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5 Easy Recipes for Hosting The Holidays

Posted on 11.16.23

Get ready to impress your guests this holiday season with our collection of easy and delicious recipes! If you're searching for tasty dishes that will leave your guests and family wanting more, look no further. We've put together 5 simple yet delicious recipes perfect for festive gatherings.

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Slow Cooker Honey-Glazed Ham

This recipe is a traditional favorite for the holidays and is simple to prepare, yet it always leaves a lasting impression on your guests and family members. The ham is cooked slowly in a pot with a sweet honey coating, resulting in a juicy, flavorful, and delightfully tender dish.


• 6 lbs of fully cooked boneless spiral sliced ham

• 1/2 cup light brown sugar

• 1/2 cup honey

• 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

• 1/4 cup water

• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


1. Place the ham in the slow cooker.

2. In a saucepan, combine the light brown sugar, Dijon mustard, water, honey, and cloves. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

3. Pour the glaze over the ham.

4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for approximately 5 hours, or until the ham is heated through and the glaze is thickened. Make sure every hour to take a large spoon and pour the glaze over the ham.

5. Slice the ham and serve with your favorite sides.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

This is another easy recipe, but still a delicious side dish that is perfect for any holiday meal. The Brussels sprouts are roasted with bacon and garlic, so they are crispy and flavorful.


• 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

• 1/4 cup olive oil

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

• 4 slices bacon, chopped

• 2 cloves garlic, minced


1. Set your oven to preheat at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Mix the Brussels sprouts, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a big bowl. Toss them to ensure they are well coated.

3. Arrange the Brussels sprouts in a single layer on a baking sheet.

4. Bake them for about 20 minutes, or until they become tender and develop a golden brown color.

5. Sprinkle the bacon and garlic over the Brussels sprouts and bake for an extra 5 minutes, or until the bacon is thoroughly cooked.

6. Serve right away.

Easy Cranberry Sauce

The cranberry sauce is a must-serve recipe. This is a quick and easy cranberry sauce recipe that is perfect for any holiday meal, especially Thanksgiving dinner. The cranberries are cooked with sugar and orange juice, so they are tart, sweet, and delicious.


• 1 pound fresh cranberries

• 1 cup sugar

• 1/2 cup orange juice


1. In a medium-sized pot, mix the cranberries, sugar, and orange juice. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat until it starts boiling while stirring continuously.

2. Turn down the heat to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes, or until the cranberries burst and the sauce becomes thicker.

3. Take the pot off the heat and allow it to cool completely before serving.

Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Who can resist some delicious parmesan garlic mashed potatoes? Not us! Mashed potatoes are a classic comfort food that everyone loves, making it a great choice for a crowd. Something we really like about this recipe is that it can easily be customized to your liking by adding other herbs and spices or cooked vegetables.


• 5 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters

• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

• 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

• 1/4 cup heavy cream

• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

•1/4 teaspoon black pepper


1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes are soft, around 20 minutes.

2. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add the butter, Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mash until you achieve a smooth consistency.

3. Serve immediately.

Gingerbread Cookies

Baked gingerbread cookies are often associated with the holidays, especially Christmas. These classic cookies are soft, chewy, and full of flavor.


• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 teaspoon ground ginger

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 large egg

• 1/4 cup molasses


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt using a whisk.

4. In a bigger bowl, blend the butter and sugar until it becomes light and fluffy.

5. Add the egg and molasses to the mixture and blend well.

6. Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring just until they are mixed.

7. Place rounded tablespoons of the dough onto the lined baking sheet.

8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies firm up and their edges turn golden brown.

9. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

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