Easy, last-minute holiday recipe ideas
Guests coming for dinner and you're not sure what to make? We've got you covered with this roundup of our favorite easy holiday recipes.
For me, the hardest part of entertaining is creating the menu. I want it to be simple, something everyone can enjoy (in other words, no strange ingredients) and, of course, out-of-this-world delicious. Here are the best holiday recipes we've collected — all easy, and all restaurant-worthy.
Skinny deviled eggs
Everyone loves deviled eggs, and, around the holidays, everyone will appreciate that this version is low-fat. Substitute Greek yogurt instead of mayo, and you've got skinny deviled eggs.
Festive snowman cheese ball
Cheese balls are typically the first thing to go at holiday parties. Spruce yours up a bit by turning your average, everyday cheese ball into a festive snowman. It's super-simple to make, and the outcome is certain to impress your guests!
Slow cooker cocktail meatballs
Another appetizer that's certain to be a hit is slow cooker cocktail meatballs. Two hours (or more) before your party, simply prepare the meatballs and place in the slow cooker. The longer they simmer, the better they taste.
Pumpkin pasta with kale and almonds
Ready in 20 minutes, this fancy-sounding pasta dish is actually pretty simple. It's meat-free, but feel free to add sliced grilled chicken breasts on top to make it more filling.
Sweet potato and chorizo stuffed shells
Sweet and spicy go hand in hand, which is why these sweet potato and chorizo stuffed shells are a crowd-pleaser. Since the meal itself is filling, serve with a side of green beans or warm dinner rolls, just keep it simple.
Raspberry balsamic chicken
Containing just five ingredients (including salt and pepper), cooking chicken just doesn't get any easier (or tastier). Serve with something hearty, such as mashed potatoes or wild rice.
Simple scalloped potatoes
A personal favorite, these cheesy potatoes won't disappoint. They're savory, they're cheesy and they pair well with just about anything. Guaranteed, these potatoes will be a hit at your party.
Mashed roasted cauliflower and jalapeño
If you're looking for something healthier than traditional potatoes, but still want a dish full of flavor, this spicy mashed cauliflower is for you. It's a veggie, but your guests won't know unless you tell them.
Mini corn puddings
An easy recipe with a fancy flair (you know, because anything that's mini is automatically fancy), mini corn puddings are warm and comforting, perfect for a winter-themed holiday party. Prepare them the night before and simply reheat when you're ready to eat.
Peppermint candy mini whoopie pies filled with cream cheese frosting
Say what?! The name sounds complicated; the recipe is cake (literally). Chocolate cake makes the whoopie pies and the frosting is just four ingredients. Easy, festive, delicious!
Stuffed and baked pear dumplings
Geared toward the more sophisticated crowd, we bring you stuffed and baked pear dumplings. They're elegant and savory, and trust us — guests will think you slaved for hours over these delectable little fruits.
Eggnog roulade with rum buttercream
The recipe's a bit complex, but you can make it easier on yourself by replacing the buttercream with heavy cream that has been whipped with sugar and a few splashes of rum. We recommend making it the night before and storing in the refrigerator until ready to serve.