Recipes for Holiday Houseguests
Monte Cristo Strata
In this rich and hearty dish, bread, ham and cheese are baked in an eggy custard; grainy mustard and tarragon add a lovely, vibrant flavor.
Butternut Squash-Chicken Pan-Roast
In this supereasy one-pot recipe, all you do is set chicken on top of a mix of squash, apples and sage and roast it. It makes an exceptional weeknight meal.
Creamy Roasted Broccoli Soup
Roasting broccoli and garlic for this creamy, rich and very easy soup gives it a lot of additional flavor.
Southern Baked Chicken Casserole
This is a slightly modernized take on the very traditional Southern chicken casserole Jennifer Nettles’s mother likes to make. The recipe swaps out the usual canned cream of chicken soup in favor of a quick white sauce. A dash of hot sauce is the perfect finish.
Cardamom-Spiced Crumb Cake
This moist cake, topped by a generous layer of cardamom-spiced, pecan-dotted crumbs, is a fabulous gift.
Mexican Eggs in Purgatory
This one-skillet breakfast dish superbly combines eggs, bacon and cheese in a super-fresh-and-tangy tomatillo sauce.
Ricotta-and-Fontina-Stuffed Shells with Fennel and Radicchio
These delicious stuffed shells get flavor from a mixture of two kinds of cheese and vegetables.
Curried Lamb Potpie
Luscious curried coconut lamb and squash stew is the base for this hearty potpie.
Raspberry-Swirl Sweet Rolls
In the winter, Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) fruit, like the kind sold by Cascadian Farm, is often a superior alternative to fresh fruit shipped to the US. IQF raspberries are terrific in these soft, puffy yeast rolls—a fun twist on a cinnamon bun.
Ham and Potato Chip Tortilla
Adding jalapeño potato chips to a simple egg tortilla (a Spanish omelet) gives it a salty, spicy zing. Serve extra chips on the side.
Vegetable Chili with Garlic Rice
Here are two recipes for the price of one: a garlicky rice side dish that’s also delicious with chicken or shrimp, and a hearty black-bean chili that puts meatier versions to shame. Make enough chili for leftovers; it’s even better the next day.
Chicken and Biscuits in a Pot
This is the ideal version of a comforting classic, with light, fluffy biscuits topping a flavorful stew made with shredded rotisserie chicken.
Reverse Marble Bundt Cake
Not-too-sweet and pleasantly dense, this is a great cake for any time of day, whether for dessert or breakfast.
Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs
This breakfast bake topped with runny eggs by F&W’s Grace Parisi develops a terrific texture as it cooks slowly in a glass dish (which makes it easy to see when the bottom is perfectly browned).
Light and Fluffy Baked Apple Pancake
Maple-glazed sautéed apples topped with an egg-white-lightened pancake batter become a deliciously satisfying brunch dish.