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One of the best parts of the holiday season is getting together with family and friends to enjoy good company and plenty of tasty treats. Luckily, there’s no need to make everything from scratch. Using ingredients that offer both versatility and convenience can really help make holiday entertaining easier. Below, you’ll find five time-saving ingredients from the refrigerated dairy and frozen food aisles, each with three unique ways to add them to your holiday menu lineup.


A piece of egg casserole on a plate

Hashbrown Breakfast Bake

Your next holiday weekend calls for a family brunch. This savory breakfast bake is easy to make in a 9” by 13” casserole dish. It features frozen hashbrowns, shredded cheese, sour cream, 2% milk and eggs along with green pepper, ham and seasonings.

Loaded Potato Cocktail Bites
Try making these crispy, bite-sized appetizers during your next holiday party. Guests will enjoy all of the taste of a loaded baked potato in a single bite. Bake and serve immediately; or prepare and bake them ahead with a quick 10-minute reheat in a 300 °F oven. Top with sour cream and chives.

Hashbrown Casserole
Turn to this potato casserole when you need a satisfying holiday side dish to please a crowd. Prep takes less than five minutes, followed by one hour of baking time. That leaves plenty of hands-on time to tackle cooking a main dish, a hot vegetable side dish and a fresh salad.


A smoked salmon phyllo dough bite

Smoked Salmon Bites

These savory salmon bites feature Gravlax-style smoked salmon, cucumber and whipped roasted red pepper cream cheese in a a crispy pastry shell, along with a hint of fresh dill.

Cheesy Quiche Bites
Cottage cheese and Swiss cheese unite with a simple topping of green pepper and bacon in these easy-peasy crispy, quiche bites.

Holiday Dessert Cups

These sweet treats feature phyllo shells topped with a variety of fillings including prepared cheesecake filling, fruited yogurt, chocolate pudding and even peppermint ice cream and whipped cream.


a bowl of dip

Festive Spinach and Red Bell Pepper Dip

Keep frozen spinach on hand along with a container of sour cream and packet of soup mix to whip up this dip to serve throughout the holiday season. Add fresh, diced red bell pepper just before serving for festive red and green colors.

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Frozen Brussels sprouts come alive as a salty, sweet appetizer. Each sprout is bacon-wrapped, baked until crispy, and topped with a mustard and fig jam drizzle.

Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Toasted Almonds
Looking for a fresh take on holiday green bean casserole? Look no further. This skillet dish will become your new favorite holiday side dish. The caramelized shallots add a burst of flavor while the toasted and seasoned almonds add a flavorful crunch to a base of whole, frozen green beans that are prepared quickly on the stovetop.

CHEESES –Made 3 ways!

stuffed mushrooms on a plate

Easy Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuff fresh Portabella mushroom caps with a warm mixture of cream cheese, seasoned mushrooms and peppers and spinach. Then, top with Italian blend cheese shreds and air-fry until golden brown. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve as bite-sized appetizers.

Christmas Tree Cheese Charcuterie Board
Fresh rosemary sprigs, crackers, and cheese slices combine with fresh tomatoes, grapes and olives to make this fun and festive Christmas tree-shaped snack board.

Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This elegant main dish is surprisingly easy to make for a special holiday celebration. It features a seasoned, three-cheese mixture of ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella stuffed into partially filleted chicken breasts that are coated in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, secured with toothpicks and baked for 25 minutes.

EGGS –Made 3 ways!

three plates of eggs benedict

California-Style Eggs Benedict
Fresh avocados are paired with bagels, Canadian bacon and poached eggs in this holiday brunch dish. Garnish with a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning and drizzle as desired with prepared Hollandaise sauce.

Confetti Frittata
Try making this simple oven-baked frittata, made with fresh Kale, bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, shallot, and eggs. Simply combine all ingredients, bake in an 8” x 8” baking dish and serve warm.

Mini Pavlovas

This lighter than air dessert begins with a crispy, slow-baked pavlova base that features a pillowy-soft marshmallow center. Top each one, just before serving, with whipped topping and frozen mixed berries that have been thawed and drained.

Take the stress out of holiday entertaining by choosing your party recipes early, keeping key recipe ingredients on hand and making sure some of the menu prep steps can be done in advance of the events. Tag @EasyHomeMeals to let us know what you’ll be serving during your holiday gatherings! For more recipe ideas and inspiration for holiday entertaining, visit