Better Homes & Gardens December 2015 Recipes
Our softest cinnamon rolls yet, these sweets get their texture from a surprise ingredient -- mashed potato! Whip up a classic batch or try one of our variations: Cranberry-Cherry or Salted Lemon.
Stuffed Chicken Roast
Who says skinless, boneless chicken breasts have to be boring? Stuff them with port-soaked cherries, sausage, and spinach, then wrap them in bacon. Nothing boring about that.
Test Kitchen Tip: We like to serve the chicken roast with a fresh wild rice salad for crunch.
White Chocolate Poppy Seed Cookies
Can't decide between vanilla and chocolate? With this buttery cookie, you don't have to! Top our rich vanilla cookies with creamy white chocolate and poppy seeds.
Pear and Sweet Potato Soup
A little sweet, a lot savory. Add fall flair with fresh thyme, roasted pear, and sour cream.
Vanilla Polka-Dot Cookies
Swedish pearl sugar is the secret to the playful polka-dot pattern on these cookies. Find it in specialty food stores or online.
Pineapple-Glazed Roast Pork
An overnight brine is the key to this juicy pork roast. To ensure you get the most flavor, look for a pork loin that isn't injected with saline solution.
Double-Ginger Crumb Cookie
A buttery topping makes these treats part cookie, part crumble. A double dose of ginger ensures they are extra spicy.
Pear and Brussels Sprouts Salad
This salad is big on crunch, thanks to shredded Brussels sprouts, chopped walnuts, and sliced pears. Finish the salad with creamy cannellini beans and dates.
Carrot and Parsnip Swirl
This silky puree is a stunner. Concentrate the deep sweetness of vegetables by cooking them without adding liquid.
Rosemary-Olive Roast Beef
A few simple techniques dress up an affordable cut of beef like sirloin tip. Searing the meat, slow roasting, and topping with garlicky olives equals dinner party success!
Pear and Pork Stir-Fry
Flavors like soy, ginger, and rice wine vinegar bring out the savory side of pears. Serve this stir-fry over rice to soak up all the juices.
Roasted Pear Ham Melt
A spread of pepper jelly gives this toasty sandwich sweet heat. We like to use white cheddar cheese because it melts like a dream.
Christmas Spice Cookies
An extra-crispy topping sets these spice cookies apart from the rest. How is it so crunchy? A combination of sanding and raw sugar.
Tomato and Onion Brisket
This tender brisket braises for hours in a rich sauce of canned tomatoes, onions, and white wine. Serve it with fresh horseradish and ginger-pickled onions.
Whole-Leaf Endive Salad
Using the inner leaves of a head of lettuce means this salad is super tender. Dress it with a classic red wine vinaigrette.
Sweet Root Vegetable Kugel
Rendered chicken fat, aka schmaltz, gives this kugel a silky, nutty taste. It's a perfect balance for sweet root vegetables like rutabaga, butternut squash, and sweet potato.