The holidays are rapidly approaching and that means it is time to pull out the classic recipes that the whole family will enjoy. While there are many things to be excited about at this time of year, there is nothing like making some classic holiday meals right in the comfort of your home.
Balancing the tasks of cooking with entertaining and taking some time to relax can be a tricky feat to accomplish. To make things a bit easier, it is good to recall some of the classic holiday recipes that work well at the Holiday season. While some recipes take a bit of work to do well, taking the time to cook some of these traditional holiday meals such as the classic meal of turkey paired with different ways to cook and prepare ham will surely add to the festive cheer of your Holiday Season.
Let’s look at seven of the best classic holiday dinners that are sure to set the mood and get your taste buds going.
Christmas Prime Rib
Many families celebrate the season with a classic prime rib dinner. Since Christmas is a time for some decadence, adding a few seasonal special ingredients can make a big impression with this dish. Find some high-quality beef cuts to get things started and then throw on some sage, rosemary, and thyme to season the meat. Fresh herbs will help to bring out the flavor of the meat. With some caramelized onions and homemade horseradish sauce, this classic holiday meal is sure to be enjoyed at any Christmas feast.
Roast Beef Sirloin
Nice cuts of sirloin beef are welcome at many tables throughout the US during the Holiday Season, especially as a Christmas dinner. Served alongside Yorkshire puddings, brussels sprouts, mixed vegetables, and roast potatoes, you might not have enough room left for seconds. Make sure to top everything off with homemade gravy for a professional finishing touch.
Ham is one of the classic holiday meals that no list is complete without. Large hams can feed a hungry crowd full of anticipation at a holiday meal, making them perfect for family gatherings or meals among friends. Glazing the ham offers numerous possibilities but, for a holiday meal, it is important to stick with some warming and seasonal spices. You can try maple syrup, mustard, or even cola to add different flavors and aromas.
While meatballs are a lesser-known classic holiday meal, they make a delicious accompaniment that can please a large crowd. They are easy to make and you can even throw them into the crockpot to let them cook while you are busy visiting with family and friends. By adding cranberries and brown sugar to the sauce, you can make a festive glaze that is sure to please. Try making them as both an appetizer and as a main course.
Due to its ease of preparation, beef tenderloin is a Holiday classic that you can make without getting too distracted away from entertaining your guests. You can make the preparation even easier on yourself by buying a pre-trimmed cut with less fat to deal with. Beef tenderloin goes great with roasted shallots and bacon. It is also a great idea to add either red or port wine while the roast is cooking to add a rich flavor to the meat.
The Classic Holiday Turkey
You are sure to see high-quality turkeys around the Holiday season. As one of the most common classic holiday meals, turkey is familiar to many American households. This Holiday Season, you can try roasting your turkey with cranberries and oranges if you are eager to change up the traditional holiday dinner. For a classic roast, stick with garlic and dried herbs.
Traditional Holiday Stuffing
While stuffing might go best with turkey, it also works with just about everything on this list. Beyond the breadcrumbs, you can try adding sausage and sage to elevate your classic holiday stuffing to the next level. Make sure to save some for the leftovers.
Try Some Classic Holiday Meals This Season
With all of mouth-watering holiday dish options to choose from, you can be sure that you will be satisfied this Holiday Season. Always make sure to purchase high-quality beef, turkey, or ham from your local meat supplier to ensure that your hard work on these recipes can be presented at its best. There are many contemporary variations of these classic holiday meals that you and your household are also sure to enjoy. Take your pick from this list and let your creativity fly!