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15 Classic Holiday Menus

From a traditional beef roast to a glazed ham, French tourtiére and a golden turkey, these menus are impressive but easy to execute.
15 Classic Holiday Menus

Photo, Erik Putz. Food styling, Ashley Denton. Prop styling, Rayna Marlee Schwartz.

Even if the menu doesn't change a lot from year to year (who wants to give up turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and stuffing?) there are plenty of ways to dress up the classics so they pack a little more flavour and visual punch. From traditional tourtière, to herbed turkeys, cranberry stuffing and more, here are menus to inspire this year's holiday meals:

Meatless Menu

Appetizer
Fig and Radicchio Salad

Main Butternut Squash Wellingtons 

Sides
Cheesy Creamed Corn
Miso Mashed Potatoes 
Gingery Green Beans with crispy fried onions

Dessert
Classic apple pie 

butternut squash on a red plate with various cranberries around it (Photo: Erik Putz; Food styling by Ashley Denton; Prop styling by Christine Hanlon)
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French-Canadian holiday dinner menu

Appetizer
Modern pea soup

Main
Tourtiére tart

Sides
Quick-pickled vegetables
Buttery root vegetables

Desserts
Maple crème brûlée
Maple fudge

Traditional French-Canadian tourtiere tart Photo, Roberto Caruso.
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Tarted-up holiday brunch

Main
French onion tart

Side
Red and green salad with caper vinaigrette

Dessert
Sweet monkey bread

French onion tart Photo, Roberto Caruso.
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Luxe Christmas Eve menu

Appetizer
Pea and asparagus soup

Main
Creamy lobster crepes

Side
Arugula and hazelnut salad

Dessert
Classic lemon tart

A plate of creamy lobster crepes topped with a lobster claw and fresh dill with a gold knife and fork resting on it. the plate has an embossed cursive C on the brim, which is navy and gold-trimmed. It sits next to a bowl of holiday decorations and a glass of water (Photo: Michael Graydon)
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Vegetarian Christmas menu

Appetizers
Roasted spiced almonds
Garlic-orange spiced olives
Pumpkin soup with maple-thyme cream

Main
Spinach and feta phyllo tart
Christmas orange salad

Dessert
Raspberry semifreddo

15 Classic Holiday Menus

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