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Festive Flavors Unleashed: Holiday Recipes to Wow Your Guests

by Ann Ferguson

The holidays are knocking at the door, and what better way to welcome them than with a feast that delights and warms the heart? So, if you're searching for culinary inspiration, you're in luck. We've gathered a collection of dishes that are sure to light up your holiday table with cheer and flavor.

From cozy comfort foods to dazzling desserts, these recipes are perfect for creating new traditions or honoring old ones. So, gather your ingredients, and let's make this holiday season the most delicious one yet!

Disclaimer: Classic Maytag Home Appliance Center does not receive any affiliate compensation for these recipes. We just think they sound really tasty and want to share with you!

Choose Your Starter

Collage of popovers and parmesan bread bites

With so many guests coming over for the holidays, it’s important to have appetizers that will wow the crowd and leave them asking for seconds — which is just what these recipes do!

  • Foolproof Popovers: What better way to start off the holiday feast than with these popovers that are light, airy, and, best of all — foolproof!
  • Parmesan Bread Bites: Garlicky and bite-sized, these parmesan bread bites feature gooey cheese and seasonal pizazz in just 35 minutes!
  • Flaky Butterhorn Rolls: Delight your guests with these tender butterhorn rolls that bake up golden and flaky for an irresistible addition to any table.
  • Christmas Tree Cheese Ball: Add a festive centerpiece to your holiday spread with this savory Christmas tree cheese ball that will be a hit with kids and adults!

On the Side

Collage of different holiday sides like pierogi’s and risotto

The holidays are all about food and how much you can eat, so naturally, you need plenty of sides to accompany your smashing festive menu!

  • Easy Parmesan Risotto: Creamy, cheesy, and comforting, this parmesan risotto turns a classic Italian dish into an easy affair, perfect for a cozy night with family.
  • Calabrian Holiday Soup: Warm up your festive occasions with a comforting bowl of this traditional Calabrian soup, brimming with tender chicken, homemade meatballs, and a touch of spinach.
  • Homemade Polish Pierogi: Savor the authentic taste of Poland with these tender, hand-crafted pierogi stuffed with creamy cheese and hearty potato, then kissed to golden perfection in a sizzling skillet.
  • Glazed Vegetables: Naturally, with so many hearty foods, you need some healthy, glazed vegetables to even things out! And the best thing is they’ll be ready in 20 minutes!
  • Beet Salad: Elevate your holiday feast with this refreshing and healthy beet salad, featuring sliced beets, radishes, scallions, and a zesty dressing.

Oh-So-Filling Main Dish

Collage of main holiday dishes like meatballs, lasagna, ham, tamales, and green bean casserole

Of course, no holiday feast is complete without the main stars — the main dishes! Whether you prefer hearty and filling, traditional, or something new and exciting, these recipes will wow everyone’s taste buds!

  • Holiday Ham: Classics are classic for a reason, right? And this nostalgic holiday ham is no different, with a delicious blend of pineapple and cherries basted in a sweet brown sugar glaze!
  • Pizza Casserole: A festive twist on holiday dining, this pizza casserole combines a hearty blend of sausage, veggies, and pasta layered with gooey cheese and baked to perfection — mmm, that sounds good!
  • Grandma’s Italian Meatballs: Savor the blend of ground beef and turkey in these easy-to-make, flavor-packed meatballs. This family recipe promises to be a hit at any holiday gathering.
  • Crockpot Green Bean Casserole: A true holiday classic, this green bean casserole is reimagined for the slow cooker, allowing you to save oven space without sacrificing the creamy, crunchy comfort we all crave from this beloved side dish.
  • Best Lasagna: You can’t have just any lasagna for your big holiday spread — you need the best lasagna! And this one packed with layers of sausage, ground beef, and three cheeses certainly qualifies!
  • Chicken Tamales: If you’re up for a few hours to prep, these chicken tamales are well worth the wait! And if you make too much, don’t worry; just freeze them or send them home with your loved ones!
  • Italian Sausage and Pepper Frittata Affogato: A delightful blend of breakfast and dinner, this frittata is smothered in marinara and mozzarella, echoing the flavors of pizza with a touch of breakfast charm, perfect for any meal during the festive season.
  • Stuffed Beef Tenderloin Filet: Savor the holiday season with this sumptuous beef tenderloin, stuffed with a savory blend of smoked cheddar and shiitake mushrooms, wrapped in bacon, and broiled to perfection for a luxurious feast.

Delightful Desserts

ollage of holiday desserts like chocolate bark, crème brulee, sugar cookies, brownie bites, and trifle

After all that food, some might think they’re too stuffed to eat another bite — unless it’s one of these delicious desserts!

  • Dark-Chocolate Bark with Walnuts and Dried Cherries: Take the festive mood to new heights with this decadent dark-chocolate bark! Combined with walnuts and dried cherries, this treat is a sure-fire hit!
  • 5-Ingredient Sugar Cookies: Mix up some buttery magic with these easy-peasy sugar cookies that need just five ingredients! Roll 'em out, cut out your favorite shapes, and watch them turn golden in the oven.
  • Eggnog Crème Brûlée: This dessert blends the holiday cheer of eggnog with the classic crème brûlée, adding a splash of whiskey and a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg for a festive twist on the creamy, crackling sugar-topped custard we adore.
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate Trifle: A holiday showstopper, this trifle layers spiced chocolate cake, luscious ganache, and airy marshmallow, capturing the cozy essence of Mexican hot chocolate in an irresistible dessert.
  • Vegan Brownies: These bite-sized brownies pack a punch of chocolatey richness in a vegan, gluten-free treat, perfect for sharing and savoring during the holiday festivities.
  • Easy Tres Leches Cake: Soak up the holiday spirit with this luscious cake, drenched in a sweet milk blend and topped with a cloud of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and fresh berries for a cheerful and moist dessert delight.
  • Cornbread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel: Elevate your holiday table with this Southern-inspired cornbread pudding, drizzled with a rich whiskey caramel sauce for a sweet and savory dessert that's sure to have guests coming back for seconds.
  • Santa’s Trash Cookies: The combination of sweet and salty is just what you need after a big meal, and these trash cookies are the holiday treat that keeps on giving!

A Feast to Remember

Family sitting down to Christmas dinner

As the holiday season wraps up, we hope these recipes inspire you to create unforgettable moments around the dinner table. And don’t forget that the right cooking appliances make all the difference, and at Classic Maytag Home Appliance Center, we have brands to set your kitchen up for success!

And if you have any questions, give us a call or stop by and chat with our team of experts!