Easy Holiday Recipes

by Dec 6, 2012Recipes

The holiday season is one of our favorite (and busiest!) times of the year. Spending time with friends and family is always a ton of fun, but sometimes we don’t have as much time as we’d like to cook!  When family and friends stop by, these recipes are easy and ready to go!

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

Easy Spicy Pecan Recipe


  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 cups unsalted pecan halves
  • 2 cups unsalted roasted cashews
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt


Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.  Beat the egg white with 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl until foamy.  Add the nuts, sugar, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix well.  Spread the mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake until the nuts are mostly dry but still slightly sticky, about 40 minutes.

Remove the nuts from the oven and stir.  Reduce the temperature to 200 degrees F.  Return the nuts to the oven and bake until crisp, about 30 more minutes.  Stir to loosen the nuts from the baking sheet; cool completely on the sheet.

Sausage Balls




  • 1 (1-pound) package ground sausage
  • 3 cups baking mix (recommended: Bisquick)
  • 4 cups grated sharp Cheddar
  • 1/8 tablespoon pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Spray a baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl.  Mix well with your fingers.  The mixture will be very crumbly.  Form into 1 inch balls, squeezing the mixture so it holds together, then rolling it between the palms of your hands to form balls.  Place the balls on the baking sheet.  Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.  To prevent sticking, move the balls with a spatula halfway through cooking.  Serve with sausage balls.