Recreate these tasty recipes from your favorite Christmas movies like 'Home Alone' and 'Elf'


The time has come to get cozy with your favorite holiday movies.

As COVID-19 restricts families from getting together for their usual traditions, cooking meals is a great way to get into the holiday spirit—and what better way to celebrate than to cook some meals seen in your favorite Christmas films.

Below are some tasty recipes inspired by classics like "Home Alone" and "A Christmas Story," selected by "Good Morning America."

“The Grinch:” Roast Beef

Unlike “The Grinch,” this recipe won’t steal anything away from the holiday. Try Ina Garten’s slow-roasted filet of beef with basil parmesan mayonnaise this holiday season.

This recipe should serve 6 to 8 people in your own personal Whoville.

“A Christmas Story:” Chinese roasted duck

One of the most memorable moments from the 1983 hit “A Christmas Story” is the very last scene of the movie. The Bumpass’ dogs ruin a perfect homecooked meal, and the family decides to spend Christmas dinner at a restaurant named Chop Suey Palace.

The server presents the family with an entire roasted duck, complete with a smiling face and all.

Impress your guests this year with this Chinese five-spice roast duck recipe.

“Home Alone:” Cheese Pizza

Cheese pizza can be eaten at any time of the year, so why not share a slice around the holidays? If you like a regular pizza like Kevin McAllister, you can stick with plain cheese. If you’re more of an adventurous eater, pizza can be topped with any toppings desirable.

Try Laila Ali’s recipe for a cauliflower crust cheese pizza for some new flavors.

“Home Alone 2:” Ice Cream Sundae

Ice cream sundaes are a great way for the whole family to have fun, even if you aren't staying at the lavish Plaza Hotel in NYC like Kevin McAllister.

Tyler Malek, the founder of the gourmet artisanal ice cream shop Salt & Straw, shared his tips on creating the perfect after-dinner treat: Peppermint bark cocoa, apple brandy and pecan pie, gingerbread cookie dough and sugar plum fairy, according to Good Morning America.

"In a glass bowl, combine half a cup of dark chocolate and half a cup of coconut oil, let [that] melt down," he said. "I use just vanilla ice cream, really good quality. Then I drizzle the magic shell on top so it hardens. Add whipped cream, then the Cherry Pepsi syrup and top with five to eight cherries."

The chef says the recipe will “blow your mind but is incredibly simple it just requires a day in advance of preparation.”

"I start with some good maraschino cherries, but pour out the syrup and replace it with a few spoonfuls of cane sugar, plus a can of Pepsi. Let the cherries steep overnight in the fridge. The next day, strain the cherry-infused Pepsi into a saucepan and boil the soda until it becomes a thick syrup and cool the syrup in the fridge."

“Die Hard:” Twinkies

This recipe simply involves opening a classic Hostess wrapper. This holiday treat comes from a favorite scene from the 1988 action film “Die Hard,” a movie that for years has been debated as a holiday movie or not.

For the more ambitious, Pastry Chef is giving insight on how to create a homemade Twinkie from everyday household ingredients.

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation:” Eggnog and roasted turkey

"National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation" combines favorite holiday traditions with eggnog and roasted turkey. Be careful not to overcook the turkey like Aunt Bethany.

Follow these instructions to create the perfect yuletide beverage.

Honorable Mention:

"Elf:" Spaghetti

Check out the video from WBBM RADIO to see how to enjoy Buddy the Elf's sugar-filled, syrup-topped spaghetti from the 2003 hit "Elf."


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