The holiday season is a time many of us eagerly await. We get to visit with family and friends, and enjoy delicious meals together. And thanks to the internet, it’s much easier to find and experiment with new recipes.
If you’re looking for something different to switch up your holiday food routine, check out the prep videos for these fantastic dishes — and then get cooking!
Salted Caramel Apple Crisp
Nothing says Fall like baked apple desserts, and this apple crisp from is certain to be a crowd pleaser. In an easy-to-follow video, Julianna Strickland walks you through each simple step, from making homemade salted caramel sauce to assembling the crisp in individual serving sizes.
Crispy Topped Baked Apples
Looking for a gluten-free baked apple dessert? These crispy topped baked apples by are made with almond flour. In the video, she casually walks you through her simple recipe — pointing out that you don’t have to be exact in your measurements.
Pumpkin Pie Bites
These pumpkin pie bites by are just as adorable as the video on how to make them. It’s so easy to put together, that even the kids can help out. Each bite is about the size of a small muffin, which lets you enjoy the fall favorite in moderation.
Maple Glazed Whole Ham
Having lots of family over for the holidays? You might consider cooking a whole ham. In this tutorial, Malcom Reed from demonstrates how to pack a 20-pound smoked ham with even more flavor. He tosses the traditional package instructions, double smokes it, and also shows you how to make homemade glaze.
How to Make Cranberry Sauce
If you still slice your cranberry sauce, it might be time to switch things up. Canned cranberry sauce has nothing on the real thing. Impress Thanksgiving guests with this super easy recipe by . Watch as Sara Lynn Cauchon makes the dish with only three ingredients in one saucepan.
Sally’s Sweet Potato Casserole
Step into mom’s kitchen with hamburger expert George Motz and his mother-in-law as she shares a family recipe. Yams, sour cream, marshmallows, and more, come together to make the Thanksgiving classic: sweet potato casserole. The two take you through each step of the process to making the creamy dish from scratch in this video for .
Brown Sugar Pecan Buns
One bowl and one baking dish is all you’ll need to make these brown sugar pecan buns by . Instead of using measuring cups, dry and liquid ingredients are measured by a scale that connects to an app on your phone or tablet. The screen shows you when to stop pouring. It’s pretty wild to watch in action! And the process makes it much harder to mess up dessert, even for those who are challenged in the kitchen.
Slow Cooker Whole Turkey
Does the thought of cooking a turkey sound intimidating? Rosie of makes hers in a crockpot. She walks you through prep, which involves stuffing the turkey and giving it a simple rub. The slow cooker lets the turkey sit in its natural juices the whole time, so you get moist breast meat with no basting or brining.
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
Biscotti are a great dessert to enjoy with coffee or tea, and this cranberry pistachio version by adds some holiday flair. It has a few more steps than some other baked desserts, but the video carefully explains each along the way. Biscotti can also be made a month in advance as long as you keep them in an airtight container.
Vegan Thanksgiving Roast
You don’t need turkey or ham to enjoy the delicious flavors of the holidays. Lauren Toyota of shows you how to make a layered Thanksgiving roast that’s “meaty” yet vegan. The roast has a savory layer — made from mushrooms and lentils — on the bottom and a sweet layer on top to capture all the different holiday flavors.
Paleo and Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe
Following a gluten-free or paleo diet and think you’ll have to skip the stuffing? This recipe by takes the carbs out of the equation. She uses sweet potatoes to give it that breaded texture and combines them with eggs, sausage, veggies, mushrooms, nuts, and cranberries. It’s also pretty easy to throw together!