Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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    Matzo Brei

    Matzo brei (pronounced like fry) is one of the few dishes from my childhood that I'll never outgrow. The dampened shards of matzo mixed with beaten eggs and milk and then cooked in butter will never go out of style. I like to serve this matzo brei recipe in one big piece, but you can also scramble the mixture. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

    Homemade Gelt

    Giving chocolate coins to children, and sometimes to teachers, is a long-standing Hanukkah tradition. This homemade version of gelt uses...

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    Pomegranate Short Ribs

    2 reviews

    I like drizzling the short rib's pomegranate molasses sauce on top of simple roasted vegetables. It’s a bit tangy and...

    Apple Cake for Passover

    Adding a dollop of whipped cream is a sweet addition to this passover cake! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee,...

    Reuben Salad in a Jar

    1 review

    Amy Smith from Avon, Connecticut, shared her layered Reuben salad with us, and we couldn’t resist making it extra portable....

    Basic Braised Lamb Shanks

    7 reviews

    A friend shared this recipe with me many years ago. My son-in-law loves these lamb shanks as part of a...

    Lamb with Apricots

    1 review

    When I was a new bride, I decided to prepare a special Hanukkah for my husband, David, and me to...

    Brisket with Chunky Tomato Sauce

    1 review

    When Linda Blaska of Atlanta, Georgia treats dinner guests to this impressive brisket, they agree it's the best beef they've...

    Leek Soup

    2 reviews

    When leeks are perfect for picking in my area, I start making this hearty leek soup. We pick as many...

    Potato Latkes

    2 reviews

    This potato latke recipe is tasty at any meal. For the ultimate crispiness, squeeze out all the liquid from the...

    Glazed Lebkuchen

    1 review

    Honey and spices give great flavor to these cake-like bars topped with a thin sugar glaze. They're especially popular around...

    Cranberry Rugelach

    3 reviews

    These traditional Polish treats will keep for a long time in an airtight container. One year, I sent a batch...

    Makeover Noodle Kugel

    3 reviews

    We think you'll feel good about serving this fabulous brunch dish, now that it's lower in saturated fat and cholesterol....

    Garlic Eggplant Spread

    What a mouthwatering mix of flavors and textures in this delicious spread from Greenwood, Indiana’s Brenda Martin! Mild eggplant makes...

    Apricot Cheese Kugel

    4 reviews

    This sweet noodle kugel is a fun dessert and a super addition to any brunch buffet. My family and friends...

    Berry Nice Brisket

    1 review

    Cranberry juice and cranberry sauce make this brisket tender and tasty.—Carol Hunihan, Alamosa, Colorado

    Homemade Matzo Ball Soup

    1 review

    My mother is of Russian descent and would make this for Friday night dinner while I was growing up. It's...

    Onion Kugel

    Sliced eggplant, diced green pepper or shredded cabbage can be used in place of onions for this onion kugel recipe....

    Beef Brisket with Cranberry Gravy

    2 reviews

    With just a few minutes of hands-on work, this tender beef brisket simmers into a delectable entree. “The meat and...

    Potato-Leek Soup

    16 reviews

    This savory potato-leek soup is a dish we especially enjoy for dinner on a cold night. Served with hot homemade...


    5 reviews

    I found this tzimmes recipe a long time ago. It has become our traditional side dish for every holiday feast...

    Cardamom Carrots

    1 review

    "These slightly sweet carrots with a hint of cardamom go over big whenever I serve them. They're particularly nice at...

    Cranberry Beef Brisket

    2 reviews

    "My mother-in-law gave me the recipe for this tender brisket," relates Annette Bartle of Lees Summit, Missouri. It yields a...

    Sweet Corn Blintzes

    I often make a double batch of these blintzes to take to work. I always come home with an empty...

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    Honey Coffee

    8 reviews

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

    Sauerkraut Latkes

    1 review

    Really? Sauerkraut in potato pancakes? Oh, yes. Firm, sweet apples mellow the tang so very nicely. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho

    Brussels Sprouts with Golden Raisins

    1 review

    Take a break from ordinary steamed brussels sprouts by combining them with raisins and a slightly tart dressing. Thinly slicing...

    Cajun Beef Brisket

    There's nothing like seeing my husband's eyes light up when he comes through the door and sees I've prepared this...

    Hash Brown Pancakes with Smoked Salmon & Dill Cream

    1 review

    On weekends when I was growing up, pancakees, salmon and bagels were our brunch staples. Now, I combine the concepts...

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    Tender Barbecued Brisket

    2 reviews

    These tender slices of beef can be served as a main dish with potatoes for Sunday dinner or as barbecued...