4 Holiday Recipes Your Family Will Love (And the Tools You Need to Make Them)

Planning a holiday meal can be stressful. Here at Giftzapz, we want to make your entire holiday experience—from meal making to gift giving—as stress-free as possible. To do that, we’ve planned a holiday meal for you! AND we’ve found kitchen gadgets that will save you tons of time without compromising flavor or quality. All of the kitchen gadgets below can be purchased from Amazon and are easily added to your GiftZapz wishlist via our app, available from the app store. Happy cooking!


Stuffed Pepper-01Pepper Core Tool-01Do you like bacon? Do you like cheese? Do you like spice? Making jalapeño poppers has never been easier than using this jalapeño corer from Amazon. You can even save time getting the seeds and innards out of your jalapeño and with the Jalapeno Corer by Nirpro ($6.71). These little poppers are wrapped in bacon. What could be better?



Recipe | Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
12 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed
12 slices bacon

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Mix cream cheese and Cheddar cheese together in a bowl until evenly blended. Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture. Put halves back together and wrap each stuffed pepper with a slice of bacon. Arrange bacon-wrapped peppers on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until bacon is crispy, about 15 minutes.

(From allrecipes.com)



Recipe book-01Infuser-01Cocktails can be tricky. There are many steps and what if you don’t “muddle” the fruit correctly and what if it’s too strong (or worse, what if it’s too weak? Awkward small talk will drag on all night). You’re in luck! Whip up tasty holiday cocktails with the ZingAnything Vodka Zinger ($28.27), a vodka infuser. Here is our favorite holiday cocktail.



Recipe | Cranberry Ginger Holiday Cocktail

  1. 12 ounces vodka (could use flavored such as cranberry or ginger, but regular is fine)
  2. 24 ounces cranberry juice
  3. 32 ounces ginger ale
  4. lime slices for garnish (2 limes)
  5. frozen cranberries for garnish

(From domesticsuperhero.com 


Main Dish 

Ham-01 Crockpot-01Feeding a roomful of people can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Deciding what to make can take almost more time than preparing the entire meal. No worries, we have done the work and saved you hours upon hours of preparation and decision-making time. Be sure to add a crockpot  to your GiftZapz wishlist before it’s too late. And, you know the drill, if you haven’t downloaded GiftZapz yet, go do it now! Here is a unique Christmas ham recipe that will leave your guests speechless.


Recipe | Easy Slow Cooker Ham

1 (6 pound) bone-in country ham
30 whole cloves
3 cups apple cider, or as needed
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons ground cloves
1 tablespoon vanilla extract(optional)
1 orange’s peel

  1. Press whole cloves into the ham so they are evenly distributed. You may score the ham for easier insertion if you wish. Place the ham in a slow cooker.
  2. Pour in apple cider until only about 2 inches of ham is above the surface. Pack the brown sugar on top of the ham, pressing into the cloves. This will get washed away in the next step but any that stays on is a bonus.
  3. Pour the maple syrup over the ham. Season the apple cider with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves and vanilla. Add the orange peel to the pot. Fill the slow cooker as full as you can with apple cider without going over the fill line. Cover and set to Low. Cook for 8 to 10 hours.

 (From allrecipes.com)



dessert-01 Peeler-01Ahh dessert. The last dish to feed your guests before the party ends (or the drinking really starts). This is the last taste that your guests will have and you want it to be a good one. So, how do you make a festive dish that will make everyone at the table say WOW (without spending hours of your precious time?). An apple dessert! We promise it is low maintenance. Why? Because of the VICTORIO VKP1010 Apple and Potato Peeler ($22.99). It’s like music to our ears.


Recipe | Cranberry Ginger Holiday Cocktail

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4cups canola oil or cooking oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped (3 cups)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted
Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
Apple slices (optional)

  1. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a very large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; make a well in center of dry mixture and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, oil and vanilla; stir in apples and nuts. Add egg mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened (batter will be stiff). Spread batter in prepared pan
  3. Bake in a 350 degrees oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 1 hour. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. If you like, top each serving with sweetened whipped cream and an apple slice. Makes 20 servings.


We wish you well on your holiday cooking endeavors! We hope that these gadgets and recipes made your holiday season a little less stressful and a lot more fun. Happy holidays from all of us here at GiftZapz!

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