12 Most Delicious Dishes That Should Grace Your Holiday Menu

12 Most Delicious Dishes That Should Grace Your Holiday Menu

Yes, it’s another holiday post! Those who know me from Twitter know I love social media, media and PR, but my other loves are cooking and baking. And there is nothing I love more than planning the ultimate dinner menu for my beloved family and friends. I take great care in selecting each item, testing the recipes, and watching their faces light up as they sample each dish. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you my most treasured holiday menu items. Each of these has graced our holiday table and I hope you and your loved ones will enjoy these as well.

1. Cocktail : White Christmas

As your guests arrive, greet them with this lovely concoction that will have Bing Crosby’s velvety voice ringing in their ears.
4 oz. of Egg Nog
1/2 oz. white chocolate liqueur
1 oz. Southern Comfort
Mix in a coffee mug or warmed snifter glass.
Garnish with some white chocolate flakes.

2. Sweet Potato Soup

This recipe is a delightful alternative to a typical heavy winter soup. Feel free to garnish with some fresh cilantro.


3. Appetizer: Drunk Mushrooms

A deceptively easy recipe that will yield terrific results with great flavors and impressed guests. Serve alongside toasted French baguette slices.


4. Main Course: Mustard And Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb

There is something about a rack meat that just feels festive for the holidays. This beautiful recipe will delight your guests not just with the gorgeous melding of tastes and textures, but will be visually appealing as well. Be sure to check out the reader reviews attached to this recipe because they contain some fantastic tips to make this dish even better—if that’s even possible.


5. Sides: Lobster Macaroni & Cheese

A decadent dish by any definition but even moreso at holiday time. The recipe I’ve included for this feature dish was chosen because it offers some great tips that reduce fat content and make this recipe more accessible for those intimidated by working with lobster.

Recipe (pictured above)

6. Apple and Sage Stuffing

I think many dinner guests will suffer through a dry, flavourless turkey in the hopes of getting some amazing stuffing. But stuffing is not just for the birds anymore. Many recipes are made outside a bird, and this example is a wonderful example of why yummy stuffing is no longer dependent on a turkey anymore. Stuffing may be had anytime, anywhere!


7. Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Meatballs are always a kid-friendly favourite even for the big kids at the table. They are easy to make and fun to eat. There are two recipes on the blog post attached here and either one is sure to delight your guests and leave them wanting seconds.\


8. Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts may cause some to crinkle up their faces but rest assured they are delicious when done right and are really good for you—so, eat your vegetables! This recipe from the Barefoot Contessa is sure to please the pickiest of palates.


9. Carrot & Raisin Salad

Festive salads are a great way to have fun with vegetables while sneaking in some healthy eating alongside otherwise indulgent dishes. A classic carrot and raisin combination delivers both eye appeal and delights the kid in all of us.


10. Spiked Coffee

This one is simple. Spike any regular coffee with your favourite liqueur. Add Bailey’s and make it Irish. Pour a dash of Kahlua for a Feliz Navidad. Try Grand Marnier with some chocolate sprinkles for a holiday twist on chocolate and orange. Top any of these with a dollop of whipped cream (the real stuff!) and voilà! The best thing—no matter what your choice, this will be one (or two?) great cups of coffee with holiday cheer!

11. Desserts: Peanut Butter Silk Black Bottom Pie

No holiday menu is complete without a couple of stunning desserts. Here are two tasty treats sure to please your company. The first item combines two amazing flavours for a party in your mouth. I must confess the recipe is mine and it is well-tested. It’s delighted many over the past year. Enjoy!


12. Rustic Pear Galette

A galette is a great way to take the stress out of making a perfect pie crust. A galette is a rustic pie where the crust is simply folded over and its lack of perfection and symmetry add to its homey appeal. Pears are a wonderful fruit for the winter season and this particular recipe uses whole wheat flour adding fiber to this sweet treat. Enjoy!


No matter what graces your holiday table this year, the most important thing at any table are the loved ones that surround us.  What are your tasty holiday favourites?

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Susie Parker


Susie Parker owns SPARKER Strategy Group which focuses on marketing, PR, and social media strategy. When she puts her iPhone down, she usually picks up a measuring cup or whisk to indulge her first loves: baking & cooking. As a biz owner, wife, and momma to three children under 6, she would welcome the opportunity to clone herself.

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I stumbled this one...some great recipe ideas. I definitely like the Sweet Potato soup and drunk mushrooms! I've had the lobster mac & cheese, but man I gotta get away from all that pasta ;)


Like the pear galette frames--what to do to simplify making crust, etc. I don't "get" how the suggestions are holiday oriented, I guess that's just another way of saying there is nothing about them that screams "holidays" or the like...maybe the hot drink does. But they all sound good.


OMG!!! All sound delicious! I have to try the all!!!


OMG I missed reading this yesterday. Shame on me because anyone who puts Lobster with Mac & Cheese is a flat out GENIUS in my book.

I'm sharing it everywhere and saving it for next year since I ain't cookin this one:)


What a decadent menu. I'd especially love to try the Lobster Macaroni & Cheese. Yummy!

Martin D Redmond
Martin D Redmond

Susie...OMG! These are great suggestions! Thanks...especially for #5,6,11, and 12!

PegFitzpatrick moderator


So happy to see your smiling face here! And yum to your food choices! Lobster mac & cheese is to die for!

I am going to go check out all the recipes now.

Welcome to the 12 Most writers community!!


Peggy <3