When you think of traditional holiday recipes, you might think of the decadent spreads depicted in nearly every classic holiday film (minus perhaps the turkey from Christmas Vacation). But more often than not, "traditional" means something different to everyone—and we think that's pretty awesome.
No matter what holidays you celebrate (or don't), these tried and true, not-so-traditional recipes—contributed by our team—are sure to leave your mouth watering. Read on! You just might find a new tradition of your own ...
PEPPERMINT OREO TRUFFLES
Recipe Contributed by Haleigh Gerwig, Media Sales Consultant for Serendipity Media.
This surprisingly simple recipe only requires four ingredients—Oreos, cream cheese, crushed peppermint and melting chocolate—and is a wintery fresh hit every single holiday season, according to our team member, Haleigh Gerwig. Her sister makes them every year, and the secret? Crush the Oreos while they're still whole rather than scraping out the cream filling. It's a time saver, and let's just admit it: Only a monster doesn't like the middle of an Oreo.
WHITE CASTLE STUFFING
Recipe Contributed by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for West Michigan Woman.
You're either really intrigued or really grossed out right now, but Sarah assures us, this recipe is it. If you already know the deliciousness of a White Castle slider, you can imagine how thyme, sage, pepper, chicken broth and celery can be added to create a stuffing you won't soon forget. Don't have a White Castle near you? Though fresh from the drive-thru is better, the freezer aisle at your local grocery store should have some frozen sliders to complete the recipe.
Recipe Contributed by Hannah Pikaart, Marketing Coordinator for West Michigan Woman.
There's no link to Hannah's grandma's Margarita recipe because though it's pretty straightforward, it's as fresh and authentic as it comes. Located in California, Hannah's grandma sources her limes and other fruit directly from the citrus trees growing in her own backyard. Made with help from her Great Aunt Patti, this is a recipe for a delicious drink, but also plenty of fun and laughter. Cheers to that!
- 6 oz Frozen Limeade
- 12 oz Tavern LaGrande Margarita Mix
- 1/3 cup Triple Sec
- 2/3 cup Tequila*
- Ice Cubes
Blend and serve up however you like!
*Add more as needed.
AMISH BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
Kelli Belanger, Media Sales Manager for REVUE.
Each year, Kelli's mom hosts a Christmas brunch that always includes this hearty Amish Breakfast Casserole, an ideal dish for anyone who enjoys breakfast staples like bacon, eggs and hash browns. Did we mention the recipe calls for three different kinds of cheeses? THREE! Kelli, tell your Mom we're coming over for brunch.
HOLLY WREATH TREATS
Kayla Swem, Marketing Coordinator for Serendipity Media.
If you're a fan of all things marshmallow, Kayla insists these Holly Wreath Treats are going to be right up your alley. Throw in some green food coloring and Red-Hot candies to (literally) spice things up, and you truly can't lose. Plus, they're festive looking to the max. Don't blame us when you can't stop eating them!
ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS, GORGONZOLA AND CRISPY FRIED SAGE
Jill Carroll, Marketing Manager and Media Consultant for Serendipity Media.
After making this delicious recipe for Thanksgiving once, Jill's family now won't let her bring anything else to their holiday gatherings. Though it can be a slightly time-consuming recipe, it ends up being more than worth it. It's a special time of year, after all. Go for it!
Courtesy of West Michigan Woman.
Photo courtesy of Hannah Pikaart.