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The holidays are a time for bringing together family and friends to celebrate the season. And what would any celebration be without a good meal?
Southern cooking is known for delicious, hearty dishes that keep you warm on the coldest of days, so there are naturally hundreds of amazing recipes for winter holidays.
Whether you’re hosting a holiday meal, taking a dish to your friend’s house for a potluck, or cooking for two, here are some delicious holiday recipes that are sure to please.
Thanksgiving recipes for crowds large and small
Thanksgiving is one of the biggest food holidays of the entire year, so we spend weeks planning our menu and shopping list.
Whether you’re cooking for you and your spouse, or a family of 15, it’s always okay to go all out on Thanksgiving!
For small gatherings, consider choosing one protein like a turkey breast or small ham, and two to three sides.
For larger groups, you may want both Turkey and ham to ensure there’s plenty to go around.
Christmas dinner recipes
Christmas is another holiday always worth going all-out for. Many people mirror the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with dishes like cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and turkey.
Ambrosia salad is a great, celebratory dish perfect for Christmas dinner or brunch as well. The bright fruit freshens up your palette among heavier, richer dishes.
Boneless leg of lamb or prime rib are other fun picks, especially if you want something a little different than what you had on Thanksgiving.
Vegetarian and vegan recipes for the holidays
Meat-eaters don’t get to have all the fun on the holidays! There are tons of delicious, celebratory dishes that are plant-based.
In fact, most classic holiday side dishes are already vegetarian or vegan-friendly! Some people enjoy meat alternatives like tofurkey during the holidays, while others just pack on the veggies!
Roasted winter vegetables like carrots, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes are filling and hearty and can be used as a side or main dish.
Swap out the butter and milk for your favorite non-dairy alternatives in dishes like mashed potatoes, and enjoy quintessential holiday extras like cranberry sauce and ambrosia salad which are naturally vegan!
Easy holiday recipes
Holiday cooking should be enjoyable, not overwhelming! There are plenty of simple and quick holiday recipes that you can whip up in mere minutes to bring to any potluck party.
A turkey cheese ball is a great pick for a Thanksgiving appetizer, and can be made in five minutes or less! Side salads are another great option.
Add in seasonal ingredients like orange, roasted butternut squash, and walnuts, and really impress with an easy homemade oil and vinegar dressing.
Holiday dessert recipes
Holidays are a time for abundance and decadence, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a luscious dessert.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to whip up a classic pumpkin or pecan pie, and the fall is when apples come into season so apple pies and cobblers are a great way to celebrate the natural bounty.
Making and decorating sugar and gingerbread cookies is a great way to build holiday memories with your kids or grandkids around Christmastime, and cakes like red velvet and hummingbird cake are popular Southern picks for an after-dinner treat.