Holiday Recipes

Asheville, North Carolina's local B&Bs and independent chefs share Christmas and holiday recipes to help the rest of us create that gourmet feast at home.

  • Cranberry Roasted Sweet Potato Scones #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    A perfect fall treat, these scones from The Rhu feature a soft and flavorful texture with tart bursts of cranberries. Make breakfast, or any other meal, extra special at the holidays by adding a scone to the menu. Ingredients (makes 24 scones ): … read more

  • Roasted Eggplant Red Pepper Spread #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    Warm pita or rustic bread just begs to be dipped in this delicious roasted eggplant spread, known as Melitzanosalata, that is served at Golden Fleece .  The mixture of eggplant, oil, lemon, and parsley is a delicious starter to a meal, and … read more

  • Baked Eggs with Country Ham #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    Sovereign Remedies serves up a delicious twist on coddled eggs, a dish that dates back to late 19 th century England. Coddling is a gentle steaming that results in a soft-cooked egg. At Sovereign Remedies, the eggs are served in a mornay, a cheese … read more

  • Sweet Potato Fritters #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    In a matter of minutes, make a plate of lightly-fried fritters you can serve at any time of the day. These sweet potato fritters are similar to potato pancakes or latkes but are fried in just a small bit of oil. Add the tart cranberry … read more

  • Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun Cookies #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    This sweet and salty dessert recipe offers a unique twist to your typical cookie. Crafted by Red Rocker Inn for the annual Black Mountain Bed and Breakfast and Inn Christmas Cookie Tour, you'll have a hard time saving these treats for holiday … read more

  • Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    This signature recipe from the Great Hall of The Omni Grove Park Inn just the thing for sipping by a crackling fire on a cold night. Although store-bought marshmallows will work just fine, the Omni Grove Park's homemade confections can't be … read more

  • Three Bean Turkey Chipotle Chili #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    A perfect recipe for those cold winter days, this three-bean chili uses turkey (or tofu if you desire) as a lean protein substitute for meat. You can turn up the heat or dial it down based on your personal preference. This recipe is an original … read more

  • Pumpkin Spice Syrup #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    A mix of rich and warm spices help create a pumpkin spice syrup that will allow you to taste the best of fall with every spoonful.  The folks at Biltmore Coffee Traders like to use 1-2 oz. of this syrup for a delicious pumpkin spice latte, … read more

  • Marcona Almond Cookies #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    Enjoy melt-in-your-mouth delicate Marcona Almond Holiday Cookies known as Polvorones as made by Curate’s Chef Katie Button . The name polvorones comes from the Spanish word, “polvo” which means dust. The classic recipe calls for … read more

  • Banana Bread Pudding made with Croissants thumbnail

    Your friends and family will delight in this incredible and versatile Banana Bread Pudding recipe crafted by the culinary team of the Omni Grove Park Inn . This recipe requires two days to make so prepare accordingly. Ingredients 2 cups brown sugar 6 … read more

  • Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    A specialty of the Carolina Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of the Montford Historic District, these pumpkin pie bars are a quick and easy treat to whip up for your next holiday gathering. Ingredients 2 c. flour ⅓ c. brown sugar ⅓ c. … read more

  • Manchego Kale Salad #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    The regulars at Posana swoon over the simple but tasty Manchego Kale Salad . Anti-oxidant filled currants, mix with crunchy toasted pumpkin seeds and kale, and creamy Manchego cheese. This dish is ideal for holiday gatherings because it tastes great, … read more

  • Cranberry Walnut Cake #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    For a simple, sweet and delicious cake that looks as festive as it tastes, try this Cranberry Walnut Cake .  This recipe from the Albermarle Inn will help you balance the sweet of the cake, the tart of the cranberries, and the crunch of the … read more

  • Blueberry Buckle #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

    This Blueberry Buckle recipe from Crooked Oak Mountain Inn is ideal for special occasions or for a summer treat baked from wild picked blueberries. A buckle is a dense old-fashioned cake, named for the way the streusel-style topping … read more

Raspberry Rugelach #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Raspberry Rugelach Recipe

This sweet treat combines a recipe from Sweetheart Bakery with an irresistible raspberry jam, made by Asheville's own Imladris Farm. Dough Ingredients 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature … read more

Pesto Egg Souffle #Recipe | ExporeAsheville.com

Pesto Egg Souffle Recipe

Impress your friends and family with your soufflé skills. Plan this meal out ahead of time because it does require some prep the day before you bake. This recipe provided by The Inn Around the Corner . Ingredients Eggs Sour Cream Roasted Red … read more

Mince Pies #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Mince Pies Recipe

These delightful little pies are a tradition in England during the month of December. The Victorians would have used mincemeat that actually included meat, but the recipe has been refined to be a blend of apple, dried fruits, nuts and brandy which is … read more

Easy Pumpkin Spiced Muffins #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Easy Spiced Pumpkin Muffins with Brown Sugar Butter Recipe

This seasonal muffin recipe is served with brown sugar butter, and makes for a delicious way to start your morning. Special thanks to the Biltmore Village Inn for providing the recipe. Ingredients for muffins photo by Sommer Collier 2 cups … read more

Gingerbread #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Gingerbread Recipe

The Omni Grove Park Inn hosts the National Gingerbread Competition each year and you could be a contender with this recipe and these tips . Gingerbread Ingredients 1 lb. Margarine 12 oz. Brown Sugar 1 lb. Molasses 3 lbs. 8oz. All Purpose Flour 1 Tbs … read more

Pecan Sticky Buns with Creme Fraiche #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Pecan Sticky Buns with Crème Fraîche Recipe

Innkeeper Christina Muth serves these tasty treats as the first course of her elegant Beaufort House Inn breakfast year-round. Baked upside-down and then inverted, the buns are best served hot with a drizzle of crème fraîche and a … read more