9 Mouthwatering Ideas for a Festive Family Meal

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It’s that joyous time of year again. Long gone family members are coming home, the fireplace is roaring, and your home smells of cinnamon and pine. You’ve started thinking about how to decorate your home in festive style and what clothes you’ll wear to all the holiday parties. But what about the grand festive family feast? What will you cook to tantalize everyone’s taste buds and spread the holiday cheer?

If you’re looking for some inspiration to whip up a delicious, festive meal, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re planning an elegant sit-down dinner or a more casual buffet, these mouthwatering ideas will surely get everyone swooning in delight.

1.      Pumpkin Risotto

This creamy, dreamy, smoky dish is the perfect festive meal. The earthy pumpkin flavor is perfectly balanced by the sharpness of the Parmesan cheese, making it a truly irresistible dish. Bacon and sage add a lovely smoky flavor to the dish, while a drizzle of olive oil ties everything together.

If you’re thinking about heating some broth for risotto, go ahead. It’ll add more flavor to the dish and make it even more delicious. You’ll have everyone at the table craving for more.

2.      Roasted Turkey with Stuffing

There’s nothing quite like a roasted turkey on the holiday table. This mouthwatering dish is sure to please even the most cynical of diners. The key to a perfect roast turkey is to stuff it with a flavorful stuffing and then baste it with tasty gravy. Remember to spice up the turkey with some sage, rosemary, and thyme before you roast it. This addition will give it a delicious flavor that will have everyone smacking their lips.

Serve the roasted turkey with a chunky side of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and green beans. And, of course, southern wine is the perfect drink to complement holiday dishes.

3.      Prime Rib & Roasted Potatoes

If you’re looking for a show-stopping holiday dish, look no further than prime rib. This succulent cut of beef is a real crowd-pleaser, and it’s easy to see why. Prime rib is juicy, flavorful, and relatively easy to cook.

To make prime rib:

  • Start by rubbing the meat with a mixture of olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Roast the meat in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes per pound.
  • Once the meat is cooked, let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.

To make roasted potatoes:

  • Start by peeling and chopping a few pounds of potatoes into bite-sized pieces.
  • Toss the potatoes with olive oil, garlic, salt, and ground pepper.
  • Spread the potatoes on a large baking sheet and roast them for 25-30 minutes in a preheated oven.

You’ll soon see why prime rib and roasted potatoes are a classic combination. The juicy, flavorful meat pairs perfectly with the crispy, salty potatoes.

4.      Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

There’s something about the combination of bacon and seafood that can’t be beaten. These bacon-wrapped scallops are no exception. The unctuousness of the bacon perfectly complements the sweetness of the scallops, and the whole dish comes together in just a few minutes.

Have a chili-lime dipping sauce on the side for an extra zing, and serve with steamed rice or pasta for a complete meal. You can also add a green salad if you want something light and healthy.

5.      Cocktail Meatballs

Cocktail meatballs are the perfect party food. They’re easy to make, and you can serve them hot or cold. Plus, they’re always a hit with guests. The recipe is versatile, so feel free to experiment with different sauces.

You can use any ground meat you like for the meatballs. Beef or pork work well, or you can even use turkey or lamb. The key is to mix the meat with some breadcrumbs and an egg to bind it all together. Then, form the mixture into small balls and cook them until they’re nice and brown.

Ta-da, your raving-fan-worthy cocktail meatballs are now ready. Serve them with your favorite sauce, and enjoy.

6.      Cheesy Potato Casserole

This comforting casserole is the perfect side dish for any meal. It’s packed with cheesy goodness and potatoes, so you know it will be good. Onion, garlic, and chopped parsley give this dish an excellent depth of flavor. Sour cream and cheddar cheese make it super creamy and rich.

The potatoes are the star of the show. Be sure to slice the potatoes thinly so they’ll cook evenly. Don’t forget to add buttery breadcrumbs on top – they take this dish to the next level.

Along with being incredibly delicious, it’s also super easy to make. Mix all of the ingredients and bake until bubbly and golden brown.

So, go ahead and give this cheesy potato casserole a try. You’re going to love it.

7.      Honey-Glazed Ham and Checkerboard Rolls

A big platter of Honey-Glazed Ham and Checkerboard Rolls is the perfect centerpiece for any holiday meal. The ham is juicy and flavorful, filled with a sweet and savory glaze. Stud the top of the ham with whole cloves and bake it until it’s nice and hot. Then, just before serving, brush on a little more glaze and give it a nice caramelized finish.

The checkerboard rolls are equally impressive, made with a rich and fluffy brioche dough. Be sure to brush each roll with plenty of butter, then sprinkle on some poppy seeds before baking. You can also sprinkle cornmeal and parmesan mixture on top for an extra savory touch.

This dish will surely impress your guests and make any holiday meal feel extra special.

8.      Bacon-Shrimp Skewers

These bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers are the perfect finger food for festive get-togethers. Take some fresh shrimp, wrap them in bacon, and thread them onto skewers. Then, grill or broil them until the bacon is nice and crispy.

These skewers are best served with a dipping sauce, like a homemade cocktail sauce or a honey garlic glaze. Try adding some Cajun seasoning to the shrimp for an extra kick before wrapping them in bacon. Your guests will love these delicious and easy-to-make skewers.

9.      Ultimate Winter Salad

Every holiday table needs a green salad, and this winter salad is the perfect option. It contains seasonal ingredients like roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, and pecans.

The dressing is a simple balsamic vinaigrette, but you can also try a store-bought dressing if you’re short on time. This salad is sure to be a hit at your holiday gathering feast.


Make your holiday gathering a success with these nine easy and delicious holiday recipes. From appetizers to main dishes, there’s something for everyone on this list. And with recipes like honey-glazed ham and cocktail meatballs to finger-licking prime rib and cheesy potato casserole, your guests will be impressed with your spread and eat well into the night. So, get cooking and enjoy your holiday with lots of good food.