Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget about the culinary obligations of the season: There are house guests to feed, parties to host, particular palates to please. It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel and fall back on takeout until the New Year. But if you have a few secret recipe tricks up your sleeve, you can impress guests and family alike with meals that only make it look like you’re a pro. Read on for some of our favorite quick and easy recipes from the brilliant chefs of Food Network.
Easy Dishes for Festive Feasting
- Appetizer: The “Barefoot Contessa,” Ina Garten, offers this recipe for Smoked Salmon Dip, an enticing and flavorful prelude to the star attraction. The dip’s creamy base comes from a blend of cream cheese and sour cream; its zip from horseradish, dill, and lemon juice; and its must-have-more appeal from minced smoked salmon. Serve with crudites and crackers for an impressive, colorful presentation.
- Main Dish: Celebrity chef Rachael Ray is the master of making meals that look and taste impressive but don’t keep you chained to the stove. Her Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Pepper and Black Olive Sauce promises to be the delectable centerpiece of your meal, and no one needs to know how easy it was! This suppertime stunner takes just 10 minutes of prep and is on your table in just an hour.
- Side Dish: Why miss an opportunity to show your guests just how delicious Brussels sprouts can be? Food Network’s own Sunny Anderson presents Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon that will have even self-ascribed sprout haters going back for seconds. From the cook’s standpoint, this recipe is also a winner for its simplicity: Four ingredients, 10 minutes of prep, and 15 minutes of cooking are all it takes to deliver this mouthwatering dish to the table.
- Dessert: No kidding, here – this dessert takes 10 minutes from start to finish. Rachael Ray delivers another time-saving masterpiece with her Five-Minute Fudge Wreath, which uses chocolate and butterscotch morsels, condensed milk, walnuts, and currants to end your dinner on the sweetest note of all.
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