The 2014 Minced Recipe Guide for the Holidays

Last year, I compiled a list of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving in a post and shared them with my FOOD LOVE email subscribers and readers of Minced.  It was one of my most popular posts to date and with Thanksgiving exactly one week away I thought an updated list might be appreciated by all.

In addition to Thanksgiving recipes, I’ve expanded my recipe list to encompass the entire holiday season.  You’ll find favorites like apple pie with a cheddar cheese crust and easy dinner ideas for when company is in town.  I even include my family’s favorite Christmas sugar cookie recipe!

While I hope this list inspires you to get in the kitchen, don’t forget that this time of year is not so much about the spread on your table, but the people gathered around it.  Happy cooking!

For more holiday inspiration, follow me on Pinterest and check out my boards on tabletops, Thanksgiving, and all things holiday.

The 2014 Minced Recipe Guide to the Holidays
Here’s a list of some of my favorite recipes from my food blog, Minced, that I think would make a mouth-watering addition to your table this holiday season.  Those with an asterisk (*) can be made in advance and frozen.

Pickled Shrimp








Blue Cheese Gougeres*
Byssara: Dried Fava Bean Puree
Gruyere and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
Caramelized Onion Dip
Pickled Shrimp
Ricotta Herb Dip
Sweet Potato Biscuits with Country Ham and Honey Mustard

French Soup (aka Mashed Potato Soup)
Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup
Moroccan Harira
Potato and Leek Soup
Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

Jeweled Beet & Arugula Salad








Beet Tartare
Poached Pear and Gorgonzola Salad
Jeweled Beet, Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad
Moroccan Orange and Blood Orange Salad

The Bird
Not a turkey recipe, but it never hurts to do a practice round with chicken and the gravy!
Herb-Roasted Chicken with Pan Gravy

Sausage, Escarole, and Bean Soup with Spoon







Easy Meals for Company
Turkey or Blue Cheese Meatloaves*
Banh Mi Burgers
Black Bean Burgers
Sausage, Escarole & Bean Soup

Pan-Seared Black Bass







Meals for When You’ve Eaten 12 Candy Canes:
Maple-Soy Tempeh over Brown Rice with Kale
Pan-Seared Black Bass over French Lentils

What’s for Dinner Lentil Soup
Spicy Shrimp Fajitas

Baked Acorn Squash





Baked Acorn Squash with Miso Butter and Walnuts
Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Pine Nuts
Collard Greens
Sweet Potato and Parsnip Puree
Homemade Cranberry Chutney
Hoppin’ John
Mushroom Risotto
Persian Jeweled Rice
Potatoes Anna
Oven-Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan
Kale Salad with Edamame, Dried Cranberries, Farro & Orange Vinaigrette
The Cheesiest Macaroni and Cheese
Braised Garlic and Green Beans
Stir-Fried Long Beans
Sweet Potato Casserole

Beer Bread Two Ways
Buttery Brioche
Corn & Cranberry Muffins
* (can also be made for breakfast)
Cinnamon and Currant No Knead Bread

Homemade Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust*
Baked Apples with Cider Syrup
Bourbon-Pecan Tartlets
Rum Cake
Apple and Almond Bread Pudding
Poached Pear with Creme Anglaise
Poached Pear with Creme Anglaise







Decorated Cookies







White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut
Grandma’s Sugar Cookies
Almond Meringue Cookies
Holiday Speculoos

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Candied Orange Slices dipped in Chocolate

Autumn Apple and Pumpkin Muffins







Can’t forget breakfast!

Mushroom, Bacon, and Tomato Strata
Baked Brioche French Toast
Mascarpone Scrambled Eggs with Arugula Pesto
Mom’s Banana Bread*
Cranberry-Orange Bread*
Autumn Apple and Pumpkin Muffins*
Cranberry Scones*
Brown Sugar Coffee Cake
Country Ham with Red Eye Gravy
Blueberry & Beer Pancakes (Substitute cranberries for a seasonal twist)
Tropical Banana Bread with Chocolate, Coconut, and Pecans

Udon Noodle Bowl







And for leftovers…
Substitute turkey for chicken in any of these chicken challenge recipes.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Chicken Pot Pie for Two or more
Chicken Salad with Artichoke Hearts and Walnuts
Udon Noodle Bowl with Chicken, Egg, and Greens

Still have your turkey carcass?  Make carcass stock.

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