As chilly weather arrives in Canada, so do many cultural festivals, holidays and reasons to cook up something delicious. To help you celebrate, we’ve gathered 10 recipes based on tasty traditions from around the globe. Whether you are celebrating Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas or the return of the winter social season, your guests will love these recipes.

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Ready in: 1 hour 55 minutes

  • Candy canes add a festive twist to New Zealand’s traditional Christmas food, a meringue-based dessert usually made with fruit.
  • This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prep; the low and slow bake time keeps the delicate meringue from burning.
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BUDGET WATCH
Don’t waste good eggs—use pre-separated egg whites and save your whole eggs for breakfast and other baking.

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Apricot almond biscott

Ready in: 1 hour 20 minutes

  • Biscotti are hard Italian biscuits normally served with espresso or coffee for dunking, great for brunch or afternoon events. Add festive detail by including dried currants or cranberries for a hit of red.
  • Biscotti are twice-baked for crunch; once in a log shape and again after being cut into ovals.

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Frozen tiramisu squares

Ready in: 6 hours 20 minutes

  • An Italian classic, tiramisu is traditionally made with wafers soaked in espresso or coffee with layers of mascarpone and cream. Our twist transforms it into individual squares special enough for a festive occasion.
  • The dish only takes 20 minutes to complete—the rest is freezing time. It’s a dessert that feels fancy but is quick to assemble while still tasting impressive.

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Cheesy mushroom arancini

Ready in: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • This recipe is an Italian favourite. It involves several steps, but it’s easy enough for beginners, and your guests will appreciate the effort (and the appetizers!).
  • Kids can help make the risotto balls by stuffing them with cheese and rolling them in breadcrumbs.

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Warm French onion dip

Ready in: 55 minutes

  • Decadent, cheesy and warming, this is French onion soup transformed into a dip for all to enjoy. With enough baguette for dipping, you could serve this as a casual main at a cozy get-together.
  • The trick to good caramelized onions that are sweet and caramel-coloured is time. Cook them low and slow, with a bit of stirring.

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Slow cooker beef brisket

Ready in: 8 to 10 hours and 5 minutes

  • Present guests with tender slices of melt-in-your-mouth brisket and reap the praise. This dish is ideal for entertaining around Hanukkah because it’s a crowd-pleaser and a show-stopper with little work on your part.
  • Short on time? Make the brisket up to two days ahead and heat it in the oven just before serving.

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Ready in: 1 hour

  • These milk-based treats covered with sugar syrup and flavoured with rosewater are served at celebrations throughout South Asia, including Diwali. They’re sticky, sweet and beloved by millions.
  • For sweeter flavour throughout, soak the gulab jamun overnight and reheat them in their syrup before serving with a sprinkle of festive crumbled pistachio.

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Chicken biryani

Ready in: 45 minutes

  • Biryani is a beloved Indian dish that can be served to celebrate Diwali (lamb or goat is also popular). The mix of spices, garlic and ginger plus the added sweetness of raisins lends this dish deep flavour.
  • Our version uses a biryani spice mix to save time and money if you don’t have all the spices required on hand.

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Tartiflette

Ready in: 1 hour 20 minutes

  • A classic French dish from the Alps often served “apres-ski,” tartiflette is layered with thin slices of potato, cheese and bacon to warm you up from the inside out.
  • This decadent side dish will impress guests, but with a little prep is simple to assemble.
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TIME-SAVING TIP
Creating consistent veggie slices is much faster with a mandoline—a kitchen tool that can be used for all sorts of things, from potatoes to garlic to apples.

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Beef fondue

Ready in: 25 minutes

  • Fondue originated in Switzerland and is a fast and fun way to feed guests. This recipe can easily be doubled for more people. And don’t forget the fondue pot!
  • Traditionally made with a blend of melty cheeses and white wine, we use flavoured beef broth and creamy Bernaise sauce for dipping.

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