7 Foods You Should Add to Your Table This Holiday


The holiday season guarantees one thing: a tummy full of yummy food. From the melt-in-the-mouth cheese ball bites starters and the juicy turkey to the sweetly spiced pies and creamy eggnog, there's nothing quite like a traditional holidaymeal. 

But why stick with regular favorites? Why not add some fun twists to your holiday feast? Here are some easy and delicious recipes that will get everyone around the dinner table buzzing. Ready to sleigh, oh, we mean to slay? Let's get the party started. 

1. Antipasto Skewers

There's always room for some colorful grab-on-the-go appetizers on the holiday spread. If you're done with your regular cheese platter, try these Italian-inspired Antipasto skewers. Simply thread olives, salami slices, cherry tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, and mozzarella balls onto wooden skewers (you can also use toothpicks), and you'll have a crowd-pleasing starter in no time!

These crowd-pleasing skewers are easy to customize. If you see something you like (err, just make sure it's edible, ha!), add it to your skewer. Bell peppers, ham, and mushrooms all have a place here. 

2. Caramelized Onion and Hummus Crostini

To make sure your vegan friends don't feel left out, next, we have an appetizer that's a one-bite wonder fit for absolutelyeveryone—caramelized onion and hummus crostini. This recipe is super quick and only requires four main ingredients (minus the dressings). 

Toast some crostini slices until golden brown and top with hummus, lots of caramelized onions (the sweetness of caramelized onion goes well with the creaminess of hummus), and fresh rosemary sprigs. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar and enjoy.

3. Ribeye Roast

Now, we are in Flavor Town. This scrumptious ribeye roast recipe is like a juicy, savory hug for your taste buds. For the perfect main course, you can serve it with creamy mashed potatoes and crunchy roasted asparagus. 

The recipe is pretty straightforward. You just have to smother your beef cut with a garlic, herb, and butter mixture, place it on a skillet lined with onions, garlic, and thyme, and roast. Don't get rid of the drippings left in the pan after roasting. That's your winning gravy!

4. Christmas Pizza

Kids are picky eaters, and if you don't want their food tantrums to mess up your celebrations, put something on the menu for them. How about a Christmas-themed twist to pizza? That's probably their favorite food, after all. 

Plus, you don't need a special recipe for this one. Just shape your dough in fun holiday shapes (think Christmas tree and snowman) and top each with yummy toppings. Mozzarella, pepperoni, mushroom? Anything goes.

Pizzas are also easy to assemble. You can include the kids in the house to help. And just like that, you'll have a fun family activity for the holiday season. 

5. Beef Bourguignon Meatloaf

A hearty meal in less than an hour? Yes, sir! Beef bourguignon meatloaf isn't your regular piece of meatloaf. It's the sophisticated French version with the richness of red wine, the creaminess of mushroom sauce, and the freshness of herbs. It pairs brilliantly with a crusty baguette and buttery garlic green beans. 

Since you're working with wine here, pick something you enjoy even when it's not mixed with a savory sauce for your meat. You'll love the flavor a lot more. 

6. Cranberry Curd Tart

Make a statement with this eye-catching, jewel-toned cranberry curd. It has the flakiest pie crust and the prettiest sugar-dusted toppings. What you'll love about the recipe is the flexibility of deciding whether to bake your own pie or go with a store-bought one. They both work great.

There are also no restrictions on using frozen berries. You'll only have to increase the cooking time for your filling by a few minutes. Besides berries, you'll need sugar, lime zest, lime juice, and water to prepare the too-pretty-to-eat maroon-red filling. Top your tart with dollops of cream, dust some sugar, and pretty it up with holiday-themed pie crust cutouts. 

7. Chocolate Reindeer Marshmallows

While cakes and cookies are customary classics, bite-sized desserts bring a lot more fun to the holiday table. Plus, when you combine two meant-to-marry flavors, your dessert will be gone before you can say, "Rudolph, NO!"

These chocolate-dipped marshmallows, dressed as reindeer, will be a hit among kids and adults alike. You can use white, milk, or dark chocolate to add more variety. 

Now, for the fun part: bringing your reindeer to life. Use MnMs, mini pretzels, and cherries as different facial features. You can also add a whipped cream muffler if you like.

Wrapping Up the Yumminess

Holidays are a perfect time to binge-eat and chill. But where's the fun if your dinner table isn't stunning and delicious, right? No one enjoys gobbling down repeated holiday meals year after year. So, add some spice to your spread with one or all these recipes that we shared with you. Trust us; you'll never have to worry about buying extra Tupperwarethere will be no leftovers! 

We hope you enjoy cooking, hosting, and stuffing yourself with deliciousness this year. Happy holidays!

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