What if, this year, the holidays didn’t feel stressful? What if you had all the time in the world to enjoy the season? You could enjoy friends and family and the food that comes around just once a year—the stuffing and mashed potatoes, the meatball hors d'oeuvres, the colorful sugar cookies—and instead of rushing to get meals on the table and cookies in the oven, you’d have time to put your feet up and relax. What if, instead of stressful last-minute trips to an over-crowded store, you could place an order that morning and have everything delivered by cocktail hour?*
Well, we already know this year is different from years past. So we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite fast but festive recipes to take the pressure off. But that’s just the start. Join Walmart+, a different kind of membership, and you’ll find yourself saving time you didn’t know you were missing. That’s because with Walmart+ you get free unlimited delivery on groceries and a wide range of household items, delivered as soon as the same day. The delivery alone could save you 2.5 hours a week, to say nothing of the stress it relieves.
Consider joining Walmart+ this holiday season and maximize your time with these 10 holiday dishes that can be ready in less than an hour.
Pressure-Cooker Mushroom Risotto
A combination of browned mixed mushrooms, umami-packed dried porcinis, and stock infused with mushroom trimmings imparts maximum flavor to this comforting yet elegant dish. Cooking the risotto in the pressure cooker saves time and energy (less stirring!) and results in a deeply rich, creamy dish that could stand on its own as a holiday main.
If you tend to gloss over snickerdoodles for a louder cookie, you haven’t tried this winning recipe from Stella. Instead of relying on butter plus shortening, these cookies call for butter and coconut oil, which makes them nicely rich and aromatic, and plenty chewy. The recipe also calls for freshly grated cinnamon for a more pronounced spice flavor, and starting the cookies in a 400°F oven before reducing the heat yields crispy edges while the middle stays soft. A handful of simple adjustments makes all the difference.
Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies
Or, you might consider this soft and chewy sugar number, made with an aerated mix of butter and sugar to keep the texture light. And yes, you read that right: These cookies call for a full tablespoon of vanilla, which makes them unmistakably flavorful. Need some extra vanilla extract for the recipe? That’s when you’d order via Walmart+ with your free unlimited delivery.
Ultra-Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
No holiday spread is complete without mashed potatoes, and we especially like this recipe for its simple yet effective technique of removing as much starch as possible to yield the fluffiest potatoes. All that’s required is rinsing the cut potatoes a few times before boiling, and then rinsing them again after they cook. With most of the excess starch removed, the potatoes turn out so fluffy that some might wonder if they could possibly be homemade.
Quick and Easy Drop Biscuits
Speaking of fluffy, these "emergency biscuits"—as Boston cooking teacher Fannie Farmer used to call drop biscuits—are just that. Ready in just 25 minutes and as necessary for breakfast as they are at dinnertime, they’re the perfect treat to have in your regular rotation over the holidays. Think you need to stock up on flour to prepare for how often you’ll toss these together? You could always have it delivered right to your doorstep, thanks to Walmart+.
Warm Brussels Sprout Salad With Bacon-Hazelnut Vinaigrette
We like our salads on the rich side during the holidays. Case in point, this salad of warm Brussels sprouts and a bacon and hazelnut vinaigrette. Using bacon fat both to cook the Brussels sprouts and to mix into the vinaigrette is a pro move that feels both resourceful and special enough for the season. Honey provides a sweet counterpart while hazelnuts complete offer texture and nutty flavor.
Sage and Sausage Stuffing Muffins
In a year when individual servings may be wiser than serving family-style, turning stuffing into individually-portioned muffins feels like the right idea. (Plus, you get more of that crispy, burnished exterior!) If you’re looking for a new muffin tin, you can order one along with all the ingredients with your Walmart+ membership.
Bacon-Wrapped Figs With Blue Cheese and Bourbon
For another individually portioned and festive food, we always love bacon-wrapped figs. It’s a quick but impressive hors d'oeuvre or snack that we like to upgrade with a bourbon-spiked caramel glaze. Even if your holiday crew is considerably smaller than usual, when you pull out this recipe, plan to make extra.
Broiled Strip Steak With Mushrooms and Chive Sour Cream
Whenever you’re ready for an impressive steak, try this easy recipe, which relies on a few simple steps for show-stopping results. Drying the steak increases browning, using the broiler means minimal cleanup, and a tangy sour cream and chive sauce dresses up a side of wilted cabbage while making an excellent steak dip, too.
Hoisin-Glazed Cocktail Meatballs
Finally, throw yourself a party with these cocktail meatballs, because they’re ready in just 35 minutes and the season wouldn’t feel right without them. A mixture of pork, beef, egg, and panko creates a perfectly moist texture, while the tangy hoisin glaze makes it impossible to eat just one. Good thing you ordered extra toothpicks with your Walmart+ membership. Cheers to the holidays!
*Orders can be delivered as soon as same-day, but is not guaranteed.