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Christmas Recipes

Our best-loved appetizer, side, and main dish recipes for the holidays.

Standing Rib Roast with Red Wine Mushrooms | Start roasting at 450º for 45 minutes to form the caramelized crust. Then reduce the temperature and finish cooking to keep the inside pink and juicy. | SouthernLiving.com

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Sweet Potato Biscuits | Serve these from-scratch biscuits warm with butter, honey, and jam, along with two platters—one with seared slices of country ham and pepper jelly and another with deli ham and pimiento cheese. | SouthernLiving.com

39 Top-Rated Christmas Brunch Recipes

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Cracklin'-Fresh Picnic Ham with Apple-Cranberry-Pomegranate Salsa | While a holiday ham traditionally consists of a cured, brined, or smoked cut of pork from the hind leg, we're taking liberties with the word "ham" and choosing th best cut for this job: the shoulder. A fresh Apple-Cranberry-Pomegranate Salsa pairs well with any holiday pork roast or turkey. | SouthernLiving.com

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Beet-and-Citrus Salad | Play with different citrus here, such as tangelos, blood oranges, or clementines | SouthernLiving.com

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Turkey Roulade with Figgy Port Wine Sauce | Thick slices of bacon and spinach are rolled into turkey breasts and baked to perfection. A fig and port wine reduction completes this holiday dish. | SouthernLiving.com

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Sage-Crusted Pork Racks with Pear Chutney | These mouthwatering pork racks topped with a spiced Pear Chutney are the perfect main dish for your holiday dinner. Have your butcher French the bones for a more elegant presentation. | SouthernLiving.com

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Perfect Beef Tenderloin | When seasoning roasts, this will generally do the trick: 1 tsp. of kosher salt per pound of meat. Plan on about 5 pounds of meat for every 12 guests. | SouthernLiving.com

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Pork Roast with Sweet Onion-Pumpkin Seed Relish | Be sure to ask your butcher to cut out the chine bone and to French the rib rack for easy carving and an elegant presentation. | SouthernLiving.com

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Pancetta-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with Whipped Horseradish Cream | Add extra flavor to roasted beef tenderloin by wrapping it in pancetta and baking it until the pancetta is crispy. | SouthernLiving.com

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  • Karen Kley

    Made this for Christmas last year!!! Making it again this year!!!

Cornish Game Hens with Butternut Croutons | Serve these succulent, single-serving hens on a large platter family style, or plate them individually. Either way, be sure to warm your serving dishes in advance. Generally, 1-pound hens are the perfect size. | SouthernLiving.com

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Roasted Pork with Dried Fruit and Port Sauce | "Prepare the meat and sauce separately," Victoria says, "and then warm them together just before the guests arrive." | SouthernLiving.com

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Cherries Jubilee-Black Pepper Glazed Ham | We baked this ham at a low temperature—275°—which made it juicier and more tender than a higher temperature would have yielded. | SouthernLiving.com

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Honey-Curry Glazed Lamb with Roasted Grapes and Cranberries | A honey-curry glaze elevates this lamb to a whole new level. Roasted grapes and cranberries add a festive and tasty touch to this impressive meal. | SouthernLiving.com

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Gingerbread Muffins with Spiced Streusel and Spiced Hard Sauce | We know, serving Spiced Streusel-topped muffins with Spiced Hard Sauce is gilding the lily, but there's nothing better on a wintry morning. | SouthernLiving.com

Very Merry Breakfast Muffins & Breads

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Pancetta Crisps With Goat Cheese and Pear | Top Bartlett pear slices with baked pancetta, crumbled goat cheese, and a drizzle of honey for an easy, salty-sweet appetizer recipe that tastes delicious and looks gorgeous. | SouthernLiving.com

Top-Rated Holiday Appetizers

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Savory Bacon-and-Leek Bread Pudding | We love how buttery Gouda and nutty Parmesan lend richness and depth of flavor to this dish. | SouthernLiving.com

Perfectly Paired Holiday Sides

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Carrot-Cauliflower Salad | We created this crunchy, sweet side as an update of the classic mayonnaise-laden carrot-and-raisin salad. Save time and make it ahead—it eats even better the next day. | SouthernLiving.com

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Citrus Salad with Spiced Honey | Use any combination of citrus on hand to compose this vibrant, fresh salad, and present it however you like. No matter how you serve it, sweet and sunny citrus complements any roast or fish. | SouthernLiving.com

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Spicy Fruit-Stuffed Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Onions | A sweet-and-spicy fruit mixture fills this juicy pork loin, and pear preserves make a delectable glaze. You won't even need a centerpiece if this is on the menu. | SouthernLiving.com

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Honey-Curry Glazed Lamb with Roasted Grapes and Cranberries | A honey-curry glaze elevates this lamb to a whole new level. Roasted grapes and cranberries add a festive and tasty touch to this impressive meal. | SouthernLiving.com

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Decadent Chai Latte | Chai is an Indian spiced tea. This rich version is a wonderful complement to a thick slice of Sweet Potato Pound Cake. | SouthernLiving.com

Festive Drinks for Christmas Brunch

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Egg Nog | Welcome holiday guests with a cup of rich homemade egg nog laced with both brandy and rum and garnished with whipped cream and nutmeg. | SouthernLiving.com

Festive Drinks for Christmas Brunch

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Praline Coffee | This enticing coffee treat featuring praline liqueur, brown sugar, and half-and-half will warm up even coolest of holiday mornings. | SouthernLiving.com

Festive Drinks for Christmas Brunch

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