Holiday Entertaining

10 Holiday Survival Recipes

December 21, 2012

It's crunch time folks, and the time is nigh to prepare yourself for the onslaught of holiday festivities (if you haven't already). Luckily, we've rounded up our holiday survival recipes all in one place for your viewing and using pleasure -- from surviving last-minute guests to providing a 3-ingredient festive party snack, we've got you covered for any and every holiday circumstance.

The Party Punch Bowl: Crimson Bulleit Punch

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Let's face it: you can't survive the holidays without a good drink. Treat your guests -- and yourself -- to this silver bullet, or Bulleit, of a recipe.

The Show-Stopping Holiday Roast: Roasted Prime Rib with Sautéed Mushrooms and Mom's Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Wow your holiday dinner guests with a fancy roast that's shockingly easy to make.

The Last-Minute Hors d'Oeuvre: Puff Pastry Pinwheels

No need to panic when guests swing by unannounced -- as long as you have some puff pastry lying around in the freezer (store-bought or homemade).

The No-Fail Potato Gratin: Celery Root and Potato Gratin

The perfect ratio of crunchy top to creamy interior -- plus Tom's tips for achieving perfection in any gratin.

The Instant Holiday Gift: Torrisi's Spicy Sauce

The DIY hot sauce you can make from the bottles and cans in your pantry -- an instant holiday gift for the people you still don't know what to get.

The Make-Ahead Holiday Breakfast: Orange Scented Olive Oil Sticky Buns

Serve your family an impressive holiday breakfast without losing any sleep.

The Fruitcake Alternative: Fruitcake-Inspired Brownies

Instead of relegating fruitcake to the darkest corner of your dessert table, serve up Fruitcake-Inspired Brownies that will please everybody.

Homemade Rolls for Novice Bakers: Heavenly Oatmeal-Molasses Rolls

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Bake up a batch of rolls for the holidays -- no experience required.

The DIY Place Card Holder: Cocoa Pear Crisps

Revolutionize place card holders while feeding your guests at the same time.

The Festive Party Snack: Orange Blossom Candied Cranberries

A simple recipe that's beautiful, snack-able, and dessert-able all at once.

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Written by: gheanna

My two (current) favorite foods start with the letter D: doughnuts, and dumplings. If a dish has bacon in it, I will most likely eat it. If I could marry honey butter, I would.