With all the demands of the holiday season, it can be hard to find time to prepare holiday food. Yet, we all love festive gatherings with family and friends. Whether you’re hosting a get-together in your home or taking a dish to a friend’s house, these tasty, yet easy holiday recipes can come to your rescue.
Savory Puff Pastry Christmas Tree
Filled with goat cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto, this impressive appetizer (below, left) is made with two sheets of frozen puff pastry and is much easier to prepare than it looks. It has only six ingredients, is easy to assemble, and may be served warm or at room temperature. Substitute cream cheese for the goat cheese if you prefer, and serve alongside a bowl of store-bought marinara sauce.
Easy Slow Cooker Ham
If you’re feeding a crowd, this easy slow cooker ham (above, right) makes a hearty main dish. Featuring a bone-in country ham, this recipe calls for apple cider, maple syrup, brown sugar, and spices. After only fifteen minutes of prep time, you cook the ham on the low setting of your slow cooker for eight to ten hours. Drizzle the juices over the ham as you serve it, and enjoy this juicy main dish for several meals.
Who doesn’t love an edible wreath at holiday parties? Create this tasty appetizer with a tube of refrigerated crescent rolls, some mini-hot dogs or sausages, and dijon mustard. Arrange the rolled-up hot dogs into a wreath shape, brush with egg wash, top with poppy seeds, and bake. Serve with ketchup, mustard, or ranch dressing as a dip. A great snack or addition to a breakfast buffet.
Roasted Chicken and Brie Holly Mini Bites
These tasty treats take only about twenty minutes to prepare, but your guests will think you spent hours in the kitchen. Top slices of a French baguette with sliced deli chicken, fig preserves, apple jelly, brie, spinach, and cranberries. A spicy garlic mayonnaise adds tang to the combination of flavors. If you have leftover turkey, substitute that for the chicken. Serve these roasted chicken and brie holly mini bites warm and enjoy!
Sweet Potato Bites
With only ten minutes of prep time and twenty minutes of cooking time, these sweet potato bites offer a great alternative to traditional sweet potato casserole. By baking sweet potato slices brushed with butter and maple syrup, you can create these beautiful treats topped with marshmallow and pecans. Serve as an appetizer or a side dish–either way, your guests are bound to be delighted.
Gingersnap Toffee with White Chocolate
If you’re in search of the perfect sweet treat for the holidays, look no further. Place store-bought ginger snaps on a jelly roll pan covered with parchment paper, and top with a butter and brown sugar sauce. After baking, top the mixture with white chocolate chips and colorful sprinkles. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for about two hours, break into pieces, and store in an airtight container. These gingersnap toffee with white chocolate sweets are quite similar to saltine cracker toffee, but even tastier with the use of ginger snaps. Enjoy them at home, or give them to friends and co-workers as a gift.
Holiday recipes are fun and delicious
Regardless of your holiday plans, we think these easy holiday recipes can help you enjoy get-togethers with family and friends. We wish you and yours all the best for the holiday season and beyond!
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