Top 3 Catering Holiday Recipes for Social Events

Culinary Magic: Top 3

Holiday Recipes for Social Events

The holiday season is a time of celebration, togetherness, and, of course, indulgent feasts. For caterers, it’s an opportunity to showcase your culinary prowess and create memorable experiences for clients and their guests. In this blog post, we’ll dive into three top holiday recipes designed to impress at social events. Get ready to delight taste buds and spread festive cheer with these delectable dishes.

1. Holiday Roast Turkey with Cranberry Glaze

The centerpiece of many holiday gatherings, a perfectly roasted turkey is a showstopper. Elevate this classic dish with a delightful cranberry glaze. Here’s how to prepare it:


– 1 whole turkey (size depends on the number of guests)
– 1 cup fresh cranberries
– 1 cup orange juice
– 1/2 cup honey
– 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Fresh rosemary and thyme for garnish


1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).

2. Rinse and pat dry the turkey. Season with salt and pepper.

3. In a saucepan, combine cranberries, orange juice, honey, balsamic vinegar, and minced garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until the sauce thickens.

4. Brush the turkey with the cranberry glaze and roast it in the oven according to the turkey’s weight, following cooking guidelines.

5. Baste the turkey with the glaze every 30 minutes while roasting.

6. Once the turkey is cooked, let it rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.

7. Garnish with fresh rosemary and thyme before serving.

2. Herbed Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a holiday staple, and these herbed garlic mashed potatoes are sure to become a crowd favorite. Here’s the recipe:


– 5 pounds of russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
– 4 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter
– 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
– Salt and pepper to taste


1. Boil the potatoes until they are fork-tender. Drain.

2. In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for a minute until fragrant.

3. Combine the garlic butter, heavy cream, and chopped fresh parsley in a small saucepan. Heat until warmed but not boiling.

4. Mash the potatoes, then gradually add the cream mixture, stirring until smooth.

5. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.

3. Peppermint Chocolate Mousse Cups

Desserts are a highlight of any holiday gathering. These peppermint chocolate mousse cups are a delightful way to end a festive meal. Here’s how to make them:


– 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
– 2 egg yolks
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– Crushed candy canes and whipped cream for garnish


1. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.

2. Whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add the peppermint extract and mix.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until pale.

4. Gently fold the melted chocolate into the whipped cream, then fold in the egg yolk mixture.

5. Spoon the mousse into individual cups or glasses.

6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until set.

7. Before serving, garnish with crushed candy canes and a dollop of whipped cream.

These top holiday recipes for social events are designed to impress and bring joy to your clients and their guests. Whether it’s a beautifully glazed roast turkey, creamy herbed garlic mashed potatoes, or delectable peppermint chocolate mousse cups, your culinary creations will add a memorable touch to the festivities. So, embrace the spirit of the season, and let your catering expertise shine with these delightful dishes.