I am officially engulfed in the holiday spirit.
I have a sadly decorated tree. I am permanently listening to the Holly station on XM. I have cheerfully gone to the mall. Multiple times. I bought a bag full of clothes and gifts for little Pedro and Maria, my Salvation Army Angels. I have officially wrapped all my presents. I’ve been regularly watching Love Actually. And I’ve even admired the Kardashian 3D Christmas card.
But the one thing I haven’t started thinking about is cooking. I always get so wrapped up in the rest of the holiday season that cooking usually becomes an afterthought. I’m not sure why – the holiday season is a season for eating. A lot.
But, if you’re like me, and you’re rushing to the grocery store on Christmas Eve, make sure to check out the dishes below and arm yourself with their ingredients. They’re simple, easy to make, and definite crowd pleasers.
These bars are super versatile. Eat them for breakfast? Sure. Eat them for dessert with whipped cream on top? Definitely. These stay fresh for days if you keep them in an airtight container. My only recommendation – make two batches.
Can you celebrate the holidays without a cocktail? I’m really not sure. And this one is made in the crockpot, so you know it’s legit. You could also make it on the stove, and make your house smell like holiday heaven.
I’m not sure about you, but I get tired of the same old side dishes. I know beans is a weird addition to the holiday list, but they have tomatoes & sage, so they’re red and green so technically they’re a perfect addition. This would be a fabulous side dish to a roast beef tenderloin served with some steamed asparagus, salad and bread. Super easy meal for entertaining.
Ginger and molasses scream the holiday season to me. So why ignore that scream? These cookies are always a kid/grandma/weird cousin pleaser, so make them for a party or make them for yourself!
So that’s it. The top five hot potato holiday recommendations. We hope everyone has a merry & bright and delicious holiday season.