16 Classic Holiday Dishes You HAVE to Include This Year

Many Americans look forward to the holiday season so they can have get-togethers with friends and family. However, there are so many popular foods to choose from that it can be challenging to settle on just a few for your holiday menu. Additionally, there are multiple ways you can prepare classic dishes to put a spin on well-known favorites. 

Before you order sit-down meal catering for dinner this year, read about the sixteen traditional holiday dishes that you should bring to your dining room table.

You Can’t Have a Holiday Dinner Without Turkey

It’s not a classic holiday feast without a roast turkey! There are numerous ways to prepare this popular seasonal food, such as with a traditional whole roasted turkey. Alternatively, you can offer sliced turkey breasts to your guests and family. No matter how you choose to prepare it, turkey is one traditional dish everyone looks forward to; don’t forget to prepare the gravy for your turkey recipe!

Potatoes, Prepared in a Variety of Ways

Creamy mashed potatoes are another popular holiday food that many look forward to, sometimes as much or more than turkey! There are ways to enhance the taste of your potatoes, by adding additional flavors like cinnamon or cheddar cheese, or even by using sweet potatoes or other types. Furthermore, there are several twists you can put on this traditional dish to surprise guests, such as serving roasted potatoes or making it a sweet potato casserole; mashed isn’t the only way to go!

Varied Vegetable Options

It’s important to eat vegetables for a healthy diet, and it’s no exception during the holidays. There are a plethora of holiday dishes and sides containing vegetables, including:

  • Butternut squash
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Candied yams
  • Glazed carrots
  • Green beans almondine

Many Delicious Sides to Choose From

One component of a seasonal dinner that many Americans love is the side dishes. In fact, several of the most popular holiday foods are side dishes, such as:

  • Cornbread, which can also be made into a delicious cornbread dressing.
  • Stuffing, especially if it’s made with a homemade stuffing recipe!
  • Macaroni and cheese, which can be baked for enhanced flavor.
  • Sweet cranberry sauce.

If you have the budget to pay for it, you can serve numerous sides at once, so you can bring variety to the table. That way, guests will find a side that suits their personal tastes!

Pies for a Sweet Dessert

Lastly, you shouldn’t forget about dessert! Even after everyone has filled up from the main course, there’s still room left for some more traditional holiday dishes. There are many to choose from, but some of the most iconic seasonal treats are pies. Consider having one of these three, or more, after your next holiday dinner:

  • Apple pie for a classic taste
  • Sweet pecan pie
  • Pumpkin pie to celebrate the season with a fall flavor.

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