As the holidays approach, we’re all getting busier by the minute! These five ingredient recipes (not counting the ever important salt and pepper) will help you simplify those holiday meals, freeing up time in the kitchen so that you can spend it on more important things, like spending time with your family and friends, decking the halls, and nibbling on Christmas cookies.
Oven Roasted Potatoes with Bacon, Garlic and Parmesan
My own oven roasted potatoes are a tasty accompaniment to your holiday dinner. Tossed with bacon, garlic, and Parmesan, they’re a crowd pleaser that don’t need a lot of hands on time.
1 1/2 pounds red potatoes
4 strips bacon
1 clove garlic
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dill
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Wash the potatoes and cut them into bite sized chunks. Add to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, chop the bacon into small pieces and fry until crisp. Remove bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel lined sheet. Pour 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease over the potatoes, add the salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Add more grease if needed to fully coat the potatoes.
Pour the potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 35 minutes and remove from the oven. Grate the clove of garlic with a mircroplane grater over the potatoes and stir. Sprinkle with the bacon and dill and return to the hot oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.
Maple Mustard Pork Tenderloin
- pork tenderloin
- pure maple syrup
- Dijon mustard
This impressive maple mustard pork tenderloin is ready in less than an hour and sure to be a hit with guests. The sweet and tangy glaze not only adds a ton of flavor to the pork, but will help keep things nice and moist.
Chicken with Butternut Squash
- chicken drumsticks
- butternut squash
This one dish dinner is bursting with butternut squash and savory roasted chicken. The sage adds a warm flavor that pairs beautifully with the sweet squash.
Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops
- lamb chops
- olive oil
- sea salt
December is packed with holiday guests and that’s a great time to bring out the special recipes. These lamb chops are marinated for just 20 minutes and grilled for 2-3 minutes per side, making them an unbelievably quick main dish that is worthy of any dinner party.
Spicy Sweet Roasted Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese
- butternut squash
- brown sugar
- cayenne pepper
- goat cheese
- toasted walnuts
It only takes a few minutes of prep time to get this butternut squash in the oven! Start with a bag of cubed squash, toss it in a mixture of brown sugar and spicy cayenne before roasting, and then finish it off with creamy goat cheese and crunchy walnuts.
Creamy Mashed Parsnips and Potatoes with Horseradish
- russet potatoes
- heavy cream
Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish, but this recipe is a unique spin on a traditional favorite. The addition of sweet mashed parsnips and spicy horseradish will make an enticing side dish to any holiday dinner.