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In case you happen to be finalizing your holiday meal planning for the week ahead, we have come up with 37 Last Minute Holiday Recipe Ideas highlighting some of our favorite holiday recipes found here on this site.
The holiday recipe ideas range from breakfast, appetizers, main courses, and even desserts. I have also thrown in a few recipes for your vegetarian friends and family, because Christmas Eve falls on Meatless Monday this year.
There’s a little something for everyone with these 37 holiday recipe ideas, so scroll through to find that missing dish you want to share with your family and friends this year!
David and I wish you all a warm, and joyful holiday season.
Merry Christmas Friends!
Holiday Breakfast Recipes:
Blueberry Stuffed Croissant French Toast: Christmas brunch? Try this stuffed croissant French toast! Buttery, flaky croissants stuffed with blueberry cream cheese, drenched in warm maple syrup.
Carrot Cake Muffins: These delicious carrot cake muffins are lightly spiced and topped with cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with walnuts, an irresistible breakfast treat!
Cinnamon Roll Muffins: A great breakfast or snack, these gooey sweet cinnamon roll muffins, you get all the cinnamony goodness of a cinnamon roll without the work! Easy and yummy!
Savory Bread Pudding With Ham Asparagus and Mushrooms: A savory bread pudding loaded with smoked Virginia ham, fresh asparagus, portobello mushrooms, Gruyere cheese and croissants, soaked in rich custard.
Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict: Rich crab cake nested on an English muffin, topped with a silky poached egg smothered in Hollandaise sauce with skillet potatoes.
Holiday Appetizer Recipes:
Zesty Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers: The filling for these zesty cheese stuffed mini peppers is made with two kinds of cheese, lime zest, cumin, and garlic powder. It’s zesty, cheesy goodness!
Mama’s Christmas Cheese Ball: Made with Velveeta, cream cheese, and extra-sharp cheddar cheese, and coated in chopped pecans. Its simplicity is delicious.
Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp: Serve as an appetizer or main course! Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp are made with rich crab meat packed around jumbo shrimp, wrapped in smoky bacon.
Cajun Stuffed Shrimp: You’ll love these Cajun Stuffed Shrimp, grilled Cajun-seasoned shrimp stuffed with smoky andouille sausage, wrapped in crispy applewood smoked bacon.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: This roasted red pepper hummus is simple and delicious. A creamy hummus infused with roasted red peppers, tahini
Holiday Side Dish Recipes:
Steakhouse Baked Potatoes: Steakhouse baked potatoes have a salted crispy, golden skin with a light with a warm fluffy center. Learn how to make perfect baked potatoes at home!
Apple Pecan Brussels Sprout Salad: This apple pecan brussels sprout salad is for crunch lovers! Made with shredded brussels sprouts, apples, pecans, parmesan cheese,
Potatoes Au Gratin: Tender potato slices laced with sweet onions smothered in a creamy cheese sauce with a hint of garlic. Potatoes au gratin the perfect side dish to any meal!
Cauliflower Gratin: These individual cauliflower gratins are light, healthy, and low-carb baked in a creamy cheese sauce with a crunchy breadcrumb and cheese topping.
BACON Mac and Cheese: This BACON mac and cheese is not your ordinary macaroni and cheese! This mac and cheese is made with three cheeses, and crispy bacon for added flavor. OMG!
Incredibly Tender Roasted Pork With Sage Rosemary and Garlic:
There is nothing like a well-seasoned incredibly tender pork roast, pan-seared with herbs and garlic oven-roasted to perfection. Roasted pork is amazing!
Easy Baked Mahi Mahi: Easy baked Mahi Mahi is oven baked enclosed in a packet that locks in moisture and flavor cooked with potatoes, onions, lemon, slices,
Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs: Red Wine Braised Beef Short ribs are slow cooked and braised in a thick hearty sauce of red wine and herb seasoned vegetables.
Saucy Crock-Pot Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps: These saucy crock-pot chicken salad lettuce wraps are light lean and a tasty way to spice up your next lunch. They come together quickly and are delicious!
Chicken À L’Orange: Inspired by Julia child, this Chicken À L’Orange uses a sweet and savory chicken roasted with shallots and basted with a rosemary, orange marmalade glaze.
Holiday Recipes From the Grill or Smoker:
Smoked Pork Picnic Shoulder:David’s 10 steps to succulent smoked BBQ pork picnic shoulder. By following these steps, you will have perfectly cooked meat that’s tender, moist and juicy.
Pecan Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast: Rubbed with a simple poultry seasoning, smoked over a pan of cranberry infused water for a moist smoking environment, with smoky coals, pecan wood chunks, and wet applewood chips. Tender, juicy turkey like no other!
The Mountain Kitchen Beef Brisket:The goal of a well-smoked beef brisket is a thick moist slab of meat, a crusty “bark”, a vivid smoke ring, and meat so smokey, it puts you in a food coma.
Spatchcocked Chicken Under Bricks: Juicy meat, crispy skin, even cooking and awesome flavor are just a few ways that describe this grilled spatchcocked chicken. An easy way to grill chicken!
Smoked Chuck Roast:This smoked chuck roast is cheaper than prime rib, easier to get along with than brisket and it is a whole lot easier to come by in the grocery store.
Holiday Vegetarian Recipes:
Potato Cheddar Soup: This homemade Potato Cheddar Soup is a hearty rich and creamy soup with richly seasoned flavors that will keep you coming back for more. A vegetarian treat!
Healthy Mushroom Pot Pies With Cauliflower Sauce: Healthy mushroom pot pies have the comfort of traditional pot pies without all the calories. Mushrooms smothered in cauliflower sauce with flaky crust. Yum!
Roasted Pumpkin Soup With Almonds and Sage: This easy vegetarian roasted pumpkin soup with almonds and sage is a creamy, velvety smooth soup, yet healthy way to start a fall dinner or as a meal itself!
Broccoli Cheddar Wild Rice Cakes: A quick and easy vegetarian meal, these amazing rice cakes are like mini cheesy broccoli and rice casseroles in a convenient bite-sized little cake. Yum!
Spinach Lasagna Rolls: Creamy ricotta and mozzarella cheeses mixed and fresh sauteed spinach, rolled inside lasagna noodles topped with marinara sauce. Yum!
Holiday Dessert Recipes:
Mama Rosa’s Date Nut Balls: Nothing says Christmas like Mama Rosa’s Date Nut Balls. These crispy balls of juicy dates, tropical coconut,
Pecan Fruitcake:Mama’s pecan fruitcake is a dense soft cake studded with pecans, dates and candied cherries. It’s the best fruitcake ever!
Grandma’s Gingersnap Cookies: Highly addictive, Grandma’s gingersnap cookies are rolled in sugar and/or candied ginger, with soft, chewy texture and warm flavors of cinnamon, and cloves.
Mama Rosa’s Peanut Butter Fudge: With only a few simple ingredients you can make rich, smooth and creamy melt in your mouth peanut butter fudge. Simply delicious fudge in minutes!
Homemade Tiramisu: A cake with layers of coffee flavored ladyfingers divided by a fluffy custard of Mascarpone cheese, topped with chocolate and cocoa.
Reese’s Cheesecake: Rich, thick and sinfully indulgent, this Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake has a cookie crust with creamy peanut butter cups topped with a chocolate ganache.
Ultimate Carrot Cake: The sweetness of the carrots, the warmth of the cinnamon and ginger wrapped in a cream cheese frosting with pecans makes this the ultimate carrot cake!