!
22. Saltine Cracker Toffee
This Saltine Cracker Toffee, also known as “Redneck Toffee” or “Poor Man’s Toffee,” is a quick and easy pecan toffee made with semi-sweet chocolate morsels and (believe or not!) saltine crackers.
23. Old Fashioned Gingerbread with Lemon Glaze
You’ll love this Old Fashioned Gingerbread with Lemon Glaze recipe. If you’ve only had gingerbread cookies, you’ll be delighted with this moist, light, and cakey old-fashioned gingerbread scented with warm spices and topped with a sweet-tart lemon glaze.
24. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
This elegantly simple recipe for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies combines common pantry ingredients to create a fluffy, moist chocolate cookie that is so much more than the sum of its parts. Pretty to look at and fun to eat, these are sure to become a favorite!
25. Mama’s Ambrosia
Mama’s Ambrosia is a simple mix of Navel oranges and coconut with clean, bright flavors. A Christmas tradition in our family.
26. Easy Vintage Haystacks Candy
Four ingredients and just 10 minutes are all you’ll need to make this Easy Vintage Haystacks Candy recipe. Crunchy chow mein noodles, butterscotch, and peanut butter collide in this no-bake treat for the holiday season or any time of year. It’s an easy to make vintage candy recipe that’s a perfect combination of sweet, salty, and crunchy!
27. Graham Cracker Cookie Bars
These Graham Cracker Cookie Bars are simple to make with chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels, chopped nuts, and sweetened condensed milk. Five ingredients, one bowl, one pan, and you’re done!
28. Classic Homemade Peanut Brittle
Classic Homemade Peanut Brittle with salty, roasted peanuts suspended in a sweet sugary brittle. Always a part of our Christmas holidays.
I hope you found something delicious to make your Christmas meal planning just a bit easier!
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