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7 Food Influencers' Favorite Holiday Recipes

by Valerie Rains

Dec 5, 2018

Add these expert-approved ideas to your recipe file for the most delicious holiday season ever.

A savory-sweet squash gratin from Laura Wright of The First Mess
Photo by: Laura Wright

This holiday season, we've been bringing you fresh menu inspiration from some of our favorite food influencers—each of whom has also hand-picked a special piece of bake- or serveware (handmade by an Etsy seller) in which to prepare or present a beloved family recipe. To make your remaining December meal planning a little easier, we're rounding up all the expert-approved pairings here—from a down-to-earth green bean side (served in a terra-cotta–colored bowl) to an elegant olive oil cake (perched on a display-worthy lace-patterned platter). Which one would you most like to see on your holiday buffet?
Got kitchen skills (and Etsy-sourced tableware) of your own to show off? We want to see them! Post a photo of your own family recipe in your go-to Etsy dish on Instagram with the hashtag #oldrecipenewdish and tag @etsy for a chance to be featured in a future blog post.

Jessica in the Kitchen's cornbread muffins on a Honeycomb Studio plate

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Some families do piles of from-scratch popovers; some do crescent rolls from a can. At self-taught vegetarian-cooking expert Jessica Hylton-Leckie's house (aka Jessica in the Kitchen's kitchen), the holiday bread course of choice is a gorgeous platter of jalapeño-topped cornbread muffins, which are (shockingly) both vegan and gluten-free. See Jessica's recipe here.

Julia Turshen's green beans amandine in a ceramic serving bowl from Pottery By Osa

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Food writer Julia Turshen's newest book, Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers, is all about making food go further—which made her an obvious source for a seasonal staple that could be reworked into a just-as-delicious day-after treat. Click through to find her feast-ready, and leftovers-friendly, green bean sideSee Julia's recipe here.

Two Red Bowls's pan-fried potstickers on a Libby Ballard Ceramics dish

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Two Red Bowls blogger and cookbook author Cynthia Chen McTernan fell in love with the thick, chewy wrappers—and the convivial, communal, hands-on prep process—of homemade potstickers while she was in law school, and they've been a mainstay of her holiday menus ever since. See Cynthia's recipe here.

The First Mess's squash gratin in a 1220 Ceramics Studio baking dish

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With its savory-sweet flavor, creamy-crunchy texture, and eye-catching presentation, The First Mess creator Laura Wright's maple-rosemary squash bake is the total package—and a welcome addition to any celebratory potluck. See Laura's recipe here.

A Cozy Kitchen's festive tallarines verdes on Eeli Art Studio's wheel-thrown plate

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To a young Adrianna Adarme, her mother's traditional tallarines verdes was the ultimate comfort food—and the A Cozy Kitchen blogger still can't resist the Peruvian-style pesto to this day. See Adrianna's recipe here.

Dayna Isom Johnsons's spinach and bacon quiche in a custom Prairie Hills Pottery recipe plate

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Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson is on a mission to master her mother's signature spinach and bacon quiche. The endlessly adaptable crowd-pleaser raises the bar for an indulgent holiday weekend brunch—and can easily accommodate any surplus morsels that remain from the main event. See Dayna's recipe here.

Butter & Brioche's apple and almond olive oil cake on a lace-patterned platter from Ignata Ceramics

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On her sweets-centric blog, Butter & Brioche, Thalia Ho has explored endless dessert variations (and photographed them beautifully)—but the one she comes back to time and again is this simple stunner: a not-too-flashy, always-satisfying olive oil cake topped with apples and almonds. See Thalia's recipe here.

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Valerie Rains

Valerie Rains is a senior editor at Etsy.