37 Last Minute Holiday Recipe Ideas

37 Last Minute Holiday Recipe Ideas

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:

Christmas brunch? Try this stuffed croissant French toast! Buttery, flaky croissants stuffed with blueberry cream cheese, drenched in warm maple syrup.

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.

These delicious carrot cake muffins are lightly spiced and topped with cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with walnuts, an irresistible breakfast treat! | TheMountainKitchen.com

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!

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! | The MountainKitchen.com

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!

A savory bread pudding loaded with smoked Virginia ham, fresh asparagus, portobello mushrooms, Gruyere cheese and croissants, soaked in rich custard. | TheMountainKitchen.com

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.

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:

The filling for these zesty cheese stuffed mini peppers is made with two kinds of cheese, lime zest, lime juice, and spices. It's zesty, cheesy goodness! | TheMountainKitchen.com

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 is made with Velveeta, cream cheese, and extra-sharp cheddar cheese, and coated in chopped pecans. Its simplicity is delicious.

Mama’s Christmas Cheese Ball: Made with Velveeta, cream cheese, and extra-sharp cheddar cheese, and coated in chopped pecans. Its simplicity is delicious.

Served as a appetizer or main course, Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp are made with rich crab meat packed around jumbo shrimp, wrapped in smoky bacon. | TheMountainKitchen.com

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.

Grilled Cajun Stuffed Shrimp | Taste the flavors of the Louisiana Bayou with these fresh wild caught shrimp cajun seasoned shrimp stuffed with smoky grilled andouille sausage, then wrapped in crispy applewood smoked bacon. TheMountainKitchen.com

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.

This roasted red pepper hummus is simple and delicious. A creamy hummus infused with roasted red peppers, tahini and garlic. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: This roasted red pepper hummus is simple and delicious. A creamy hummus infused with roasted red peppers, tahini and garlic.

Holiday Side Dish Recipes:

Steakhouse baked potatoes have a salted crispy, golden skin with a light with a warm fluffy center. Learn how to make these perfect baked potatoes at home! | TheMountainKitchen.com

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!

This apple pecan brussels sprout salad is for crunch lovers! Made with shredded brussels sprouts, apples, pecans, parmesan cheese and homemade dressing. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Apple Pecan Brussels Sprout Salad: This apple pecan brussels sprout salad is for crunch lovers! Made with shredded brussels sprouts, apples, pecans, parmesan cheese, and homemade dressing.

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! | TheMountainKitchen.com

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 is a light, healthy, low-carb vegetable side dish for a busy weeknight or served as a Meatless Monday meal. These individual cauliflower gratins are baked in a creamy cheese sauce with a crunchy breadcrumb and cheese topping. | TheMountainKitchen.com

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.

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! | TheMountainKitchen.com

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!

Holiday Main Dishe Recipes:

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! | TheMountainKitchen.com

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 is oven baked enclosed in a packet that locks in moisture and flavor cooked with potatoes, onions, lemon, slices and bacon. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Easy Baked Mahi MahiEasy baked Mahi Mahi is oven baked enclosed in a packet that locks in moisture and flavor cooked with potatoes, onions, lemon, slices, and bacon.

Red Wine Braised Beef Short ribs are slow cooked and braised in a thick hearty sauce of red wine and herb seasoned vegetables. | TheMountainKitchen.com

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.

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!

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!

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. | TheMountainKitchen.com

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:

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.

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.

With very little effort required, this pecan applewood smoked turkey breast is 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! | TheMountainKitchen.com

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 to a well cooked beef brisket is a thick moist slab of meat, with a crusty “bark”, a vivid smoke ring, and meat so smoky, you nearly gorge yourself into a food comma. | TheMountainKitchen.com

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.

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!

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!

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. | TheMountainKitchen.com

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:

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!

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 have the comfort of traditional pot pies without all the calories. Mushrooms smothered in cauliflower sauce with flaky crust. Yum!

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!

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 meal itself! | TheMountainKitchen.com

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!

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! | TheMountainKitchen.com

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! | TheMountainKitchen.com

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:

Nothing says Christmas like Mama Rosa's Date Nut Balls. These crispy balls of juicy dates, tropical coconut and chopped pecans, covered in powdered sugar.

Mama Rosa’s Date Nut Balls: Nothing says Christmas like Mama Rosa’s Date Nut Balls. These crispy balls of juicy dates, tropical coconut, and chopped pecans, covered in powdered sugar.

Mama’s pecan fruitcake is a dense soft cake studded with pecans, dates and candied cherries. It’s the best fruitcake ever! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Pecan Fruitcake:Mama’s pecan fruitcake is a dense soft cake studded with pecans, dates and candied cherries. It’s the best fruitcake ever!

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.

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.

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! | TheMountainKitchen.com

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 is a cake with layers of coffee flavored ladyfingers divided by a fluffy custard of Mascarpone cheese, topped with chocolate and cocoa. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Homemade Tiramisu: A cake with layers of coffee flavored ladyfingers divided by a fluffy custard of Mascarpone cheese, topped with chocolate and cocoa. 

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. | TheMountainKitchen.com

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. 

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!

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!



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