Christmas Party Recipes

One genius tip is to pick Christmas party recipes and menu ideas, like mini Asian crab cakes and ham and gruyere thumbprints, that you can make in advance and freeze. Or try potato pancakes with gravlax, goat-cheese stuffed mushrooms, Christmas tree cupcakes, or Christmas cookies like honeyed almond-cherry shortbread.

Staff Picks

Baked Potato Slices

Rating: 3.53 stars
114
Serve these elegant, thyme-seasoned potato slices with our Striped Sea Bass with Blood Oranges and Olives.

Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam

Rating: 3.47 stars
2145
Spread this savory bacon jam on bread for a holiday appetizer and send your guests home with a jar.

Coconut Custard Pie

Rating: 3.11 stars
321
We skipped the cream on top to let the tropical custard filling be the star.

Yukon Gold and Sweet Potatoes Anna

Rating: 2.98 stars
197
Sweet potatoes give the classic French sliced-and-layered potato dish pommes Anna a fall twist. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Vegetables" (Clarkson Potter).

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.19 stars
668
This classic potato dish is always on everyone's favorites list for a Thanksgiving side.

Lemon-Mascarpone Crepe Cake

Rating: 3.85 stars
86
This Lemon-Mascarpone Crepe Cake is a dessert dream. Lemon curd can be made the week before; if you don't have time, use store-bought, and lighten it with whipped cream—the cake will still be delicious.

Baked Brie with Pecans

Rating: 3.13 stars
725
Toasted pecans and maple syrup complement the creamy Brie in this hors d'oeuvre. For the best texture, let the cheese cool before topping it with the syrup mixture.This recipe is by Everyday Food reader Kathy Quinn of Montclair, New Jersey.

Pear-Cranberry Tart

A delicate custard holds slices of sweet Bosc pear and jewel-like cranberries in this elegant tart. Most of the time needed is hands off, and the press-in crust means no rolling, so this gorgeous dessert is much easier than it might appear.

Seafood Linguine

Shellfish is the star in the traditional Italian pasta dish linguine ai frutti di mare. Our recipe calls for five varieties: clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and squid.

Hot Spinach Dip

Rating: 3.17 stars
2587
This rich, creamy dish makes the perfect party dip. Otherwise, you might devour it all yourself.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.6 stars
493
Instant potatoes from the box can't compare to this homemade version.
Advertisement

Inspiration and Ideas

How to Host the Perfect Cookie Swap
Make this fun pre-holiday party the best it can be. For more tasty and festive holiday cookie recipes and tips, download our complete guide here.
How to Host an Easy Holiday Party
Consider this your stress-free guide to entertaining family and friends this holiday season.

Potatoes Anna

Rating: 3.67 stars
330

This classic French dish can be baked up to eight hours ahead. Let it cool completely, then cover loosely with foil, and refrigerate. To serve, reheat in a 350-degree oven.