Whatever holidays you celebrate, one of the main events is all around food. And no matter who you choose to celebrate with, having the right food for your family gathering is a must. You might find it overwhelming to cook it all, especially if you are new to cooking or don’t cook all that often (especially for large groups), but there are simple recipes out there that will work well for everyone. So with that in mind, here is a quick round-up of recipes that are perfect for the holiday season and will make your guests want more and more.
- Prosciutto wrapped asparagus: your cooked meals are going to be filled with veggies, but how about a twist on a classic? A tasty alternative to just having asparagus on a plate cooked in butter or boiled is prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. Not only do you get the goodness of asparagus, but you can combine it with the salty yet delicate taste of the wrapped prosciutto.
- Brussel sprouts: if you like to eat in season then Brussel sprouts are a great choice for the holidays. Like them or loathe them, there are many ways to cook them, so don’t just boil them up. Instead, use a recipe like oven roasted Brussel sprouts with balsamic glaze and it will make them crunchy, full of flavor, and a much tastier twist on the classic. Using the oven is simple too, so works for even the most inexperienced chefs.
- Butternut squash: for an alternative to potatoes on your plate, how about choosing a hasselback butternut squash? Much like the potato version, you can make it as crispy and salty as you’d like, and it works well with a number of toppings, but gives you an extra nutrient boost.
- Peppermint patties: the holidays are all about peppermint, am I right? But why get store bought when there are simple peppermint patty recipes out there? Not only will they taste great served after a meal, but you can box them up and give to friends and neighbors as gifts too.
- Green beans: green beans are such a classic for any holiday meal, especially for Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, have you tried them oven roasted with parmesan, rather than just boiled up? It gives them an extra boost of flavor and makes them more crispy and overall delicious.
- Goat’s cheese salad: for something a little lighter, that is still in season, how about making a goat’s cheese salad? It can be a surprisingly festive option, with goat’s cheese, pears, candied pecans, and plenty of salad leaves.
- Snickerdoodle cookies: with a sugary cinnamon taste, Snickerdoodles are a great thing to cook for the holidays. They are simple to make, great to make with kids, and they taste delicious. Add some brown sugar with the cinnamon for an extra crunch.
What are some of your favorite holiday recipes? It would be great to hear what you think and what you’re looking forward to making in the coming weeks. Bring on all of the fun, food, and festivities.