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17 Holiday Party Favorites | Homemade Eggnog, Panettone, Christmas Roast & More!

Hello Food Wishers! Chef John’s Corporate Overlords here with a super-sized compilation of 17 holiday party favorites! Greet your guests with a Cheese Twist Christmas Tree, a Holiday Pine Cone Cheese Ball, or the perfect Holiday Cheese Board. For dinner, Roast Beef with Garlic Peppercorn Crust, Crispy Honey-Glazed Ham, or Moroccan-Spiced Pork Loin Roast will make a stunning Christmas roast. The Chocolate Yule Log is a festive, showstopping dessert made of rich chocolate sponge cake with mocha buttercream filling. Whether you want Homemade Eggnog or Hot Buttered Rum, Chef John has the perfect holiday recipe for you!
17 Holiday Party Favorites | Homemade Eggnog, Panettone, Christmas Roast & More!

Recipes in this article

Cheese Twist Christmas Tree

Cheese Twist Christmas Tree 

Video00:00:00 

Directionshttps://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/831…

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed

  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, or as needed

  • cup prepared pesto sauce, divided

  • 2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided

Holiday Cheese Board

Holiday Cheese Board

Video: 00:09:04  

Directions: https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2017/…

Ingredients:

Le Mothais sur Feuille – Goat Cheese 
Prunes 
Fuyu Persimmons 
Bread – Rye Krisp 
Knife – Combo (spread, slice, stab) 

Manchego Membrillo – Sheep Cheese
Quince paste
Bread – water crackers 
Knife – slice and stab (knife with holes) 

Stilton – Cow Bleu Cheese 
Candied Pecans 
Grapes
Bread – sliced baguette 
Knife – spreading

Note: Allow for at least 2 ounces of cheese total per guest, as a portioning rule of thumb.

Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Holiday Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Video: 00:17:28 

Directions: https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2014/…

Ingredients (for one giant or two normal size pine cone cheese balls):

  • 2 package (8 ounce ea.) cream cheese
  • 4 ounce goat cheese
  • Salt, pepper and cayenne taste
  • 1/2 to 2 cloves minced garlic, depending on how strong you want it, or roasted garlic cloves to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon picked fresh thyme leaves
  • whole almonds as needed
Panettone (Italian Christmas Bread)

Panettone (Italian Christmas Bread)

Video: 00:21:56 

Directions: https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2017/…

Ingredients (for one 7-inch Panettone):

The night before…

For the panettone starter:

  • 1/4 cup sourdough starter (click here for recipe)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • NOTE: If you don’t have sourdough starter, mix 3/4 cup flour with about 1/3 cup cold water, or enough to simulate the thickness of the one seen in the video, and add a pinch (1/16 teaspoon) of yeast. Mix, cover and leave overnight, just like the one in the video.

For the dried fruit:

  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup diced dried pineapple
  • 1/4 cup rum for soaking fruit

For the dough:

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) dry active yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • all the starter from above
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter

For egg wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
Rosemary & Honey Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls

Rosemary & Honey Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls

Video: 00:36:12 

Directions: https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2012/…

Ingredients (for about 32-36 small dinner rolls):

  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoon) dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (100-110 degrees F.)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 or 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tsp minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • about 3 cups unbleached all-purpose white flour, plus more if needed (NOTE: add about 2 1/2 cups of flour at the beginning of the mixing, and then add more in smaller increments until the dough just starts to pull away from the bowl. Remember, you can always add more, but can’t remove too much! Better a little too sticky than too stiff and dry.)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (to oil the dough)
  • egg wash (one egg beaten with a teaspoon of milk)
  • coarse sea salt
Beef & Cheese Lasagna

Beef & Cheese Lasagna

Video: 00:42:29 

Directions: https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2010/…

Ingredients (for a deep 15″ x 10″ lasagna pan):

For the meat sauce:
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 8 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
Note: depending on the seasoning of your sausage, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of an Italian dried herb blend.
 
For the cheese filling:
  • 2 egg, beaten
  • 2 lbs ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Reggiano-Parmigiano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • big pinch of cayenne
The rest:
  • 1 lb lasagna noodles
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, torn in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese to top
Tourtiere (Holiday Meat Pie)

Tourtiere (Holiday Meat Pie)

Video: 00:48:37  

Directions: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/261…

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, sliced, frozen

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 7 tablespoons ice-cold water, or as needed

  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

Spice Blend:

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ teaspoon dried sage

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Filling:

  • 1 large russet potato, peeled, quartered

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup finely diced celery

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 cup potato cooking water, plus more as needed

Egg Wash:

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

Crispy Honey-Glazed Ham

Crispy Honey-Glazed Ham

Video: 00:59:27 

Directions: https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2014/…

Ingredients (Enough glaze for a 7-9 pound ham):

  • 1 packed cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar (or any vinegar), or enough to make a thick paste
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • For the water in the roasting pan:
  • 2 whole star anise, and a bunch of whole cloves
Roast Beef with Garlic Peppercorn Crust

Roast Beef with Garlic Peppercorn Crust

Easy Baked Beef Brisket

Easy Baked Beef Brisket

Moroccan-Spiced Pork Loin Roast

Moroccan-Spiced Pork Loin Roast

Homemade Eggnog

Homemade Eggnog

Video: 01:30:34  

Directions: https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2015/…

Ingredients (for about 6 servings):
(recipe based on Alton Brown’s famous version)

For the custard base:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • cook to 170-180 F. , then add;
  • 2 to 3 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly and very finely grated nutmeg

For the meringue:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

– Add meringue to cold custard base, mix, and chill until very cold. Whisk thoroughly before pouring.

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Video: 01:37:33  

Directions: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/282…

Ingredients:

For the Batter:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 pinch ground cloves

  • 1 pinch salt

For the Drinks:

  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 1 ⅛ cups dark rum

  • 4 ½ cups boiling water, or as needed

  • teaspoon ground nutmeg, or to taste

Chocolate Yule Log

Chocolate Yule Log

Video: 01:43:53

Directionshttps://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2018/…

Ingredients (for one Chocolate Yule Log [8 portions in a 13 X 18″ sheet pan]):

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter for greasing pan
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 large room temperature eggs (do not use cold eggs)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

– Bake at 400 F. for 8 to 10 minutes

For the filling:
NOTE: I thought mine had too much buttercream, so I’d probably use 2/3 rd for this and save the rest for cupcakes)

  • 1 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup room temp butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coffee liquor, and or any other flavoring or extract, or a splash of milk to achieve a light, fluffy buttercream
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese

Ganache frosting:

  • 1 cup hot heavy cream
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate chips, or chopped chocolate
The Queen's Christmas Pudding

The Queen's Christmas Pudding

Video: 01:57:56

Directions: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/831…

Ingredients

  • 15 medium Medjool dates, pitted and chopped

  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped

  • ¼ cup currants

  • cup golden raisins

  • 1 cup dried cranberries

  • cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

  • 3 tablespoons bourbon whiskey

  • 1 large orange, zested and juiced

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • ¾ cup buttermilk

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 ¼ cups roughly chopped pecans

  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • ¼ cup maple syrup (Optional)

Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Glaze

Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Glaze

Video: 02:08:18 

Directions: https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2011/…

Ingredients (Gingerbread ingredients for one 8 or 9-in square cake):

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (8-oz by weight)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 rounded teaspoons ground ginger (3 if you like it spicier)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

*Bake at 350ºF or about 35 minutes.

For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest

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