Songbook Playbook: Recipes from Holiday Carols

We've got classic holiday recipes straight from the carolers' songbook.  

From Songbook to Tabletop

What makes the holidays festive? Just ask a caroler. We've got some of the most-traditional holiday recipes, straight from the seasonal songbook itself.

The Christmas Song

Bring new meaning to the words "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" this Christmas by serving this side dish, chock-full of roasted chestnuts, wild rice and white basmati rice. Diced celery will help give the pilaf a lot of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Chestnut and Wild Rice Pilaf

Let It Snow

"It doesn't show signs of stopping, and I've brought some corn for popping." In the spirit of this cherished carol, kick off your holiday meal with a batch of buttery homemade popcorn, with some grated lemon zest for a burst of bright citrus flavor.

Get the Recipe: Brown Butter, Rosemary, and Lemon Popcorn

Over the River

Melissa d'Arabian's rich and creamy holiday pudding sets the mood for a festive meal and will have all the kids singing: "Is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!" Remember to add a dash of cayenne — it lends a satisfying hint of spice.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Butterscotch Pudding

Christmas Is Coming

Keep Guy Fieri's maple-bourbon brine in mind this Christmas, when you hear carolers singing: "How about a turkey leg for dear old me? If you haven't got a turkey leg, a turkey wing will do." After sampling these juicy turkey legs, a wing simply won't do.

Get the Recipe: Maple Bourbon Brined Turkey Legs

Christmas in Hollis

Prepare these flavorful slow-cooked collards with garlic, chicken broth and a ham hock for your holiday meal; the whole family will be singing, "It's Christmas time in Hollis, Queens/Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens ... "

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooked Collard Greens

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

When it's the holidays, there are two things you can count on: caroling and pumpkin pie. The famous lyrics reminds us: "Later we'll have some pumpkin pie/And we'll do some caroling ... " Make this year's pumpkin pie extra special by making it from scratch, starting with a buttery homemade crust.

Get the Recipe: From Scratch Pumpkin Pie

Hanukkah, O Hanukkah

It isn't a Hanukkah celebration unless there are hot latkes on the table, just as the song instructs: "Gather 'round the table, we'll give you a treat, dreidels to play with and latkes to eat."

Get the Recipe: Potato Latkes

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Celebrate one of Christmas' oldest traditions by serving this comforting English pudding, highlighting some of the season's best ingredients, like figs and dates. Decorate each bowl with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and you'll hear cheers resound from all around the table: "Now bring us some figgy pudding!"

Get the Recipe: Warm Sticky Figgy Pudding

A Lot Like Christmas

Your guests will be seeing "candy canes and silver lanes aglow" when you bring out these gorgeous molten chocolate cakes decorated with crushed candy canes for a fallen-snow effect.

Get the Recipe: Molten Chocolate Cake with Crushed Candy Canes