6 'Disgusting' Holiday Foods Transformed

PHOTO: Jackie's holiday fruitcake bars, from the "Dahlia Bakery Cookbook," are shown here.
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Last year, we picked the top 6 disgusting holiday foods. This year, we're determined to replace the outdated foods with some tasty ones created by top chefs. From fruitcake to gefilte fish, here's a much more appealing way to enjoy the holiday foods you're sick of.

PHOTO: Jackie's holiday fruitcake bars, from the "Dahlia Bakery Cookbook," are shown here.
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Traditional fruitcake is made with chopped fruit and nuts and soaked in alcohol. These bars are a totally satisfying alternative that everyone will go crazy for.

Recipe: Jackie's Holiday Fruitcake Bars with Dried Cherries and Brandy

PHOTO: Tripe, made from an animal's stomach tissue, is a popular holiday dish.
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Tripe, made from an animal's stomach tissue, is another common holiday dish. This Italian-style stew is an appealing recipe for those who have never tried tripe. Flavored with whiskey, it packs a real punch.

Recipe: Jamie Bissonette's Tripe a la Collinsville

PHOTO: Gelatin molds in a rainbow of colors make a comeback for the holidays.
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Anything Molded with Gelatin

Gelatin molds, in a rainbow of colors, make a comeback during the holidays. Skip the old-fashioned, moving mold and opt for a panna cotta. The Italian pudding is delicious and much easier to make.

Recipe: David Burke's Butterscotch Panna Cotta

PHOTO: Charles Phoenix created a cheese snowman that melts to create a cheese dip.
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Melting Cheese Snowman

Last year, Charles Phoenix introduced the melting cheese snowman. Without sacrificing the delicious melted cheese flavor, we opted for this queso dip instead.

Recipe: Emeril's Cheesy Queso Dip

PHOTO: Mincemeat pie is made with meat, beef fat, fruit and spices.
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Mincemeat Pie

Mincemeat pie is a pie made from meat, beef fat, fruit and spices. Since meat and fruit isn't always a popular combination, this recipe from Sunset magazine does the trick.

Recipe: Mincemeat Pie

PHOTO: Gefilte fish is made from poached ground fish and held in a liquid.
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Gefilte Fish

Known for its unpleasant texture, gefilte fish isn't loved by everyone. These fried fish cakes from Mark and Clark use gefilte fish in a new and tasty way.

Recipe: Mark and Clark's Fried Gefilte Fish Cakes

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