Festive Foods To Cook For Your Family This Holiday

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Whether you’re looking for a new idea to try in the kitchen or just need some inspiration to cook festive foods for your family, you need to read this quick guide!


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The festive season is an ideal time to cook for your family; not only is it cold outside, but you probably have some extra time off work so you can experiment in the kitchen. Whether you’re looking for a new idea to try in the kitchen this holiday season or you just need some inspiration to make festive foods for your family, you’re in the right place!

Ready for a few mouth watering ideas? Here’s our quick guide on what festive foods deserve to make it on the table.

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Steak Dinner 

A steak dinner is a special treat, especially if the steak is excellent quality, and even if your children don’t fully appreciate the quality of the meal, at least you know that it’s nutritious and supportive throughout the winter months. Steaks can be flavored in several interesting ways. 

Some people enjoy mustard or garlic sauce on their steak as these are popular flavors. If you are looking for something different, why not try making a whiskey sauce or whipping up a mushroom and onion sauce that will delight your family members? Worried about the kids not enjoying those sauces? There’s always the tried and true plain butter sauce to pour over your steak. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try adding Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese with sautéed onions over your steak for a deeply rich flavor.

Winter Soups 

The cold weather is the perfect time for a hearty and warming winter soup. The next time it’s freezing outside and your family members want to feast on something hot, have them try a warm winter soup with crusty bread for dipping. One of our favorite winter soups is a lentil soup with pieces of ham added to it.

Lentil soup is an easy favorite to put on the dinner table in the winter, but it’s not the only one. You can also try some delicious tomato soup! Our favorite tomato soup comes from a can; you heard that right! Buy a can or two of Campbell’s Tomato Soup, pour it into a pot, add some fresh basil, parsley, and oregano. Let it simmer on low heat, as this soup can burn easily. Then in a frying pan make a grilled cheese sandwich and use it to dip into the tomato soup. Your mouth will never want another soup ever again!

Stuffed Shells 

If you want to make a special meal for the family on the weekend or add an extra dimension to the festive spread on Christmas Day, you need to consider a Philly cheesteak stuffed shells recipe, that delivers flavor and uniqueness. Steak is also a healthy part of the meal. 

If you think this stuffed shell recipe is difficult to make, you might be surprised; you can put it together with some basic ingredients and a quality recipe. To make this meal, you will need cheese, mushrooms, various sauces, jumbo pasta shells, and some time to experiment. Bonus tip: don’t over boil the shells or they’ll be too soft to stuff and will just break.

Crockpot Stews

As with soups, winter stews are convenient, hearty, healthy, and can be easily made in a Crockpot with your eyes closed!. A winter stew is made up of seasonal winter vegetables that are cooked in a pot or oven on low heat over a long period of time. In the end, you get wholesome winter meals that you can freeze for busy weekdays. Plus the meat and vegetables are super soft and tasty!

You can also add can crusty garlic bread or delicious mashed potatoes as a side dish. Crockpot stews made our list of easy festive foods to make since you can use any ingredients you have in the house, or experiment with new ones from the supermarket

Sweet Treats 

Holiday meals wouldn’t be the same without some festive sweet treats, so make sure you have some baking essentials like cake and cupcake mix, a Kitchenaid Mixer, icing, food coloring, and holiday cookie cutters. Holiday treats are a must-have for holiday meals. For breakfast, you can make a raspberry jam for toast. At lunch, you can make a ginger and rum spiced drink. And for dinner, you should be prepared to roll out your best desserts like a rolled cake with cream for a truly festive meal.

The Takeaway

The holiday season is a great time to gather everyone together for some great festive foods! So when you’re preparing for your gathering, remember to be brave with your dishes. Don’t be afraid to try a surprising twist on an old recipe. And if you get family involved, you’ll feel less stressed about making these festive foods.

Happy Cooking and Happy Holidays!


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