15 recipes & 2 menus for a perfect Christmas brunch. Savory or sweet, make ahead or quick and easy, you’ll find dishes to please your family!
Eggplant Parmesan with Sausage, Mushroom and Olive Marinara Sauce is make ahead comfort food at its best! Breaded and fried eggplant slices are layered like shingles in two rows in a baking dish along with piquant marinara sauce, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses. (See gluten-free adaptations in the Notes section at the bottom of the recipe.)
26 Thanksgiving Side Dishes - from elegant Roasted Pumpkin with Apple-Cashew Stuffing to hearty Twice Baked Potato Casserole. Yum!
Once you make cranberry sauce from scratch, you’ll give up the gelatinous canned stuff forever. Especially if you make my Aunt Bobbie’s recipe! Cranberries, shallots and raisins are sweetened with both sugar and fruit jelly, then flavored with ginger and spiced with a bit of cayenne pepper. Super quick and easy to prepare - and can be made up to 2 weeks before Thanksgiving!
Boldly flavored, creamy, cheesy, smoky Liptauer Cheese is a unique crowd pleaser. Plus it's easy to prepare ahead with readily available ingredients. Serve with crackers, pretzel chips and/or celery sticks.
A Cheesecake Factory copycat, Creamy Chicken Artichoke Soup with Mushrooms is the perfect fall soup recipe: rich, ultra comforting and filling. Mild, nutty artichokes, meaty chicken, earthy mushrooms, sweet peppers, onions, garlic and potatoes are simmered in a white wine-broth-thyme mixture, then finished off with creamy milk and sharp Cheddar Cheese.
Zoodles Pasta with Ground Pork Sauce has all the flavor of a traditional Italian dish but with less fat and carbs. Instead of ground beef or sausage, the sauce is made with seasoned ground pork sautéed with fresh mushrooms, peppers, onions and garlic. And, zucchini noodles stand in for pasta. Not only is it healthy, it’s pretty on the plate, and quick and easy to prepare, too.
Leftover Stuffing Patties for Eggs Benedict with Gravy is a quick and easy, creative way to use up holiday leftovers. Flavorful and moist with a crispy crust, Stuffing Patties are topped with poached eggs and finished with reheated leftover gravy.
Colorful and flavorful, Turkey Spinach Enchiladas are easy to prepare with readily available ingredients, making them perfect for busy night dinner. A longtime favorite recipe from my mom, these enchiladas are moist, cheese-y, satisfying, and not too heavy - with just the right amount of spice. Never made enchiladas before? Then you’re in the right place, because my step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process.
Bubbly, fruity, crunchy and exploding with flavor, this Blackberry Pear Crisp is comfort-cuisine at its finest, and a wonderful way to show off autumn's delectable pears. Plus, with my recipe you don’t have to worry about a soggy crisp - including cornstarch or quick-cooking tapioca solves the problem!
Hearty Italian Sausage, Spinach and Orzo Soup is a cozy combination of flavors that that result in a phenomenal one-pot meal to please even your pickiest of eaters. My husband is half Italian, and this dish ranks at the tippy top of his soup list! Plus, it’s easy to prepare from items usually on hand (with limited chopping), freezable and delicious the next day, too.
Baked Leek Gratin is easy to prepare, full of flavor, and great to make year round. Hard boiled eggs and sweet, mild leeks are baked in a luscious creamy cheese sauce. Plus, it's flexible and can be served as a side dish or light entrée. Make it after Easter to use up all those hard boiled eggs, or as a side dish at Thanksgiving instead of traditional creamed onions. It's also perfect as part of a Mother's Day brunch!
Hearty and satisfying, Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect warm and comforting dinner on a cold evening. Ground beef and lamb, root vegetables and mushrooms are simmered in a rich sauce of beef broth, tomato paste, herbs and spices. Topped with creamy mashed potatoes, it’s baked until all the flavors meld together into a perfect blend of earthy, deep deliciousness that will please even the pickiest of eaters!
This Basil Spinach Pesto Recipe is my all time favorite pesto. It's adapted from the wonderful author and syndicated columnist Diane Rossen Worthington’s recipe in her cookbook, A Taste of Summer. In addition to being bright, bold and full of flavor, this sauce is also super versatile - serve it on pasta, pizza, with our Smoked Salmon Chopped Salad, or as a flavor enhancer in appetizers.
Nothing says comfort food like meatloaf, and Easy Turkey Meatloaf is a healthier version of this iconic dish. Swapping out fatty ground beef for lean ground turkey and using egg whites instead of eggs results in a lighter, lower calorie meatloaf. Adding in southwestern seasonings keep it super flavorful with a subtle kick. Tomato sauce, both inside and on top, keep this Turkey Meatloaf super moist, too!
Have you ever had breakfast with Thanksgiving leftovers? Let me tell you, Stuffing with Eggs is a must-try breakfast casserole. So easy to prepare, it’s the perfect way to quickly use up any flavor of leftover stuffing. The stuffing crisps up in the oven and is the perfect crunchy base to hold luscious, soft baked eggs that are topped with gooey grated cheese.
Stuffed Cheesecake Apples take caramel apples to the next level of deliciousness by filling the apples with cheesecake cookie batter and baking. They’re easy to prepare, using purchased caramel sauce. And, I provide detailed step-by-step instructions, so you can rest assured they will come out perfectly every time.
Individual Plum Tarts are a light and impressive dessert. Using only 8 ingredients, including frozen puff pastry, they are surprisingly quick and easy to prepare.
Easy enough for a casual weekend breakfast and elegant enough for an Easter brunch, this Sausage, Cheese and Hash Brown Strata will be your new go-to dish – and it's gluten free!
Succulent Boneless Pork Loin Roast with Fruit Conserves is an elegant entrée that works all year around. Both the boneless pork loin and the fruit conserve recipe can be prepared ahead of time and served at room temperature.