December 2019 Better Homes & Gardens Recipes
December isn’t only for cookies, though they always have a place in our hearts. There are plenty of ingredients in season during the winter as these recipes from the December 2019 issue of Better Homes & Gardens® magazine prove. Find seasonal inspiration, Hanukkah recipes, holiday menu ideas, and yes, a few cookies for good measure.
Petite Beef Wellingtons
Mini Greens-and-Cheese Souffles
Crispy Potatoes with Rosemary Salt
Two key elements result in these elegance and flavorful potato side dish—a fresh rosemary salt and a mandoline for superbly skinny slices. Though this side dish looks like it could be served at a high-end restaurant, it's simple make at home. Plus, it contains only six ingredients, almost all of which you probably have in your kitchen.
Sausage-Stuffed Honeynut Squash
Honeynut squash is the smaller (about 5 inches tall) and tender-skinned relative of butternut squash. Look for honeynut squash at farmers markets, select grocers, and specialty stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.
Confession, we took some liberties with panettone to get a moister version of this traditional Italian sweet bread. We swapped in dried cranberries and apricots for the usual candied orange, citron, and raisins and drizzled on orange icing for a sweeter indulgence.
Sparkling Cranberry-Ginger Panna Cotta
Creamy vanilla bean panna cotta contrasts a bright ginger-cranberry mixture in this layered gelatin dessert. Layering the two in small glasses results in a modern look. The garnish of sugared cranberries hints at the "cocktail" inspiration of the dessert's ginger beer and adds sparkle for a holiday presentation.
Egg and Sausage Bread Bakes
Sure, you’ve made plenty of egg bakes in the past, but this one literally breaks the mold. No longer confined to a casserole dish, this sausage, egg, and veggie “casserole” bakes inside a hollowed out French bread loaf. Use the removed bread to make homemade croutons, stuffing, or dippers for a slow cooker party dip.
Eggnog Dream Bars
Cookbook author Jessie Sheehan updated the classic bar cookie recipe you may know as a seven-layer bar or Hello Dolly bar. Her version contains cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and rum to evoke eggnog flavors. “The flavors intensify overnight, so they taste even better the next day—if you can wait,” Sheehan says.
Jumbo Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
Baker Jessie Sheehan says, “Bigger is better when it comes to a sugar cookie.” And we agree, so go ahead and use a ¼-cup ice cream scoop for big portions of this sprinkle-filled dough. “The key is not to overbake," she says. Sheehan likes to pull the cookies from the oven a minute or two early to ensure super-chewy centers.
Malted Butter Riches
Give friends a hint at the taste of these by scattering crushed malted milk balls over the top. Baker Jessie Sheehan infused malt powder, one of her favorite ingredients, into the batter for more flavor.
The secret to the flavorful spiral in these slice-and-bake cookies from baker Jessie Sheehan is a homemade pistachio paste. Simply process pistachios, sugar, and a few other ingredients until a paste forms, spread it on your rolled-out chocolate cookie dough, and roll it up. Voila!
Baker Jessie Sheehan turns the childhood favorite of a fluffernutter sandwich into a fudge recipe with the same sweet-salty notes. She also made the cooking process easier by eliminating the need for a candy thermometer by including sweetened condensed milk, which doesn’t require as much precision to create optimal fudginess.
Escarole, Radicchio, and Fuyu Persimmon Salad
Spiced Rice with Pickled Quince and Pomegranate
Get a head start on this gorgeous rice recipe from food writer Danielle Centoni by pickling the quince up to a week ahead. Day of your event, cook the rice then toss together a few more ingredients. Simple, yes, but six spices give it deliciously complex flavors.
Pomelo Margarita Bars
With so many citrus options at their peak in winter, food writer Danielle Centoni doesn’t want you to feel limited to lemon bars. Here, she uses subtly sweet pomelo (or pink grapefruit if you can’t find pomelo) with the usual lemon bar ingredients, plus an optional splash of tequila, to create a margarita-inspired dessert.
Pomegranate Pot Roast
Bring back the pot roast for Sunday dinner with a fresh-tasting spin from Danielle Centoni. She swapped in seasonal persimmons for potatoes and stirred pomegranate juice into the braising liquid to create a new Sunday dinner staple.
Writer Kristin Eriko Posner embraces her Japanese American heritage and Jewish faith in her recipes. Here, mochi flour gives latkes crisp edges and a slightly chewy interior. Mochi flour is made from milled mochi rice, which is the variety used in sticky rice. What’s the best way to top latkes? “I set out a latke bar with an array of toppings,” Kristin says. “Some options are classic like lox and crème fraiche. Others, like matcha salt, have a Japanese tilt.”