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80 Christmas Eve Comfort Food Dishes You Need This Year

This year more than ever, we can all use a bit of comfort food! Serve up a cozy holiday meal with these Christmas eve comfort foods that are sure to hit the spot.

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Grampa's German-Style Pot RoastTaste of Home

Grampa's German-Style Pot Roast

Grampa was of German heritage and loved the old-world recipes given to him by his mother. I made a few changes to give this recipe an updated flavor and to use my slow cooker instead of the oven. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Cauliflower Dill KugelTaste of Home

Cauliflower Dill Kugel


I enjoy cauliflower and kugel, so it made sense to combine the two into one special dish. The ricotta cheese adds a distinctive creaminess and lightness. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
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Mom-Mom Bessie's Coconut Molasses PieTaste of Home

Mom-Mom Bessie's Coconut Molasses Pie


I'm the keeper of my husband's grandmother's handwritten recipe book. Mom-Mom Bessie was one of the best cooks I knew, and we think of her every time we make this pie. The flavor combination of coconut and molasses is a family favorite. —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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Pressure-Cooker DressingTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Dressing


Here’s an easy dressing that’s perfect for special get-togethers. Once it’s in the instant cooker, you’re free to turn your attention to other dishes. —Rita Nodland, Bismarck, North Dakota
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Buttery Herb Roasted ChickenTaste of Home

Buttery Herb Roasted Chicken


Roasting chicken is always such a comforting thing, especially when you can pick the herbs right from your garden and pair them with some fresh citrus to smear across the bird! My family can't get enough of this herb-roasted chicken recipe. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
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Snickerdoodle Hot ChocolateTaste of Home

Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate


Warm up with this spice-filled snickerdoodle drinking chocolate. Tastes just like the cookie! —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor, Culinary
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Spiced Mashed Sweet PotatoesTaste of Home

Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes


I created these mashed sweet potatoes shortly after my firstborn began eating solid food. She loved them then and still does today, as does her little sister. The recipe is a staple in our home year-round, but especially at our holiday dinner table. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
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Ambrosia SaladTaste of Home

Ambrosia Salad


During last-minute menu planning, I often include this classic ambrosia salad recipe because I keep the ingredients on hand. —Judi Bringegar, Liberty, North Carolina
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Glazed Baby CarrotsTaste of Home

Glazed Baby Carrots


For a zippy side dish, try this recipe. These brown sugar-glazed carrots come together in no time at all. —Anita Foster, Fairmount, Georgia
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Creamy Spinach Mushroom SoupTaste of Home

Creamy Spinach Mushroom Soup


This spinach mushroom soup is the perfect accompaniment to any buffet. It can even be made ahead, then warmed and quickly finished on the day of your party. —Susan Jordan, Denver, Colorado
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Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion ShellsTaste of Home

Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion Shells


Gorgonzola cheese and sweet potatoes add a fun and flavorful twist to classic stuffed shells. Delicious with a sprinkle of Parmesan, the pasta can be topped with leftover gravy, too. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island
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Never-Fail Scalloped PotatoesTaste of Home

Never-Fail Scalloped Potatoes


Take the chill off any blustery day and make something special to accompany meaty entrees. This is the best scalloped potatoes recipe ever, and my family loves when I serve it. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario
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Cider Baked SquashTaste of Home

Cider Baked Squash


I'm a freelance writer who sometimes needs a break from a long session of working on a story. That's when I escape to the kitchen to whip up something that's good to eat, yet easy to prepare. This is one of my favorites!
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Spinach with Pine Nuts and RaisinsTaste of Home

Spinach with Pine Nuts and Raisins


A nice side for winter meat entrees, this bright and flavorful dish is a delicious way to get your greens onto any table. The simple list of ingredients makes it easy to prepare. —Gretchen Whelan, San Francisco, California
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Pineapple Sweet Potato Casserole with MarshmallowsTaste of Home

Pineapple Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows


Pineapple, sugar and marshmallows lend a super sweetness to sweet potatoes. I've been making the casserole for years, both for special occasions and casual dinners. —Ruth Leach, Shreveport, Louisiana
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Ground Beef Spinach Alfredo LasagnaTaste of Home

Ground Beef Spinach Alfredo Lasagna


With two types of sauces, ground beef, spinach and three kinds of cheese, this dish is super hearty and goes beyond the expected. When serving, be sure to scoop all the way down to the bottom of the slow cooker so everyone gets a good taste of all the yummy layers. —Deborah Bruno, Mira Loma, California
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Sweet Potato Cranberry BakeTaste of Home

Sweet Potato Cranberry Bake


In October, my husband helps harvest cranberries at a friend's bogs, so I have access to the very freshest ingredients. Their bold autumn flavor pairs up perfectly with sweet potatoes to make a seasonal side dish my family looks forward to. —Jill Doyle, Kingston, Massachusetts
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Bohemian CollardsTaste of Home

Bohemian Collards


I've added unconventional ingredients to these collards that make them unique and exquisite on the palate and on the plate. —Ally Phillips, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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French Onion SoupTaste of Home

French Onion Soup


My seven-year-old daughter Heather and I enjoy spending time together cooking, but our days are busy, so we appreciate quick and tasty recipes like this one. Hot and delicious, this soup hits the spot for lunch or dinner. -Sandra Chambers, Carthage, Mississippi
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Sugar Cream PieTaste of Home

Sugar Cream Pie


I absolutely love Indiana sugar cream pie; especially the one that my grandma made for me. Here, we serve it warm or chilled and call it "Hoosier" sugar cream pie. —Laura Kipper, Westfield, Indiana
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Mom's Macaroni and CheeseTaste of Home

Mom's Macaroni and Cheese


The wonderful homemade goodness of this creamy Velveeta mac and cheese makes it a staple side dish in my mother's kitchen and in mine as well. It has tender noodles and a crowd-pleasing golden crumb topping. —Maria Costello, Monroe, North Carolina
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Hasselback Butternut SquashTaste of Home

Hasselback Butternut Squash


Squash makes the perfect holiday side dish, especially when it's Hasselback butternut squash! The thin slits cut into each half allow the butter, maple syrup, brown sugar and ground chipotle mixture to get in every single nook and cranny. This is one side that everyone at your holiday table will be excited to gobble up! —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
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Green Beans with Pomegranate SeedsTaste of Home

Green Beans with Pomegranate Seeds


These green beans with pomegranate seeds are one of the simplest dishes to make. I made them for Rosh Hashanah this year and they were a hit. Nobody believed there were just 5 ingredients! —Dalya Rubin, Boca Raton, Florida
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Savory Onion ChickenTaste of Home

Savory Onion Chicken


Dinner doesn't get any easier than this tasty onion soup chicken entree. Buy chicken that's already cut up to save even more time. —Julia Anderson, Ringgold, Georgia
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Fried Mashed Potato BallsTaste of Home

Fried Mashed Potato Balls


Fried mashed potatoes are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The key to making this recipe is to use chilled, firm mashed potatoes. Serve these fried mashed potato balls with sour cream or ranch salad dressing on the side. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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The Best Sweet Potato PieTaste of Home

The Best Sweet Potato Pie


I love this recipe's rich, sweet potato flavor and irresistibly buttery crust. Sour cream makes the filling super smooth, and the brown sugar and spices make it extra cozy. There's no doubt that this is the best sweet potato pie! —Shannon Norris, Cudahy, Wisconsin
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Broccoli Rice CasseroleTaste of Home

Broccoli Rice Casserole


This hearty broccoli rice casserole is my usual choice to make for a potluck. With the green of the broccoli and the rich cheese sauce, it's pretty to serve, and it makes a tasty side dish for almost any kind of meat. —Margaret Mayes, La Mesa, California
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Creamy Macaroni and CheeseThe musical "Waitress"

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese


This is the ultimate creamy mac and cheese. It's saucy, thick and very rich, with wonderful cheddar flavor. Once you taste it, you'll be hooked. —Cindy Hartley, Chesapeake, Virginia
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Elegant Green BeansTaste of Home

Elegant Green Beans


Mushrooms and water chestnuts give new life to ordinary green bean casserole. Every time I make it for friends, I'm asked to share the recipe. —Linda Poe, Sandstone, Minnesota
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Cranberry Gingerbread SconesTaste of Home

Cranberry Gingerbread Scones


Cranberry studded scones are perfect for a holiday brunch. The baking aroma is so welcoming, I bake these gingerbread scones as guests arrive. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
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Honey CoffeeTaste of Home

Honey Coffee


For a quick pick-me-up, sip this pleasantly sweet coffee, inspired by the taste of a traditional Spanish latte.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Creamed Pearl OnionsTaste of Home

Creamed Pearl Onions


When our children were small, we always celebrated Christmas at our house. This was one of many recipes I relied on that could be prepared a day in advance, which gave me more time to spend with guests. Everyone expected to see this vegetable dish on the table every year. —Barbara Caserman, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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Roasted Chicken with Brown GravyTaste of Home

Roasted Chicken with Brown Gravy


Folks say this is the most delicious roasted chicken in brown sauce they've ever had. There's only one problem—there are never any leftovers! —Annie Tompkins, Deltona, Florida
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French Onion CasseroleTaste of Home

French Onion Casserole


Fans of French onion soup will gobble up this comforting casserole. The 30-minute side dish would be a nice accompaniment to beef entrees.—Margaret McClatchey, Loveland, Colorado
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Thyme Green Beans with AlmondsTaste of Home

Thyme Green Beans with Almonds


Thyme is a nice addition to this classic vegetable side dish. It's a snap to make for family, yet special enough to serve guests. —Kenna Baber, Rochester, Minnesota
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Eggnog PieTaste of Home

Eggnog Pie


Even better than holiday eggnog in a glass is eggnog on a plate! This creamy pie delivers all that rich, wonderful flavor. It’s pretty, too, with a sprinkling of nutmeg on top. —Florence Shaw, East Wenatchee, Washington
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Crispy Mashed Potato & Stuffing PattiesTaste of Home

Crispy Mashed Potato & Stuffing Patties


Talk about a fun way to use holiday leftovers! Making this turkey and stuffing patty is so fast. The family looks forward to this breakfast treat every year. —Kellie Ferea, Casa Grande, Arizona
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Pretty Duchess PotatoesTaste of Home

Pretty Duchess Potatoes


Comfort-food flavor comes in attractive packages that are just the right size! This recipe is a favorite Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving menu idea. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Duck with orange hazelnut stuffingTaste of Home

Duck with Orange Hazelnut Stuffing


For more than half a century, this elegant entree has graced my family's holiday table. The zesty stuffing with its nice nutty crunch complements the slices of moist duck, while the hint of orange in the gravy sets it apart.
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Pecan Sweet Potato BakeTaste of Home

Pecan Sweet Potato Bake


The luscious sweet potato pecan recipe was handed down through my husband’s family, and it’s become a tradition for me to serve it during the holidays. Everyone loves it! —Nanci Keatley, Salem, Oregon
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Steamed Carrot PuddingTaste of Home

Steamed Carrot Pudding


This recipe has been in my family for at least three generations, passed down from my Canadian grandmother. It's been a favorite wintertime dessert for us and always included for Easter dinner and other holiday meals. —Ann Searcey, Kettering, Ohio
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Winter Squash with Maple GlazeTaste of Home

Winter Squash with Maple Glaze


You can use any type of winter squash in this simple vegetable bake, but I like to use at least two varieties. It can be assembled a day ahead, then baked just before serving.—Teri Kreyche, Tustin, California
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Special Creamed CornTaste of Home

Special Creamed Corn


This corn has earned a permanent place on our special-occasion menus. While my whole family loves it, my son would be especially disappointed if I forgot to include our corn dish. —Deb Hauptmann, Mohnton, Pennsylvania
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Herbed Turkey GravyTaste of Home

Herbed Turkey Gravy


This traditional gravy recipe works for any roasted meat or poultry. You’ll get eight ¼-cup servings in 2 cups of gravy. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Brined Grilled Turkey BreastTaste of Home

Brined Grilled Turkey Breast


You'll want to give thanks for this mouthwatering, slightly sweet turkey! A hint of spice makes this one of our best turkey recipes ever. —Tina Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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Southern Black-Eyed PeasTaste of Home

Southern Black-Eyed Peas


I find pork the secret to a good black-eyed pea recipe. A double dose of ham for flavor and slow and gentle cooking creates this perfect side dish. —Emory Doty, Jasper, Georgia
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Quick Green Beans with BaconTaste of Home

Quick Green Beans with Bacon


Green beans with bacon and onions makes such an easy side dish. Fresh beans lend a crisp, bright flavor to any meal. They're best when served hot. —Mari Anne Warren, Milton, Wisconsin
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Bacon Parmesan PopoversTaste of Home

Bacon Parmesan Popovers


This recipe proves that simple ingredients often result in the best-tasting dishes. These popovers are a nice change from ordinary toast or muffins. —Donna Gaston, Coplay, Pennsylvania
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Rack of Lamb with FigsTaste of Home

Rack of Lamb with Figs


I've been making rack of lamb for years. My grandma gave me this recipe because she knew how much I love figs. And the toasted walnuts sprinkled on top give it just the right finishing touch. —Sylvia Castanon, Long Beach, California
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Molded Strawberry SaladTaste of Home

Molded Strawberry Salad


This refreshing salad has two layers - a pretty pink bottom that includes sour cream, and a ruby red top with strawberries and pineapple. For years, Mom has included this salad in meals she prepares for our family. -Gloria Grant, Sterling, Illinois
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Southern Sweet Potato TartTaste of Home

Southern Sweet Potato Tart


We love sweet potatoes, so I try to incorporate them in as many dishes as I can. My secret ingredient in this sweet potato tart is the bourbon—it's what makes it so delicious. —Marie Bruno, Greensboro, Georgia
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Best Ever CheesecakeTaste of Home

Best Ever Cheesecake


I've passed this recipe on to dozens of folks. My daughter was so fond of it that she wanted it served for her wedding instead of traditional cake. — Howard Koch, Lima, Ohio
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Savory Pork Loin RoastThe musical "Waitress"

Savory Pork Loin Roast


This recipe is one of my family's favorite. The pork always tender and fragrant.—DeEtta Rasmussen, Fort Madison, Iowa
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Brussels Sprouts in Rosemary Cream SauceTaste of Home

Brussels Sprouts in Rosemary Cream Sauce


Brussels sprouts in a rosemary-infused cream sauce have the power to bring friends together – but watch out for fights over who gets the last of the sauce. —Liz Koschoreck, Berea, Kentucky
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Citrus Rainbow CarrotsTaste of Home

Citrus Rainbow Carrots


I grow lots of carrots and I’m always experimenting with ways to serve them. The first time I made this citrusy recipe for my husband, he said it tasted like Christmas! Although he calls them my "Christmas Carrots," they're tasty anytime; I especially like serving them at Easter, with the array of carrots available in early spring. It's easy to prepare, and can easily be doubled to serve a large group. To save time, I sometimes dice the carrots several days in advance. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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Restaurant-Style Prime RibTaste of Home

Restaurant-Style Prime Rib


I have served this recipe to people visiting the U.S. from all over the world and to dear friends, family and neighbors. It is enjoyed and raved about by all. It makes an excellent main dish for a Christmas feast. —Kelly Williams, Forked River, New Jersey
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Corn & Onion StuffingTaste of Home

Corn & Onion Stuffing


I like something different for a side dish and this is it. This stuffing is perfect with pork, beef or chicken. You can leave it in the slow cooker until it’s time to eat—or make it early, refrigerate it until almost serving time, and then reheat it. —Patricia Swart, Galloway, New Jersey
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Cioppino-Style SoupTaste of Home

Cioppino-Style Soup


This classic San Fransisco soup makes an easy, healthy and flavorful dinner. I serve it every New Year's Eve, and I'll often include salmon along with the cod, shrimp and crab. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with PancettaTaste of Home

Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta


I always loved Brussels sprouts growing up, so I decided as an adult to bring them home to our family table. I've been making them ever since.—Brenda Washnock, Negaunee, Michigan
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Turkey Breast with Cranberry Brown RiceTaste of Home

Turkey Breast with Cranberry Brown Rice


As a single retiree, I roast a turkey breast half instead of making a whole turkey dinner. This is a perfect meal for anyone cooking for themselves, and it also leaves enough leftovers for sandwiches and tacos. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Super Simple Scalloped PotatoesTaste of Home

Super Simple Scalloped Potatoes


I’ve made many types of scalloped potatoes but I always come back to this rich, creamy and fail-proof recipe. This is a dish where the bottom gets scraped clean. —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California
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Gingersnap Crumb Pear PieTaste of Home

Gingersnap Crumb Pear Pie


This basic recipe was one my grandmother used for making crumble pies from fresh fruit. She simply substituted oats, gingersnaps or vanilla wafers depending on the fruit. Pear was always my favorite, and I added the ginger and caramel to give it a new twist. —Fay Moreland, Wichita Falls, Texas
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Warm Apple & Pistachio Spinach SaladTaste of Home

Warm Apple & Pistachio Spinach Salad


I'm really not a salad person, but this unusual salad is actually worthy of bringing to a dinner party or even eating by itself. Plus, it's super quick and easy to make. —Justine Kmiecik, Dupont, Washington
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Apple GravyTaste of Home

Apple Gravy


You might want to make a double batch of this rich apple gravy. Yep, it's sensational with beef, but you've gotta try it on mashed potatoes, chops, roasted veggies—pretty much anything goes. —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Chicken-Cranberry Hot DishTaste of Home

Chicken-Cranberry Hot Dish


In my family, we never eat chicken without cranberry sauce! This chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender; the sauce is divine with mashed potatoes. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
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Cherry Pull-Apart BreadTaste of Home

Cherry Pull-Apart Bread


Every year I make a huge batch of my cherry bread —some goes to friends as a special treat, and the rest we enjoy as part of our Christmas breakfast. Refrigerated biscuits give the texture of scones to a pretty loaf that's much quicker than yeast bread made from scratch. —Beverly Batty, Forest Lake, Minnesota
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Finnish Mulled WineTaste of Home

Finnish Mulled Wine


I found this recipe stuck in the pages of my Finnish grandmother's Bible. It takes 24 hours to make. Store tightly bottled in the fridge for up to two weeks. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida
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Air-Fryer Peppermint Lava CakesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Peppermint Lava Cakes


It never ceases to amaze to see warm chocolate pudding ooze out of the center of this tender chocolate cake. These cakes are a showstopper on a plate! Serve lava cakes with whipped cream or ice cream. —Carolyn Crotser, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Pressure Cooker Beef Daube ProvencalTaste of Home

Pressure Cooker Beef Daube Provencal


My dish is perfect on chilly nights, especially after we have been out chopping wood. The melt-in-your-mouth goodness makes it a staple in my menu rotation. —Brenda Ryan, Marshall, Missouri
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Badger State StuffingTaste of Home

Badger State Stuffing


Your family will love the contrasting sweet, savory, and slightly tart flavors in this spin on a Thanksgiving classic. Feel free to use your favorite beer or dried fruit to make the dish your own. —Andrea Fetting, Franklin, Wisconsin
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Sour Cream 'n' Dill ChickenTaste of Home

Sour Cream 'n' Dill Chicken


With six children and two boarders, it seems I'm always cooking for a crowd. So, almost every recipe I use is doubled or tripled. This one is an updated version of the Sunday dinner my mother would have prepared. You can easily get it ready Sunday morning and let it cook while you're away at church. —Rebekah Brown, Three Hills, Alberta
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Mashed Garlic PotatoesTaste of Home

Mashed Garlic Potatoes


I infuse creamy mashed potatoes with the subtle taste of garlic, which makes them a welcome addition to any meal. —Myra Innes, Auburn, Kansas
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French Silk PieTaste of Home

French Silk Pie


“I first made French Silk Pie when I was in high school, then, years later, I tinkered with the recipe until I was happy with it," says Lisa Francis of Elba, Alabama. "Now, it’s one of my husband Dalton’s favorites."
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Vegetarian Skillet LasagnaTaste of Home

Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna


This flavorful weeknight vegetarian skillet lasagna is sure to please any meat lover at your dinner table. Serve with a mixed green salad to complement the meal. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Creamy Twice-Baked PotatoesTaste of Home

Creamy Twice-Baked Potatoes


With a yummy cream cheese filling, these rich potatoes tucked into their own skins are sure winners. They look fancy but are not tricky to make. —Linda Wheeler, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Parsnips & Turnips au GratinTaste of Home

Parsnips & Turnips au Gratin


This is a delicious variation on au gratin that features something besides potatoes. I sometimes substitute rutabaga for the turnips. It’s a well-guarded recipe in my collection. Until now! —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Pie with Sugared PecansTaste of Home

Pumpkin-Sweet Potato Pie with Sugared Pecans


This is not your typical pumpkin pie! With a smooth, creamy filling and pretty arrangement of nuts on top, it's an extra-special dessert. —Loretta Lawrence, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Hearty Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon DressingTaste of Home

Hearty Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing


This warm, hearty spinach and bacon salad offers comfort at any meal. The glossy dressing features a hint of celery seed for a special touch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Au Gratin Peas and PotatoesTaste of Home

Au Gratin Peas and Potatoes


While this delicious potato skillet is a wonderful side dish, we find it satisfying enough to be a main course, too. The skillet preparation takes less time than it does to bake an au gratin casserole or scalloped potatoes—but it's still good old-fashioned comfort food at its best! —Marie Peterson, DeForest, Wisconsin
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Braised Herb Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Braised Herb Pork Chops


These herb-packed braised pork chops are great for entertaining because it comes together quickly and bakes for 2 hours. While visiting, my guests and I can enjoy the wonderful aroma. —Darci Truax, Billings, Montana

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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