Holiday Menu

Simple Succulent Roast Turkey (Dry Brine) - You will never use another method again! Dry brining will give you a phenomenally moist, tender, deep flavor filled turkey.

Our favorite holiday menu. Breakfast, appetizers, cocktails, dinner, and desserts! All listed here for your holiday menu planning and shopping.

Holiday Menu

Breakfast Recipes

Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

sausage hash brown breakfast casserole serving slice on red pottery plate
Sausage hashbrown breakfast casserole is the easiest way to feed a crowd. It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare and you can make it the night before and refrigerate until the next morning. Sausage, hashbrowns, eggs, and cheese are all your favorite breakfast foods baked in one dish.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffin on white plate with red dots

Cranberry orange muffins are simply the best.  A sweet buttery muffin filled with tart, juicy cranberries, orange zest, and an orange glaze. Fall is not just for pumpkin flavor. Although I’m a huge fan of pumpkin these muffins are wonderful.

Bakery Style Pumpkin Muffins

Bakery Style Pumpkin Muffin sliced in half on white plate

Bakery-style pumpkin muffins are jumbo, moist, tender and gloriously full of pumpkin flavor. I have been searching for a moist muffin with loads of pumpkin flavor. THIS IS THE ONE! These taste as close to Costco muffins as I’ve ever eaten.

Appetizer and Cocktail Recipes

Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Slow Cooker Apple Cider in clear glass mug with cinnamon stick garnish

Slow cooker apple cider is a must make for those cool fall days! Easy, homemade, warm and delicious. Not to mention the aroma that lingers in your home.  Fresh apples, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and brown sugar make this cider irresistible. Perfect for parties, just keep it warm in the slow cooker and let everyone serve themselves a cup garnished with a cinnamon stick or orange slices.

Cider Ginger Beer Sangria

Cider Ginger Beer Sangria in clear glass serving pitcher

Cider ginger beer sangria brings those cozy flavors of fall to your cocktail hour. Crisp and refreshing Fall in a glass. The sparkling hard cider and ginger beer will make your taste buds dance. So simple and quick to make you will be enjoying this sangria in less than 5 minutes.

Savory Parmesan Rosemary Shortbread

Savory Parmesan Rosemary Shortbread on white plate with gold dots and a fresh rosemary sprig

Savory parmesan rosemary shortbread is tender, buttery, and exploding with cheesy herb flavor. Fresh rosemary, parmesan cheese and loads of fresh cracked black pepper make this the perfect cocktail appetizer or just as a snack. 

Spinach Artichoke Cups

easy Spinach Artichoke Cups on a white platter

Spinach artichoke cups are a tasty appetizer for any party, sure to please all your guests! No need to fill a bowl with chips or stick a spoon in a bowl of dip. Make these and your guests will enjoy a perfect party food. Spinach artichoke dip in a bite size food.

Dinner Recipes

Simple Succulent Dry Brined Roast Turkey

Dry Brined Roast Turkey with parsley garnish on a white platter

Simple, succulent dry brined roast turkey is what Thanksgiving dreams are made of. Dry brined roast turkey is my new and forever method of cooking a turkey. Dry brining will give you the most phenomenally moist, tender, deep flavor filled turkey. Flavored all the way through the meat.

Southern Cornbread Dressing

Southern Cornbread Dressing serving slice held up by spatula

Southern cornbread dressing is required at our Thanksgiving and Christmas table. A taste of tradition at the holidays. We look forward to this side dish every year. My southern grandmother made the most delectable dressing ever! This is my version, unfortunately, I never received her recipe.

Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

Green Bean Casserole in a white baking pan with wooden spoon

Green bean casserole from scratch is a holiday classic made fresh. No canned beans or soups required. Fresh green beans give it a much more lively pop of fresh vegetable flavor. The mushroom sauce/soup from scratch lets you control the salt and herb additions. It’s fairly quick and easy to make. Creamy, delicious and full of traditional flavors!

Easy Creamy Carrot Souffle

Carrot Souffle baked in an oval white baking dish

Carrot souffle has replaced sweet potato casserole at our holiday table for good! It’s to DIE for! Who knew mashed carrots could taste this amazing? It’s rich, creamy, fluffy, sweet and the most amazing cooked carrots you will ever eat! It could almost be dessert.

Horseradish Sour Cream Roasted Asparagus

Horseradish Cream sauce over Roasted Asparagus on the baking sheet

Horseradish sour cream roasted asparagus is my daughter’s favorite way to eat asparagus. We spent Christmas at my sister’s house one year and they served this side dish. 

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

 Cranberry Sauce in the shape of a jar or can on a white serving dish with cranberries in the background

Homemade cranberry sauce is easier to make than you think.  Plus it tastes one million times better than the canned jellied cranberry sauce from the supermarket. You can make it chunky or smooth and creamy. I will also show you how to make it in the shape of a can to fool those skeptics that think they ONLY like canned. This is the best homemade cranberry sauce, it never disappoints. 

Soft and Fluffy One Hour Dinner Rolls

 Dinner Rolls in the baking pan one on top cut open

Soft and fluffy one hour dinner rolls will be a hit with any meal you serve. Easy, fast, amazingly soft, fluffy, light and flavorful! Warm, buttery rolls on the table in 60 minutes, now that’s what I call a success.

Dessert Recipes

Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

 Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Filling and caramel drizzle on white cake plate

 

Easy pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling will be a show stopper during Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Simple to make using a spice cake mix with a spiced cream cheese and whipped cream filling.  It’s lightly sweet with a touch of pumpkin spice. Topped with nutty toasted pecans and drizzled with caramel.This is a must dessert to add to your holiday menu.

Gingersnap Crust Pumpkin Pie

slice of gingersnap crust pumpkin pie with whipped cream garnish

Completely made from scratch. From the gingersnap cookies used in the crust to the pumpkin filling.  This pie is chock full of classic Thanksgiving dessert flavors.  A thick, rich, creamy, indulgent treat for your holiday dessert table.

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake slice on a white dessert plate

Pumpkin spice bundt cake is simply the perfect cake for fall. Moist, tender and chock full of pumpkin spice fall flavor. This cake is so simple you will be baking it all season long.

Every recipe you will need to make your holiday menu a hit with your family and friends.

Holiday Menu - The ULTIMATE list of recipes from breakfast, appetizers, cocktails, dinner and desserts to please all your guests during #Thanksgiving and #Christmas.

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