Martha Stewart shares the family favorites she serves during the holidays, including adding cream cheese to her mashed potatoes

Martha Stewart follows her mother's potato latke recipe as a holiday side dish.

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Martha Stewart follows her mother’s potato latke recipe as a holiday side dish.
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When it comes to hosting family gatherings and preparing memorable holiday meals, few know better than chef, lifestyle mogul, and entrepreneur Martha Stewart.

As part of her partnership with MSC Cruises, the food connoisseur planned excursions and curated holiday menus that were inspired by some of her favorite family recipes.

Stewart recently spoke to Insider and shared her go-to holiday meals, from those trusty family recipes to her reliable side dish pairings.

For Thanksgiving, Stewart serves mashed potatoes with a special ingredient

A classic Thanksgiving dish is mashed potatoes (Martha Stewart's recipes not pictured).

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A classic Thanksgiving dish is mashed potatoes (Martha Stewart’s recipes not pictured).
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“It’s a special family recipe that uses cream cheese,” Stewart said of the mashed potato recipe created by her mother.

Along with the potato dish, she said she goes for all the classics – turkey breast, buttered green beans, classic cranberry sauce, and homemade gravy. For dessert, her go-to pie flavor is a classic – pumpkin.

“Thanksgiving is my favorite ‘food holiday,'” she added.

The food connoisseur’s traditional Christmas dinner dish is a prime rib roast

Paired with horseradish cream, white wine-braised leeks, and silky potato purée, Stewart said this entrée is one to remember.

Her favorite dessert for Christmas is bread pudding, and she said she makes individual bread puddings to give as gifts to her guests each year.

“I was excited to incorporate this into the cruise holiday menu. It’s one of my favorite traditions,” Stewart said at a recent MSC Cruises event.

She also looks to her mom’s family recipe to make latkes for Hanukkah

Potato pancakes, or latkes, are a mainstay for Martha Stewart's holiday meals.

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Potato pancakes, or latkes, are a mainstay for Martha Stewart’s holiday meals.
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“The potato latke recipe is my mother’s and has beer in the batter. It’s delicious,” Stewart said.

For an elegant presentation, Stewart serves her foolproof fried potato pancakes with a dollop of sour cream and a side of pink applesauce.