Top Chef Meals Favorite Recipes for the Holidays
What are you cooking up for the holiday season?
THE STORY: The holiday season is here! Food is one of the most important ways people celebrate together, so we’ve gathered up an entire day’s worth of mouth-watering recipes to help you celebrate this month. Enjoy these breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes that evoke celebration, fighting off the winter chill and family togetherness.
1/4 cup milk or heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla optional
4 slices cinnamon swirl bread
butter for pan
1. Mix the milk, eggs, and vanilla in a wide dish.
2. Dip the bread into the egg mixture to coat on both sides.
3. Melt some butter in a pan and fry the slices of bread until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes per side or until golden brown. Serve warm, top with cream, fruit, or desired toppings of choice. Enjoy!
2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
5 cups chicken broth
3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
½ teaspoon dried tarragon
1 pinch dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1.In a blender or food processor, puree tomatoes with liquid until smooth. Pour into a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in broth, cheese, and tomato paste. Season with parsley, basil, tarragon, thyme, salt, and pepper. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until cheese is melted and smooth and flavors are well blended.
1 (6 pound) fully-cooked, bone-in ham
1 fresh pineapple
2 (6 ounce) cans pineapple juice
1 cup brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place the ham, cut side down, into a roasting pan.
2. Cut the skin off the pineapple with a sharp knife and cut out any brown spots of skin left behind. Slice the pineapple into 1/2-inch slices and cut the cores out of the slices. Pin the slices onto the ham with toothpicks.
3. Bake ham in the preheated oven until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the ham reads 140 degrees F (60 degrees C), 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
4. While the ham is baking, mix the pineapple juice and brown sugar in a microwave-safe ceramic or glass bowl and microwave on medium power until the glaze is boiling and slightly thickened. Work carefully because the glaze will be sticky and very hot.
5. Pour about half the glaze evenly over the ham and pineapple about 1 hour before the end of baking; pour the rest over the ham about 30 minutes before the end of baking.
6 egg yolks
¾ cup white sugar
⅔ cup milk
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature
2 tablespoons rum
2 (3 ounce) packages ladyfinger cookies
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
2. In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form.
3. Whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth.
4. In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise and drizzle with coffee mixture.
5. Arrange half of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of a 7x11 inch dish. Spread half of mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, then half of whipped cream over that. Repeat layers and sprinkle with cocoa. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours, until set.
THE WRAP-UP: No matter what you’re celebrating this holiday season (or if you’re celebrating at all), incorporate delicious meals! And if these recipes have your mouth watering but you aren’t in the mood to cook, you can get these same meals right at Top Chef Meals. Find them HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Best part is, we'll do all the grocery shopping, prepping, cooking and deliver right to your home, plus don't forget to check out our free shipping options! Happy holidays!