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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    Caprese Eggplant Hero

    Eggplant Caprese is a wonderful way to showcase fresh produce including tomatoes, eggplant and basil. During the summer when tomatoes are at the most delicious, I love to create new recipes to eat as many tomatoes as possible! This recipe is so tasty that my family enjoys eating it in every season.You don't need to peel the eggplant. The peel adds some texture and nutrients, and it helps holds the form a little better. It's a taste preference. Change it up and add sliced mushrooms in addition to or instead of the spinach. —Stacy Corday, Waxhaw, NC

    Sicilian Pizza (Sfincione)

    My favorite pizza from childhood is still my favorite today. The crunchy bread-crumb topping sets it apart from its American...

    Pumpkin Cannoli Cake Roll

    My family has been serving this pumpkin roll every Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember. This last...

    Chicken Parmesan Stromboli

    2 reviews

    I love chicken Parmesan and my family loves stromboli so one day I tried to combine the two using a...

    Italian Bread Salad with Olives

    This quick and flavorful bread salad always gets rave reviews from my friends and family. This panzanella-style dish is a...

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    Cheesy Meatball Sliders

    5 reviews

    These meatball sliders are a fun way to serve meatballs at your party without using a slow cooker. Made on...

    Roasted Asparagus Risotto

    1 review

    This recipe's wow factor makes it perfect for special occasions. To save time, the asparagus and prosciutto can be roasting...

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    Quinoa Arancini

    We love arancini, but they’re not the healthiest thing going! I wanted to make a version that we could enjoy...

    Strawberry Ricotta Bruschetta

    3 reviews

    Here's an interesting spin on bruschetta. The creamy ricotta cheese spread is an ideal complement to the sweet, minty strawberry...

    Tuscan Fish Packets

    8 reviews

    My husband does a lot of fishing, so I'm always looking for different ways to serve his catches. A professional...

    Italian Orange-Fig Cookies

    2 reviews

    This is one of the first holiday cookies I made when I found out I could no longer eat gluten....

    Zucchini Panzanella Salad

    5 reviews

    I learned how to make panzanella from my friend's grandmother. Once I discovered how to make the perfect vinaigrette, it...

    Sweet Italian Holiday Bread

    4 reviews

    This is authentic ciambellotto, a sweet loaf my great-grandmother used to bake in Italy. I still use her traditional recipe—the...

    Italian Sausage Calzone

    3 reviews

    My teenage daughter and I have been experimenting in the kitchen to re-create some old-time family dishes. This calzone with...

    Italian Horn Cookies

    9 reviews

    My family has been making these delicate fruit-filled cookies for generations. They’re light and flaky, with the look of an...

    Homemade Croutons

    6 reviews

    You can change up these basic homemade croutons recipe by substituting your favorite herbs and spices. —Taste of Home Test...

    Roasted Grape Tomatoes

    5 reviews

    Everyone loves this mouthwatering starter with just a few ingredients. We appreciate that it’s a fast, simple way to use...

    Cranberry Walnut Biscotti

    9 reviews

    A chocolate drizzle lends extra sweetness to biscotti loaded with walnuts and dried cranberries. —Joan Duckworth, Lee's Summit, Missouri

    Asparagus Wraps

    2 reviews

    Asparagus makes lovely finger food, especially wrapped in pastry and tasty filling. Easily assembled, it’s perfect for weeknight noshing or...

    Potluck Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

    20 reviews

    Pennsylvania is often referred to as the "Mushroom Capital of the World." These sausage-stuffed mushrooms are delicious appetizers and always...

    Lemon and Rosemary Chicken

    16 reviews

    This baked rosemary chicken with a tangy lemon sauce is my husband's favorite, and my sister always wants it for...

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    Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Crescents

    If your family is anything like mine, you may want to make a double batch of these crescents since they...

    Eggnog Biscotti

    1 review

    You may substitute additional eggnog if rum isn't your thing. For a variation, try using one of the flavored eggnogs...

    Herbed Cheese Sticks

    14 reviews

    We love the breadsticks we get hot from the oven at our local pizza parlor. Now I can serve that...

    Cheesy Texas Toast

    3 reviews

    My husband and I love garlic bread, but it's such a waste for just the two of us, so I...

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    Sparkling Peach Bellinis

    3 reviews

    Folks will savor the subtle kiss of peach flavor in this elegant brunch beverage. — Taste of Home Test Kitchen,...

    Baked Spinach Dip in Bread

    11 reviews

    This is the only way my kids will eat spinach! The dip can be made ahead and chilled. Place in...

    Mozzarella Beef Roll-Ups

    18 reviews

    The kids will love these pepperoni and beef wraps. They're easy to assemble because each tortilla is simply wrapped around...

    Italian Herb and Cheese Breadsticks

    Thanks to convenient frozen dough, these delectable breadsticks are oven-ready in 20 minutes. The cheesy bites are so good dipped...

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    Italian Meatball Buns

    20 reviews

    These soft little rolls come with a pleasant surprise inside—savory Italian meatballs. The apps are wonderful dipped in marinara sauce,...

    Tomato Basil Bread

    1 review

    This round breads' chewy crust pairs well with a steaming mug of soup. The pretty color and robust flavor are...