Yes, You Can Make a Festive Holiday Dinner for Just a Few People

The trick is in the sheet pans!

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Food Network Kitchen’s Sheet Pan Holiday Ham Dinner.

Food Network Kitchen’s Sheet Pan Holiday Ham Dinner.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Your holiday celebration may be a little smaller than years past, but that doesn’t mean you need to skip out on a festive holiday dinner! Celebrate a scaled-down special occasion by making Food Network Kitchen's Sheet Pan Holiday Ham Dinner — you’ll still have the feast, but with way less cleanup and without a ton of leftovers you’ll feel obligated to eat for days on end.

Here’s how you do it: start by seasoning green beans with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Set the veggies on a sheet pan and pop in the oven for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, stuff about 15 mushrooms with an easy and delicious cream cheese stuffing, then add them to the sheet pan and pop back in the oven.

Now that the veggies are roasting away, set your sights on the main course. If you look forward to feasting on a big ham dinner, you don’t have to sacrifice it for the sake of a small crowd. Instead, purchase two ham steaks, which you can brush with a simple marmalade glaze and bake on a second sheet pan for about 25 minutes. The last step? When you reach the final 10 minutes of baking time, add four frozen dinner rolls to the veggie pan and bake until they’re golden-brown and buttery.

And there you have it! An extra-special ham dinner that’s ready in one hour from start to finish. It’s a festive, no-sweat alternative to your annual holiday dinner and it tastes just as wonderful. Bonus? If you want some company while you're cooking, follow along with Ali Clarke as she walks you through this recipe live on the Food Network Kitchen app! Tune in on December 14th at 8 p.m. to catch Ali's tips and tricks. The class will be available later on, too — so you'll have it as backup if you need help on the big day!

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