4 Holiday Dinners That Won’t Break the Bank

The holidays are here! The holidays are here! With holiday shopping and extra expenses this year, it may be difficult to get a traditional meal on the table. Don’t fret yet. Whether you are hosting or making a nice dinner for your family, you can still make this season extra special with an alternative, delicious holiday meal that won’t drain your wallet.

Extra Crispy Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder

Usually, the centerpiece of a holiday dinner is a glazed ham or cooked-to-perfection turkey. You can still have a pièce de résistance in the middle of your table by making this slow-roasted pork shoulder. Pork shoulder is a cheaper meat that is part of the “ham” family without losing any of the flavor.

While this recipe does take 6-7 hours, you will not be disappointed with the results!

Pasta Fagioli

Also known as “pasta e fagioli” which translates to “pasta and beans.” This Italian meal consists of small noodles and beans seasoned in tomato broth. Most traditional recipes will have you slaving away in a kitchen all day while the family has fun. Switching to a meal like this shortens your kitchen time while still being a hit with everyone.

Baked Potato Bar

You can’t go wrong with potatoes, especially a baked potato bar. Everyone, and we mean everyone, can take part in this meal. If you have gluten allergens in the family, give them a potato. If you have vegetarians in the family, give them a potato. Toppings are where baked potatoes excel. From bacon to broccoli to sour cream, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Roast Turkey Breast w/Gravy

If you still have that itch to get turkey on the table, try making a turkey breast. Turkey breast is smaller, which means it is a cheaper option for your holiday dinner. Plus, a smaller turkey will cook more evenly and take less time while staying juicy and delicious. It’s a cheap twist on a classic that you cannot help but devour.

Spend your time and money on the things that matter this year. Have a festive holiday season and enjoy time with friends and family.

Want more cheap holiday dinner ideas? Check out these links:

20 Holiday Entrees for $20 or Less from Allrecipes

How to Cook Dinner for Less Than $100 from Food Network

20 Recipes to Serve a Crowd That Won’t Break the Bank from The Kitchn