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Holiday Entertaining: Last Minute Meal Ideas Back
Holiday Entertaining: Last Minute Meal Ideas

Surprise guests? No problem. Be prepared with these holiday meal essentials.

Unexpected guests? The more the merrier with these quick and easy holiday dinner ideas. When the craziness hits, turn to these fast fixes for holiday hosting in a flash.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops make for a tasty, easy starter. Guests will think you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen when you serve these poppers skewered and presented on an Asian-style standing spoon with a creamy mayo and a squeeze of lemon.  

Just set it and forget it—a holiday dinner doesn’t get much easier than our Slow Cooked Beef Pot Roast. Serve with Classic Dinner Rolls arranged in a ring around a small bowl of your favourite dipping sauce, and round out the meal with Supreme Scalloped Potatoes for a stress-free holiday feast.

Most of us have loved ones who are avoiding meat, so it’s always a good idea to offer an extra veggie side dish for vegetarians. Try dressing a mixture of Sweet Corn and Broccoli Florets with lemon juice and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese. Garnish with a drizzle of Buttermilk Dill Dipping Sauce.

Sweet offerings like this Coconut Chocolate Ganache can be served individually to make each guest feel special. Each dessert gets a holiday feel when you add a dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce or a sprinkle of coconut shavings, pomegranate tendrils or silver dragées, lending some colour and sparkle to the festivities.

A holiday classic, this heavenly, ready-to-serve Festive Yule Log is made from a traditional sponge cake hand rolled around white chocolate mousse and raspberries and coated with a rich glaze. Ensure a perfect slice every time by using a warm knife and dunking it in hot water between each slice.  

Serve up a delicious holiday feast with a fabulously festive table. When it comes to dressing up your spread, a few key holiday accents are all you need to set the mood. A red tablecloth or runner, themed napkins and groupings of baubles and tree ornaments make a perfect backdrop for a delicious holiday feast. Add a few pinecones and evergreens to give the spread a rustic holiday feel.

A fruit- and vegetable-inspired centrepiece is sure to whet the appetite. To pull it all together, in a large shallow bowl or platter, arrange winter root vegetables such as turnips, sweet potato and squash. Add a few colourful fruits—pears, pineapple and pomegranate—and you have a holiday feast for the eyes and the palate.