There’s more to a holiday feast than roasts and racks. In fact, robust winter produce shines in vegetable dishes, where their hearty flavors take center stage. Try these festive, seasonal recipes at your holiday table this year — they will please meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
|Hot Mulled Cider
Apple juice is traditional for this hot cider, but cranberry juice is also a good choice during the holiday season. Top it off with a festive garnish of cinnamon sticks and orange slices.
|Sweet Potato Soup
If squash, pumpkin and carrot soups all sound a bit tired after Thanksgiving, give this sweet potato one a try. It comes together in under an hour, and a garnish of toasted pecans adds an indulgent touch.
|Beet, Orange and Fennel Salad
The combination of beet, orange and fennel is perfect for a wintertime feast. Any type of beet can be used, but keep in mind that red beets can color your fingers.
Make the pie dough ahead and freeze it to make prepping this recipe a breeze. Creamy mushrooms nestled in a flaky golden crust — it’s a dish worthy of a special occasion.
|Golden Broccoli Gratin
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and olive oil are combined with panko, the coarsely ground Japanese bread crumbs, to form a crisp, golden brown topping for this broccoli gratin.
|Spiced Pear Upside-Down Cake
Nothing feels more like the holidays than spiced pears, and this dessert delivers, with a touch of cloves, maple syrup and brown sugar. As they bake, the sliced pears release sweet juices that mingle with the aromatic spices and soak into the rich, buttery cake.