15 Holiday Foods From Trader Joe's That'll Make Entertaining So Much Easier

Get your hands on some Boozy Macarons ASAP.

Entertaining for the holidays can be very tough—you're dealing with a bunch of people who may or may not have different dietary restrictions, food prices have gone up significantly, and if you were forced to take an entertaining break for the past few holiday seasons, your hosting skills might be a tad rusty.

Luckily, Trader Joe's is here to meet many (if not all) of your holiday entertaining needs, including the ones you don't even know you have yet. And as per usual, all of the chain's goodies are well-priced, even in the midst of various supply chain issues that have been impacting food prices around the globe.

Wanna wow your holiday guests with a restaurant-quality appetizer that looks like it took hours to create but really just needs to be tossed in the oven? Try TJ's Ready-to-Bake Brie en Croûte. The rich French cheese, which is always a crowd-pleaser, is encased in an unbaked pastry crust that bakes to a delightfully flaky finish once you pop it in the oven.


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And if you're still worn out from Thanksgiving and don't feel like cooking a main dish this year, Trader Joe's has got you covered. The California-based chain has brought back a relatively new item—Porcini Boneless Beef Loin Roast—which has some serious main course potential. The meat is cut from the short loin, which is the same part of the cow that provides premium cuts like T-bones and porterhouse steaks, and is rubbed with a flavorful seasoning blend. Simply stick it in the oven for about an hour, and before you know it dinner's ready!

Of course, Trader Joe's also has a plethora of holiday desserts to choose from. Some of our favorites this year include the new Hot Cocoa Polar Bears, Peppermint Brownies, and more. Keep reading to learn all about the TJ's items that are here to make your holiday hosting duties (or even holiday guest duties!) a total breeze.

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Fried Olive Bites

TJ's loves a bite-sized appetizer, and these stuffed olive bites (a returning favorite in the freezer section) totally fit the bill. The mixture of green Castelvetrano olives from Italy and dark purple Kalamatas from Greece are pitted, finely chopped, and bound and mixed together. The result is an olive "dough" that's wrapped around a rich blend of mascarpone, Roquefort, and cream cheeses and then rolled in panko breadcrumbs. To serve these savory bites, bake 'em in the oven for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

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Ready to Bake Brie en Croûte

Let's be honest, cheese is always a hit, and Trader Joe's Brie en Croûte (another freezer-section find) is in a league of its own. The wheel of double cream Brie is enclosed in an unbaked pastry crust that bakes to a delightfully flaky finish in a matter of minutes—all you have to do is place it on a foil or parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake. If you're feeling particularly fancy, you can even top this hunk of cheese with some honey or raspberry preserves before you bake it. Either way, your guests will definitely remember it.

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Italian Truffle Cheese

Since every good party starts with a cheese plate, quality cheese is a must. This TJ’s variety is aged for 15 days and is made with black truffles from central Italy’s Umbria region. Since it’s a young cheese, it has a mild flavor that makes it the ideal canvas for the concentrated truffle oil and black truffle pieces that are blended liberally throughout. Plus, since it’s an excellent melting cheese, whatever is leftover from your cheese board will make a tasty addition to an omelet or pasta dish.

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Rosemary Sfogliette Crackers

While it's totally acceptable for you to eat cheese by the chunk when you're solo, when you're entertaining and making a charcuterie platter, you need at least one vehicle to work with. Enter Trader Joe's Rosemary Sfogliette Crackers. These crackers are thin, hexagonal biscuits made with wheat and rice flours, along with a combination of olive and sunflower oils. They’re then seasoned with dried rosemary and sea salt, and baked until they possess the ideal crunch. Not a fan of cheese? These crackers also pair well with a variety of dips.

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Truffle Oil Duo

If there's one item that can take whatever you serve this holiday season to the next level, it's Trader Joe's Truffle Oil Duo—a two-pack of olive oils, one flavored with bold and rich black truffle, and the other flavored with delicately savory and aromatic white truffle. TJ’s recommends that you use both oils in this duo as a finishing oil, which means you can drizzle a bit of the black truffle oil over a seared ribeye steak or mix it into some tomato sauce, or spoon a bit of the white truffle oil over a homemade pizza or plate of fresh pasta.

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Porcini Boneless Beef Loin Roast

Leave it to Trader Joe's to sell a tasty and apropos main course for less than $15. This tender roast, which is cut from the same part of the cow that provides premium cuts like T-bones and porterhouse steaks, is USDA Choice Angus Beef. It's been rubbed with a seasoning blend that includes Porcini mushrooms, salt, minced garlic, onion powder, red bell peppers, parsley flakes, and chili peppers, which gives the meat a flavorful boost. To prepare this meal, place the roast in a 375 degree oven for about an hour, then let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing into it and serving it.

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O' Nog Non-Dairy Oat Beverage

Got some plant-based eaters in your group? The new O' Nog Non-Dairy Oat Beverage is a vegan take on eggnog made with, well, oat milk, instead of cream and dairy. This dairy-free drink delivers the same creamy, satisfying, nutmeg-and-ginger flavors with vegan ingredients. Sip it solo or pair it with some rum just like you would eggnog, or use it to make a hearty holiday bread pudding.

And those who prefer traditional eggnog will be happy to know that TJ's also has its Trader Joe's Egg Nog and Trader Joe's Lite Egg Nog in stock this holiday season.

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Jingle Jangle Pretzel Twists

If you’re hungry for a new spin on Trader Joe’s beloved Jingle Jangle, we highly recommend buying a box of these new treats for your holiday feast. Each salted pretzel twist is covered in a peanut butter candy coating, then loaded up with mini chocolate candies and crushed Joe-Joe’s cookies. The result is a captivatingly crunchy snack that’s akin to reconstructed Jingle Jangle, and would look at home on any holiday dessert tray.

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Boozy Macarons

If you're invited to a last-minute holiday party, or want to wow your guests with several different treats without having to spend all day in the kitchen, pick up a box of Trader Joe’s Boozy Macarons. Each box contains 12 macarons in three different flavors. Inside you’ll find four crème-colored rum macarons, four violet XO brandy macarons, and four orange Cointreau macarons. Each treat has some of the respective spirit mixed directly into the batter, which means they’re great on their own or paired with an after-dinner drink.

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Wintry Blend Coffee

If you've got guests spending the whole holiday weekend with you, coffee is a must. This festive blend, which is a medium dark roast coffee, is "sprinkled with spices" including cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns. Additionally, the coffee is described as "smooth, spirited, and lively."

Aside from its spicy flavor profile, this coffee has a pleasant, welcoming aroma that fills the whole house with a hearty, homey fragrance as it percolates. And you can guarantee that each cup of coffee has just the right amount of holiday spirit. This is because each canister comes pre-ground, so the spices are evenly distributed throughout, ensuring a perfectly spiced coffee in every cup, every time.

As Trader Joe's aficionados may know, Wintry Blend Coffee debuted in 2005 and was priced at $7.99 for a 14-ounce canister. Now, nearly 17 years later, the price for the same size canister is still $7.99.

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Mini Chocolate Mousse Desserts

If you’re planning on having a dessert table at your holiday celebration, be sure to include these Mini Chocolate Mousse Desserts. Each Belgian-made confection boasts a buttery shortbread base topped with fluffy, airy chocolate mousse; the mousse is then topped with a delightfully rich dark chocolate ganache; and finally, the ganache is topped with a whimsical smattering of sprinkles that add visual interest and more chocolate. Not planning a big party? These sweet, rich treats also work as an individual dessert. No matter how you serve ‘em, just be sure to let them defrost in the fridge for a few hours before you let your guests dig in.

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Peppermint Brownies

It's hard to go wrong with brownies, and these new bite-sized pastries are the perfect holiday treat. Yes, they are dense and fudgy with an unmistakable rich cocoa taste, but that richness is pleasantly punctuated by cool notes of peppermint, with white chocolate chips floating throughout. There's also a drizzle of snowy white chocolate that tops the brownies, giving them a festive look.

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Pastry Bites With Feta Cheese & Caramelized Onions

For a bite-sized appetizer that tastes homemade, try these Pastry Bites With Feta Cheese & Caramelized Onions. Each box includes 12 buttery puff pastries filled with creamy feta and cream cheese, and topped with caramelized onions. The result is the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth, sweet n’ salty concoction that will wow your guests.

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Pão D' Água Portuguese Rolls

While some might find rolls boring, these Pão D' Água Portuguese Rolls are anything but. These rolls, which go great with salted butter or seasoned olive oil, also make great buns for small sandwiches or holiday leftovers. Each package contains eight bite-sized rolls that take about 10 minutes in the oven to go from frozen to delicately browned and delightfully chewy.

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Extra Fine French Green Beans

Can’t handle the thought of whipping up yet another side dish? Pick up a package of Trader Joe’s French Green Beans, which are grown in France and flash-frozen at the peak of freshness, to help you out. Pair ‘em with slivered almonds for a simple side, or use them in a green bean casserole for an easy-to-make holiday classic.

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