Holiday recipes

Going home for the holiday break can be a little challenging at times.  You have to go back to your parents rules, keep them in the loop about where you are or what you are doing, listen to them complain about you doing nothing while you’re home, the list goes on and on.  To keep the tension low and the amazement high, here are some quick and easy recipes that you can fix over the break to help your family with all the holiday cooking and to show them that college has taught you how to prepare a meal (even though you have only perfected cooking Ramen, but they don’t need to know that ;)).

1. Christmas Pasta

Christmas… and pasta?  What more is there to love about this recipe.  Total cook and prep time = 35 mins.

Food Network Rachel Ray Christmas Pasta
Food Network Rachel Ray Christmas Pasta

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2. Jam Thumbprint Cookies

These are a childhood and holiday classic and super delicious! Total cook and prep time = 2 hours.

thumbprint

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3. Gingerbread Waffles

A great and easy recipe for Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.  Total cook and prep time = 18 mins.

waffles

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4. Eggnog Monte Cristos

Using leftover eggnog for this great breakfast-for-dinner sandwich is sure to impress your family!  Total cook and prep time = 35 mins.

monte-cristos

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5. Chestnut-Potato Puree

Mashed Potatoes are easy enough right?  Add a little special touch with the special holiday ingredient of Chesnuts.  Total cook and prep time = 35 mins.

potatoes

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6. Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

Combining 2 great deserts, what could go wrong here?  Total cook and prep time = 1 hour 18 mins.

bread-pudding

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7. Smoked Salmon Dip

The perfect make-ahead party dip for family and friends!  Total cook and prep time = 10 mins.

salmon-dip

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8. Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts

 Sweet, Salty, and Spicy…reminds you of college right?  Total cook and prep time = 35 mins.

roasted-nuts

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9. Cheese Straws

Yeah you could buy these at a store… but your family will be more impressed if you make these homemade.  Total cook and prep time = 30 mins.

cheese-straws

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10. Roasted Garlic Clove Chicken

If you get confident and courageous enough to make the main dish for your holiday gathering, this is an easy go-to!  Total cook and prep time = 1 hour 5 mins.

chicken

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11. Easy Parmesan Risotto

Effortless, yummy, and something different than just plain old rice!  Total cook and prep time = 1 hour.

risotto

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12. Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Much to my disbelief and denial, Brussel sprouts are actually a crowd favorite when it comes to the holiday season.  Try this flavorful recipe!  Total cook and prep time = 25 mins.

brussel-sprouts

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13. Creamed Spinach

One of the quickest recipes in this article with a different flavor than just your typical creamed spinach.  Total cook and prep time = 20 mins.

spinach

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14. Individual Potato Gratins

Different from your mashed potatoes, these are especially good for transporting and portion control.  Total cook and prep time = 55 mins.

potato-gratin

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15. Five Minute Fudge Wreath

This recipe incorporates some creativity with the most delicious fudge you will ever taste.  Total cook and prep time = 10 mins.

fudge

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16. Rum Raisin Popcorn Balls

Spiced rum and golden raisins are the perfect holiday base for this masterpiece of popcorn.  Total cook and prep time = 20 mins.

popcorn-balls

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17. Maple Pepper Bacon

If your family is a Christmas Brunch kind of crowd, this would be absolutely perfect.  It’s promised that your family will ask you to make this dish every year.  Total cook and prep time = 40 mins.

bacon

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18. Bloody Marias

 Maybe your parents put you in charge of the alcoholic beverage this holiday season.  Spice it up with this twist on a Bloody Mary.  Total prep time = 10 mins.

bloody-marias

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19. Breakfast Sausage Casserole

This one is for the southerners!  Who doesn’t love a breakfast casserole at the holidays?  Total cook and prep time = 9 hours (8 of which is letting it sit overnight).

breakfast-casserole

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20. Crispy Zucchini and Potato Pancakes

Give your latkes for Hanukkah a little extra flavor and color by adding zucchini.  Total cook and prep time = 48 mins.

zucchini-potato-cakes

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I hope that all these ideas have helped you come up with a good alternative to just helping your family wrap presents this holiday season.  Remember, they are the ones that have cooked for you your whole life.  Help them out this holiday season!  Cheers (:

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