Beat the Clock with 1, 2 or 3-Hour Holiday Dinner Menus

You can pull off these festive feasts in next to no time. Ready, set, cook!
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Got three hours? Make our Southern-Style Ham & Biscuit Holiday Dinner!

3 hour southern style ham biscuits

3-Hour Holiday Dinner Menu

The Countdown

To make sure your menu hits the 3-hour mark, prepare the recipes in the order listed.

  • 3 Hours Ahead: Get the ham into the slow cooker. Make the cake.
  • 2 Hours, 25 Minutes Ahead: Mix the salad.
  • 2 Hours Ahead: Make the dip.
  • 1 Hour, 40 Minutes Ahead: Make the gratin.
  • 1 Hour, 20 Minutes Ahead: Make the biscuits.
  • 45 Minutes Ahead: Assemble the crudités and crackers, then set out the dip.
  • 25 Minutes Ahead: Broil the ham. Warm the biscuits. 

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Crackers & Crudités

spinach artichoke dip with crackers crudites

Add a little surprise to your crudités platter by steering away from the carrots and celery and grabbing yellow wax beans, radicchio leaves, and several kinds of radishes instead. 

Try our Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Crackers & Crudités

Slow-Cooker Pineapple, Pepper Jelly & Bourbon Ham

slow cooker pineapple pepper jelly bourbon ham

Making the ham in the slow cooker frees up the oven for the rest of the feast.

Try our Slow-Cooker Pineapple, Pepper Jelly & Bourbon Ham

Black Pepper & Parm Biscuits

black pepper parm biscuit

Try our Black Pepper & Parm Biscuit

Cheesy Sweet Potato Gratin

cheesy sweet potato gratin

Try our Cheesy Sweet Potato Gratin

Kale & Collard Salad with Lemon Dressing

kale collard salad with lemon dressing

Hearty greens, like kale and collards, can be dressed and cooled in the fridge while you pull everything else together.

Try our Kale & Collard Salad with Lemon Dressing

Cranberry Walnut Upside-Down Cake

cranberry walnut upside down cake

Try our Cranberry Walnut Upside-Down Cake

Got two hours? Make our Salmon-tastic Supper!

2 hour salmon tastic supper

2-Hour Holiday Dinner Menu

The Countdown

To make sure your menu hits the 2-hour mark, prepare the recipes in the order listed.

  • 1 Hours, 30 Minutes Ahead: Start the soup. Make the frico.
  • 1 Hour Ahead: Make the celery root mash. Simmer the green beans.
  • 30 Minutes Ahead: Get the salmon in the oven. Make the sauce.
  • 15 Minutes Ahead: Finish the green beans.
  • 5 Minutes Ahead: Reheat the soup and the mash. 

Mushroom Soup with Microwave Frico

mushroom soup with microwave frico

This speedy version of frico (cheese crisps from northern Italy) uses the microwave. In just a few minutes, you can transform a pile of cheese into a crunchy garnish for our creamy soup.

Try our Mushroom Soup with Microwave Frico

Salmon with Green Olive-Caper Sauce

salmon with green olive caper sauce

Try our Salmon with Green Olive-Caper Sauce

Sautéed Green Beans with Red Onion

sauteed green beans with red onion

If the green beans aren’t just out of the skillet come dinnertime, don’t fret. This is the kind of side that’s great warm or at room temperature.

Try our Sautéed Green Beans with Red Onion

Celery Root Mash

celery root mash

Try our Celery Root Mash

Frangipane Pear Tart with Cherry Jam Glaze

frangipane pear tart with cherry jam glaze

Get the frozen stuff. It makes everyone look like a pastry chef, and, with just a little effort, you can pull off a showstopper like this pear tart. Try for all-butter if you can find it.

Try our Frangipane Pear Tart with Cherry Jam Glaze

Got one hour? Make our Roast Beast Feast!

1-Hour Holiday Dinner Menu

roast beast feast

The Countdown

To make sure your menu hits the 1-hour mark, prepare the recipes in the order listed.

  • 1 Hour Ahead: Put the roast in the oven.
  • 50 Minutes Ahead: Make the mousse.
  • 35 Minutes Ahead: Roast the carrots.
  • 25 Minutes Ahead: Assemble the grissini. Put the olive-bar medley in a bowl.
  • 15 Minutes Ahead: Make the salad.
  • 5 Minutes Ahead: Warm the rolls. 

Prosciutto-Wrapped Grissini & Olive Bar Medley

app wrap olive bar

Twirl thinly sliced prosciutto around grissini (crispy breadsticks) for a super-quick appetizer.

At the supermarket olive bar, fill up a tub with assorted olives, peppers, pickles, and other tasty nibbles. Transfer the mix to a pretty bowl. Starter, finished!

Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Sauce

beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce

Try our Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Sauce

Rosemary Roasted Carrots

rosemary roasted carrots

Try our Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Green Salad with Persimmons & Feta

green salad with persimmons feta

If you can’t find persimmons, replace them with mango.

Try our Green Salad with Persimmons & Feta

Store Bought Parker House Rolls

Blender Chocolate-Mint Mousse

blender chocolate mint mousse

Try our Blender Chocolate-Mint Mousse