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Just like mama made it: Classic holiday recipes

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Classic recipes for your holiday table

Holiday celebrations call for some seriously good eats. Make it a meal to remember with these classic holiday dishes.
1

Traditional herb stuffing

Traditional herb stuffing

There are plenty of creative stuffing recipes out there, but when it comes to this holiday classic, we like to keep it traditional. Onion, celery, bread and plenty of fresh herbs and spices make this recipe a winner.

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2

Creamy pumpkin soup

Creamy pumpkin soup

Ahh... creamy pumpkin soup — fall in a cup. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg deliver that holiday flavor we love so much this time of year.

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3

Brussels sprouts with cranberries, blue cheese and walnuts

Brussels sprouts with cranberries, blue cheese and walnuts

Creamy and crunchy, salty and sweet — this side dish could probably make a Brussels sprouts lover out of anyone. They key? Don't overcook the sprouts!

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4

Beef brisket

Beef brisket

Tender and flavorful, beef brisket is our go-to main dish when entertaining a crowd. This recipe is super simple, but you'll need some time. The meat must marinate 24-48 hours.

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5

Bacon cheese bread pudding

Bacon cheese bread pudding

Bread pudding gets the savory treatment in this recipe featuring two of our favorite things — crispy bacon and melted cheddar cheese.

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6

Sauteed green beans with toasted almonds

Sauteed green beans with toasted almonds

Skip the heavy green bean casserole and make this simple dish of sauteed green beans topped with toasted almonds instead.

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7

Herbed roasted turkey breast

Herbed roasted turkey breast

If you don't have time to make a whole roasted turkey, this herbed turkey breast recipe is a delicious alternative.

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8

Challah bread

Challah bread

Rich and sweet, this traditional Hanukkah egg bread can't be beat. Warning — it's slightly addictive so you may want to make an extra loaf or two.

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9

Gourmet mashed potatoes

Gourmet mashed potatoes

Treat your guests to one of three gourmet mashed potatoes dishes featuring truffle oil and Parmesan, roasted garlic and cream cheese or caramelized onion and buttermilk.

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10

Candied yams

Candied yams

Candied yams are a classic holiday dish for good reason. Tasty and sweet, this dish requires only four ingredients!

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Quick tip:

Want to hold a holiday celebration for friends? Start a new tradition and host a caroling party or tree-trimming party!

More entertaining ideas

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10 Quick and easy finger foods
15 Items to keep on hand for a quick party

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