Christmas and New Year’s are times of family, fun, and frolic, and it’s unlikely to be complete with food. Come the festive season; everyone aims to put out their best dishes to gather around the table and enjoy. Food and memories have a deep bond, so each time someone reminisces about their childhood or a special moment around the holidays, it’s usually got a lot to do with food.
If you’re missing Grandma’s Christmas cake or the roast chicken your dad made when you were younger, fret not; these amazing apps will help you identify how to create new dishes for Christmas and the new year by helping identify what ingredients go into preparing them.
Whole Foods Market Recipes
Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you have to let go of your diet plans. Thanks to Whole Foods Market Recipes, you can now look for amazing meals to prep for Christmas without compromising on your chosen ingredients.
This app is user-friendly and comes with search options that allow you to look for recipes based on dietary preference so you can keep the meals healthy. The app has a bonus feature that helps you look for the nearest Whole Foods Market to pick up your ingredients under one roof.
If you’re looking to impress your guests with a fancy spread, then Epicurious is the app you need. It includes a detailed compilation of over 30,000 Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazine recipes.
The videos are in-depth and give you all in information and a list of ingredients you need to prepare a full-course meal for the holidays. The app also comes with recipe reviews, so you don’t waste time on a recipe that isn’t popular.
Chris Kimball, the host from America’s Test Kitchen fame, created this app to help amateur cooks master the skill with detailed recipes, step-by-step instructions, and ingredients they need for specific dishes.
Since everyone knows how important brands are, the app also helps you pick out ingredients based on brands so you can replicate a gourmet dish as closely as possible. However, if you want to read reviews about the ingredients listed, you might have to pay for the subscription, which can cost about $34.95 yearly.
Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide by Food52
What’s better than having a New York Times food writer create an app to share recipes curated for the holidays with you? Having two of them! Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Guide by Food52 is an app created by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, who strive to share their food knowledge with home chefs. The app focuses on holiday food and helps you look for recipes you grew up enjoying. The book comes with a total of 127 recipes, all of which are popular holiday foods.
How to Cook Everything
Nothing warms the heart more than a wholesome home-cooked meal, especially when it’s prepared well. On the How to Cook Everything app, you’ll find everything from recipes to ingredients to tips on how to bake, grill, fry, and more.
It also helps you get recipes based on the time required so you can pick and choose a menu based on how much time you have. Although this is a paid app, it’s worth the investment considering you can even use the built-in timer and voiceover function that helps you hear the recipe as you go instead of going back and forth to your device to check it out.
Food Network In the Kitchen
What better way to prepare your holiday meal than to bring chefs into your kitchen? The Food Network In the Kitchen app is a hassle-free app that helps you pick out dishes prepared by chefs, and it also gives you details about the ingredients and creates a personalized shopping list. You’ll also get complete access to a library that consists of how-to recipes. This feature is only available on iOS for now.
Martha Stewart Makes Cookies
You can’t go through the holiday without a sweet treat from Martha Stewart, and what better way to enjoy them than to prepare them at home? The Martha Stewart Makes Cookies app gives you all the details, from recipes to ingredients to tiny instructions, that can make your dish outstanding. You can also use these recipes to craft treats to hand out as presents to your loved ones during the festive season.
This app is any home cooks bible, and it’s safe to say getting the app on your phone will make your holidays merry and bright. Whether looking for the most impressive recipes to cook or picking out old classics, it has everything you need. The app is simple and efficient and gets you covered for any meals you may want to prepare during the holidays. It also has a huge compilation of healthy alternatives for people with diabetes or those who want to watch their waistline during the festivities.
You’re wondering why this app made it to this festive special list and why you need it anyway? Imagine having chosen a recipe you’ve waited a long time to prepare. You’re all excited, and you got your ingredient list ready. You’ve headed over to the supermarket, and you’re frantically looking through the aisles. You head over to all the other shops you can think of, but you’ve got nothing.
That’s when Substitutions will feel like a savior. It’ll help you identify the closest possible substitution for the ingredient and enable you to carry out your special holiday menu without any hiccups. It’s also a great app to help look for alternatives when you’ve got allergens to worry about or ingredients you’ll don’t eat/like.
It’s time to lay the Christmas table
Now that you’ve got everything you need to start your Christmas or New Year party, it’s time to pull out your holiday china and set the table. These apps are all amazing and have features that’ll make cooking fancy holiday meals a breeze.