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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    Seared Scallops with Polenta and Avocado Cream

    This seared scallops with polenta is a really impressive dish. It's beautiful but simple and a wonderful dinner party entree. If you can find them, peppadew peppers add a bit of zing, but if you can't, roasted red peppers will work just fine. Shrimp can also be substituted for the scallops, if you prefer. —Katie Pelczar, West Hartford, Connecticut

    Nutty Kale Pesto Pasta with Caramelized Onion

    My bountiful garden and vegetarian daughter both inspired me to create this nutritious, calcium-rich kale pesto pasta. No one would...


    Creamy Pumpkin Gnocchi

    We had homemade gnocchi frequently while growing up. This creamy pumpkin gnocchi recipe was always my favorite. They do require...


    Slow-Cooker Polenta

    This Italian classic is so simple to make, you can now make it any night of the week. —Elisabeth Matelski,...


    Mac ‘n’ Cheese Dinner

    3 reviews

    Don’t settle for ordinary mac and cheese. This version is my kids’ favorite, so I always make a huge pot....

    Parmesan-Ranch Snack Mix

    11 reviews

    This is a quick and delicious snack, especially for kids No one that I’ve made this for can have just...


    Pesto Bean Soup

    This is one of my favorite vegetarian recipes, especially on those cold winter evenings. I make large batches and freeze...

    Swiss Chard Bean Soup

    7 reviews

    This hearty soup combines nutritious Swiss chard with other garden favorites. Its light broth is surprisingly rich in flavor, and...


    Chicken Cheese Lasagna

    14 reviews

    This creamy pasta dish gives an old favorite a new twist! Three cheeses and chicken blended with the fresh taste...


    Creamy Ranch Mac and Cheese

    4 reviews

    I came up with the recipe for this creamy and comforting macaroni and cheese with a ranch-flavored twist. My husband...


    Butternut Gratin with Parmesan-Sage Topping

    Here’s a wonderful side dish for Christmastime. The baked butternut squash and onions get extra flavor from a topping of...

    Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes

    4 reviews

    "I adapted this recipe for my slow cooker so I could bring these cheesy potatoes to a potluck picnic," relates...


    Three-Cheese Chicken Bake

    12 reviews

    This is a hearty, comforting casserole that's always a crowd-pleaser. The combination of flavors and interesting colors ensures I come...


    Brie and Sausage Brunch Bake

    12 reviews

    I've made this brunch bake for holidays, as well as for a weekend at a friend's cabin, and I always...


    Cheesy Onion Focaccia

    2 reviews

    this recipe makes a golden brown loaf with a pleasing onion flavor enhanced by garlic and Italian seasoning. With melted...


    Parmesan Fondue

    4 reviews

    "This recipe was given to me many years ago at a New Year's potluck," says Gwynne Fleener of Coeur d'Alene,...

    Deluxe Cheeseburgers

    2 reviews

    Kathleen Vashro perks up ground beef with tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chopped onion and Parmesan and cheddar cheeses. "We love...


    Slow-Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip

    8 reviews

    This rich and creamy dip is perfect for special occasions. It tastes especially good when served warm with crackers. The...


    Creamed Spinach with Parmesan

    1 review

    Cooked spinach makes a perfect accompaniment to many entrees, especially salmon.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


    Parmesan Butternut Squash

    7 reviews

    Butternut squash sprinkled with Parmesan and bread crumbs makes a superb side dish we love to share. Using the microwave...


    Parmesan Truffles

    These individual Parmesan cheese balls start with a base of whipping cream and garlic. Rolling them in minced parsley lends...


    Golden Butternut Squash Lasagna

    3 reviews

    My rich, saucy lasagna features winter squash at its finest. The whipped cream topping adds a unique twist to this...


    Grilled Cheese & Tomato Flatbreads

    7 reviews

    This is a combination of grilled pizza and a cheesy flatbread recipe I discovered years ago. It's a great appetizer...


    Swiss Angel Hair ‘n’ Asparagus

    4 reviews

    I found this recipe in an old community cookbook that I paid 50 cents for at a garage sale! My...

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    Garlic Parmesan Popcorn

    1 review

    I came up with this recipe one night when I was craving a salty snack. It's a great change from...


    Ranch Mac & Cheese

    57 reviews

    I came up with the recipe for this creamy and satisfying macaroni and cheese, which has a special twist. My...


    Parmesan-Romano Mashed Potatoes

    My sister hates mashed potatoes, but for whatever reason likes my potatoes. She one night requested cheesey mashed potatoes, and...


    Five-Cheese Rigatoni

    4 reviews

    Who can resist cheesy pasta hot from the oven? This ooey-gooey rigatoni mac and cheese boasts a homemade white sauce....


    Jazzy Mac ‘n’ Cheese

    2 reviews

    Adding Parmesan and mozzarella to already cheesy macaroni will have your clan clamoring for this tried-and-true pasta dish. Diced tomatoes...


    Peppery Parmesan Bread

    I rely on my bread machine to make the dough for this rustic bread. Serve slices with olive oil for...