22 Merry and Bright Holiday Recipes from The Kitchen

From easy-to-eat appetizers to wow-worthy desserts, these seasonal dishes and drinks will impress even the most-demanding guests this holiday.

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Cheese-and-Cracker House

Up the appetizer ante at your holiday soiree with this epic cheese-and-cracker display, creatively constructed to look just like a snowy chalet.

Pass the Cheese and Cracker House

Pomegranate Holiday Salad

With pops of green and red colors from the arugula and the jewel-like pomegranate seeds, respectively, Katie Lee's 10-minute salad is simple enough to prep on a weeknight but impressive enough for guests.

Get the Recipe: Pomegranate Holiday Salad

Rudolph's Cranberry Antlers Cocktail

For an extra-special holiday garnish, Geoffrey Zakarian adorns his vermouth-based cranberry cocktail with a marshmallow-turned-reindeer; two cloves make up the eyes, a cranberry acts as the nose, and rosemary sprigs become the antlers.

Get the Recipe: Rudolph's Cranberry Antlers Cocktail

Fig and Pepita Goat Cheese Log

When guests show up unannounced and hungry for a snack, look to this appetizer to save the day. It takes five minutes to prepare and doesn't require cooking, only a simple assembly of a few ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Fig and Pepita Goat Cheese Log

Garlic-Mushroom Fondue

Set up a bar with crostini and veggies, then let your guests dip them into the melted cheese with garlicky mushrooms.

Get the Recipe: Garlic Mushroom Fondue

Poblano Artichoke Dip

"The poblanos make it," GZ said after tasting Marcela Valladolid's cheesy, creamy dip, which Marcela serves warm.

Get the Recipe: Poblano Artichoke Dip

Stuffed Crown Roast of Pork

This roast gets its "crown" name from the way the chops look when tied together in a circle. It's in that round space in the middle of the roast that GZ cooks his hearty stuffing, which features sweet Italian sausage, fresh apples and cornbread.

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Crown Roast of Pork

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Breast

Consider this the antidote to the chicken breasts you know and perhaps don't love. Moist and full of bold ingredients, GZ's chicken gets stuffed with a cheesy walnut-sage mixture and then wrapped in salty prosciutto, for flavor from the inside out. He makes a buttery sauce with lemon and capers for a decadent finish.

Get the Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Breast

Sunny's Apple-Bourbon Ham Glaze

At once tangy and sweet, Sunny Anderson's glaze is added to the meat in increments, ultimately giving the ham a lacquerlike finish.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Apple-Bourbon Ham Glaze

Crispy-Skinned Herb-Roasted Turkey

To turn out the crispiest skin on his turkey, Jeff Mauro relies on a two-tier refrigerator method: First the bird chills in a bag with a salt-herb mixture for three days, then it gets uncovered the night before cooking, all of which helps to eliminate moisture from the skin. 

Clementine-and-Cranberry-Glazed Cornish Game Hens

If you've never cooked Cornish game hens before, Jeff's fan-favorite recipe is the ideal place to start. By basting the hens with the herb-laced glaze as they roast, he's adding layers of flavor and texture.

Get the Recipe: Clementine and Cranberry Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Fried Brussels Sprouts with Creamy Mustard-and-Cider Dressing

These downright craveable sprouts turn crispy after a quick fry. To finish, GZ dresses them in a sweet-tangy mustard mixture with creme fraiche and honey.

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Chock-full of such hearty, seasonal ingredients as tender roasted carrots and beets, chewy dried cranberries and crunchy pepitas, Marcela's simply dressed salad is dotted with creamy goat cheese before serving.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Porcini-Rubbed Roast Beef

After marinating the roast in a savory mixture of dried porcini mushrooms and fresh garlic, quickly sear the beef and move it to the oven to guarantee moist, flavorful results.

Get the Recipe: Porcini-Rubbed Roast Beef

Beef Short Rib and Egg Yolk Raviolo

This looks like a traditional raviolo, right? Right. But it's not. The surprise is hidden inside: When you cut into the tender pasta, you'll find a pool of silky egg yolk amid a hearty short rib-spinach mixture.

Get the Recipe: Beef Short Rib and Egg Yolk Raviolo

Cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes

Tangy sour cream, fresh chives and creamy cheddar combine with the flesh of hollowed-out potatoes to create a decadent filling for these crowd-pleasing spuds.

Veggie Lasagna

It's all about the light, fresh flavors of vegetables in Marcela's cheesy lasagna. Not only does she layer the pasta with a mixture of sauteed zucchini, squash and mushrooms, but she also uses fresh cherry tomatoes in her garlic-herb sauce.

Get the Recipe: Veggie Lasagna

Cranberry Meringue Cake

The cranberries adorning Marcela's walnut-studded cake get their "sparkling" accent from the dusting of sugar on top of them.

Get the Recipe: Cranberry Meringue Cake

Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake

It takes just two ingredients — semisweet chocolate and coconut milk — to turn out the silky ganache atop Katie's top-rated cinnamon-scented cake. 

Get the Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake

Vanilla Pudding Pies

Take advantage of two welcome shortcuts when prepping these individual-serving desserts: store-bought cookie dough, which forms the crust of the pies, and ready-to-go vanilla pudding, which gets spooned inside.

Get the Recipe: Vanilla Pudding Pies

Chocolate-Peppermint Whoopie Pies

The timeless pairing of chocolate and peppermint stars in these eat-with-your-hands treats that are layered with a minty marshmallow filling and rolled in crushed candy canes.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies

Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pie

The addition of Mexican chocolate offers a subtly spiced bite to Marcela's 5-star pie, which is built atop a buttery graham cracker crust.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pie

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