Gathering ’round the table for a big holiday dinner requires a lot of prep work, and one item tends to get overlooked in the madness of Christmas meal planning: bread. It’s tempting to buy premade canned dough, but aside from the biggest problem — your being terrified when the can pops open before you’re ready — it really takes down the quality of the meal. Don’t settle for store-bought. Try a few of our favorite holiday bread ideas, starting with gorgeous grape-studded rosemary focaccia (pictured above).
Make at least half a dozen baskets of these bad boys, because the slightly garlicky biscuits filled with melty cheese and bacon will fly off the table faster than Rudolph leading the sled.
Break out the can of creamed corn for your secret ingredient. Baking in a cast-iron skillet gives this cornbread the ideal crunchy edges.
Have an hour? You can make impressive, fluffy, buttery rolls to pass around, and then use them to make sandwiches out of leftovers after the big dinner.
Made with simple pizza dough, these vampire killers may make you twist and shout at the table.
For a slightly sweeter bread option, serve warm, cinnamon-spiced pumpkin bread. It doubles up on the gourd with shredded fresh pumpkin and pumpkin seeds .
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