Quick & Easy Christmas Recipes

Our quick holiday recipes include quick and easy holiday appetizers, main courses and desserts to help you enjoy a stress-free time, including our mini spinach and cheese pizzas on pita which take just 15 minutes to prepare. Or, try our classic Christmas pork loin with pancetta and sage which only takes 10 minutes to prepare and just under an hour to cook. Check out the rest!

Staff Picks

Spiced Apple Cider

Rating: 3.05 stars
On a cool fall day, enjoy a mug of warm apple cider. Cinnamon stick stirrers add spice and extra flavor to our favorite seasonal beverage.

Hot Apple Cider with Ginger

Lemon zest and fresh ginger in addition to the usual warming spices amp up this wintertime classic.

Fennel and Orange Salad

Rating: 2.88 stars
The classic flavor combination of fennel and orange makes a wonderful winter salad.

Fried Mozzarella

Rating: 3.47 stars
No guest will be able to resist this bite-size ball of gooey goodness.

Persimmon and Brie Crostini

These little toasts make a delectable Thanksgiving appetizer. Be sure to use Fuyu persimmons -- they should be ripe but sliceable.

Tortellini en Brodo

Rating: 2.96 stars
Tortellini en brodo ("in broth") is a traditional first course for Christmas feasts in northern Italy. Because it calls for only a few ingredients, make sure they are of the highest quality, especially the chicken stock (now is a good time to use any you might have in your freezer).

Antipasti Pizza

Rating: 3.58 stars
To add more flavor and flair to these mini pizzas, top them with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, or salami after baking.

Maple-Bourbon Cider

Rating: 3.73 stars
Stir or shake up a round of these festive drinks to get the party started.

Frisee Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars
Frisee has a slightly bitter taste and crisp, curly leaves. Pair it with a tangy vinaigrette for an easy side dish.

Turnip and Potato Mash

Rating: 2.91 stars
Serve this peppery replacement for mashed potatoes alongside seared steak.

Hazelnut Puppy Chow

This childhood favorite, also known as reindeer food or muddy buddies, gets the grown-up treatment and big chocolate flavor with the addition of hazelnut spread and cocoa powder.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

Replace the usual cranberry juice with pomegranate juice for a tart, refreshing twist on the classic cocktail. A lime wheel makes an eye-catching garnish against the garnet-hued drink.

Inspiration and Ideas

Cranberry Simple Syrup
Rating: Unrated
Use this cranberry simple syrup to create cranberry cocktails to serve at any holiday gathering.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with Walnuts
The red grapes' sweetness brings out the nutty notes in the sprouts. Walnuts can be swapped for almonds or pecans.

Apple-Pie Spiced Cider

Rating: 3.15 stars

Season your cider with the same spices you would use in a pie -- cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg -- then heat it up.