Holiday Show Stoppers

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Are you hungry for some inspiration this year when it comes to your Christmas dinner table? Of course we encourage you to keep the classics around, like your holiday ham and traditional turkey. But why not serve a wider variety and shake things up with a new show-stopping protein?

Every year at Paula’s house, you’ll undoubtedly find a ham, a bird and beef tenderloin, so that all of her guests will surely find something they like. Your guests might enjoy a delicious duck, or maybe lamb chops! If stepping out of your seasonal tradition is a little out of your comfort zone, keep your heavy hitting turkey and dress it up with a different twist, like a sweet and tangy maple cranberry glaze. No matter where you decide to shine your main course limelight, don’t forget to do it with love, and little bit of Southern style.

Let one of these showstoppers take center stage on your holiday dinner table!
Stuffed Beef Tenderloin
Roast Prime Rib of Beef with a Rich Pan Sauce
Honey Mustard and Pecan Coated Lamb Chops
Pork Crown Roast with Stuffing
Crab Stuffed Flounder

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Dear Paula I am so happy you are back. I cannot wait to try your yummies. Thank you Betty

By Betty Adams on March 13, 2014

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I would much like to have Ms. Deens recipe for Red Cabbage Cole Slaw I was prepared on her show of December 11, 2012. She had her son with her and the recipe looked very good. I would very much to add it to my Christmas dinner. Please forward. Thank you and Merry Christmas Gina Atkinson

By Gina Atkinson on December 17, 2012

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Paula Dean, Is there a recipe for an eggless brownie dish?

By Maryjane Robinson on December 27, 2010

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You have been such an inspiration to me and at 55 I was laid off from my job and would like to start my own business...you have given me that strength just seeing what you have accomplished...I took one of your cooking classes when they were small at Uncle Bubba's...it was one of the last ones you were doing...it was like being in your kitchen and having a cup of coffee with a friend...I had lunch at the bar with your husband Michael who is just a dream...I Loved him...I wish you and your family and most HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR and thought it was great that you gave up your own gifts so that you may give to others...you are truly an INSPIRATION....Thank you for being you...MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR...Love Ya Paula

By Loretta Foy on December 27, 2010

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Paula, I made your foolproof standing rib roast Christmas Eve. Though I was skeptical with the directions on how to cook it, I trusted you, as I often do, and oh my Lord that was the best ever! My husband, who is hard to please with meat, was very impressed. Thank you for such an easy recipe and wonderful meal. Love all your recipes and watch you daily. Thank you for making me look like a great cook. Merry Christmas Paula to you and all your family and may you have a very blessed New Year. Phyllis

By Phyllis Keegan on December 25, 2010

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By Phyllis Keegan on December 25, 2010

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Hi am a retired pro f/ball player from the 49ers, advertising agency for tv 20 yrs high school thomas co. central, college u. of miami,fl. am endorsing products on tv, like kfc, burger king, wendys and fashion stores, winn dixie, publix, love watching your show that fried chickhen is out of site like to appear on your shopw one day and also do some endorsing for you, Merry Christmas And Happy New Year , May God Bless You.

By Frankie Flight on December 24, 2010

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Paula , Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! My mother-in-law, Eleanor, loves you. She watches your shows & I took her to see you when you were in Shreveport. Thanks for sharing your recipes......you help make the holidays delicious! Jolene

By Anonymous on December 24, 2010

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I wanted to say Thank You for being such a strong woman. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I use them on a regular basis. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. God Bless.

By Michelle on December 22, 2010

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Love this website, Love your show .Love your recipes,Love your wit and your smile. Would love to meet you someday and eat at your restaurant. I work in food service for our school system. My favorite thing with food besides eating it is baking. I love to try out new recipes. Thanks for all you do and have a very Merry Christmas!!! Marilyn

By Marilyn on December 21, 2010

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm