As we huddle ‘round the table with our nearest and dearest this holiday season, let your ambitions run wild and host a memorable stay-in Christmas dinner. Need help with cooking inspirations? Worry not, we got your back – here’s a compiled list of quick and easy recipes as recommendations. Nothing in this list of 7 recipes exceeds 7 steps – so let’s get crock-ing (housewife joke) and let the feasting begin!

Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange Cranberry Muffins
Image credit: Beth | BudgetBytes

Don’t belittle this batch of muffins – you’ll need to rely on them to keep the party going if you’re going to be scurrying about in the kitchen when your guests have started to arrive.

The same recipe can be used to make Orange Cranberry Bread, but muffins are far better for portion control. Plus, you can stack them up into mini Christmas trees and decorate them with tiny frosted cookies. The only trouble you’ll have will be getting guests not to eat too much before the main course!

Tip 1: Chopped walnuts will give the already-perfect muffins yet another dimension.

Tip 2: Do check on your muffins every now and then whilst they’re still baking. Once you see the muffins browning nicely, take one out to taste-test.

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Recipe name: Orange Cranberry Muffins
Recipe courtesy of: Beth from BudgetBytes.com
Number of ingredients needed: 10
Steps: 7

Creamy Garlic Mushroom Soup

Garlic Mushroom Soup
Image credit: Beth | BudgetBytes

Mushroom soup may be on every Western menu, but it’ll take more than luck to find an exceptional bowl of soup. Try making your own – that way, you can guarantee no scrimping on any of the important ingredients!

You can use most types of mushrooms for your soup, but baby Portobellos will work really well. For rich, creamy soup, make sure you use heavy cream.

Tip: Before serving the soup to your guests, garnish it with chopped parsley for extra presentation points.

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Recipe name: Creamy Garlic Mushroom Soup
Recipe courtesy of: Beth from BudgetBytes.com
Number of ingredients needed: 11
Steps: 5

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Image credit: Joanna Cismaru | Jo Cooks

The ultimate comfort food, mashed potatoes will fill every heart (and tummy) with the warm fuzzy feeling of home and family.

This recipe uses chicken broth for both its aroma and its savory taste. You can substitute the portion with milk, which will give you creamier mashed potatoes. Yukon gold potatoes, red-skinned potatoes and russet potatoes all work pretty well with this dish.

Tip 1: Add in bacon bits for that extra fancy flavor!

Tip 2: If you prefer something much cheesier, replace parmesan cheese with mozzarella and cheddar cheese.

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Recipe name: Crockpot Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Recipe courtesy of: Joanna Cismaru from JoCooks.com
Number of ingredients needed: 9
Steps: 4

Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Ham

Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Ham
Image credit: Whitney Bond | All Recipes

If you’re looking for a shortcut to the perfect Christmas dinner, this is it.

Simply purchase a fat leg of ham from the nearby meat deli, and brush home-made blackberry glaze over it before roasting. The best part? That sweet, peppery glazed ham can even double up as an eye-catching table centerpiece! Add some Jalapeno peppers at the side for those who love an extra kick. If raw peppers are not your thing, try roasting them till its skin is charred, then add a dab of salt for smokey flavor. Yum!

Tip 1: If you want more flavor on each cut of ham, thickly slice the ham and brush fruit glaze on each piece.

Tip 2: Add orange-flavored liqueur into the home-made fruit glaze whilst it’s simmering in the saucepan.

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Recipe name: Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Ham
Recipe courtesy of: Whitney Bond from AllRecipes.com
Number of ingredients needed: 10
Steps: 6

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce
Image credit: Joanna Cismaru | Jo Cooks

Store-bought cranberry sauce always taste a little too sweet or too sour or just not special enough. Thankfully, whipping up your own cranberry sauce only takes 3 steps!

Make sure you have lots of sugar on stand-by to balance out the tartness of the cranberries and orange juice. Nutmeg will give the sauce a woody, rustic smell, and if you want it to smell like the holidays too, a few drops of vanilla extract is all you need.

Tip 1: For more oomph, add pecans, raisins and cinnamon to the sauce.

Tip 2: Don’t fret if the sauce seems too watery whilst you’re stirring it on the stove. It’ll thicken by itself as it cools.

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Recipe name: Glazed Ham With Coriander And Fennel
Recipe courtesy of: Joanna Cismaru from JoCooks.com
Number of ingredients needed: 6
Steps: 3

Decadent Fudge  

Irish Cream Fudge
Image credit: Tasty

No Christmas meal is complete without chocolate dessert. Unless you want to attempt a complicated peach cobbler or Baked Alaska, all you need to do with this baby is stir, swirl, chill and cut. It doesn’t get better than this!

Tip: Add peppermint for a festive twist!

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Recipe name: Irish Cream Fudge
Recipe courtesy of: Tasty.com
Number of ingredients needed: 7
Steps: 6

Slow cooker Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine
Image credit: Miriam Nice | BBC Good Food

White or red wine is good enough for any kind of party. But if you want the full German Christmas market effect, entertain your guests with warm mulled wine.

Make use of your slow cooker for this, so you won’t have to worry about the wine getting cooled. The ‘keep warm’ setting will do all the work for you – just remember to serve each portion with several slices of orange!

Tip: Sticks of cinnamon will give an interesting flavor. Sweet and savory with a kick spice – it’s simply irresistible!

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Recipe name: Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
Recipe courtesy of: Miriam Nice from BBCgoodfood.com
Number of ingredients needed: 9
Steps: 1


That wraps up our simple recommendations! Whether you’re a seasoned cook looking for a simple dish or trying your hand at the saucepan for the first time, here’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to grab our grocery deals to make all of these happen. Happy Christmas, one and all!

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