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15 Last-Minute Christmas Dinners: Speedy Ways to Make Tonight Special

So you’ve shopped, wrapped, and pulled together all of the presents. But are you like me? Sitting in your kitchen, staring down an empty fridge, wondering why you haven’t already pulled together  Christmas meal that’ll have the kiddies squealing? Yup. It happens to the best of us. I get overwhelmed at the prospect of having to come up with a “so-incredible” holiday mealtime tradition that I end up going all catatonic and not planning a single thing at all. Which is why I found myself hunting down ideas this morning for last-minute Christmas Eve dinners. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a good lot of mouthewatering recipe that take just minutes, have a short list of ingredients, and can still be popped in the table in time to make me look like a regular Mrs. Claus. Shall we start cooking, my spontaneous, last-minute food makers?!


  • 2-Minute Tostadas 1 of 15
    2-Minute Tostadas
    Toss together these festive tostadas in no time at all, turn your Christmas dinner into a Mexican-inspired feast!
    Get the recipe for 2-Minute Tostadas
  • 5-Minute BBQ Chicken Crostini 2 of 15
    5-Minute BBQ Chicken Crostini
    5-Minute BBQ Chicken Crostini is a fun way to serve up finger food for dinner!
    Get the recipe for 5-Minute BBQ Chicken Crostini
  • CPK’s Mac & Cheese 3 of 15
    CPK's Mac & Cheese
    3- Ingredients are all you need for this incredible, creamy Mac & Cheese, inspired by the California Pizza Kitchen!
    Get the recipe for CPK Mac & Cheese
  • 2-Minute Chili 4 of 15
    2-Minute Chili
    2-Minutes and you'll have a big, steamy pot of Chili which is perfect for feeding a last-minute Christmas crowd!
    Get the recipe for 2-Minute Chili
  • Easy Cheese Fondue 5 of 15
    Easy Cheese Fondue
    Christmas Eve fondue is a classic tradition, a fun way to serve your family, and a surprisingly simple way to pull together a last-minute meal!
    Get the recipe for Chipotle Tequila Cheese Fondue
  • Clam Chowder with Bacon 6 of 15
    Clam Chowder with Bacon
    In my family, mom would always cook up a big pot of Clam Chowder. Deliciously easy and perfect for chilly, Christmas nights!
    Get the recipe for Clam Chowder with Bacon
  • Sublimely Simple Ravioli Lasagna 7 of 15
    Sublimely Simple Ravioli Lasagna
    Real fast lasagna it pulled together with a bag of ravioli! Whod've thunk dinner could be this easy and elegant?!
    Get the recipe for Ravioli Lasagna
  • The Best 20-Minute Salmon Ever 8 of 15
    The Best 20-Minute Salmon Ever
    Grab a handful of basic ingredients and get cooking the best salmon you'll ever make. Takes just 20 minutes and you'll have a splendid meal!
    Get the recipe from Cheeky Kitchen
  • Monte Cristo Sandwiches 9 of 15
    Monte Cristo Sandwiches
    Monte Cristo Sandwiches can be made in minutes, but have a way of turning every meal into a party!
    Get the recipe from Cheeky Kitchen
  • Mediterranean Bakes 10 of 15
    Mediterranean Bakes
    These rich, bacon-wrapped baked omelets are surprisingly simple to make, and so pretty to serve. Makes even Christmas dinner feel extra-special!
    Get the recipe from Strands of My Life
  • Easy Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti 11 of 15
    Easy Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti
    Turn traditional spaghetti into an untraditionally delicious meal with this version of Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti! Who needs Christmas tamales when you've got this recipe?!
    Get the recipe from Tracey's Culinary Adventures
  • Bacon Jam & Guacamole Quesadillas 12 of 15
    Bacon Jam & Guacamole Quesadillas
    Quesadilla's are quick and easy, but when made with Bacon Jam and Guacamole…they're simply celebratory.
    Get the recipe from Closet Cooking
  • Speedy Shrimp Bowls 13 of 15
    Speedy Shrimp Bowls
    This simple shrimp stirfry is a gorgeous way to serve up a special Christmas dinner in minutes!
    Get the recipe from Heather Homemade
  • Easy Mussel’s 14 of 15
    Easy Mussel's
    Even spontaneous, last-minute meal planners like you and me can have a remarkable meal. on the table just in time for Christmas Eve.
    Get the recipe from Citrus and Candy.
  • Homemade Ramen Bowls 15 of 15
    Homemade Ramen Bowls
    Who'd have thunk a bag of ramen could turn into this beautiful, quick-and-easy Christmas meal? The perfect thing to slurp on a chilly evening!
    Get the recipe from Feasting at Home

 

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