It’s the most wonderful time of the year as everyone gets into the holiday spirit with seasonal eating and entertaining. Gathering with friends and family for delicious festivities is naturally one of the best parts of the holiday season. The trick is to deliver a unique or traditional dish but one that is easy enough to make as well. No one wants to be spending precious time in the kitchen while guests are mingling without you. There’s no need to spend hours perfecting your contribution to the office potluck or your cocktail party spread when these recipes make you look like you did.
Get inspired! We’ve rounded up these holiday party recipe ideas to help jumpstart your season.
Holiday Party Recipe Ideas
1. 5-Minute Macadamia Cheese + Vegan Crudité
Quick, easy and beautiful, too! This five-minute macadamia nut “cheese” and crudité board is everything you’ll need for that winning first impression. By combining raw and roasted vegetables you’ll add an unexpected twist to the usual veggie tray.
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2. Honey Lime Garlic Butter Salmon
This honey lime garlic butter salmon is ready in under 30 minutes! Caramelized on the outside and falling apart tender on the inside. A simple combination of butter, honey, garlic and lime that is baked to perfection, this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Serve On Our >> Salmon Glass Platter
3. Quick & Easy Boiled Shrimp
Shrimp cooks quickly, you just need to take them out before they turn rubbery and the cool them down to stop the cooking process. Your shrimp will be ready in less than 5 minutes! Easy Peasy. Serve with your favorite cocktail sauce.
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4. Spicy Candied Pecan Baked Brie
Take your baked Brie game up to the next level. This Spicy Candied Pecan Baked Brie recipe is topped with homemade spiced candied pecans (you could always buy these premade), then flavored with homemade blackberry compote made by heating the blackberries, lemon juice, honey, and vanilla together. Bake your brie for 15 minutes, top with nuts and compote, then serve. Easy and elegant!
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5. Roasted Beef Tenderloin With Mushrooms And White Wine Cream Sauce
It’s a hearty feast! Beef tenderloin with a mushroom cream sauce. Rub a 4-5 lb beef tenderloin with mustard and season generously with peppercorns and salt. Bake 35-45 minutes, let it rest and serve. A crowd pleasure for sure!
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6. Holiday Punch
Is there anyone who wouldn’t enjoy some Christmas punch? Make a batch using one part lemonade, one part cranberry juice, one part ginger ale, a bag of cranberries and two sliced lemons. Make it even more festive by adding cranberry vodka!
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7. Cheesecake Sandwiches
Talk about an upgrade! This drool-worthy version of the Oreo sandwich is a showstopper. With layers of cream cheese over chocolatey wafers and a topping of fresh berries, they’re both easy and stunning. Resulting in a sinful, sweet treat.
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