It’s that time of the year again — the festive spirit is in the air, the weather is wonderful, and chances are you’re feeling completely relaxed. Whether it’s bringing out a Christmas tree, decorating the house, and generally basking in the holiday vibe, it really is the perfect time for some good old-fashioned entertaining.
However, despite the warmth, laughter, and bonding, the very thought of entertaining can make us feel stressed, taking away from all that wonderful holiday spirit. Luckily though, entertaining doesn’t have to be a cumbersome affair anymore. There are tons of hacks that can reduce the burden — especially when it comes to the main aspect of any good party i.e. the food.
Here’s our selection of some great Christmas recipes — the best part is that they’re incredibly simple to make.
Garlic prawns and avocado crostini
This recipe sounds fancy but it’s really just a simple combination of three perfect ingredients — avocado, toast, and garlic prawns. It’s a great crowd-pleaser, especially if your guests love seafood. What’s more, it’s fairly easy to make a vegetarian option as well, all you need to do is leave out the prawns out!
Sweet potato rounds with herbed ricotta and walnuts
This is another one of those recipes where the taste belies how easy it is to make. It’s basically just your regular roasted sweet potato taken to the next level with some walnuts and ricotta cheese. The whole recipe can easily be made in less than an hour, and it’s the perfect finger food for a casual at-home party.
Spiked cranberry cream cheese spread
This recipe is usually the biggest hit at any Christmas party. For starters, everyone loves cream cheese. More importantly, everyone loves red wine, and the recipe is spiked with generous quantities of this wonderful Christmas juice. Of course, you can always make a kids’ portion by substituting the red wine with cranberry juice.
Hummus with naan and fresh veggies
Once you boil some chickpeas, you can make amazing hummus in less than ten minutes. It’s really that easy. The only ingredient that you might need to buy especially is tahini, and even that can be made at home with sesame seeds. You can even get creative with your hummus by adding ingredients like coriander and beetroot to give it a distinctive flavour. Throw in some sliced carrots and cucumbers on the side, and you have a fresh, light, and nutritious meal. Another great way to up the level of your hummus dish is to just add some naan (plain or garlic or even garlic cheese) on the side.
Spinach and artichoke dip
This recipe is a great one if you’re cooking for vegetarians. You just need to throw everything into the cooker and wait for it to come together. It’s healthy, it’s delicious, and it’s ridiculously easy to make!
Marinated beet toasts with yoghurt
This is one of the simplest Christmas appetizers, especially if you have vegetarian guests. It’s a great go-to when you’re running short of time to prepare, which, let’s face it, happens to the best of us sometimes.
Cranberry and brie bites
With all of 5 ingredients and a prep time of less than 30 minutes, this puff pastry is a quick, delicious option. The only issue might be with finding quality brie cheese, but you can find it at most gourmet supermarkets. You’ll be able to create a dish that’s distinct and exotic — but also incredibly easy.
Red and green bruschetta
Red for pomegranate and green for avocado — what could really go wrong? This recipe is already dressed in Christmas colors, making it the perfect appetizer or side dish for the festive season.
These petite potato latkes add the perfect crunch to your meal. It doesn’t hurt that they’re a favourite with kids. So, if you’re looking for a real crowd-pleaser, this is the one.
Baked risotto balls
Risotto balls are traditionally deep-fried, and they’re also known for taking tons of time to make. Luckily, with this recipe, you get a healthier and simpler version. Win-win, anyone?
At the end of the day, this is a time for good cheer, high spirits, and making memories with loved ones. Use these simple recipes to create meals that are worth relishing, but more importantly, to still find the time to unwind and really soak in the Christmas spirit.