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


Rating: 3.5 stars 486
A delectable drink, Eggnog is a holiday favorite.

Cranberry Simple Syrup

Rating: 3.5 stars 91
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.

Persimmon and Brie Crostini

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

Maple-Bourbon Cider

Rating: 3.5 stars 194
Stir or shake up a round of these festive drinks to get the party started.

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.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Rating: 3.5 stars 475
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.

Turnip and Potato Mash

Rating: 3 stars 57
Serve this peppery replacement for mashed potatoes alongside seared steak.

Tortellini en Brodo

Rating: 3 stars 25
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).

Glazed Carrots and Ginger

Rating: 3.5 stars 85
For a less spicy dish, omit the chili pepper.

Flavored Cheese Balls

Rating: 3.5 stars 410
Make all 3 flavors of cheese balls or prepare just 1 or 2, adjusting the ingredients accordingly.

Fennel and Orange Salad

Rating: 3 stars 124
The classic flavor combination of fennel and orange makes a wonderful winter salad.

Inspiration and Ideas

Christmas Rum Punch
Rating: Unrated 271
A dash of seasonal cinnamon ensures this refreshing rum punch recipe from Locanda Verde bartender Naren Young will be a welcome addition to any holiday party. Also Try: Horse and Carriage Punch
Hot Apple Cider with Ginger
Lemon zest and fresh ginger in addition to the usual warming spices amp up this wintertime classic.
Buttered Carrots
Rating: 3 stars 42

Buttered carrots are an excellent side for Roast Poussin with Prunes and Thyme.