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Seven holiday-inspired dishes to make for every and any occasion this season

From potluck wonders to decadent desserts, we've got your holiday menu covered this year!
December 9, 2021 3:19 p.m. EST
December 9, 2021 4:15 p.m. EST

Whipping up Christmas dinner this year? You can scour the internet for holiday cooking tips and embark on a house-cleaning frenzy—or you can take comfort in the simple fact that good food creates full bellies and very happy people, and that's the only goal you need to meet in our humble opinion! Here are seven comforting holiday dinner ideas and recipes, from appetizers to desserts, side dishes and mains, that will take the headache out of building your dream holiday menu. 

Bacon-wrapped dates 

To make these bacon-wrapped dates all you need is three simple ingredients; (you guess it) dates, bacon and Parmigiano Reggiano! These small but flavour-packed bits are perfect to enjoy any night, and are always the star hors d'oeuvre of any dinner party!

Bee stings

A delightful and easy appetizer that combines cheese, honey and truffle oil, these bee stings are a one-of-a-kind bite of flavour your family will love. 

Santa's nuts

These sugar and spice candied nuts are made with brown and white sugar, along with cayenne pepper and cinnamon to give it a little spice. If you bring these to a party, tell the host or hostess to hide them, or they will disappear!

Creamy garlic mushrooms and bacon

This delicious side dish will make you want to eat all of your vegetables! Made with button mushrooms, crispy bacon, parmesan cheese and garlic, this creamy side dish is packed with flavour and nutrition. 

Crispy Brussels sprouts

Want the secret to the best crispy Brussels sprouts!? Roast them until they're blackened and caramelized, then toss with a tangy-sweet balsamic and honey sauce.

Holiday braised beef with citrus gremolata and mascarpone mashed potatoes

Say hello to your next holiday dinner party recipe for cold wintery weather—tender braised beef topped with a fresh citrus gremolata, a bold and bright Italian condiment that will liven up your meals. Served with this updated version of the classic mashed potato is made with mascarpone cheese, chicken stock and milk, to make them even creamier! Bring the bright flavours to your holiday gathering this year with this potluck-style dish. 

Calico bream bundt cake

Ah, the bundt cake, an old-school classic we all know and love. Pull out your bundt pan this holiday season and make this deliciously rich calico cream bundt cake made with cream cheese, cocoa powder and your choice of freeze-dried strawberries or raspberries to add a little colour. 

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