The question of what to serve for the big meal can be a major stressor. That’s why we live by the simple rule of twos and one: two apps, one main, two sides and two desserts. We keep each part easy and delicious so you can focus on the fun.
Appetizer #1: Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Bites
Easier and better than spinach-artichoke dip, these two-bite wonders never met a mouth they didn’t like.
Appetizer #2: Crescent-Wrapped Baby Cheeses
This is the kind of recipe that turns into yearly exhortations of, “Did you make those sweet cheeses?” You’ll love giving your guests what they want when it’s this painless to pull off.
Main Dish: Beef Tenderloins with Mushroom Garlic Sauce
Easy enough to do in less than one hour, but elegant enough for your holiday table. Serve this elegant dish with a medium-bodied red wine, although really, anything will taste great.
Side #1: Grands! Cheesy Herb Monkey Bread
Monkey bread is wonderful for special occasions. This one gives life, love and cheese to an otherwise uninspired bread basket.
Side #2: Pear and Greens Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Bright greens and crunchy pecans are a nice balance to beef and cheesy bread. Plus, you’ll already have the nuts and syrup on hand from the Crescent Wrapped-Baby Cheeses!
Dessert #1: Individual Candy Cane Dessert Cups
Guests will loooove having personal-size servings of this pretty pink dessert made with layers of softened sugar cookies and sweetened peppermint whipped cream.
Dessert #2: Chocolate Pecan Bars
Blogger Roxana Yawgel created this chocolaty treat using her mother-in-law’s two favorite desserts as inspiration. Nothing tastes finer with a post-meal decaf and cream.