Our Best Winter Holiday Recipes, Including Christmas and Hanukkah!

Our Best Winter Holiday Recipes, Including Christmas and Hanukkah!

By:

Dave Joachim

Celebrate the holidays with our best recipes. It’s time to feast on Latkes for Hanukkah, and Prime Rib, Crown Roast of Pork, Double Smoked Ham, or Roast Goose for Christmas Dinner. Enjoy some Pecan Tassies and Dutch Oven Apple Cranberry Crisp for dessert. We even show you how to Roast Chestnuts on an open fire! Then nibble and nosh your way to New Years Eve with appetizers like Homemade Boursin Cheese Spread. When it’s chilly, sip on Hot Southern Comfort Cider. And when it snows, make Maple Taffy on Snow! The holidays are the best time to invite friends and family over for a get-together, and celebrate the many blessings that you have. Enjoy!

double smoked ham

You Have Stumbled Across The Ultimate Double Smoked Ham Recipe

By:

Meathead

Create the best ham you've ever tasted with this ultimate double smoked ham recipe. Ordinary store bought whole or spiral ham is taken over the top by slowly smoking it on the grill. The true star of the show, however, is the sweet and savory glaze!
Smoked butternut squash soup in a bowl

Decadently Delicious Smoked Butternut Squash Soup

By:

Clint Cantwell

Rich and creamy with a delicate kiss of smoke, this recipe for grill roasted butternut squash soup is a wonderful way to kick off any fall or winter meal. The soup features smoked butternut squash, vegetable broth, heavy cream, and a touch of maple syrup, then it is served warm with a garnish of sour cream and pepitas!
making glogg

The Saintly Swedish Glögg (A Killer Hot Mulled Wine) That You’ll Crave This Winter

By:

Meathead

Warm yourself in the winter with this delicious recipe for Scandinavian Glögg, a hot mulled wine made from spices, red wine, port, and brandy. Because it is served warm it is especially popular around Christmas. It is the perfect cold-weather drink, warming the body and soul from the inside out.
Sliced prime rib roast

The Science Of Cooking Prime Rib, Tenderloin, And Other Beef Roasts

By:

Meathead

There are some tricks to learning how to cook a perfect prime rib, tenderloin, round, rump, and other beef roasts and we have assembled them all in one place! Discover our secrets for ensuring it is cooked right from end to end and with a deeply flavored crust in this ultimate prime rib recipe.
chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Chestnuts Roasted on an Open Fire, in the Oven, in the Microwave, Steamed, or Boiled

By:

Meathead

Everything you need to know about chestnuts, how to buy them and cook them. Warm fresh chestnuts are soft, fleshy, sensuous, creamy, and sweet. They are best served plain with a glass of port or a mug of hot glögg and, on the bearskin rug, in front of the fireplace, with Nat King Cole in the background.
roast turkey with sage

The Ultimate Grilled And Smoked Turkey Recipe Takes Any Holiday Over The Top

By:

Meathead

Our grilled turkey recipe and smoked turkey recipe makes your ordinary holiday meal extraordinary! Here's everything you need to know about making the ultimate holiday bird including tips for shopping, thawing, prep, injecting, cooking, gravy, and carving. We also bust some myths, discuss side dishes, and so much more!
sliced and plated smoked turketta

Turketta Recipe: Stuffed And Smoked Turkey Breast

By:

Meathead

This flavor rich and visually stunning smoked turketta recipe is a fun holiday twist on traditional Italian porchetta. Turkey breast makes it much easier and faster than boning out a whole pig or even just the belly and loin. A stuffing of port soaked cranberries elevates the turkey breast to epic heights.
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Plated roast goose

Grill Roasted Young Goose Stuffed with Sauerkraut and Apples Recipe

By:

Dave Joachim

In Europe, goose is a very traditional holiday roast. Give this bird a try with a delicious recipe for roast goose stuffed with bacon, onions, and apples. Perfect for the Christmas holiday.
candied pecans

Candied Pecans From The Grill Are Sinfully Delicious

By:

Meathead

Candied pecans are always a hit as a snack and this recipe takes them over the top by roasting them on the grill. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven.
rosemary roasted nuts

The Ultimate Guide To Making Roasted Nuts And Snack Mix At Home

By:

Meathead

Spicy, savory, sweet roasted nuts are always a hit as a snack. Serve them straight, mixed with dried fruit, or sprinkled as garnish on your favorite dishes. If you don't have a smoker or grill you can make most of these recipes just fine in your indoor oven, though they will lack the deep smoky flavor of the grill.

The Saintly Swedish Glögg (A Killer Hot Mulled Wine) That You’ll Crave This Winter

By:

Meathead

Warm yourself in the winter with this delicious recipe for Scandinavian Glögg, a hot mulled wine made from spices, red wine, port, and brandy. Because it is served warm it is especially popular around Christmas. It is the perfect cold-weather drink, warming the body and soul from the inside out.

Sous Vide And BBQ Join Forces To Create The Best Turkey Ever

By:

Meathead

Sous Vide and the grill and smoke combine to make the best turkey you have ever tasted. This sous-vide-que turkey recipe results in superbly tender and and juicy meat from the low and slow sous vide method, highlighted by the delicate elegance of hardwood smoke and crispy skin that can only be achieved on the grill.

The Ultimate Grilled And Smoked Turkey Recipe Takes Any Holiday Over The Top

By:

Meathead

Our grilled turkey recipe and smoked turkey recipe makes your ordinary holiday meal extraordinary! Here's everything you need to know about making the ultimate holiday bird including tips for shopping, thawing, prep, injecting, cooking, gravy, and carving. We also bust some myths, discuss side dishes, and so much more!

This Drunken Cranberry Sauce Will Enliven Your Holiday Table

By:

Meathead

This sweet and savory cranberry sauce recipe will have you kicking the canned stuff to the curb. Port and balsamic vinegar add an unexpected depth of flavor to this traditional holiday side dish. And most of the alcohol evaporates in the cooking, so you can serve it to the kids.

Published On: 12/11/2019 Last Modified: 3/24/2021


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