24 Hearty Winter Recipes

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Food does more than just fuel your body–it feeds the soul. When the days get shorter and the nights get longer, you’ll be craving cozy, seasonal dinners. These winter recipes with hearty beef and bright citrus will help you fight away those winter blahs.

Salmon Salad with citrus slices will brighten up any winter day.

Eating seasonally has perks for you and the environment. Fruit and vegetables that are at the peak of their season will be sweeter, juicier, and overall more flavorful. Shopping for items that are seasonal to your area means they have shorter to travel from farm to table. Fresher produce, less transportation emissions, and lower shipping cost makes it a win-win-win.

Fruit and veg aren’t the only foods that are seasonal. If you consume animal based products like beef and pork, what the animal eats seasonally affects the taste of the meat you eat too! Grass-fed beef will have better marbling in late fall to early winter due to a higher fat content in grass when it goes to seed. Free range hogs and goats will find and eat apples in the colder months leading to sweeter and more flavorful meat.

The best foods to eat during the winter are:

  • citrus like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons
  • root vegetables like potatoes, yams, onions, and leeks
  • dark leafy greens like kale, collards, broccoli, and brussels sprouts
  • Grass-fed Beef
  • Free Range Pork

These 24 winter recipes will prove to anyone, seasonal eating in the cold months doesn’t have to be boring! Check out our seasonal eating guide for Fall for more ideas.

Winter Cocktail Recipes

Let’s kick off our round-up with happy hour! Pomegranates are in season and add a bejeweled touch to any fruity cocktail.

Ginger Pomegranate Spritz in glass.
5 from 1 vote

Ginger Pomegranate Cocktail

Ginger Pomegranate Spritz is a loose take on a classic cocktail. This refreshing drink is made with ginger beer, pomegranate flavored Italian soda, fresh lime, vodka, and some fresh herbs. It's the perfect refreshing holiday cocktail this season.
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5 from 1 vote

Mulled Wine Recipe

Mulled Wine is a comforting festive drink made from a blend of red wine, spices, and citrus, served warm. This holiday classic recipe is easy to make and is a great cocktail for winter parties.
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Pomegranate Mimosa
4.60 from 5 votes

Pomegranate Mimosa

A delicious and festive Pomegranate Mimosa made with sparkling wine, Cointreau, and pomegranate juice. The perfect champagne cocktail recipe for holiday parties!
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Winter Salads

Clean eating January anyone? These salads are perfect for a lighter winter lunch or dinner.

grilled salmon salad with wine
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Salmon Salad Recipe

Grilled salmon seasoned with blackening spices tossed with a homemade citrus vinaigrette dressing makes for a hearty salad.
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grilled chicken salad
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Chicken Salad with Candied Pecans and Balsamic Dressing

Candied Pecans for crunch, perfectly grilled chicken with a savory honey balsamic dressing makes this a grilled chicken salad with amazing flavor.
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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad in a large black serving bowl
5 from 5 votes

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad

Healthy Grilled Buffalo Salad recipe that satisfies all your wing cravings, without the guilt. Keto friendly, gluten free, sugar free, low carb, and can easily be adjusted for Paleo and Whole 30.
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Hearty Soup Recipes for Winter

On a cold winter day, nothing beats a dish of healthy chicken, mushroom, and lentil soup.

5 from 1 vote

Smoked Salsa Verde Chicken Soup Recipe

Recipe for Smoked Chicken Salsa Verde Soup. A quick, easy, soul-soothing, cold-calming, smoky delicious soup for when you’re not feeling well. And three variations for this easy soup during cold season.
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a bowl of chicken tortilla soup
5 from 4 votes

Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Slowly smoked chicken adds great flavor to a classic chicken tortilla soup. This soup starts with quality ingredients, like homemade chicken stock, chipotle and other flavorful ingredients.
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Lentil Soup with Smoked Mushrooms in a Dutch Oven
4.50 from 2 votes

Lentil Soup Recipe with Smoked Mushrooms

Vegetarian and vegan, dairy free, sugar free, Lentil Soup with Smoked Mushrooms. Incredibly nourishing and wholesome! Not to mention ridiculously delicious!!!
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Hearty Dinner Ideas

These stick-to-your-ribs recipes will warm up your house and your heart.

Classic Shepherd's Pie on the Grill
5 from 2 votes

Shepherd’s Pie on the Grill

A Classic Shepherd's Pie recipe cooked on any grill or smoker for great smoky flavor. This recipe is easy, healthy, delicious and perfect for your St. Patrick's Day celebrations!
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Cheese fondue platter with bread, tomatoes, and potatoes for dipping
5 from 1 vote

Cheese Fondue Recipe on the Grill

A twist on a classic fondue made with sauteed mushrooms and Comté and Emmenta cheeses cooked on the grill.
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A smoked leg of lamb on a platter with roasted potatoes
5 from 6 votes

Smoked Leg of Lamb Recipe with Garlic, Wine, Butter Sauce

Bone-In Smoked Leg of Lamb with an herb rub and finished at high heat for a reverse sear, and topped with a rich garlic infused butter sauce.
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Grilled Cowboy Ribeye Steak
5 from 4 votes

Cowboy Ribeye Steak Recipe

This recipe for Cowboy Steaks with a Coffee Ancho Chili Dry Rub will wow your guests! Using the reverse sear method for the perfect thick cut ribeye steaks!
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A platter of Grilled Oysters
4.45 from 18 votes

Grilled Oysters with White Wine Butter Sauce

How to grill oysters in the half shell with a herb wine butter sauce.
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4.71 from 34 votes

Smoked Ham Recipe

Smoked Ham is the perfect meal for any holiday, like Christmas or Easter dinner. This brown sugar glaze is absolutely incredible over the top of your smoked ham!
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4.50 from 2 votes

Smoked Boneless Leg of Lamb Recipe

An herbal and fragrant lamb seasoning slowly smoke roasted in a grill and cooked to medium rare.
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4.62 from 49 votes

Double Smoked Ham Recipe with Cherry Bourbon Glaze

Recipe for double smoked ham with cherry and bourbon glaze. Slowly smoked and finished with an amazing cherry and bourbon sticky glaze.
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Grilled Filet Mignon topped with a mushroom brown butter sauce with pinterest text
4.56 from 9 votes

Grilled Filet Mignon with Mushroom Brown Butter Sauce Recipe

Filet Mignon with Mushroom Brown Butter Sauce is a fantastic steak recipe for a special occasion or holiday meal. Filet Mignon is incredibly tender with a buttery flavor and topped with a decadent brown butter mushroom sauce, your mouth will water for days.
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Grilled Chicken with a Cranberry Chipotle Citrus Glaze
5 from 2 votes

Grilled Chicken with a Cranberry Chipotle Citrus Glaze

Recipe for Grilled Chicken with a sweet and spicy Cranberry Chipotle Citrus Glaze. This chicken is sweet, spicy, tangy.
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Side Dishes

Make the most of winter produce with these veggie forward side dishes. Grilling vegetables adds an extra layer of smoky flavor.

4.89 from 9 votes

Grilled Brussels Sprouts Recipe With Bacon and Balsamic

Grilled Brussels Sprouts are the ultimate vegetable side dish! When you add bacon and balsamic to your Brussels this grilled side dish is over-the-top. 
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Grilled baked Sweet Potatoes
4.63 from 8 votes

Grilled Sweet Potato Recipe with Smoked Honey Butter

A grilled sweet potato with savory dry rub. Soft, flavorful, and easy to make on any grill. This is a great alternative cooking method for a baked sweet potato.
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collard greens with smoked turkey in a white bowl
4.67 from 3 votes

Collard Greens Recipe With Smoked Turkey Leg

How to make smoked collard greens with a homemade smoked turkey leg. One key tip is to be sure the collards are gently rolled or massaged to tenderize them.
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Roasted Potatoes on a Sheet Pan
4.73 from 11 votes

Perfect Oven Roasted Potatoes

Learn the secret to restaurant quality roasted potatoes. From which potatoes to use, to how to par boil them to get them creamy, and finish in a hot oven. 
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4.36 from 37 votes

Grilled and Glazed Carrots Recipe

Grilled Carrots with a Honey Brown Sugar Glaze are a fantastic side dish to any holiday or casual meal. Perfect side dish for Easter or Christmas dinner or summer grilling season.  
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Dessert Recipes

A little dark chocolate is scientifically proven to help fight winter blahs. Don’t thank me; thank science!

Wine Chocolate Truffles
5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Truffles with Red Wine

Homemade Chocolate Truffles infused with red wine are a decadent treat. These chocolate truffles are quick and easy to make and have 5 ingredients. You can also coat them with your favorite toppings for added flavor.
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top view of skillet brownies
5 from 1 vote

Skillet Brownies on the Grill

Made to be dense and rich in chocolate, these Skillet Brownies are cooked on the grill and then topped with a chocolate drizzle and vanilla bean ice cream. Gluten free.
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Smoked Chocolate Pot de Creme in ramekins
5 from 1 vote

Smoked Chocolate Pot de Crème Recipe (no bake)

How to make a chocolate pot de crème with a smoky undertone. Smoke milk and cream to create a rich smokiness, then combine with the remaining ingredients for an easy, silky, and indulgent no-bake Chocolate Pot de Crème
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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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