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6 Perfect Party Dishes To Whip Up In December (Recipes)

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Got a party on the horizon? Don't have time to stress over the menu when you're this busy making sure you hit up the mall before the pre-Christmas shopping rush gets even worse?

No problem! Cooking should always be fun -- even relaxing, when possible -- and there's just no dang reason to stress just because you have a cool holiday party coming up.

Whip up some of these relatively easy dishes and you won't have too much to worry about. Pssst! You can make anything that won't get soggy ahead of time, and the rest -- like the mushrooms and the potato bites -- can be prepped a day or two in advance of the big occasion.

1. Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Wow! So easy and flavorful! The fresh herbs and simple seasoning really elevate the humble potatoes, and the bacon wrapping keeps them moist and juicy. Of course, you can sub the potatoes for tater tots or even similarly sized sweet potato cubes if you wish.

2. Cranberry and Walnut Pinwheels

Whether you serve these for a snack or dessert (or both), it's pretty much guaranteed that everyone will adore these fun, sweet pie-crust rolls.

3. Portobello Mushroom Bruschetta

These are healthy, vegan and gluten free, but more importantly, they are so fresh and delicious that even people who hate veggies might fall in love with them.

4. Supreme Pizza Dip

With just 15 minutes of prep, this dish is as easy as it comes, but it is robust and hearty enough to feed a crowd. Let's be honest, though: I had you at pizza dip.

5. One-Pot Chicken Piccata Pasta​

Need a fast meal to satiate your hungry guests who need more than a snack? This creamy, savory, lemony 30-minute dish based on the classic chicken recipe is the way to go! It's pretty hard to mess up. You can sub any kind of cream, milk or even plain yogurt for the heavy cream, and you can swap out the capers for something like roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes or even chopped green olives if you are so inclined.

6. Super Easy Slow Cooker Eggnog

Don't forget to offer your guests some sweet, creamy beverages! And yes, you absolutely can and should make some eggnog in your slow cooker -- it's impossibly simple, and it has every bit of that delicious home-cooked taste. With or without rum (or brandy, or even a mellow whiskey), these sippers are super tasty, or you can go a different direction and turn these into lattes.

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