10 Holiday Food Ideas Featuring Chocolate, Cheese and Chorizo

Holiday party planning is kinda fun but mostly stressful, and we all know that, behind exercise and meditation, the easiest way to ease stress is by eating chocolate — FACT! In that spirit, and because alliteration is fun, what follows is a list of the best recipes incorporating my personal favorite “ch” ingredients: chocolate, chorizo, and cheese. Some of the recipes even contain multiple “ch” ingredients (chocolate-cherry cookies, chorizo-cheese eggs, mac ‘n cheese with chicken), though none actually contain all three (but I tried, I really did). There are breakfast ideas, entrees, and desserts designed to suit any holiday gathering. So get ready to simultaneously surprise your family and ease your planning panic with these unexpected holiday recipes.

Baked Eggs and Chorizo

If your family is anything like mine, Christmas breakfast is a big deal. Branch out from the traditional with this amazing baked eggs recipe from Family Fresh Cooking.

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

A fancier breakfast-party option: sweet potatoes stuffed with cheese, sausage, eggs, cherry tomatoes, and avocado, like in this recipe from Damn Delicious.

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Parmesan-Roasted Potatoes and Squash

From Big Girls Small Kitchen comes this recipe that subtly incorporates one of our ch's with a sprinkling of Parmesan. It's a great side for a dinner party or substituted for hash browns at a holiday breakfast.

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Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

Yup. We went there. This recipe from What's Cooking Love? takes mac 'n cheese, the perennial crowd pleaser, and makes it even more caloric (and thus perfect for the holidays!).

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Spanish Mussels with Chorizo and Tomato Wine Sauce

Italian families often celebrate Christmas Eve with a feast of fish, and this recipe from The Comfort of Cooking could make it onto this year's menu.

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Goat Cheese and Roasted Sweet Potato Pizza

Pizza's a crowd pleaser. Everyone knows this. This recipe, from Averie Cooks, incorporates winter flavors (you can also sub roasted squash for the sweet potato) alongside goat cheese for an easy and delicious appetizer.

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Just Chocolate

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A classic. A stand-by. The LBD of holiday-party food. Break it up and scatter it on a plate with pieces of candy cane for a festive effect.

Milk Chocolate Cookies with Toffee and Ginger

This awesome take on traditional chocolate chip cookies from Big Girls Small Kitchen incorporates festive flavors and is sure to be a winner with any sugar-loving crew.

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Chocolate Mint Cookies

Cookies are great party food. These, from Inside Bru Crew Life, are not only delicious, but festive (the green is a nice pop of color, no?).

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Chocolate-Cherry Cordial Christmas Cookies

The last of the cookies in this recipe round-up, these guys from Good Life Eats incorporate festive cherry flavors, and the final product looks unbelievably cute.

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