Top Recipes for Winter Entertaining

Mix and match recipes from Food Network chefs, whether you're planning a warm, comforting meal or a mingle-friendly get-together.

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Cassoulet with Sausage

Feed a crowd with this one-pot classic, a hearty French dish loaded with Italian sausage, lamb or pork shoulder and lots of veggies.

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Bread Pudding Cups with Bourbon Sauce

With a dash of bourbon sauce, these portable bread puddings are perfect for a party.

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Potato Bites

Bite-size potatoes are super-simple to make and a satisfying addition to any menu.

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Sausage Lasagna

Anne makes sausage the star of her easy lasagna. Paired with a hearty sauce of San Marzano tomatoes and pancetta, this meal will curb even the hungriest of appetites.

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Bronx Cocktail

Orange juice makes a refreshing mixer for this gin cocktail.

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Fried Fish with Smashed Chips

For some of the best fish and chips this side of the Atlantic, fry up this crisp and flavorful take at home.

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Slow-Roasted Pork with Citrus and Garlic

Give your Boston butt pork shoulder plenty of time to marinate in this amazing mixture of garlic, herbs and spices, citrus juice, Worcestershire sauce and olive oil, before roasting it to fall-apart perfection.

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Raspberry Crumble Bars

Ina bakes basic shortbread with raspberry jam for an unmatchable dessert crumble.

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Chorizo and Polenta Lasagna

Guy’s dish is full of surprises: tucked into the layers of polenta, noodles and chorizo sauce are Swiss chard and lots of fontina and mozzarella cheeses.

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Good Eats Beef Stew

Searing and slow-roasting beef brings out maximum flavor for Alton's stew.

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Corn and Poblano Lasagna

Try a non-tomato take on lasagna: Marcela’s version uses heavy cream, corn and zucchini for robust flavor that’s ready to serve in a little over two hours.

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Gibson

The classic Gibson is mixed with dry vermouth and gin, and often taken with pickled onions.

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Guinness Sundaes

Give classic sundaes an adult twist with a drizzle of Guinness syrup.

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Stracotto (Pot Roast) with Porcini Mushrooms

Giada uses reconstituted dried porcini mushrooms to bring intense savory flavor to her Italian pot roast.

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Deluxe Coffee Cake

Alex's coffee cake may just be the best reason ever to get out of bed. She never skips sifting the dry ingredients, which helps integrate them and aerate the cake.

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Sage-Butter Mashed Potatoes

Add browned butter and warmed sage to standard mashed potatoes for a warming, fragrant and plentiful side.

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Braised Short Ribs with Mushrooms

These tender short ribs are braised in red wine, along with pancetta, cognac, mushrooms and thyme, for amazing flavor.

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Cherry Cuba Libre

A dark and fruity take on the more traditional version of this highball drink, this Cuba Libre uses dark rum and cherry liqueur.

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Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate pudding with cinnamon whipped cream comes together in a flash for a silky, creamy indulgence.

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Bananas Flambe

In less than 10 minutes you can go from craving to consuming these golden, glazed bananas, flavored with vanilla and citrus and served with a flaming rum sauce.

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Chocolate Chestnut Mousse

Use chestnut puree to give classic chocolate mousse a nutty disposition.

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French 75

Shake up an effervescent cocktail of gin, lemon juice and sparkling wine.

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Glazed Cornish Hens with Pomegranate-Rice Stuffing

Cornish hens look fancy, but they're just small chickens. Plan on one per person for a generous serving.

Get the Recipe: Glazed Cornish Hens With Pomegranate-Rice Stuffing

Portobello Mushroom Lasagna

The standard lasagna may call for tomato sauce, but Ina's top-rated recipe comes with a rich white sauce instead, which brings a creamy contrast to sauteed portobello mushrooms, grated Parmesan and lasagna noodles.

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Sardinian Spaghetti

Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce is a simple, classic dish for feeding a crowd.

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Tuscan Roast Pork with Fennel

Serve a family-style fall-off-the-bone roast with fresh rosemary and we guarantee you'll lick the plate clean.

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Smothered Pork Chops

Cook onions until soft and sweet before transferring them onto a skillet-cooked pork chop. Serve with buttery biscuits.

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Wild Mushroom and Cauliflower Lasagna

This lasagna is a layered work of art: Bobby uses sheep’s milk ricotta, shallots, mushrooms and even honey to develop the flavor of this stacked dish.

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Lemon-Sage Chicken Cutlets

Embellish quick-cooking chicken cutlets with a golden-hued breading and aromatics from sage and lemon.

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Pot Roast with Roasted Vegetables

Tender and flavorful, this go-to pot roast recipe works as a comforting, meaty meal perfect for cold-weather entertaining. 

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Garlicky Broccoli Rabe

To beat the bitterness of broccoli rabe, cook it in salted boiling water before sauteing it in garlic oil until tender.

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Roast Pork Loin

Serve this simple roasted pork alongside a savory fall vegetable cobbler made with turnips, potatoes and carrots.

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Coffee-Caramel Tres Leches Cake

Food Network Magazine dresses up a store-bought pound cake by dousing it in an easy coffee-spiked caramel made with sweetened condensed milk.

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Braised Chicken Thighs and Legs with Tomato

Alex's rustic, succulent chicken dish is reminiscent of chicken cacciatore, but it achieves complex flavor with the addition of cinnamon sticks and whole cumin seeds.

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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

It takes three whole heads of garlic to make Ina's ultra-flavorful, 5-star chicken dinner, which is served with a delectable cognac-cream sauce.

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Winter Sangria

"This punch is sweet, fresh and crisp all in one glass," Sunny says. "It's perfect for a colorful toast!"

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Grape and Ricotta Galette with Fennel Crust and Red Wine Syrup

Valerie’s galette straddles the line between sweet and savory, but the red wine syrup drizzled over the top pushes this rustic pie straight into dessert territory.

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Chianti Affogato

Pour warm wine syrup (instead of the traditional hot espresso) over gelato for a cozy Italian-style treat.

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