Holiday Reader Favorites

These holiday recipes all earned five-star reviews from CookingLight.com users.

Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole

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Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole

What holiday get-together would be complete without a marshmallow-topped sweet potato dish like this one? Not reader aj2005's: "I made this to celebrate with family and it was just like my grandma's recipe. Love the short list of ingredients. This is a snap to make."

View Recipe: Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole

Hot Crab Dip

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Hot Crab Dip

Our version of this indulgently creamy party classic contains only 63 calories per serving, but that doesn't mean you'll have to sacrifice taste. "This was a very good dip―easy to make and a sure hit with my guests," says reader Lizbeth, "No one even guessed that it was a lighter version. I'll definitely make this one again."

View Recipe: Hot Crab Dip

Harvest Pie

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Harvest Pie

This treat replaces traditional pumpkin with butternut squash, to addictive effect if you ask reader Julie: "We loved this recipe. We served it warm that very night and ate it again for breakfast the next morning. I would absolutely recommend this."

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Thyme and Spice-Rubbed Roast Beef Tenderloin Au Jus

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Thyme and Spice-Rubbed Roast Beef Tenderloin Au Jus

An impressively simple presentation of an elegant cut of beef made a great impression on reader DaneanfromOregon: "This is a beautiful, elegant but easy recipe. Perfect for a small dinner party. The brandied au jus was a nice touch. I served this alongside garlic mashed potatoes and steamed peas and carrots. The family loved it. It's an expensive cut of meat, but this recipe does not disappoint."

View Recipe: Thyme and Spice-Rubbed Roast Beef Tenderloin Au Jus

Fruited Basmati Pilaf with Pistachios

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Fruited Basmati Pilaf with Pistachios

"This is really pretty and very good," says sirene0. "I served it at a nice dinner with a lot of people and everyone liked it. I will definitely make it again the next time I want to impress a crowd." The exotic-spiced side is designed to pair with pork, but can match any kind of protein.

View Recipe: Fruited Basmati Pilaf with Pistachios

Whole Grain Cornsticks

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Whole Grain Cornsticks

Adding spicy and cheesy flavors to an old standby, this recipe really impressed lmshepard04: "A healthy flavorful corn bread recipe! Very moist and a good texture with the wheat flour and kernel corn. Good kick with the jalapeño and red onion. Excellent!"

View Recipe: Whole-Grain Cornsticks

Cranberry-Orange Trifle

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Cranberry-Orange Trifle

Reader Dee loved pretty much everything about this dish: "This was the perfect dessert to take to a family reunion. It received rave reviews from a member of the family who is a chef! I followed the recipe exactly, and the results were outstanding. It is the perfect sweet ending to a big meal―very light, but satisfying. I will definitely make this again."

View Recipe: Cranberry-Orange Trifle

Basic Cranberry Sauce

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Basic Cranberry Sauce

This indispensable holiday accompaniment was so easy and flavorful, it inspired Mandivola to promise, "I will never buy cranberry sauce from a can again! It came out perfectly and it was very low maintenance to make. Delicious!"

View Recipe: Basic Cranberry Sauce

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