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Christmas Recipes

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The time to gather the ones we love near and spread cheer with the most decadent, indulgent and unforgettable meals and sweet treats. So set up a new Pinterest board or cue up the printer, because you're going to want to save all of these: Betty's best Christmas recipes. MORE+ LESS-

The Starters

Tis the season for indulging in all the richest, cheesiest and most addicting party foods! With old-school faves, like shrimp cocktail and deviled eggs, bite-size savories, like cocktail meatballs and little smokies, plus all the creamy dips you could ever want—you can't go wrong. And just in case you want to know what we think—we included a couple of editor recommendations too!

"This silky smooth appetizer was truly love at first bite. I mean, how could it not be? Velvety mashed potatoes are mixed with cream cheese and topped with melty cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and green onions—it’s everything you love about a loaded baked potatoes but in dip-form! Serve with your favorite ruffley chips for a crowd-pleasing recipe that’ll be sure to get any party started!"
"This silky smooth appetizer was truly love at first bite. I mean, how could it not be? Velvety mashed potatoes are mixed with cream cheese and topped with melty cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and green onions—it’s everything you love about a loaded baked potatoes but in dip-form! Serve with your favorite ruffley chips for a crowd-pleasing recipe that’ll be sure to get any party started!"
—Emily Planek, Managing Editor, BettyCrocker.com

The Main Event

We've got the must-have recipes for big-deal dishes, like roast beef, turkey and ham. But that's not all, find a perfectly brothy tortellini soup, the most sumptuous slow-cooker stew, a totally impressive beef wellington, and of course, cozy casseroles! We've even popped in a couple of editor recommendation, because we just really love these recipes!

The Sides

If the main is always the same in your house, turn your creativity loose on the sides! With every way to do potatoes, casserole-sized sides and dishes friendly to all kinds of dietary restrictions, we've got the inspiration you need. And because we tend to have strong opinions, we've got a couple of editor recommendations too!

"On Christmas, we like to go all-out Scandinavian in my house. Norwegian pickled herring gets set out for snacking, along with cheeses like warm, gooey Finnish juusto. Swedish meatballs are typically the centerpiece (with the requisite lingonberries), but these potatoes, hailing from Denmark, make a fantastic side dish. They’re coated in a quick caramel sauce that is unexpected for lots of American households, but I find that the sweet-savory flavor keeps people going back for more—you might want to make extra."
"On Christmas, we like to go all-out Scandinavian in my house. Norwegian pickled herring gets set out for snacking, along with cheeses like warm, gooey Finnish juusto. Swedish meatballs are typically the centerpiece (with the requisite lingonberries), but these potatoes, hailing from Denmark, make a fantastic side dish. They’re coated in a quick caramel sauce that is unexpected for lots of American households, but I find that the sweet-savory flavor keeps people going back for more—you might want to make extra."
—Gina Czupka, Executive Editor, BettyCrocker.com

The Desserts

When Christmas comes around, we're all about cookies, but that's not all! We've got the tested-to-perfection traditional recipes (Bread Pudding! Black Forest Cake!) that'll make the holiday feast. But again, that's not all! The Betty Crocker Test Kitchens never stop innovating, whether they're creating this season's best party dessert (check out the Ugly Sweater Cake) or putting a modern spin on a classic (four words: Upside-Down Fruit Cake!). More is more at Christmas, especially when we're talking sweets!

"I have vivid memories of the jewel-toned fruit cakes (always wrapped in red plastic wrap) that got passed out every Christmas during my Midwestern childhood. I thought they were so beautiful, which made it all the more disappointing when I'd chomp down on a slice to find it tooth-breakingly stale. And yet, there must have been a little part of me that still believed in the potential of fruit cake, which is why it was such a joy when our partners in the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens totally nailed this recipe for moist, spiced, fully loaded and absolutely gorgeous Upside-Down Fruit Cake!”
"I have vivid memories of the jewel-toned fruit cakes (always wrapped in red plastic wrap) that got passed out every Christmas during my Midwestern childhood. I thought they were so beautiful, which made it all the more disappointing when I'd chomp down on a slice to find it tooth-breakingly stale. And yet, there must have been a little part of me that still believed in the potential of fruit cake, which is why it was such a joy when our partners in the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens totally nailed this recipe for moist, spiced, fully loaded and absolutely gorgeous Upside-Down Fruit Cake!”
—Annie Van Cleve, Senior Editor, BettyCrocker.com

The Morning Meal

Presents are great and all but when we're dreaming of the perfect Christmas morning. It's not visions of sugar plums that dance in our heads, it's the sticky sweet rolls, hollandaise-laden egg bakes, giant jelly doughnuts and hot cups of coffee that come to mind! And guess what? Those dreams can become a reality with the recipes below.

"This breakfast casserole is going to be on my table Christmas morning! With the combination of lemon, fresh herbs, and of course, eggs, it's bright and delicious and soooo flavorful. And let's be real, anything topped with Feta cheese is bound to be a winner!"
"This breakfast casserole is going to be on my table Christmas morning! With the combination of lemon, fresh herbs, and of course, eggs, it's bright and delicious and soooo flavorful. And let's be real, anything topped with Feta cheese is bound to be a winner!"
—Hannah Broadbent, Social Media Producer, BettyCrocker.com

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