The Tastiest Modern Holiday Recipes

It’s holiday time! You know what that means, right? Food, family, friends and more food! But how to choose a holiday menu? If you’re tired of the same-old, same-old, then check out these great, easy modern holiday recipes. Put a contemporary spin on your traditional Christmas.


Baked Camembert with Sun-dried Tomatoes 

Cooked right in the box, this easy to handle recipe is a tasty and ridiculously easy starter that everyone will enjoy. Creamy and fragrant with garlic and thyme, this simple recipe is perfect for starting up your modern holiday meal.

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Caramelized Onion Tart

There are fews appetizers more impressive than a tart, but you don’t have to be a pastry master whip up this sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres. Topped with apples as well as onions, this is a sweet and savory holiday starter that your guests will absolutely gobble up.

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Pears with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto 

Really want to class up your holiday menu this year AND impress your friends and family? Then look no further than this recipe. With a just a few easy-to-find ingredients, you can produce an appetizer worthy of the queen, with a taste your guests will die for. This recipe is the perfect blend of classic and contemporary.

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Glazed Ham with Coriander and Fennel 

There’s nothing more classic than a ham for Christmas, but this recipe offers a tasty surprise twist to the traditional glazed ham recipe. Glazed with a mix of spices and apricots, this main is the perfect blend of yesterday and tomorrow.

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Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin with Cherry 

Want to break the mold and shift away from traditional turkey or ham mains? Try this mouth-watering bacon-wrapped pork loin with cherry and flip your holiday dinner upside down. Super simple to make and impressive to look at, this tasty dish is everything you could want in a modern Christmas or New Year’s meal.

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Roasted Tarragon Lamb

Lamb is a dish not always seen at Christmastime, so it’s a great way to mix things up for your guests this holiday season. A tasty recipe that is filled with fresh garlic, tarragon and spices – whip this recipe up only if you want to make a major impression on you guests!

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Roast Turkey with Garlic, Sage and Lemon

Okay, okay, so this is pretty close to your standard traditional options, but who can beat a yummy bit of turkey? Crispy, juicy and everything in between, this recipe is just classic goodness with subtle modern hints that deserves a place on any holiday list.

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Bubbly Greens

Use simple greens topped with a delicious champagne vinaigrette dressing as a side dish. With the genuine taste of bubbly, this recipe is crips and delicious. Perfect for a casual New Year’s Eve get together.

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Broccoli with Toasted Garlic and Hazelnuts

Can you say YUM? This is an incredibly easy-to-make recipe and it’s so delicious you’ll have to add it to your regular dinner menu. Not only will it surprise your guests on the dinner table, it will bring them back for seconds…and thirds…and fourths…

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pecans

Okay, okay. There are a lot of Brussels sprout haters out there, but this crazy-yummy recipe is guaranteed to turn around even the most obstinate sprout denier. Sprouts, roasted with oil, garlic and pecans creates the perfect combination of crunchy and sweet.

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Garlic Green Beans and Pine Nuts

What’s Christmas dinner without green beans? Don’t waste your time with the casserole this time, though, go for this simple and healthy dish instead. Fresh green beans tossed with sautéed garlic and pine nuts, this simple dish is a clean and modern dish for the ages.

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Maple-Vanilla Sweet Potatoes 

This is yet another spin on a family favorite. Instead of the ooey, gooey casserole, opt for this clean and simple sweet potato recipe that will leave you drooling. Topped with a fusion of maple syrup, vanilla beans and cloves, this recipe is elegance reimagined.

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Pound Cake with Oranges, Honey and Rosemary 

It can seem strange, thinking of adding a spot of rosemary to your holiday dessert, but we promise it’s a great thing. The perfect balance of herbal, citrus and sweet, this dessert has all the gooey sweetness that you want in a Christmas dessert, while still staying light and clean on the palate.

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Croissant and Chocolate Bread Pudding 

Bread pudding is one of the classic Christmas staples that you just can’t be without. This recipe, however, blasts that stodgy old recipe right into the 21st century.

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Sour Cream Apple Crumb Pie

A variation on the Christmas staple, this pie is punched up with sour cream and topped with flakey golden crumbs. Easy to make and tasty to eat, it’s perfect for dinner parties both casual and formal alike.

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Butterscotch Bananas with Vanilla Ice Cream 

The only word to truly describe this dessert is “sophisticated”. Bananas, flambéed in dark rum, top your favorite vanilla bean ice cream to create an explosion of decadent holiday sweetness. You and your guests will be begging for more.

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