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

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Rating: 3.45 stars
Chickpeas, once roasted, take on the flavor and texture of nuts, making them a fun snack with drinks. Prepare the simple appetizer in under 15 minutes for any holiday cocktail party.

Fennel and Orange Salad

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

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.

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.

Turnip and Potato Mash

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

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).

Ginger Red-Wine Spritzer

To get the party started, stir or shake up a round of these festive drinks.

Easy Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 3.26 stars
Easiest dessert ever! Break out the blender and bring on the spoons for this rich chocolate mousse that's a snap to make.

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.

Fried Mozzarella

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

Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese Crostini

Rating: 3.6 stars
A good-quality jarred tapenade -- a salty olive paste -- makes these hors d'oeuvres a breeze to put together.

Flavored Cheese Balls

Rating: 3.57 stars
Make all 3 flavors of cheese balls or prepare just 1 or 2, adjusting the ingredients accordingly.

Inspiration and Ideas

Elderflower-Champagne Punch

Rating: Unrated
This festive punch will get your party started and keep it rolling all night.

Easy Crostini

This recipe adapted from "Martha Stewart Holiday Party Foods."

Cranberry Simple Syrup

Rating: 3.48 stars

Use this cranberry simple syrup to create cranberry cocktails to serve at any holiday gathering.