All the recipes from our 2009 annual holiday cookbook. Whether you're looking for impressive main dishes, delicious breads, savory sides or decadent desserts, these recipes will help you celebrate in good taste.
Roll a pork loin roast around layers of bacon, chopped spinach and Parmesan cheese to create this appealing holiday main dish, from Turkey Run Inn in Terre Haute, Indiana. When checking the temp of this roast, make sure the thermometer hits meat, not filling.
When you are feeding only a few for the holidays, choose a turkey breast rather than a whole bird. Our nut butter adds a hint of citrus alongside the allspice and pepper. Roast the meat on the grill or in your oven.
Cooked chicken turns this colorful salad into a quick main dish, or use some of your bumper crop of leftover turkey. Walnut oil adds a nutty flavor to vinaigrette in this salad from Clabber Girl Bake Shop in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Whether you're looking to tweak your favorite dressing or create a new tradition, Mix and Match Bread Dressing meets the challenge. Start with the basic recipe, then try one of the blends shown at left or craft a custom version.
-- Top right: Whole wheat bread anchors a mix of sweet potato, celery, almonds, apricots and sage.
-- Left: Wild rice stands in for bread in this dressing studded with button mushrooms, celery, bacon, pecans, golden raisins and thyme.
-- Bottom right: Sourdough bread cubes blend with cooked bulk Italian sausage, celery, dried cranberries, pine nuts and rosemary.
More holiday side dishes: Minnesota wild rice and pecans fill Wild Rice, Barley and Dried Cherry Pilaf with crunchy texture as it pops with fruit flavor. A blend of chile peppers and spices give Aunt Maude's Southwestern Turkey Chili a smoky flavor and kick of hotness.
This rich blend of two favorite holiday flavors -- chocolate and mint -- might start a new dessert tradition in your house. Can't find the mint-flavored pieces? Use regular chocolate chips and add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract to the batter.
This make-ahead dessert stores in the freezer for up to a month, ready to serve surprise guests. Vanilla or chocolate wafers form an easy base for the creamy filling. The center dips slightly after cooling, making an indentation to fill with whipped cream.
"This is a twist on a popular dish and is one of my personal favorites," says April Osburn from the Clabber Girl Bake Shop in Terre Haute, Indiana. Thinly slice the apples so they get done in the allotted baking time.
The sweetness of dried fruit and chocolate meets salty pretzels and popcorn in our easy food gift. Pour the snack mix in a jar, and cover the lid with a circle of colorful scrapbooking paper. Grosgrain ribbon around the edge of the lid pairs with yarn and a tag to complete the package.
Len Skvor trades the traditional corned beef for thinly sliced turkey in this twist on a classic Reuben at his Cork 'n Fork Deli 'n Grill in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. To reduce the sodium, rinse sauerkraut with cold water before using.
Grilled sweet peppers and onion add crunch to the sweet-smoky Applejack Turkey Sandwich from Gobbler's Restaurant in Gaylord, Michigan.
Another Midwest restaurant favorite: Twisted Seester. A customer inspired this turkey sandwich at The Artichoke Sandwich Bar in Wichita, Kansas. It's a twist on a pastrami sandwich they serve and was named for one of two sisters who was employed there.
Instead of leftover turkey, start with ground turkey for this tall burger that offers big flavor from curry powder, garlic, red onion and jalapeno pepper. A cool and creamy aioli tops the grilled sandwich.