Spruce Up Your Holiday Meals

Homemade Christmas Beef Wellington with a Pastry Crust

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, the same dishes end up on the table. While there’s nothing wrong with traditional food, perhaps it’s time to make some changes. For this season, consider one of these incredible holiday recipes. However, get ready for a lot of compliments.

Change Holiday Meals Forever

Remember, you can always include some of your family’s favorite dishes along with the new ones you’ll introduce. Even so, there’s a good chance they’ll move away from what they thought they loved to make room for more of the amazing food you make. Here are just a few dishes to consider.

Beef Wellington

Few people serve beef wellington as part of their holiday meals. That’s because they think it’s too hard to make. However, you can find several amazing recipes that’ll walk you through each step with ease. As a result, you’ll serve a dish that consists of tender and savory beef encased in a delicately flakey crust.

Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

For a casserole side dish, this recipe is hard to beat. After all, it’s made with fresh broccoli and cauliflower, which is a perfect combination of vegetables. Even better, before baking, you’ll toss them in a no-cook sauce. Simply mix sweet-tart sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and ranch dressing power. Then, top the casserole with cheese and bake until golden brown.

Skillet Cornbread

Instead of making crescent or butter rolls like you do every year, try this recipe. For one thing, it’s a perfect balance of soft and crunchy. For another, it tastes amazing. In addition, because it’s made in a cast-iron skillet, cleanup’s a breeze.

Goat Cheese, Grapefruit, and Fennel Salad

Here’s another way to spruce up your holiday meals. Again, there’s nothing wrong with dinner or cobb salads, but it’s time for a change. To make this salad, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium shallot (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs (halved and sliced thin)
  • 1 medium grapefruit (peeled and cut into segments)
  • 2 ounces goat cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives (pitted and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • Salt and pepper

Step one, whisk the olive oil, shallot, lemon juice, and oregano in a bowl. Season it with salt and pepper. Step two, add the fennel and toss gently. Again, season with salt and pepper. Step three, add the grapefruit, olives, goat cheese, and pine nuts.

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Bacon Wrapped Dates

Don’t forget to make an appetizer. Not only will adults love these but also kids. It’s hard to beat the fantastic taste and texture of crunchy and salty bacon wrapped around sweet and soft dates stuffed with goat cheese.

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