Easy Holiday Recipes – Side Dishes and Simple Desserts as Easy as Pie

With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow and Christmas right around the corner some of you are probably quite stressed. Here are a few very easy holiday staples that require very little culinary skill to alleviate some of that stress.

It doesn’t matter how good a cook you are, cooking for other people is always stressful. Every year I am prepared as heck yet come dinner time I am close to tears. Here are a few of my favourite holiday/ roast dinner recipes that I like to fall back on because they are always huge hits. Due to the existence of this food blog my family’s expectations have certainly increased (thanks, mum) yet these dishes never disappoint. If I am not serving my Brussel sprouts with sautéed garlic I am actually expecting a riot.

Avocado Toast Devilled Eggs (recipe here)

Super easy and delicious appetizer, that is (still) trendy to boot. A hard boiled filled with avocado cream and served with a little piece of bread, a little parsley and chili flakes.

Stuffed Mushrooms (recipe here)

These stuffed mushrooms make a great appetizer or side dish and never live to see another day. They can be eaten hot or cold and are vegetarian.

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Anything you wrap in bacon is fancy yet simple. Cook the green beans in salted water until fully cooked and put them in ice water to preserve their green colour. Grab a handful and wrap them in a slice or two of bacon. Season with black pepper and place them in a hot pan seam side down, brown from all sides. You can also do that on a sheet pan in the oven if you are making loads of them. You can prepare them a day head.

Super Simple Roast Potatoes (recipe )here

These roast potatoes are simple, delicious and super crispy. It is even better to boil them a day ahead and leave them to cool completely, this way they get much crispier. By adding some vertical slices not all the way through you can make hasselbeck potatoes. Place chopsticks on each side so you don’t slice all they way through.

Brussel Sprouts with Sautéed Garlic (recipe here)

If this vegetable side is missing my family starts a riot which is surprising because it is Brussel sprouts. To be fair you through enough garlic on anything it becomes a culinary delight that is the law.

Faux Chocolate Mousse (recipe here)

This recipe is as easy as can be with mascarpone, whipped cream, sugar and chocolate spread (white chocolate or dark chocolate). No need to melt chocolate and all that other jazz needed to make chocolate mousse. You can make it with some Nutella in your cupboard. Throw some berries on top and it’s fancy.

Easy as Pie Crumble (recipe here)

This crumble I made with stewed apples and cinnamon, but you can also do mixed berries, cherries or peaches. Whatever you like in a fruit pie you can make a crumble out of. Peach cobbler is certainly on my food bucket list.


Well, there you have some easy recipes for the holidays. Obviously I made a lot of these for Christmas, but they are not Christmas exclusive. We cannot imagine a major holiday dinner without some of these dishes, although I sometimes would like experiment a little. Anyway, I hope you make it through the Thanksgiving holiday stress free and have a great day. Happy Thanksgiving (if you happen to celebrate it) and stay toasty!

5 thoughts on “Easy Holiday Recipes – Side Dishes and Simple Desserts as Easy as Pie

  1. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. It can be overwhelming sometimes but we power through it.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

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  2. Hi Debbie you have some delicious recipes here plus I agree bacon is delicious any which way but with green beans, it sounds delicious 🙂

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    1. I am not the put-bacon-on-everything-kind-of-gal, but it really works well with the green beans. It also looks much fancier than it actually is, which I love. I hope you have wonderful holidays. Merry Christmas!

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