Every holiday spread needs a spot or two of green. Hearty prewashed spinach goes from refrigerator to star of the sideboard in just 15 minutes, topped with warm garlic, pistachios, and plumped raisins.
A traditional Irish recipe, Colcannon is usually a buttery mixture of mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale. Really, what could be tastier—or easier? Start off by peeling the potatoes first. Quick tip: the fastest way to peel a potato is to hold it vertically in the palm of your hand and peel downwards with a Y-shaped peeler. Next, quarter them and cover them with water in a pot to boil. This version of Colcannon uses kale, and it gets tossed in the same water that’s used to cook the potatoes. Before mashing, make sure you wring out the kale as much as possible—lest you end up with a watery batch.
Imagine something that’s even tastier than queso. Meet this warm, cheesy, creamy, corn-packed dip. Fantastic as a party appetizer (it takes just 10 minutes to make), it’s also tasty served with dinner (tacos or quesadillas, anyone?). It’s a breeze to make, too: no stovetop or blender, necessary. All you have to do is mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, and microwave until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Pimientos are mild on the spicy scale, and actually add a bit of sweetness. If you want to amp up the heat, use a diced jalapeño instead.
It’s just as easy and quick as apple crisp, but it’s twice as interesting. The sweet-tart dessert gets topped with an extra-crispy streusel made from roasted, salted macadamia nuts and rolled oats. It’s okay to use your favorite variety of apple in this recipe, although we love Honeycrisp and Fuji apples for the way they remain crisp during baking. For a fun twist on the dessert, try baking it in 6-ounce ramekins instead of a rectangular baking dish. You’ll get adorable mini, individual-sized portions. Serve the streusel straight out of the oven, and pair it with large scoops of vanilla ice cream—or yogurt, for breakfast.