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We know: Everyone goes gaga for your great-grandmother’s creamed spinach dip recipe. There’s no need to nix tradition—just mix in one or two of these trendy ideas and your holiday party will be so 2017.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

1. Holiday Truffles

Sure, you could roll and cut out your cookies like you do every other year. Or you could go the trendy route: roll them into cute bite-size balls, then dip them in chocolate. We love these mouthwatering No-Bake Sugar Cookie Truffles.

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Steele House Kitchen

2. Braising Turkey Thighs

Dryness is the enemy of your holiday bird. Luckily, braising turkey thighs guarantees meat that’s practically dripping off the bone. Plus, you can do cool stuff like braising them in hard cider.

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3. Cornish Hens

Skip the giant holiday roast that’s terrifying to cook and looks like it’s from the caveman era. Cornish hens are personal-size chickens that are oh-so-elegant and fancy. Start with these Cornish Hens Under a Brick.

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4. Mushroom Gravy

We’ve seen the technique everywhere this year: using mushrooms to enrich a vegetable stock base. The results are make-ahead, good for any diet (even vegan and vegetarians) and pretty darn tasty. (Get our version of the recipe here.)

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5. Hasselback Everything

We’re guessing you’ve heard of hasselback potatoes, but did you know you can give other fruits and veggies the same fancy-looking treatment? Cutting the accordion-like shape takes no time at all, and all of those crevices are designed to catch toppings and sauce.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

6. Elegant Cheese Balls

Forget the tacky Super Bowl snack you know and kinda hate. This year you’ll see soft cheeses rolled in gorgeous, colorful toppings (think: pomegranate seeds) on the hors d'oeuvres table at a lot of holiday parties. They’re pretty, so festive and easy to make.

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A Family Feast

7. All Things Smoked or Charred

Guess what? That prosciutto-wrapped asparagus is suddenly totally 2017 when you throw it on your grill pan instead of baking it in the oven. Our friends at A Family Feast have the perfect recipe to get you started.

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The Healthy Maven

8. Brussels Sprouts Chips

We love the Brussels fad, but when they’re extra-super-duper crispy? Now we’re talking. To achieve, check out The Healthy Maven's version (which get finished with salt and vinegar—hmm). 

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9. Rosé With Dinner

Trust us on this one: It’s acceptable (and stylish) to drink the pink wine in colder weather. Look for darker-hued vinos that’ll complement roast meat and veggies—and be sure to buy more than one bottle; it’ll go fast.

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10. Chilled Red Wines

Hear us out: Red wine that’s been popped in the fridge is highly refreshing and drinkable. Look for a bottle like Beaujolais with bright acidity, alcohol levels under 13 percent and juicy notes of fruit—then stash it in the fridge for 30 minutes before popping the cork.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

11. Slow-Cooker Cocktails

You’ve heard of slow-cooker mulled wine and cider. But this year, take your cocktail up a notch by branching out. Slow-Cooker Cranberry hot Toddies, anyone?

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