6 Types of Bread to Complement Your Holiday Dinner

By: Alyse Whitney
Grape Focaccia

Grape Focaccia

GRAPE FOCACCIA Bobby Flay Cooking Channel Milk, Sugar, Active Dry Yeast, Allpurpose Flour, Extravirgin Olive Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Red Grapes, Raw Sugar, Coarse Sea Salt, Rosemary

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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).

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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.

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ALTON_BROWN_CREAMED_CORNBREAD_H.jpg

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Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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.

BUTTERY GARLIC HERB KNOTS Kelsey Nixon Cooking Channel Unsalted Butter, Thyme Leaves, Rosemary Leaves, Parmesan, Garlic, Bench Flour, Kosher Salt, Active Dry Yeast, Sugar, Olive Oil, Bread Flour

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Made with simple pizza dough, these vampire killers may make you twist and shout at the table.

A loaf of Brown Pumpkin Bread with one slice removed that is placed on a plain white surface

Photo by: Tara Donne ©Food Network

Tara Donne, Food Network

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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