Our Top 50 Easy Holiday Recipes to Enjoy Anywhere

Last Updated on December 13, 2019 by Christina

Whether you’re spending the holidays at home or on the road, there are plenty of easy and delicious recipes you can enjoy with friends and family. We’ve compiled a list of 50 mouth-watering recipes to try this season.

Our comprehensive list includes the best appetizers, salads and soups, main courses, sides, desserts and drinks. Plus, you’ll find bonus recipes at the end to use up those leftovers! For your convenience, we’ve pinned all these top recipes and more on our Holiday Recipes Pinterest board.

Now, let’s dive right into our list!

Easy Holiday Appetizers

Antipasto Skewers

A hand holds a miniature skewer loaded with various goodies over a plateful of the prepared skewers. They include mozzarella balls, sliced sweet peppers, tortellini pasta, folded salami slices, and green olives.
  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • No cooking required!

Party Poppers

A bunch of pretty, stuffed sweet peppers are arranged on a white plate. The peppers are orange, yellow, and red, with one green jalapeno pepper sitting in the center of the pepper pile to add a splash of contrasting color. In this easy holiday recipe, peppers are stuffed with a white cream cheese mixture and finished with shredded cheese.
  • Prep time: ~20 mins (depends on how many you make)
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Eliminate the cook time by using pre-cooked bacon bits instead of bacon. These festive peppers are make-ahead friendly.

Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

Little Smokie sausages wrapped in bacon and a brown sugar glaze are arranged on a foil-lined pan. The bacon is held in place with toothpicks.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 40 mins
  • This crowd-pleasing recipe requires only 5 ingredients!

DIY Charcuterie Board

A DIY Charcuterie Board is an easy recipe to make for holiday gatherings. A wooden charcuterie board is filled with various cheeses, meat slices, pretzels, and crackers. In the center of the board are metallic measuring spoons containing pistachios, pickles, green olives, and dried cranberries.
  • Prep time: 10-20 mins
  • Skip the store-bought basics and make a DIY charcuterie board to impress your guests. It’s completely customizable to your tastes and no cooking is required!

Cranberry Brie Bites

A hand reaches down to grab a Cranberry Brie Bite arranged on a wooden serving tray.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 11 mins
  • A savory, sweet, and shareable recipe made with just 5 ingredients

Blueberry Brie Bites

Blueberry Brie Bites are arranged on a gold plate and garnished with fresh blueberries and sprigs of chopped thyme.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • If you don’t want to overload on cranberries, opt for these Blueberry Brie Bites instead! These are made with 5 ingredients and pre-made mini phyllo shells for easy assembly.

Grilled Peach, Basil and Goat “Cheese” Pizza

A round pizza topped with grilled peaches, basil, and vegan goat cheese sits on a white and gray marble counter top. A slice of the pizza has been cut and is arranged near the rest of the pie.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 15 mins
  • Technically, this grilled pizza is a dinner recipe but it could easily become a tasty appetizer for vegetarian and vegan guests.

Best Holiday Salads and Soups

Caprese Christmas Wreath

Mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes are arranged on a bed of greens shaped as a festive wreath for an easy holiday salad recipe.
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Healthy, simple, and light. Oh, and did we mention flavorful and festive?

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

An apple cranberry walnut salad sits in a metallic bowl on a white and black checkered place mat.
  • Prep time: 10 mins

Caesar Wedge Salad with Bacon

Spears of romaine lettuce are topped with strips of bacon, and Parmesan cheese to make caesar wedge salad with bacon. The salad is arranged on a metallic plate and garnished with lemon wedges.
  • Prep time: 15 mins

Roasted Vegetable Winter Salad

A white bowl with a blue rim is filled with Roasted Vegetable Winter Salad.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 40 mins

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup  

A spoon dives into a bowl of Roasted Sweet Potato Soup served with a slice of thick white bread. The bowl sits on a black and white striped tablecloth. This easy holiday recipe uses seasonal vegetables for a flavorful soup.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 28 mins

Butternut Squash, Sausage, and Tortelloni Soup  

A white bowl is filled with Butternut Squash, Sausage, and Tortelloni Soup. The soup is a bright yellow-orange color and topped with pale Parmesan cheese, brown sausage crumbles, and a hint of green garnish.
  • Prep time: 30 mins
  • Cook time: 75 mins
  • This easy recipe might take longer to make but the wait is worth it.

Best Holiday Main Course Recipes

World’s Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey  

A browned thanksgiving turkey is plated on a maroon tablecloth to illustrate the results of this simple holiday recipe. To the left of the turkey is a small bowl of cranberry jelly and a gravy boat filled with brown gravy. In the background are a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes and a bowl of baby carrots and sliced potatoes.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 3 hours (roughly)
  • This recipe includes “World’s Simplest” in its name, and I can attest to its ease. I had never cooked a turkey (or much of anything) before but the first year after my husband and I got engaged, I insisted on making one for Thanksgiving. Following this recipe, I made a juicy and beautiful, brown bird. 

Best Ever Smoked Turkey  

A closeup photo of a golden brown smoked turkey being carved. A fork is piercing the juicy white meat of this easy recipe for smoked turkey breast.
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cook time: 8 hours
  • If you have a smoker, you’ve got to try this simple recipe for the best ever smoked turkey.

Deep-Fried Turkey

A white plate is filled with carved slices of a deep fried turkey garnished with sprigs of rosemary and sliced figs.
  • Prep time: 30 mins
  • Cook time: 45 mins
  • If you want a turkey but hate waiting around while it cooks for hours, deep-frying is another option. This recipe uses Cajun seasonings but you can easily modify to your preference.
  • VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to follow all safety instructions! Frying a turkey is serious business and any misstep can result in serious injury, fire, or even death. If you’re not an experienced cook, move on to something else. You can find additional tips for safely frying a turkey here and here and here.

Cider Roasted Turkey Breast

A large pot is filled with Cider Roasted Turkey Breast. The pot sits on a speckled countertop with colorful red, yellow, and orange leaves surrounding it.
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cook time: 1.5 hours
  • Okay, now that we’ve got the whole turkeys out of the way, here’s a perfect and easy recipe for smaller holiday gatherings. Instead of cooking a whole bird, make this easy herb-infused turkey breast. It will feed 2-4 people (depending on how many sides you make to go with it) and only takes about an hour and a half to cook.

Maple Bourbon Glazed Grilled Ham

A fork and knife carve a juicy Maple Bourbon Glazed Grilled Ham into thick slices. This simple holiday recipe is made on a grill so the ham develops a crispy, caramel-colored crust on the edges.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 2.5 hours
  • No oven? No problem! Grill up this delicious and easy holiday ham for your family and friends.

Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs  

A rack of glazed ribs sits on a sheet pan. A basting brush with barbecue sauce is visible in the corner of the photo. These ribs were made in an oven for an easy holiday main course recipe.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 3 hours
  • Who says your only options are turkey or ham for the holidays? This raved about recipe for fall-off-the-bone ribs has been shared over 100,000 times and will make for a feast to remember.

Easy, No-Fuss Prime Rib

A prime rib with a crispy brown, herb crust sits on a white plate on a marble counter top.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Resting time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: 1 hr 45 mins
  • Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never made a prime rib before – this recipe is easy to follow and the directions are simple.

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells with Sage Browned Butter (Vegetarian) 

Four large pasta shells filled with Butternut Squash and green vegetables are arranged on a white plate.
  • Prep time: 25 mins
  • Cook time: 55 mins
  • This beautiful vegetarian pasta can be enjoyed year-round. It’s just as comforting as mac and cheese but much more sophisticated.

Easy Holiday Side Dish Recipes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes 

A large white bowl is filled with creamy red skin potatoes that have been mashed and topped with black pepper. This easy holiday recipe calls for the potatoes to be made in a slow cooker.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 4 hours
  • No more boiling and smashing – you don’t even have to peel the potatoes! This easy holiday recipe uses a slow cooker to make creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes without the hassle. Feel free to peel if you want, but these potatoes will come out delicious with the skin on, too.

Corn Casserole

A spoon pierces the crispy cheesy crust of the corn casserole.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 55 mins
  • This easy recipe only requires 5 ingredients for a family-friendly holiday side dish.

Maple Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

A white bowl is filled with Maple Brown Butter Mashed Sweet potatoes. This easy holiday recipe is topped with chopped pecans for a crunch that balances the sweetness of this side dish.
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Budget-friendly, 7 simple ingredients, minimal prep and cook time – it’s easy to see why this is one of our favorite holiday recipes!

Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots

A blue bowl on a wooden table is filled with bright orange glazed carrots garnished with chopped fresh parsley.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 15 mins
  • This simple, one pan recipe calls for just 6 ingredients and makes a healthy holiday side dish.

Green Beans and Bacon

A white serving platter is filled with cooked green beans and bacon. Chopped pecans are added to top off this easy holiday side dish.
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Everything’s better with bacon – especially these crisp green beans!

Roasted Cauliflower

A large bowl of roasted cauliflower is prepared for serving with a metallic silver spoon.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 25 mins
  • The holiday season is filled with rich foods (which we love!) but for a light and healthy side dish, try this easy recipe for roasted cauliflower.

Grilled Butternut Squash with Honey Maple Glaze

Grilled pieces of butternut squash fill a white bowl.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 25 mins
  • No kitchen needed – you can grill this delicious side dish!

Grilled Maple Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Several charred skewers of grilled Brussels sprouts are arranged on a long serving plate speckled with color.
  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Cook time: 8 mins
  • Another easy grilled side dish to add to your holiday recipes!

Creamy Four Cheese Spinach Butternut Squash

A butternut squash is cut in half and filled with a four cheese and spinach mix in this easy holiday recipe. The edges of the cheese filling are browned and a spoon is piercing the squash as if getting ready to serve.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 40 mins
  • Butternut squash is abundant this time of year. This simple recipe will impress your guests without taking much of your time away from those holiday gatherings.

Easy Grilled Pineapples

Thick slices of grilled pineapple are arranged on a white serving plate. The edges of the pineapple have caramelized to a deep brown-black color.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 8 mins
  • If you like pineapple, you’ll love this easy recipe! Grilling pineapple slices or spears is ridiculously simple. The heat caramelizes their natural sugars making for a sweet side dish OR dessert. Surprise your guests with this unexpected addition to your holiday meals!

Rosemary Pepper Drop Biscuits

Eight drop biscuits are arranged on a parchment paper-lined baking tray.
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • As the name implies, there’s no kneading, shaping, or cutting necessary to make these easy biscuits. Just mix, drop, and bake for fresh bread to pair with your meal.

Top Holiday Dessert Recipes

Classic Pumpkin Pie

A perfect slice of pumpkin pie topped with a dollop of fluffy whipped cream sits on a white plate with a golden rim. The plate is surrounded with fall seasonal decor, including reddish-brown maize and colorful leaves.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 55 mins
  • You don’t have to be a professional pastry chef to make a great holiday pie. This Classic Pumpkin Pie recipe requires only 9 ingredients!
  • Pro tip: cover the edge of your pie with tin foil to prevent it from burning while cooking. 🙂

Slow Cooker Candied Cinnamon Pecans

A crock pot is filled with candied cinnamon pecans.
  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 3 hours
  • This holiday recipe makes the whole house smell amazing. It’s also very giftable! Just fill a mason jar with Candied Cinnamon Pecans and top with a pretty fabric bow.

Christmas Cookie Dip

A red glass with a large opening is filled with fluffy white Christmas Cookie Dip. This easy holiday dip recipe is served with teddy graham crackers and red and green sprinkles.
  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • This easy recipe will make all the kids (and grown ups) smile this holiday season.

No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Small clear, glasses sitting on a wooden table are filled with No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes. Each mini cheesecake is topped with whipped cream and garnished with a cinnamon stick.
  • Prep time: 1.5 hours
  • Don’t be intimidated by the prep time for this recipe; it includes letting the treats chill in the fridge. Also, the recipe directions call for a food processor and a stand mixer. If you don’t have these, just place the graham crackers in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin (a wine bottle also works great!) to crush the crackers into crumbs. For the remainder of the recipe, mix the ingredients by hand.

Peppermint Bark Puppy Chow

A white bowl is filled with Peppermint Bark Puppy Chow. Candy canes, peppermint striped Hershey's kisses, and other red and white candies surround the bowl in the background.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 2 mins
  • This simple holiday recipe is a fun twist on traditional Puppy Chow. It can also double as a yummy gift for neighbors or teachers.

Easy Italian Christmas Cookies

Round sugar cookies topped with white icing and festive red, green, and white sprinkles are arranged on a white slab. In the background, a cookie cools on a rack and a small bowl of extra sprinkles sits next to it.
  • Prep time: 30 mins
  • Cook time: 11-13 mins
  • Cool time: 30 mins
  • These festive cookies come together quickly thanks to refrigerated cookie dough and an easy-to-make glaze.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie on the Grill

A large cast iron skillet is filled with a chocolate chip cookie. The cookie has browned edges and is topped with a swirl of chocolate sauce. The background is a wooden table with denim fabric and chocolate chips and chocolate chunks nearby.
  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Cook time: 20 mins
  • Rest time: 1 hour
  • You’ve probably seen those tempting skillet cookies at countless restaurants, but have you ever made your own? Follow this easy recipe and you can enjoy a gooey, fresh-off-the-grill chocolate chip cookie anywhere!

For more easy campfire dessert recipes, be sure to check out our Pie Iron Desserts post

Simple Holiday Cocktail & Mock-tail Recipes

Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Apple Cocktail

Two glasses filled with Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Apple Cocktails sit on a wooden table. The rims of the glasses have been dipped in caramel and crushed nuts. There are caramel apples on the table to the right of the glasses and a bowl of crushed nuts sits to the left of the glass in the foreground.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • One of the best holiday cocktail recipes requires only 9 ingredients. Try these Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Apple cocktails at your next holiday get-together!

Spiced Cranberry Sangria

A near-empty glass pitcher and two full glasses of Spiced Cranberry Sangria sit on a wood and metal serving tray.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Refrigerate: 3 hours (or until ready to serve)
  • This easy sangria is made extra festive with cranberry, orange and cinnamon sticks!

Christmas Morning Punch (Non-Alcoholic)

A pitcher and a glass of Christmas morning punch are sitting on a wooden serving paddle. Cranberries and green garnish brighten the tabletop they sit on.
  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve
  • This kid-friendly mock-tail recipe uses a variety of fruit juices and ginger ale.

Champagne Holiday Punch (Alcoholic)

A glass punch bowl is filled with Champagne Holiday Punch. Wedges of cut grapefruit, fresh cranberries, and three cinnamon sticks float on the surface of the punch.
  • Prep time: 2 mins
  • Pop some bubbly. Pour. Chill. And serve.  It doesn’t get any simpler than this. For a festive touch, garnish with grapefruit slices or cinnamon sticks.

Crock-Pot Hot Chocolate

A white crock-pot is filled with homemade hot chocolate and mini marshmallows.
  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 2 hours
  • Ditch the dry powered stuff and make this decadent hot chocolate in your crock-pot!

Easy Homemade Eggnog

Two glasses of eggnog sit on a table surrounded by holiday decor, including miniature ornaments and  pine cones.
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 15 mins
  • Chilling time: 2 hours
  • This classic holiday drink can be made with or without booze so you can choose your level of “jolly.”

Bonus! Recipes to make with holiday leftovers

Leftover Stuffin’ Muffins

Leftovers from a thanksgiving holiday meal are combined into a muffin pan for this easy Leftover Stuffin' Muffin recipe.
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cook time: 25 mins

Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Mustard Panini

A panini sandwich with leftover thanksgiving turkey, melting brie cheese, and cranberry-mustard sauce sits on a wooden tabletop.
  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 8 mins

Thanksgiving in a Blanket

Crescent roll dough is wrapped around thanksgiving leftovers - including turkey and cranberry sauce - to make this Thanksgiving in a Blanket recipe.
  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook time: 15 mins

And if you have extra time, try these recipes…

Mom’s Turkey Soup

A white bowl is filled with Turkey and noodle soup. There are large chunks of carrots, celery and turkey meat alongside the egg noodles.

Turkey Pot Pie

A turkey pot pie is served on a wooden table. There is a large casserole dish with the turkey pot pie on the right side of the image and two plates filled with portions of the turkey pot pie are on the left.

Hungry for more? Check out the rest of our top holiday recipes here:  https://www.pinterest.com/generalrvcenter/holiday-recipes/

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season!