Tuesday, December 13, 2011

75+ Holiday Recipes from Our Favorite Celebrity Chefs

75+ Holiday Recipes from Our Favorite Celebrity Chefs


Celebrity chefs are just as busy as we are this holiday season; roasting turkeys, baking up Christmas cookies, and mixing New Year's aperitifs. And guess what? You can steal their recipes. We asked the top celebrity chefs, from Paula Deen and Martha Stewart to Giada De Laurentiis and Mario Batali, to share their most cherished holiday recipes.

For more tips and recipe ideas for all the potlucks, cocktail parties, and holiday meals you'll be preparing during this busy festive season, check out our Holiday Planning Guide

Chefs Celebrate the Season!
Choose from over 75 of the most celebrated chefs' recipes for Thanksgiving, Feast of the Seven Fishes, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve, and, lest we forget, New Year's Day brunch! Try your hand at any of these sublime holiday dishes and your guests will surely believe that you, too, are worthy of the celebrity chef moniker

Mario Batali
What we love about Mario Batali — aside from his orange clogs — is, he's a regular guy. Case in point: We once spotted him doing some last-minute shopping at the supermarket Thanksgiving morning. We assumed he either got a call that more guests were joining  or he forgot a key ingredient for his menu. Either way, here's an inside taste of what might be happening on the Batali family table

Giada de Laurentiis
We're a sucker for anything that Giada de Laurentiis prepares. Her cute smile and Italian flare wins hearts and stomachs. Try your hand at her prime rib, which would make the perfect centerpiece for an elegant holiday dinner

Eric Ripert
The Top Chef judge with the sexiest French accent turns simple food into elegant dishes. He even elevates the most basic of holiday appetizers into a sophisticated bite.

Rachael Ray
Leave it to Rachael Ray to bring an innovative and fun way to serve stuffing. Her version is not only something the kids will love, it can be done in — what else? — under 30 minutes

.Carla Hall
The loveable Top Chef fan favorite, Carla Hall, should've won the top toque in our minds. Her seasonal recipe for Apple and Sweet Potato Tart with Brandy Pecan Glaze marries three favorite holiday ingredients to make one easy finale to your decadent meal

Alton Brown
Everyone loves Iron Chef America commentator and food science geek, Alton Brown. His erudite culinary knowledge guarantees his recipes are not going to fail or disappoint. If you're all pie-d out, you'll want to get a taste of his rich and custardy dessert

Ina Garten
You've got the hors d'oeuvres, the mains, and the desserts down, but what about the sides? Ina Garten's tender squash is simple, sweet, vitamin-rich, and adds a splash of color to everyone's plate.

Tyler Florence
If you've ever been to the South, then you've probably tasted this classic spread. Perfect to bring to any holiday party or at-home family gathering, Tyler Florence's Old-Fashioned Pimiento Cheese adds crushed pecans for an added crunch. We're certain his variation will soon be the go-to starter on your party menu.

Emeril Lagasse
You may feel as though the season of extravagance has hijacked all your greener-living habits, but don't worry! These eco-festive recipes from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, star of Planet Green's Emeril Green, prove that it's possible to be kind to your body, your taste buds, and the environment throughout the holidays

Paula Deen
If there is any time of the year we feel free to indulge, it's during the holidays. And there is but one woman to turn to for those supremely decadent recipes: Paula Deen. Make sure everyone at the table has sufficient room in their bellies for the Queen of Butter's Holiday Spice Cake for a perfect end to any holiday meal

Aarón Sánchez
Chef Aarón Sánchez can be counted on to bring his Latin roots to the Thanksgiving holiday. This turkey day, he plans to serve his Chorizo and Cornbread Stuffing, mixing the spicy Spanish pork sausage with a staple of the Pilgram's table.

Duff Goldman
Traditionally Hanukkah is a holiday filled with fried goodies. Menus feature jelly donuts and latkes — a batter of shredded potatoes mixed with breadcrumbs , eggs, and onions which is then pan fried. The former Ace of Cakes star and owner of Baltimore's Charm City Cakes still relies on his family's tried and true recipe to make these crispy potato pancakes. Don't wait for a special occasion make them.

John Besh
If you're thinking of what to bring to the party that's chocolate, look no further than John Besh's dessert. His irresistible torte is a variation on the decadent soufflé cake with a scant amount of flour.

Dale Levitski
What else is there to look forward to other than presents on Christmas morning? Breakfast! Top Chef Dale Levitski draws inspiration from apple pie to create an AM treat with these crepes.

Melissa d'Arabian
Any main dish on the holiday table will be well suited for a really good portion of creamy, silky, smooth mashed potatoes. Use Melissa d'Arabian's expert recipe to be sure to make the perfect batch

Michael Symon
If you're trying not to sample every single dessert on the buffet, but still want a bite of something chocolate and a bite of something pumpkin, then you're in luck. Michael Symon combines the rich, creamy filling of a traditional pumpkin pie with bittersweet chocolate in his holiday sweet. That combination has us curious enough to try it this year

Ming Tsai
Television chef, cookbook author, and restaurateur, Ming Tsai, brings his fusion food to the festivities with these unusual recipes. Dare to be different by kicking your festivities off with Tsai's . And we can bet that you will be the only house on the block serving up Cranberry-Asian Pear Star Anise Cake for dessert.

Martha Stewart
Kids of all ages will be sampling the sweet stuff this season, and who better to point you in the right direction than domestic goddess Martha Stewart? Check out these holiday cookie recipes that will win over big kids and small. And don't forget Santa

Gordon Ramsay
Complete your holiday dinner with a fabulous finale from our favorite British chef, Gordon Ramsay. In the U.K., Christmas pudding is a must on the big day and a teatime treat all through the holidays. His deliciously decadent version featuring Brandy Anglaise and Crème Chantilly, may just catch on this side of the pond

Sandra Lee
If you're going to go the traditional route, then do it right with Sandra Lee's recipe for Cranberry-Glazed Turkey. You'll soon realize why even after the Thanksgiving feast we still want to have turkey for Christmas. And why not start the party with Sandra Lee's Mistletoe Mojito, which will surely put you in the mood for some festive fun.

Curtis Stone
The importance of a decent brunch on New Year's Day should not be underestimated. Get on the road to recovery with Curtis Stone's Cinnamon French Toast with Berry Sauce. Or if you want to prolong that New Year's fuzzy feeling just a little longer, Curtis's Mango Bellini will temporarily ward off the January blues.

Lidia Bastianich
We love anything that this Italian maven prepares. That's why we asked Lidia Bastianich to let us in on her secrets to a sensational Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian meal traditionally prepared on Christmas Eve. From fritto misto, lightly fried seafood and veggies, to pesce spada, the traditional Sicilian-style swordfish, here are her seven tips and her seven spectacular recipes.

Guy Fieri
As much as we love classics at this time of year, sometimes you need to spice it up. With Guy Fieri's Pepperoni Stuffing, you'll be doing just that. Fieri looks to Italy for inspiration and uses focaccia bread, pepperoni, and sun-dried tomato in his alternative stuffing. Why not add some zest to your holiday tradition?

Sara Moulton
Cookbook author and chef Sara Moulton prepares recipes that look impressive, but are fairly simple to prepare. Wow your guests with her party-perfect hors d'oeuvres and wash these delightful snacks down with her rich and frothy classic holiday tipple

The Neelys
Cornish hens are an increasingly popular alternative to turkey during the holidays. If you feel that this is the year to try something new, give the Neelys' Christmas Cornish Game Hens a go. Or for those Down Home days, try their take on an old classic, Spicy Mac and Cheese with Chorizo.

Harold Dieterle
Feel free to sleep late during the holidays and treat yourself to Harold Dieterle's decadent Cornflake-Crusted Eggnog French Toast. This brunch recipe from the former Top Chef winner and owner of Perilla is a perfect New Year's Day treat when you finally decide to greet the new year

Ingrid Hoffmann
It's safe to say the ham, turkey, and roasts take center stage during the holiday season, which can make it a little tricky for a vegetarian. Make sure you're covered with Ingrid Hoffmann's Broccoli and Poblano Pepper Casserole. Your vegetarian guests will be pleasantly surprised, and the carnivores will be considering joining their ranks!

Anne Burrell
This is the perfect time of year to enjoy comfort food, such as Braised Short Ribs and Celery Root and Potato Puree. Anne Burrell, host of Food Network's Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, shares her insight so you can look like an old pro

Danny Boome
Almost everyone will be serving butternut squash in some shape or form over the holiday season. How about trying Food Network chef Danny Boome's Mashed Butternut Squash and Pears? An American classic updated by a British-born, internationally trained chef.

Sunny Anderson
Attempting something new for dinner over the holidays does not have to mean trying something outrageously difficult. Add some variety this year with Food Network's Cooking for Real host Sunny Anderson's recipe for Butterflied Cornish Hens with Sage Butter. You don't have to spend all day in the kitchen making it, and it's a perfect break from the norm.

Todd English
Plan ahead and you'll be able to treat yourself to some much-needed "me" time during the festivities. Todd English's Cranberry Pecan Biscotti can be made days in advance and are the perfect afternoon snack for those in-between days. Enjoy the biscotti with his Hot Chocolate with Peanut Butter and Banana, a twist on the classic cocoa that will keep you snug and cozy on those cold winter nights. When you're ready to get back in the kitchen, English's Tortelli of Butternut Squash with Brown Butter and Sage is a decadent and elegant seasonal dinner.

Aida Mollenkamp
Stumped by what to serve this year other than Christmas ham? Food Network chef Aida Mollenkamp specializes in answering culinary conundrums, so you can be sure her recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Reduction will be a more than suitable substitute. If you still feel the need to bring some tradition to the table, Aida's Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Spiced Maple Sauce is the perfect complement

.Thomas Keller
Add a touch of class to the dinner table with these sweet treats from respected restaurateur and renowned chef Thomas Keller. Chef Keller provides a recipe from his spectacular shop, Bouchon Bakery. These Black Walnut Snow Cookies dipped in powdered sugar have a seasonal look that's both sophisticated and perfect to dunk in coffee or tea.

Cat Cora
Get the party started with these appetizers from America's only female Iron Chef. Cat Cora's versatile recipe for Baby Greens and Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola Cheese tastes equally good as a starter, a salad, or a side dish

Stephanie Izard
You could prepare a huge holiday feast using just these recipes from Stephanie Izard, the first female winner of Top Chef. Stephanie has chosen Roasted Pork Loin with Cranberry-Pistachio Chutney to star in her showstopping holiday meal. For spectacular side dishes, how about Pan-Roasted Cauliflower, Root Vegetable Caponata, or Sweet Potato Puree with Blue Cheese and Brown Sugar Walnuts to accompany the pork loin? All are guaranteed to make you a top chef!

Dan Barber
Do you want to really impress your guests? Try these no-fail side dishes from Dan Barber, chef at New York's Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Barber's recipe for Pancetta and Sesame-Coated Turnips will be a surefire hit, while his Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Pistachios will convert any Brussels sprouts nonbelievers and may even have them asking for the recipe.
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