5 Holiday Party Recipes

5 holiday party recipes

The winter holidays are upon us, and that means holiday parties and family get-togethers! Of course, no holiday party is complete without food. Whether you're planning on hosting a party or contributing to a potluck, these recipes will help you celebrate with delicious drinks and dishes to share with your family and friends.

Cranberry-Orange Pancakes

11⁄2 c low-fat buttermilk
1⁄2 c orange juice
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c whole wheat flour
3⁄4 c all-purpose flour
3⁄4 c rolled oats
1⁄4 c brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1⁄2 tsp kosher or sea salt
1 c cranberries
2 tbsp orange zest (approximately 1 orange)

Add buttermilk, orange juice, eggs, and vanilla to WildSide+ jar. Secure lid and press “Pulse” 2–3 times. Add whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to jar. Secure lid and select “Batter.” Add cranberries and orange zest to jar. Secure lid and pulse 7–10 times or until desired cranberry size is reached. Allow batter to rest 5 minutes. Heat griddle or other pan over medium- to medium-high heat; grease heated griddle. Pour approximately ¼ cup batter onto heated pan, and cook approximately 1 minute or until bubbles break surface of pancake and underside is golden brown. Flip and cook for approximately 30 seconds. Repeat with remaining batter. Keep warm in oven at 200°F, loosely wrapped in foil, or serve immediately. Top with Citrusy Cranberry Syrup.


Pie Crust

11⁄4 c all-purpose flour
1⁄4 tsp salt
1⁄2 tsp granulated sugar
5 tbsp cold butter, cut into pieces
4 tbsp ice-cold water

Add flour, salt, sugar, and butter to Twister jar. Place and hold Twister lid on jar, then press "Pulse" 10-12 times until misture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water. Replace Twister lid and hold, pressing "Pulse 8-10 times until dough is formed, turning Twister lid counterclockwise during blending. Do not overblend. Remove dough and pat into a smooth disc. Wrap disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours before rolling out dough. Makes one 9-inch pie crust.


Cheese Ball

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1⁄8 tsp garlic powder
1⁄3 c pecans
2 oz blue cheese
3 oz cheddar cheese
8 oz Neufchâtel cheese
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1⁄8 tsp kosher or sea salt
1⁄4 c fresh parsley
Add pecans to WildSide+ jar and secure lid. Pulse 3–5 times or until finely chopped. Pour onto flat surface. Add all other ingredients to WildSide+ jar and secure lid. Select Speed 1, and run for 10–15 seconds or until ingredients are incorporated. Remove mixture from jar and form a ball. Roll ball in pecans. Cover with plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving.
11⁄4 c milk
11⁄4 c water
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
3 tbsp brown sugar
1⁄2 candy cane
1⁄8 tsp kosher or sea salt
1⁄8 tsp ground cinnamon
Add ingredients to FourSide jar or WildSide+ jar in order listed. Secure lid and select “Soup.” For extra-warm cocoa, run "Soup" cycle twice.

Almond- and Jam-Topped Pastry

12 slices brioche or challah bread, 1" thick
1⁄2 c jam or preserves, any flavor
1 c raw almonds
1⁄3 c granulated sugar, divided
1⁄3 c butter, softened
1 large egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp powdered sugar
Preheat over to 375°F. Place bread slices on cookie sheet, and spread jam thinly on bread slices. Add almonds and ½ of sugar to Twister jar, adn place lid on jar. Select "Speed 3", and turn lid counterclockwise during blending. At 30 seconds, press "Pulse" or "X" to stop cycle. Add remaining sugar, butter, egg, and milk to Twister jar. Place lid on jar, select "Speed 2", and turn lid counterclockwise during blending. At 30 seconds, press "Pulse" or "X" to stop cycle. Pour mixture into pastry bag, and pipe mixture on jam-topped bread. Bake for 20 minutes or until almond spread is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of cooled bread slices and serve.


  • Rick Thompson

    lots of us got into this whole green smoothie thing because we have celiacs disease or are gluten intolerant. Keep us in mind now and again as you spin out these recipes.

  • Coleen

    We neeed more RAW recipes, please.

  • barbara

    Hello Kelly,
    I would love recipes that are grain free! So beneficial for people with arthritis and acid reflux!
    Friendly wishes, Barbara.

  • gloria.lee233@gmail.com

    I too would appreciate recipes and reflect all the comments above. Due to a settlement of some sort, I was offered a recipe book or extended warrantee or one or two other choices that I don’t remember what’s the we’re . . . . My natural choice was the recipe book. I would like to change that option to the extended warranty because I’m getting the feeling any recipe book is not going to reflect my needs and desires. If you could please facilitate this change for me or help me to proceed with whatever I must do to make the change I would greatly appreciate it. Speaking with a person would be good; my telephone number is 760-777-9782. Thank you very much, Gloria Lee

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