The holidays can be hectic, and coming up with recipe ideas can add to the stress of the season. Whether you’re hosting or attending a potluck celebration, keep these hassle-free recipes on hand. You’ll impress your friends and family, and you can put your feet up and relax instead of hustling in the kitchen all day.
Appetizer – Creamy Pepper Jelly Relish Dip
This appetizer is easy to whip up at a moment’s notice.
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Total time: 5-10 minutes
Makes approximately 12 servings
• 8-ounce block cream cheese, softened at room temperature
• 10-ounce jar red pepper jelly
1. Unwrap the cream cheese and set it on a plate.
2. Pour the pepper jelly over the cream cheese.
3. Serve with a knife and crackers.
4. As an alternative, you can mix the cream cheese and jelly with a whisk until smooth and serve as a dip.
Main Meal – Cranberry Meatballs
Although many people serve meatballs as an appetizer, these make a gorgeous main dish when served over rice or noodles.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 1 to 4 hours, depending on cooking method
Makes 6 to 8 servings
• 2 pounds fully cooked, frozen meatballs
• 1 14-ounce can jellied or whole cranberry sauce
• 1 12-ounce bottle of chili sauce
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker or pot on the stovetop. Stir to coat the meatballs with sauce. The sauce will thin out as the meatballs cook.
2. Cook over low heat for 1 hour on the stove or 4 hours in the slow cooker. Make sure that the meatballs are fully cooked before serving.
Dessert – Mexican Hot Chocolate Dump Cake
Keep the ingredients for this cake on hand. You can use the hot chocolate, marshmallows and milk to whip up a steaming beverage if you’re short on time.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Makes 12 servings
• 1 package chocolate instant pudding
• 1.5 cups 2-percent milk
• 1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
• 4 cups mini marshmallows
• 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• 2 teaspoons dry hot chocolate mix
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• Pinch of cayenne pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Prepare 13-by-9-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
3. Beat milk and instant pudding with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Add cake mix and 2 cups of the marshmallows. Stir to combine.
4. Spread the batter in the pan, scattering the chocolate chips on top.
5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. It is ready when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out relatively clean. While the cake is baking, combine the hot chocolate powder, cinnamon, sugar and cayenne pepper.
6. Sprinkle the top immediately with the rest of the marshmallows. Dust with the powder mixture. Cool for one hour before cutting and serving.
At Brookfield Residential, we’re all about helping you simplify your life so that you can spend your time enjoying it. Although these recipes aren’t intricate, they’ll please a crowd and give you a reason to relish the season.