12 tasty AF 5-ingredient Christmas recipes

Girl, we know you’ve got a Christmas to-do list longer than your left arm (in between gift shopping, hiding a f*cking Elf around the house each night, and managing a holiday crafting schedule). But you know what doesn’t need to be lengthy? The grocery list for your Christmas lunch or dinner. No, ma’am. 

Here are 12 easy, tasty AF 5-ingredient recipes for your Christmas meal, ranging from appetizers to mains to sides and even desserts (we’ve got your whole menu sorted).

Snow pea holiday wreath

Damn, this appetizer is just so easy yet so festive. 

In a small bowl, make a cream cheese dip using cream cheese, garlic powder, and salt. Place this in the center of a platter, and surround with blanched snow peas and grape tomatoes. Hello, appetizer (yes, that’s literally it – how wonderfully simple). 

Source: Taste of Home

Cranberry and brie bites

Cranberry and brie have to be the O.G. festive flavor combination. 

Pick up some filo pastry shells, fill them with a cube of brie, and top them with a dollop of cranberry sauce. Bake until the brie is melted, and serve. So fast! 

Pro tip: if you can’t find filo pastry shells, cut sheets of filo pastry into small squares, and score the edges to make a sort of pastry shell. 

Source: Grits and Pine Cones

Pear-pecan cheese ball

Cheese balls are always a crowd-pleaser (precisely what you want from an appetizer). 

This festive take on the classic calls for a combination of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, pear, and scallions for the center, and pecans and scallions for the topping. Yum! 

You can make it up to two days ahead (thank goodness) and simply serve it with a cracker of your choice. 

Source: Eating Well

Air fryer herbed turkey breast

Ok, if we could write a love letter to the creator of the air fryer, we would. Honestly, they make cooking so easy!

Anyway, this herbed turkey breast that’s cooked in an air fryer is so simple and so perfect for your Christmas menu. To make it, you rub butter, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper onto the turkey breast, cook for about an hour (flip that breast about halfway into the cook), then serve. So goddamn effortless, mama. 

Source: Tablespoon

Vegan meatloaf

Now, if you’re hosting Christmas lunch or dinner, a) you’re a freaking hero and, b) you might find yourself needing to cater to dietary preferences or restrictions. 

If cooking for a plant-loving, vegan-eating friend or family member, this vegan meatloaf is an effortless main (and alternative to ham, turkey, or fish). Blitz nuts (you could use almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, or cashews), lentils, vegan sausages, sage leaves, BBQ sauce, and water. Transfer the mixture into a lined baking tin and top with additional BBQ sauce. Roast for about 30 minutes. Devour! 

Source: So Vegan

Maple glazed ham

According to the recipe description, you can serve this maple-glazed ham is as delicious hot as it is cold (ideal for leftovers on the 26th, mama). 

And it’s painless to make, too: cook your ham, ideally, the day before. Then, on Christmas day, glaze it in a combination of maple syrup, ketchup, chili sauce, and balsamic vinegar. Bake for just over an hour, applying another layer of glaze about 45 minutes in. Once baked, lather on any remaining sauce, slice, and serve. 

Source: Rachael Ray Show

Caprese salad kabobs

These salad skewers are SO fun. 

Thread mozzarella cheese balls, grape tomatoes, and basil leaves onto skewer sticks in alternating order. Drizzle with a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Set out on your Christmas table. 

What a creative way of serving salad.  

Source: Taste of Home

Crispy sliced roasted potatoes

No festive table is complete without some sort of potato dish. And we love this take on roasted potatoes which is a little bit fancy (because it’s Christmas, y’all). 

Grab a cast iron skillet and coat it with butter. Arrange 4lbs (that’s about 1.8kgs) of thinly sliced potatoes vertically inside, in a sort of spiral pattern. Top with melted butter, thyme, garlic, and salt. Bake for about an hour, and serve in the skillet (it’s a whole vibe). We know it’ll be a hit. 

Source: A Sassy Spoon

Spiced whole roast cauliflower

Serving a “whole-roasted” anything is just so boujee. This is why this spiced whole roast cauliflower is a must for your Christmas menu. 

The recipe comes from Jamie Oliver (you know, the world-famous British chef!), and despite how fancy it sounds, it is just five ingredients. Rub a mixture of harissa, yogurt, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper over a head of cauliflower and place it into a baking tray. Next, squeeze over the juice of half a pomegranate, and cook for 1h 15 minutes (baste with the juices in the pan after about an hour). Once cooked, sprinkle over dukkah and pomegranate seeds (a little festive touch, we think!), and serve. Tasty!

Source: Jamie Oliver

Cinnamon-sugar Christmas tree

We’ve seen various takes on this puff pastry Christmas tree doing the rounds on the ‘Net, but we love this one that’s filled with cinnamon and sugar for a little sweet treat to finish your Christmas meal. 

Layer two sheets of puff pastry together and cut into a triangle. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar generously over the top. Take another two sheets of puff pastry and place on top of the cinnamon-sugared triangle. Cut into a triangle to match the base shape, and score out the form of a tree trunk. Then, cut horizontal lines about 1″ (about 2.5cms) apart down the sides of the tree, and twist the sections into ‘branches’. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to press a star gently into the top of the tree, brush with egg, then bake until golden. Serve warm (and possibly with a cream cheese frosting or a vanilla ice cream, if you’re that way inclined).  

Source: Southern Living

Red velvet cake mix cookies

There’s just something extra delicious about cookies at Christmas time. And we dig these festive bites. 

Whisk together vegetable oil, salt, and eggs until thoroughly combined. Add a box of red velvet cake mix (yep, you read that right – this recipe is super easy), mix well, then chill for about 20 minutes. Divide mixture onto a baking tray, and top each cookie with a few white chocolate chips. Bake, serve, and watch them disappear. 

Source: Southern Living

Lemon curd Eton mess

Christmas lunch or dinner (whatever your family has!) can be a rich, hearty meal. So offering a citrus-based dessert can help cut through the richness and refresh the palate, shall we say. 

This lemon curd Eton mess is simple to make and doesn’t skimp on flavor. Beat cream until soft peaks form, and fold in marshmallows and lemon curd. Crumble in meringues (store-bought is perfect, busy mama) and shortbread (again, buy that sh*t, girl), and combine gently. In a bowl or cup, layer this mixture with additional lemon curd and shortbread, scatter over another few marshmallows and serve. De-freaking-licious. 

Source: Taste

Good luck, mama. Though with these recipes up your sleeve, we know you’ll be fielding compliments all meal long!

Read next: 10 easy 15-minute Christmas treats (if you can’t get enough of the holiday baking). 

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