Our favorite ridiculously easy recipes for holiday entertaining. You'll look like a kitchen rock star with these delicious recipes!
If you've been a reader here at The Café for any amount of time, you know all about our ridiculously easy recipes.
These recipes need certain characteristics to qualify as ridiculously easy. They need to be:
- A recipe that takes minimal effort and minimal hands-on time to put together. (Resting, rising or chilling time is not taken into consideration.)
- It’s also one that produces fabulous, super delicious results, ie, results that “appear” to have taken lots of time, talent, prowess and/or hard work.
- Ridiculously easy recipes have to work well on those busy days when time is short and expectations are high.
- And last, ridiculously easy recipes are perfect for entertaining, mostly because of the first two characteristics. They take the stress out of dinner parties and gatherings of families and/or friends and allow you more time to enjoy your guests. Bottom line? They are super simple, something anyone can do. (Shhhh! We’ll keep that part our secret.)
So, you can see why these recipes are perfect for holiday entertaining! We've rounded up some of our favorite seasonal ones for you today, but there are plenty more to choose from in our archives. I think you'll love them as much as we do!
These Easy Orange Cranberry Scones are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and can be made ahead. Pop them in the oven just before serving, for easy entertaining!
These Ridiculously Easy Brioche Dinner Rolls practically make themselves! There's 15-20 minutes of light labor on your part (no-mixer, no-kneading!) then the yeast and oven work the crazy delicious magic!
These Ridiculously Easy Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits can be thrown together with minimal effort and can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner! They're also ridiculously delicious!
A fabulous, silky smooth sauce with the delicious flavors of butter and brown sugar, this Easy Butterscotch Sauce is wonderful drizzled on ice cream, tarts, pies and so much more!
If you've got 20 minutes, that's all it takes (hands-on time) to put together these Ridiculously Easy Almond Croissants. They look like they came from a fine French patisserie and they're ridiculously delicious too!
This delicious, tender-crumbed Orange Olive Oil Cake can be thrown together in minutes with just one bowl and a whisk. The crisp, candy-like, fresh orange glaze adds fantastic flavor and a beautiful presentation!
With less than 10-minutes of hands-on time and no-kneading, the name Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread says it all! Almost. It's also ridiculously delicious!
An unbelievably easy, actually, Ridiculously Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe that makes its own sauce! It sounds crazy, but this recipe creates a light, delicious cake with its own buttery, rich toffee sauce right underneath!
These tall, flaky, Ridiculously Easy Buttermilk Biscuits take less than 10 minutes to throw together. They're also ridiculously delicious!
This Ridiculously Easy Rosemary Bread takes 5 minutes to prep, 10 minutes to shape and it looks like it comes from an artisan bakery! Oh, and it's ridiculously delicious too!
This lemon thyme shortbread is not only ridiculously easy to make, but it's also crisp, buttery melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Thought for the day:
Whom have I in heaven but You,
and besides You I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
For behold, all those who are far from You will perish.
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to you.
But as for me,
the nearness of God is my good.
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