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Serving these at your Christmas party would be blasphemous.

We're right in the thick of holiday party season, which has us all trudging through the snow to throw up in our friends' meticulously decorated homes. Maybe you're planning to host a get-together of your own. There can be a lot of pressure on a party host or hostess to do something a little special, a little different. So be careful not to fall into the trap of going overboard with lots of fancy ingredients and time-consuming recipes. Remember: your friends are there to drink your booze. They'd be just as happy with a bag of tortilla chips and some jarred salsa. To help make party preparation a bit easier this year, I've revised three pretentious, foodie recipes so that you'll actually want to cook them—and your friends will actually want to work them off in January.

Sources: Oh She Glows | The Curvy Carrot | Kevin & Amanda