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

Fennel and Orange Salad

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

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).

Frisee Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 1
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.

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.

Turnip and Potato Mash

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

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.

Ginger Red-Wine Spritzer

Rating: 3 stars 40
To get the party started, stir or shake up a round of these festive drinks.

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.

Easy Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 3.5 stars 111
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

Rating: 3.5 stars 280
No guest will be able to resist this bite-size ball of gooey goodness.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Buttered Carrots
Rating: Unrated 42
Buttered carrots are an excellent side for Roast Poussin with Prunes and Thyme.
Elderflower-Champagne Punch
Rating: Unrated 116
This festive punch will get your party started and keep it rolling all night.
Easy Crostini
Rating: 4 stars 5

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