There is enough drama around Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner that it’s best to keep some things very simple. The funny thing is, four of the five super simple recipes listed below are the ones that we get requests to make (and for the recipes… I end up emailing at least a couple of my kids or their friends the recipes every holiday season.

So here are  5 Quick Dishes To Make (or Bring) for Thanksgiving or Christmas. whether you’re hosting at home, or bringing these on the road, you’ll be thankful for a few appetizers and deserts you can make (mostly) ahead.

 

Artichoke Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 c. Parmesan cheese – shredded
  • 1 c. mayonnaise low-fat or fat-free is acceptable (pantry)
  • ½ t. dill weed
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 can artichoke hearts drained and chopped (pantry)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream the cream cheese, add the Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, dill weed  and garlic. Mix well.
  3. Fold in the chopped artichoke hearts and then spoon mixture into a 9×9 pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Serve with crackers, toasted baguettes, or toasted pita points. Serves 8 as an appetizer

 

Goat Cheese Bruchetta

Ingredients

  • 2      tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2      tablespoons chopped fresh herbs such as dill, parsley, or basil
  • Toasted baguette
  • Goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Add the balsamic vinegar and herbs together. Drizzle over slices of toasted baguette or other bread and spread with goat cheese. Finish with another drizzle of vinaigrette. Garnish with thyme.

 

Drive By Cheese Plate

For those last minute party invites. Just grab a plate and cheese knife from home. You can assemble once you arrive. (Or, if you’re like me, in the backseat of the car while your hubby is driving…)

Ingredients

  • Camembert  or other artisan cheese
  • Carr Water Crackers
  • 1 bunch of green grapes

Instructions

  1. Grab at the store:

Roger’s Pumpkin No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of cream cheese
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ Cup Pumpkin pie filling
  • Pre-made graham cracker crust

Instructions

  1. Blend until creamy and fluffy
  2. Pour into graham cracker crust.

Recipe Notes

Garnish with Cinnamon sugar  (makes it look baked) Shaved white chocolate Refrigerate for a few hours

Roger’s Cranberry No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of cream cheese
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 Cup Whole cranberries in jelly
  • Pre-made graham cracker crust

Instructions

  1. Blend until creamy and fluffy
  2. Pour into graham cracker crust

Recipe Notes

Garnish with any (or all) of the following: The remaining whole cranberries/jelly.  I put this just on the outside edge of the pie. Orange peel zest Shaved white chocolate Refrigerate for a few hours

And don’t forget the TURKEY!

Here’s my recipe that you’re sure to love!Turkey in the Oven

 Now it’s your turn. Tell me your can’t miss, so simple it’s embarrassing, recipe that you pull out for the holidays in the comments below.

kathilipp

Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.
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