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10 best recipes for the holidays

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Open-face Swedish shrimp sandwiches

The best part of the holiday season is undeniably the piles and piles of great food. But it’s not always the easiest task picking out the menu for the big night. Food writer Sheryl Julian — and former Globe food editor — has compiled a list of her favorite recipes from over the years that you can prepare for your next holiday party.

Recipes:

Cocktail-size Swedish sandwiches on dense bread are topped with shrimp and egg. (pictured above)

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Baba ghanoush with lavash crackers

Where there’s smoke, there’s baba ghanoush.

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Pan-roasted strip steaks

Restaurant steaks are so juicy and crusty and flavorful. Here’s how chefs pan-roast them.

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Provençal beef stew with red wine, olives, and orange (Gardiane de Taureau)

A rich beef stew from Provence is simmered with red wine, olives, and orange.

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Whole roasted cauliflower with gremolata breadcrumbs

Here’s something for the holiday with a wow factor: a golden, whole roasted cauliflower.

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A platter of roasted marble potatoes is an appealing course all on its own.

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Cornbread muffins

Cornbread muffins are mixed with stoneground cornmeal for the best color and flavor.

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Roasted almond biscotti.

Roasted nuts amp up the almond flavor in crunchy biscotti.

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Recipe for chocolate-chip shortbread bars.

These are for chocolate lovers

Are these the most chocolaty brownies of all time?