A collection of amazing holiday entertaining recipes that will bring cheer to all your festivities, including honey baked ham, cranberry relish and rum balls.
Make entertaining fun and delicious with these fantastic dishes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers!
The holidays are near! I get excited about trying new recipes, but I worry about finding the perfect dishes that will please both the kids and adults at the table. To make your life a little easier, I’ve created this list of foolproof holiday favorites. I have developed these recipes over the years to give fantastic results, even for new cooks! These are the best party and holiday dinner dishes to make your season a little more merry. Be sure to start off your meal with some fabulous snacks from my list of 30 Christmas Appetizer Recipes!
The key to any holiday meal is an amazing main course. I have some fabulous entrée options like smoked turkey, honey baked ham and prime rib. Need more guidance with making a ham? Be sure to check out my how to cook a ham tutorial. Don’t forget to top off that ham with a homemade ham glaze.
Everyone loves a good side dish. My favorites are classic comfort foods such as stovetop mac and cheese and sweet potato souffle. There are some flavorful veggie dishes that even the kids will enjoy like honey roasted carrots, sauteed green beans and crispy brussels sprouts. I know what you are thinking, brussels sprouts!? But yeah, try these hot, crispy and delicious bites! You can never go wrong with a colorful and festive Christmas salad.
Make sure you don’t forget the dessert. Satisfy sweet lovers with some of my absolute favorite desserts like chocolate truffles, Christmas tree brownies and peppermint bark. Just for fun, make some classic Christmas sugar cookies. My family loves to see who can come up with the fanciest cookie decorations. Looking for more festive treats? Be sure to check out 20 Christmas Candy Recipes, 20 Candy Cane Recipes and 30 Christmas Cookie Recipes!
With all these recipes you will have everything you need for an amazing holiday season!
35 Holiday Entertaining Recipes
Air Fryer Asparagus
This air fryer asparagus is tender stalks of asparagus coated in olive oil, garlic and an assortment of herbs and seasonings, then cooked to tender and browned perfection. A 10 minute side dish that's the perfect accompaniment to almost any main course option.
This carrot souffle is made with pureed carrots, sugar, butter and eggs, all cooked together to golden brown perfection. A light and fluffy side dish option that pairs well with chicken and beef, but can also be served as a dessert offering!
These cheesy potatoes are diced potatoes tossed in a creamy blend of sour cream, butter and cheese, then baked to golden brown perfection. A quick and easy casserole that's perfect for feeding a crowd and pairs perfectly with chicken, pork and beef.
These chocolate covered pretzels are made with pretzel twists or pretzel rods coated in dark and white chocolate and topped with sprinkles. A super easy candy that’s perfect for parties and gift giving and can be customized for any occasion.
These chocolate truffles are made with a dark chocolate ganache that's shaped into balls and rolled in an assortment of toppings. Homemade truffles are easy to prepare and make for a super impressive dessert option for any event.
These Christmas sugar cookies are roll out cookies that are frosted with an easy vanilla buttercream and decorated with sprinkles. A fun and classic holiday cookie that's perfect for school parties and gift giving!
This cranberry relish is a blend of fresh cranberries, apple, orange and sugar, all mixed together to form a sweet and tart condiment. Cranberry relish is a unique and welcome addition to any holiday meal!
These Christmas tree brownies are an easy and adorable treat that's the perfect addition to any holiday gathering. Fudge brownies are decorated with candy canes, frosting and sprinkles for the ultimate treat!
This creamed corn recipe consists of corn kernels simmered in cream sauce, then topped with crispy bacon and fresh herbs. A classic side dish that's easy enough to make on a busy weeknight, yet elegant enough to serve for a holiday meal.
These crock pot baked potatoes are seasoned Russet potatoes that cook all day in the slow cooker to become perfectly tender and fluffy. A super easy side dish that pairs perfectly with seafood, chicken and beef.
These make ahead mashed potatoes are Russet potatoes that are boiled until tender, then combined with butter, garlic, cream cheese and seasonings to make the ultimate side dish. The perfect recipe to make before a big holiday when you don't want to spend the whole day in the kitchen!
These molasses cookies are chewy brown sugar cookies infused with plenty of aromatic spices, then baked to golden brown perfection. A classic holiday cookie that's easy to make and is sure to get rave reviews!
This recipe for Oreo balls is Oreo cookie filled truffles dipped in chocolate, then decorated in a variety of sprinkles. Oreo balls are perfect for gift giving around the holidays and also make great party favors.
These oven roasted potatoes are baby potatoes coated in olive oil, garlic, herbs and parmesan cheese, then baked until golden brown and crispy. A simple yet totally satisfying side dish that pairs well with roasted chicken, grilled steak or baked salmon.
These rum balls are a blend of liquor, chocolate, pecans and cookie crumbs, all rolled together and coated with sprinkles. The perfect dessert or gift option for the holidays that's sure to be a hit with family and friends.
This spatchcock turkey recipe is a whole turkey that's been brined, then flattened and roasted until golden brown. A spatchcocked turkey cooks significantly faster than a traditional roast turkey, and comes out tender and juicy every time!
This sweet potato souffle is a creamy blend of sweet potatoes and spices topped with a brown sugar and pecan streusel. An easy and elegant side dish that's perfect for the holidays and always gets rave reviews!
This smoked turkey recipe is a whole turkey that’s coated in homemade spice rub then slow smoked to tender and juicy perfection. A super easy and impressive holiday main course that won’t take up any oven space!