Skip To Content

    31 Supremely Seasonal Recipes To Make Every Night In December

    Welcome to peak comfort food season.

    Hello and welcome to December! 🎁

    We can all be thankful that 2020 is almost over and that it's officially peak comfort food season. Maybe you already have your Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year's Eve menus planned — so here's a ton of delicious and super-seasonal recipes to get you through the rest of the month.

    Here's what's in season this month:

    A list of December's in-season ingredients
    BuzzFeed
    The Whole Kitchen / Via thewholekitchen.net

    Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there's no bad time for baked eggs, especially when they're nestled in a bed of roasted sweet potato. Get creative and toss in any additional winter veggies, like mushrooms, kale, and Brussels sprouts.

    Recipe: Sheet Pan Baked Eggs & Sweet Potato Hash

    2. Garlic Shiitake Mushroom Breakfast Toast

    Two slices of toast topped with mushrooms, cheese, and a fried egg.
    Foodness Gracious / Via foodnessgracious.com

    Use a mixture of mushrooms — like baby bellas, shiitakes, and creminis — for maximum flavor.

    Recipe: Garlic Shiitake Mushroom Breakfast Toast

    3. Ginger-Coconut Braised Chicken With Leeks and Tarragon

    A skillet of braised chicken thighs in a creamy ginger leek sauce sprinkled with fresh herbs.
    Feed Me Phoebe / Via feedmephoebe.com

    Packed with citrus, ginger, coconut milk, and spices, this Asian-inspired chicken recipe is both wholesome and comforting.

    Recipe: Ginger-Coconut Braised Chicken With Leeks and Tarragon

    4. Winter Citrus Butter Salmon

    A piece of salmon topped with thinly sliced blood oranges.
    How Sweet Eats / Via howsweeteats.com

    Basic salmon gets a zesty upgrade when it's topped with a fresh winter salsa. Grab some blood oranges and grapefruit and mix the citrus with jalapeño, lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper.

    Recipe: Winter Citrus Butter Salmon

    5. Pear and Gorgonzola Galette With Caramelized Onions

    A savory galette with pears, caramelized onion, and gorgonzola cheese.
    Hope Love and Food / Via hopeloveandfood.com

    Pie for dinner? Twist my arm. This savory version is loaded with sweet pears, tangy Gorgonzola cheese, and sweet caramelized onions wrapped up in a buttery, flaky tart.

    Recipe: Pear and Gorgonzola Galette With Caramelized Onions

    6. Patatas Bravas

    The Modern Proper / Via themodernproper.com

    This Spanish-inspired dish of roasted potatoes tossed in a spicy aioli makes for a craveworthy side dish. Or you can top it with a fried egg and call it a meal.

    Recipe: Patatas Bravas

    Vanilla and Bean / Via vanillaandbean.com

    A brunch or dinner recipe ideal for feeding the whole family, this starts with leftover sourdough, eggs, and a whole lot of vegetables.

    Recipe: Savory Kale, Mushroom, and Leek Bread Pudding

    Joy the Baker / Via joythebaker.com

    Upgrade your classic grilled cheese with a few seasonal ingredients and you've got a timeless comfort food the whole family will enjoy.

    Recipe: Persimmon, Prosciutto, and Brie Grilled Cheese

    Flavor the Moments / Via flavorthemoments.com, flavorthemoments.com

    Forget about all that stove-top stirring and say hello to your handy Instant Pot. Just combine the ingredients and wait for creamy risotto to cook itself.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Wild Mushroom and Leek Risotto

    Rainbow Plant Life / Via rainbowplantlife.com

    A mixture of cannellini beans and potatoes gives this vegan soup a deliciously creamy texture. Be generous with the gremolata, a savory and herbaceous blend of parsley and basil in olive oil, garlic, and lemon.

    Recipe: Vegan Creamy White Bean Soup with Kale and Gremolata

    11. Arugula and Delicata Squash Pasta

    A bowl of pasta with arugula, delicata squash, and walnuts.
    Naturally Ella / Via naturallyella.com

    This pasta happens to be vegetarian, but you can always bulk it up with hot Italian sausage, pancetta, or grilled chicken if you want more protein.

    Recipe: Arugula and Delicata Squash Pasta

    Skinny Taste / Via skinnytaste.com

    Serve this Middle Eastern–inspired meal with pita bread on the side for dipping.

    Recipe: Za’atar Roasted Carrot and Chickpea Yogurt Bowl

    13. Savory Cabbage Pancakes (Okonomiyaki)

    A Japanese-inspired cabbage pancake on a plate with spicy mayo drizzled on top.
    Budget Bytes / Via budgetbytes.com

    This budget-friendly meal comes together with just a few basic ingredients, like cabbage, eggs, scallions, and flour, but the best part is that you can dress it up with pretty much whatever's in your kitchen — from canned salmon to extra veggies.

    Recipe: Savory Cabbage Pancakes (Okonomiyaki)

    14. Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry

    Pinch of Yum / Via pinchofyum.com

    Grab your favorite store-bought curry paste, a can of coconut milk, and some vegetable broth and whip up this hearty, decadent stew. You can always add your favorite protein, like chicken, shrimp, or tofu.

    Recipe: Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry

    15. Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

    Two sweet potatoes stuffed with ground beef, tomatoes, guacamole, and topped with sour cream and cilantro.
    Belle of the Kitchen / Via belleofthekitchen.com

    No tortillas? No problem. These baked sweet potatoes can be filled with any of your favorite taco toppings.

    Recipe: Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

    16. Kung Pao Cauliflower

    How Sweet Eats / Via howsweeteats.com

    A vegetarian take on the fan-favorite Chinese dish, cauliflower florets are roasted and tossed in a mixture of soy sauce, hoisin, sesame oil, brown sugar, cornstarch, garlic, and ginger.

    Recipe: Kung Pao Cauliflower

    17. Crunchy Ramen and Bok Choy Salad

    A big salad with bok choy, ramen noodles, carrots, almonds, and scallions.
    Pip and Ebby / Via pipandebby.com

    Turn Instant ramen noodles into a sophisticated salad with the help of crunchy bok choy, kale, sliced almonds, and scallions, all tossed in a sweet and salty dressing.

    Recipe: Crunchy Ramen and Bok Choy Salad

    18. Steak, Poblano, and Mushroom Fajitas

    The Defined Dish / Via thedefineddish.com

    This one-skillet meal is guaranteed to impress. Serve it with tortillas and your favorite Mexican-inspired toppings.

    Recipe: Steak, Poblano, and Mushroom Fajitas

    Well Plated / Via wellplated.com, Well Plates / Via wellplated.com

    Cut back on carbs, but don't sacrifice flavor. This roasted stuffed acorn squash is filled with a savory mixture of ground sausage, baby bella mushrooms, apple, onion, and Parmesan cheese.

    Recipe: Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

    20. Roast Beef With Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

    A casserole dish filled with roasted beef, carrots, mushrooms, scallions, and caramelized onions.
    Let the Baking Begin / Via letthebakingbegin.com

    You don't need to use a fancy cut of meat for this satisfying and cozy winter dish. Just start with beef chuck, which gets super tender as it slow-cooks in the oven.

    Recipe: Roast Beef With Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

    21. Brussels Sprouts Carbonara

    Skinny Taste / Via skinnytaste.com

    Brussels sprouts give classic carbonara a seasonal twist. The creamy sauce — made with eggs, Parmesan cheese, basil, and crushed red pepper — is pretty much irresistible.

    Recipe: Brussels Sprouts Carbonara

    Cotter Crunch / Via cottercrunch.com, Cotter Crunchy / Via cottercrunch.com

    You might be used to the classic combination of butternut squash and apple, but persimmon steps in here to give this creamy soup a silky and tangy taste.

    Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash and Persimmon Soup

    23. Keto-Friendly Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese

    A fork taking a bite of cheesy cauliflower.
    Low Carb Spark / Via lowcarbspark.com

    This keto-friendly mac 'n' cheese calls for cauliflower florets in place of noodles. But don't worry, it's still creamy and decadent in all the right ways.

    Recipe: Keto Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese

    24. Brussels Sprouts au Gratin

    A wooden spatula taking a scoop of cheesy Brussels sprouts au gratin from a baking dish.
    Spoonful of Flavor / Via spoonfulofflavor.com

    The best way to eat your greens is to bake them with bacon and cream sauce, then smother them in a thick and melty layer of cheddar and Parmesan cheese, of course.

    Recipe: Brussels Sprouts au Gratin

    25. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Nachos

    Half Baked Harvest / Via halfbakedharvest.com

    Not your average nachos, this grown-up comfort food starts with a layer of roasted sweet potato fries. You can keep things meatless or add some pulled pork, ground beef, or shredded chicken.

    Recipe: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Nachos

    26. Cabbage Roll Soup

    A bowl of cabbage soup with sausage and carrots and diced tomatoes.
    Dinner at the Zoo / Via dinneratthezoo.com

    You can never have too many cozy soup recipes to get you through winter. This blend of cabbage, rice, and ground beef in a rich tomato broth will quickly become a new favorite.

    Recipe: Cabbage Roll Soup

    27. Easy Vegan Mushroom Shawarma

    Crowded Kitchen / Via crowdedkitchen.com

    This Middle Eastern–inspired dish is packed with flavor. The mushrooms are marinated in a blend of smoked paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and chili powder. Serve it with a bunch of toppings, like pickled onions and tabbouleh or tzatziki and hummus.

    Recipe: Easy Vegan Mushroom Shawarma

    28. Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

    Life Is but a Dish / Via lifeisbutadish.com

    Citrus is in season, and you should be taking full advantage. Zesty grapefruit juice provides the perfect contrast to the light and buttery yogurt cake.

    Recipe: Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

    29. Ginger Persimmon Scone Muffins

    A muffin tray filled with ginger persimmon scone muffins and one crumbled muffin on the side.
    Love and Olive Oil / Via loveandoliveoil.com

    These scone-muffin hybrids are packed with sweet persimmons and spicy candied ginger. They're crumbly on the top but dense on the bottom, and they're perfectly appropriate for breakfast or dessert.

    Recipe: Ginger Persimmon Scone Muffins

    30. Pear Crisp

    A baking dish filled with pear and apple crumble.
    Baked by an Introvert / Via bakedbyanintrovert.com

    Apple was so last month. Try swapping your apple crumble for this version, packed with juicy, ripe pears.

    Recipe: Pear Crisp

    31. Salted Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Tart

    The Creative Bite / Via thecreativebite.com

    In this dessert lover's dream, tart pomegranates are the perfect complement to a luxurious dark chocolate and salted ganache tart.

    Recipe: Salted Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Tart