Last Minute Holiday Dinner Recipes

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Last Minute Holiday Dinner Recipes


Still unsure of what to serve for Christmas dinner or at that holiday party you’re throwing? Feel like your menu is in a bit of a rut and want to mix things up a bit?

Here are a few fun and yummy suggestions for desert and dinner recipes previously featured here on Make:.

How to Brine and Roast a Turkey

thanksgiving_roastedturkeyHere’s an age-old technique for brining and cooking a turkey. Not only will the resulting turkey be amazing, but using the carcass, you’ll also end up with the most amazing soup broth.

Pork Tarts!

pulled_pork_pop_tarts_1These little tarts, filled with BBQ pulled pork, would make an ideal hors d’oeuvre for a holiday party.

Gluten-Free Curried Pumpkin Soup with Crème Fraiche

pumpkinsoup_cremefraiche_mainWhy does pumpkin pie get all of the pumpkin real estate on the holiday table? Here’s a wonderful curried pumpkin soup that might give that pie a run for its money.

Christmassy Ho-Ho-Hoagie Sandwich Monsters

ho-ho-hoagies-3OK, this is more food art than an edible, but one of these on a buffet table with hoagie sandwich fixin’s bar would certain be a big hit.

Frosty The Cheeseball Man From Charles Phoenix

charles_phoenix_frosty_cheeseball_snowmanHow does the song go? “Frosty, the cheeseball..” Something like that. I love the idea that you make this cheeseball snowman inside of an electric skillet, and then when ready, you turn on the heat and watch your snowman melt into a cheesy fondue. Who doesn’t like interactive/action food?

Christmas Breakfast Wreath

2014-12-18_holiday-breakfast-wreath-finals-2I have a soft spot for sweet breads and this one looks particular mouth-watering. I may have to try this.

Eggnog Cake with Pink Marshmallow Frosting

sprinklebakes_eggnog_cake_with_pink_marshmallow_frostingThis recipe had me at egg nog, cake, and marshmallow.

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Truffles

6508670211_2dd566c6b3This simple-looking recipe looks like it would make a very unique and fancy desert that would be fun to serve at a holiday party.

Gingerbread TARDIS

tardis_gingerbread_houseDoctor Who fans will appreciate this recipe for baking and building your own gingerbread TARDIS.

Potluck Necessities: Pie Carrier Tote

ex-scapes_pie_carrier_01This is not a recipe, but instructions for how to make a cloth tote for carrying a pie. I’m going to be transporting a pie tomorrow morning (“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go”). I may have to try and bodge up one of these today.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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