Christmas Versions of Your Favorite Foods
December 5, 2022
6 min. read
Happy December! We’re officially embracing the full-blown Christmas holiday spirit, and ‘tis the season for marveling at the Christmas lights in the neighborhood, shopping for Christmas gifts, and decorating your own winter wonderland right inside your home.
If you’re a bit of an over-the-top Christmas celebrator, you’re in good company. And this year, we asked the question… if everything else in our surroundings and day-to-day routine is filled with Christmas spirit, why shouldn’t the food be as well?
So, we’ve put together a full list of Christmas-themed versions of our favorite foods, like grilled cheese, soup, French toast, and more! If you’re dreaming of a tasty Christmas this year, keep reading for an archive of all things Christmas and delicious!
Salad (Featured Recipe): Mixed Greens with Mandarin Oranges, Pecans, Pomegranate
To accompany all the best hearty comfort foods that are typically served around the holidays, it doesn’t hurt to have an equally festive and equally delicious salad to cleanse the palate! Whether serving for a group or enjoying with your own family at home, this recipe is flavorful enough to have you craving it again and again.
Want to try it? Whip up this salad with just a few fa-la-la-la-fresh ingredients.
- Martin’s Potatobred Stuffing Cubes
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 12 Ounces Fresh Spring Greens
- 4 Ounces Kale
- 4 Mandarin Oranges
- 2/3 Cup Pecans or Walnuts
- 2/3 Cup Feta Cheese
- 1/3 Cup Pomegranate Seeds
- 1 Cup Apple Cider
- 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 ½ Tablespoons Shallots
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 2 Teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- To Make Croutons: Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Toss Martin’s Potatobred Stuffing cubes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Lay cubes in an even layer on baking sheet. Bake until crispy, about 5 minutes.
- To Make Vinaigrette:
- Add apple cider, apple cider vinegar, and shallots to small pan over high heat.
- Bring to boil. Cook for about 8 minutes, or until mixture reduces to about ½ cup.
- Remove from heat and allow cider liquid to cool slightly. Add to medium bowl.
- Whisk in remaining ingredients until completely smooth and well mixed.
- Pour over salad and toss together.
- To Make Salad: Combine all salad ingredients into large bowl and toss together. Top with Potatobred croutons.
Soup (Featured Recipe): Italian Sausage & Tortellini Soup
Not only are the savory and comforting flavors of this satisfying soup perfect for the season, but this soup just looks like Christmas! Homemade sausage meatballs, tortellini, fresh spinach, and other veggies are cooked to perfection in the seasoned tomato sauce—perfectly cozy for watching the snow fall outside or curling up in front of a good Christmas movie.
- ½ Cup Martin’s Butter Bread Crumbs
- 16 Ounces Loose Italian Sausage
- ¼ Cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
- 1 ½ Teaspoons Oregano
- ½ Cup Parmesan, finely shredded
- 1 Large Egg
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Onion, diced
- 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
- 1 Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
- 8 Cups Chicken Broth
- 1 28-oz Can Diced Tomatoes
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 1 Teaspoon Oregano
- 12 Ounces Cheese Tortellini
- ½ Cup Parmesan, grated
- 10 Ounces Spinach
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ¼ Cup Basil, chopped
Martin’s Hoagie Rolls, toasted, for serving
- Make the meatballs:
- Toast Butter Bread slices lightly in the oven or toaster until crisp. (Alternatively, you can let the slices sit for 1-2 hours or overnight until slightly dried out.) Use a food processor to pulse into fine breadcrumbs.
- Add Italian sausage to large mixing bowl.
- Add in bread crumbs, parsley, oregano, parmesan, egg, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Gently toss and break up mixture with hands to evenly coat and distribute.
- Shape mixture into very small meatballs, about 3/4 inch to 1 inch, and transfer to large plate.
- Heat oil in 8-quart stock pot or large pot over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and turn occasionally to brown all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove meatballs from pot and set aside.
- Add onions and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add back in meatballs, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, and tortellini. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer until tortellini is cooked, about 7-10 minutes.
- Add cheese and spinach. Cook until cheese has melted into broth and spinach has wilted, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and mix in basil. Remove from heat and serve.
Grilled Cheese: Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese
This ooey-gooey holiday grilled cheese is part of our Holiday Grilled Cheese series from 2021 (check it out here). Touting subtle spice, melty brie cheese, and cranberry sauce on Martin’s Maple Brown Sugar Swirl Potato Bread, this might just be your new favorite Christmastime lunch.
Didn’t think burgers were a fitting entrée to enjoy or serve around Christmas time? Think again! Next up is another recipe that is immediately visibly themed for the holidays. This creation begins with a healthy spoonful of lemon mayonnaise, and is then topped with a perfectly seasoned chili chicken burger. Finally, it is topped with garlicky broccoli rabe, and nestled inside a Martin’s Slider Potato Roll.
French Toast: Sugar Cookie French Toast
This year, don’t go into a bustling, present-filled Christmas morning without a plan for breakfast! Have yourself a yummy little Christmas with this Sugar Cookie French Toast (surrounded by adorable and delicious breakfast “charcuterie”) that will satisfy your family’s hunger and fuel them for all the holiday activities to come!
Bread Pudding: Cranberry Bread Pudding
Yes, that’s right—we have a Christmas-themed recipe for dessert, too! Although, in our opinion, this Cranberry Bread Pudding is too delicious to only be enjoyed one season of the year. Baked with seasonal spices, cranberries, and Martin’s Cinnamon-Sugar Swirl Potato Bread, this decadent dessert might just be difficult to share!
We don’t know about snow—but there certainly is flavor in the forecast if you prepare these brightly-colored Christmas sandwiches! With rosemary-seasoned pork tenderloin, spiced cherries, flavorful mayo spread, and a bed of arugula, you can’t go wrong.
Dinner Rolls: Cranberry Orange Dinner Roll Glaze
As you likely already know, our Sweet Dinner Potato Rolls are delicious enjoyed plain or simply with a spread of butter. However, we also love this Christmas-ified version—topped with a glaze of chopped cranberries, orange zest, and honey.
And, finally, we are rounding out the list with one more red and green dish—sliders! Appetizers are often a critical part in a large family gathering, and the holidays are no exception. These Steak & Brie Sliders are up to the task, featuring slow-cooked steak, melty brie cheese, cranberry glaze, and a handful of fresh arugula.
Tip: make them even more bite-sized by using Martin’s Sweet Party Potato Rolls instead!
Thanks for reading! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with family time and delicious food. We are honored to be a part of your holidays.
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