Simple Holiday Recipes
No one ever said the holidays had to be full of difficult and time-consuming recipes. The best celebrations are had over simple holiday recipes that taste great and are easy to prep and make. Cheers!
Some folks have their holiday menu planned out weeks, even months, in advance. Others use the same tried-and-true menu year after year.
And then there’s the rest of us.
I have a recipe or two that I make each year, but otherwise my recipe choices vary depending on what the plans are — am I responsible for the main dish and most of the sides, or am I just complementing the main dish with a few of my own?
Maybe just dessert?
No matter how you slice it, I’m not a fan of holiday recipes that take forever to make.
Things need to be simple and unstressful.
I need to be able to enjoy the guests and not worried about how a recipe’s going to turn out, or spending too much time over the stove in the kitchen (though I’d argue that most people end up gravitating to the kitchen anyway, so it’s not that lonely in there).
Here are some of my tried-and-true holiday recipes — including cocktails and breakfast options! — in case you’re looking for a few to add to your menu.
Visit the Holiday Kitchen Tools section of my Amazon Shop for some of my favorites that help keep meal prep simple, too!
Simple Holiday Recipes
No one ever said the holidays had to be full of difficult and time-consuming recipes. The best celebrations are had over simple holiday recipes that taste great and are easy to prep and make.
Nervous about making a roast turkey? Don’t worry — you’ve got this!
How To Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes
It’s hard to argue with science-based methods for how to make mashed potatoes perfect every time!
Easy Homemade Gravy
It’s easy to make delicious, savory, smooth homemade gravy in only fifteen minutes!
Simple Oyster Casserole
This simple oyster casserole will become a favorite dish for the holidays!
Cast Iron Roast Beef and Caramelized Onions with Gravy
Cast iron roast beef makes really yummy gravy!
Sweet Potato Casserole
The very best sweet potato casserole EVER. And not a marshmallow in sight!
Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich Casserole
Hot ham and cheese sandwich casserole is the perfect savory recipe to feed a crowd on game day, for a holiday, or just because!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon
These melt-in-your-mouth roasted brussels sprouts with bacon are TO DIE FOR.
Easy Homemade Biscuits
Homemade biscuits: Can there be anything more comforting?
Creamy Green Bean Casserole With a Savory Umami Twist
This creamy green bean casserole, with a savory umami twist and crunchy panko topping, will have you reaching for seconds … and thirds!
Gorgonzola, Almond and Cranberry Field Green Salad
This simple field green salad, dressed with a dijon balsamic and loaded with creamy gorgonzola bleu cheese, tart cranberries and crunchy sliced almonds, makes for a perfect side salad or main course meal!
Kale Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing
This kale salad is full of dried cranberries, sliced red pears, crispy bacon, honey goat cheese and a hint of lime juice, and then topped with glazed honey almonds.
Vegetarian Sausage Stuffing
This warm and comforting vegetarian sausage stuffing will please a crowd!
Spinach, Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
This spinach, bacon and egg breakfast casserole is a great make-ahead meal to serve for breakfast on a holiday or vacation morning!
Apple Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Casserole
This apple cinnamon french toast breakfast casserole is a perfect weekend or holiday breakfast — make it the morning of or prep it the night before!
Uses fresh grapefruit, grapefruit peel, and lemon. Bubbly and delicious!
Mojitos With Gin
Mojitos with gin are a fun twist on a classic drink that screams summertime (or anytime, as far as I’m concerned)!
Sparkling Cranberry Blackcurrant Lime Cocktails
These festive sparkling cranberry blackcurrant lime cocktails are a perfect companion to your holiday spread.
Easy Pumpkin Pie
This easy pumpkin pie only takes fifteen minutes to prep before baking!
The Pioneer Woman's Perfect Pecan Pie
My take on The Pioneer Woman’s pecan pie recipe is it's, without a doubt, the best pecan pie I’ve ever made.
Banana Custard Cream Pie Recipe
Banana custard cream pie? I'll take a slice (or three)!
Diabetic-Friendly Pumpkin Pie
This diabetic-friendly pumpkin pie sweetened with stevia is the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving feast.
Honey Cardamom Chunky Apple Pie Recipe
This unbelievable honey cardamom chunky apple pie will leave your house smelling sinfully good!
Holiday Bread Pudding
This holiday bread pudding is a simple and tasty way to prepare a make-ahead festive dessert during the Christmas season!
Brie and Raspberry Crescent Roll Bites
These sweet and savory brie and raspberry crescent roll bites are made with three ingredients, in under thirty minutes.