Classic Christmas Food & Drinks & the Recipes to Make Them

Dec 13, 2017 at 3:40 p.m. ET
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Feel like there's no end to your Pinterest searches for the best holiday recipes? We feel you. We did the digging for you so you can put together a classic and delicious holiday feast for everyone you love. Whether you've got vegetarians or total traditionalists, this is a list that will please almost everyone.

1. A great green bean casserole

Best Christmas Food and Drink: Green bean casserole
Image: Sally's Baking Addiction

This green bean casserole is made from scratch and absolutely delicious. We especially love the "fried" onions, which are plentiful in this recipe.

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2. Dry turkey brining

Best Christmas Food and Drink: Dry turkey brine
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Don't have it in you to soak a turkey in saltwater? This dry brine will make the skin extra crispy while keeping the meat moist.

3. Beef tenderloin

Best Christmas Food and Drink: Beef tenderloin
Image: Steel House Kitchen

If you're going with a tenderloin instead of a bird, we highly recommend this garlic-rosemary beef recipe.

4. Absolutely incredible mashed potatoes

Best Christmas Food and Drink: Mashed potatoes
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In case your family's handed-down mashed potato recipe feels a little lacking, this recipe will make the creamiest, most delicious spuds you've ever tasted.

5. Old-school sweet potato casserole

Best Christmas Food and Drink: Candied yams
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If sweet potato casserole is a must-have on your holiday table, this recipe will help you make it perfectly.

6. Pie

Best Christmas Food and Drink: Cranberry pear pie
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Everyone has their favorite pie, but we're especially fond of this cranberry-pear option. Seasonal but still a bit surprising, just the way we like it.

7. Hot cider

Best Christmas Food and Drink: Hot apple cider
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This cider is everything you need to warm everybody up before or after dinner. Want to make a boozy option for the grown-ups? We've got recipes for that too.

8. Eggnog

Best Christmas Food and Drink: Egg nog
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Making your own eggnog is so much better than the store-bought version, and this recipe shows you how. Want even more variety? We've collected all the best eggnog recipes.

9. Cranberry-apple sangria

Best Christmas Food and Drink: Cranberry apple sangria
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Something pleasant to sip on while you're finishing up dinner or keeping the guests entertained, we love this festive sangria.

10. Plant-based holiday dishes

Best Christmas Food and Drink: Plant-based dishes
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Will you have some vegan or vegetarian guests? No problem. This mushroom Wellington is a delicious main course, and we've got even more vegan holiday recipes that everyone will enjoy.

A version of this article was originally published in December 2008.