Friday 5: Foolproof Holiday Recipes, Part 2

These simple, inexpensive recipes are impressive without requiring you to spend all day in the kitchen.

recipeIf you enjoyed last year’s delicious no-fail holiday party recipes, you’re in luck: we’ve put together another set of recipes for entertaining! Whether you’re hosting an elegant cocktail gathering at home or bringing a side dish to a big family dinner, these simple, inexpensive recipes are impressive without requiring you to spend all day in the kitchen.

Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple

This tasty variation on rumaki eliminates the chicken livers, for the squeamish. Crispy, salty, and sweet, these bite-size treats need only a couple of ingredients and a few minutes in the oven. Get the recipe.

Sour Cream and Onion Dip

Make-ahead dishes mean one less thing to cook on the day of your event. As an added benefit, this caramelized onion dip actually improves overnight. Serve with a veggie tray, pita chips, or baguette slices. Get the recipe.

Light and Fluffy Spinach Quiche

This easy quiche is a snap to put together, thanks to time-savers like frozen spinach and pre-made pie crust. You can also spice it up with extras like feta, sundried tomatoes, or mushrooms. Serve it for brunch, bring it to a potluck, or pair it with a salad for a light dinner when you’re feeling the holiday bloat. Get the recipe.

Citrus-scented Wine Cake

This recipe had me at “wine cake.” This not-too-sweet dairy-free dessert is easy to make and uses ingredients (citrus, white wine, olive oil) you probably have on hand. Because it’s not overly sweet or rich, it’s a good choice for both day and evening get-togethers. Get the recipe.

Spicy Parmesan Green Beans and Kale

The quick and easy side is a lighter and more modern alternative to the ubiquitous green bean casserole. Remember, one side of kale will negate the calories of two slices of pie*, so be sure to have a big scoop of the green stuff. Get the recipe.

*Scientific proof not even remotely pending.

Spinach Madeleine

Popular in Louisiana, this cheesy dish works well as a side or a dip. Many recipes rely on Velveeta, but this version from Whole Foods improves the dish by replacing the chemical cheese with real pepper jack. Be sure to make extra so you have leftovers — it’s a wonderful addition to turkey sandwiches. Get the recipe.

What’s your go-to holiday party dish? Share it in the comments!