By: Catherine Pritchard
Sometimes a recipe grabs your imagination because it just seems like it should be good. Maybe it has tasty-sounding ingredients. Maybe the picture with it is pretty. Maybe its name sounds appetizing.
But if you’re cooking a special meal for the holidays, it’s good to know that the recipes you’re using have been tried and found true, over and over again.
Below, you’ll find holiday recipes that have 5-star ratings. If you try one, let us know what rating you’d give.
Juicy Holiday Turkey
This recipe on AllRecipes.com has been rated 639 times – and 581 of those are five-star ratings. Another 31 are four-star. So we’re guessing it really is pretty darn good.
2 T. dried parsley
2 T. ground dried rosemary
2 T. rubbed dried sage
2 T. dried thyme leaves
1 T. lemon pepper
1 T. salt
1 (15-pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 orange, cut into wedges
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
1 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne
Tips from reviewers: You can substitute ginger ale for the champagne. A cooking bag will make cleanup a breeze. Brining the turkey ahead of time will add even more flavor.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Of 1,398 cooks on AllRecipes.com who went to the trouble of rating this recipe, 1,198 loved it and gave it five stars. Another 143 reviewers gave it four stars.
4½ cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
½ cup butter, melted
1/3 cup milk
1 cup white sugar
½ t. vanilla extract
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup light brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup butter (used separately from the ½ cup butter)
1 cup chopped pecans
Tips from reviewers: You can use two 29-ounce cans of cut sweet potatoes if you’d rather not cook your own. If you do want to cook your own, you’ll need 5-7 medium-sized sweet potatoes. You can substitute evaporated milk for the regular milk for a creamier texture. And you can cut the sugar without losing flavor.
Cranberry Moscow Mule
Confession: We were drawn in initially by the cool name and pretty red-and-green pictures of this alcoholic drink. But this drink has five-star reviews at numerous food sites on the internet.
8 ounces ginger beer
Juice of 1 lime
1 shot or jigger of vodka
1 T. cranberry juice cocktail
Raw cranberries and lime juice for garnish
Combine first four ingredients and stir. Pour over ice and serve, preferably in a copper mug. Garnish with raw cranberries and lime slices.
Tips: There are numerous variations of this recipe, some more complicated than this. Moscow Mules have been traditionally served in copper mugs, which are for sale at numerous retailers. But when copper comes into contact with acidic foods (like alcohol and lime juice), it can leach into that food. So be safe and make sure you get copper mugs that are lined on the inside with a nonreactive metal like nickel or stainless steel.