While Christmas is a truly beautiful time of year to come together, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s stress-free. With holiday decorating, gift shopping, traveling, and more, creating an elaborate holiday feast isn’t always an option during the season. That’s why Grandma learned long ago to take advantage of quick additions to the Christmas menu. With these last-minute holiday recipes, you don’t need to write off a whole day to cook a meal that will leave your loved ones satisfied. Check out these simple, delicious last-minute holiday recipes that are Southern grandma-approved.
Everyone loves a potato dish, and these party potatoes make for a simple and delicious side that all will enjoy. With just 15 minutes of active time and less than 10 ingredients total, this recipe is sure to be a keeper.
Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
Sausage balls are a Southern holiday classic, and this recipe uses cream cheese to make them delectably fluffy and tangy for your guests to enjoy.
Cornbread casserole is a warm and fluffy dish that Southerners look forward to every holiday, and this recipe simplifies it for an easy and quick addition to your Christmas spread.
Classic Deviled Eggs
No matter what holiday you’re celebrating in the South, you’re sure to find a plate of deviled eggs. This recipe is a tried-and-true classic that will absolutely be a hit this season.
Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies
There’s nothing easier than a no-bake dessert, and these peanut butter cornflake cookies are a sweet, crunchy, gooey confection that take little effort to concoct.
Puppy Chow Snack Mix
This human-only snack will be gone fast when it hits the table. This tasty treat involves Chex mix covered in chocolate and peanut butter and topped with powdered sugar for a simply sweet side.
Ham is associated with the holidays, and these ham and cheese sliders are an easy way to add it in to your holiday spread. Toasted and seasoned to perfection, these sandwiches will go quick.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
While Brussels sprouts tend to be a hit or miss, these crispy roasted Brussels sprouts are a perfect way to win over anyone at your holiday party. With just five ingredients and 15 minutes of active time, these are great for a last-minute side dish.
Ham and Potato Soup
This warm and customizable soup is the perfect side to serve on a chilly holiday evening, and the leftovers keep well in the fridge (if you happen to have extra by the end of the night!).
Roasted Butternut Squash
With a little olive oil, a baking sheet, and a sturdy chef knife, you can make a winning dish on the holiday spread this year. These roasted butternut squashes are as simple as they are delicious.
Herbed Potato Stacks
Potatoes are a standard ingredient at any holiday meal, and these herbed potato stacks are a great way to elevate your typical mashed potatoes. Made with only six ingredients (including salt and pepper!), these can be made quick without a grocery trip needed.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Elevate your typical Christmas cookie by making these surprisingly easy pumpkin whoopie pies. With just 20 minutes of active time, your guests will be thoroughly impressed by your baking prowess.
Southern Fried Cabbage
This humble dish has been loved by Southerners for generations and is a perfect, inexpensive addition to any holiday spread.
Buttery Toasted Pecans
The hardest part of making this addicting appetizer is waiting for these buttery pecans to come out of the oven. This recipe is a simple way to elevate the classic Christmassy nut.
Caramel Apple Dump Cake
Dump cakes are among the easiest desserts to make, and this caramel apple dump cake adds a delicious flavor perfect for a chilly day.
Saltine Cracker Toffee
Saltines are staple in plenty of Southern recipes, and this toffee recipe truly lets them shine. The saltine crackers provide a perfect base for the delectable chocolate-and-sugar concoction.
Homemade Mashed Potatoes
A fan-favorite holiday side, mashed potatoes are an unspoken requirement on any holiday spread. This recipe is a simple classic that takes less than 25 minutes of active time to make.
Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots
While sweet potatoes are the more common orange root veggie on a holiday spread, these spiced carrots might just take spot number two. With only five minutes of active time, you’ll have a quick and delicious side dish ready to go with little effort.
Chocolate Trifle Recipe
Trick your guests into thinking you spent all day on this stunning, rich dessert. This chocolate trifle uses all store-bought ingredients to make a delightful dish for any chocolate lover.
Straight from the Southern Living December 1993 issue, these rum balls are a holiday classic that provide a nice (and boozy!) change of pace to a holiday cookie platter.