Christmas day at our house was filled with family, delicious food, games, movies and did I mention the delicious food?! We won’t need to cook again for a few days as our refrigerator is stuffed with amazing leftovers. I’m grateful that we could be together and have so much fun.
My kitchen table expands to accommodate twelve so when we entertain large groups we dine more casual in the kitchen setting. Since there were just six of us for Christmas dinner we could eat in the dining room which is always a treat!
Fall Off The Bone BBQ Ribs
Daughter Katy made this cheesy, spicy Green Bean Casserole topped with crunchy panko crumbs. This recipe comes from Pioneer Woman so it is full of bacon, cream, cheese, butter and totally delicious! A once a year recipe for sure. I just added it to the recipe board so check it out.
I had to make David’s favorite - Praline yams, he would be happy with a dish of pralines minus the yams! I use to make these with canned yams but now we love them with fresh organic yams. Steaming the yams so as not to lose any of the nutrients and then proceed with the recipe. They are amazing and also one of my favorite holiday dishes.
On the Rachael Ray show I learned a wonderful trick for making mashed potatoes ahead and keeping them warm. Using our favorite Garlic Mashed Potato recipe, once prepared, the potatoes were transferred to a smaller sauce pan that would fit inside a Dutch oven that contained simmering water. Just keep the water simmering gently, put a lid on the pot with potatoes and you are good to go for hours!
This worked so well! I made the potatoes in the morning before any guests arrived and kept them warm until we ate around 1:00.
This was my plate with a hearty sampling of everything.
Since I didn’t do any baking this year Katy baked a family favorite – Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies. Yummy – two of my favorite flavors combined in one cookie, peanut butter and chocolate. The recipe comes from my mom, she always made these for us kids and I made them for my children. I love them as much today as I did back then. After moving to CA I use to have to order the Brach’s chocolate stars on the internet as we weren’t able to buy them locally. Fortunately last year our Target store started carrying Brach’s chocolate stars but only during the Christmas season. We also had Cheesecake Factory cheesecake but I forgot to photograph it.
This year since we didn’t gather for a big breakfast I assembled this Sausage Cheese Egg casserole in the morning and refrigerated it until evening when we baked it for a lighter meal to enjoy while we watched movies. Served with fresh grapes, apple slices and mandarin oranges it was the perfect light meal after all that heavy food earlier in the day. It was a new recipe for me and although I tweaked it as I prepared the recipe I feel like it needs the addition of more green onions and a spicier breakfast sausage as the flavor was more mild than I had wished. Still good but it could better!
What about you, how did you spend Christmas Day?