These holiday recipes all earned five-star reviews from CookingLight.com users.
Text: Jason Horn
October 25, 2008
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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."
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."
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."
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."
"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.
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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!"
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."
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!"