By Katelyn B. and Violet N.
During the holidays, most family have something special. Some have activities, or maybe a special place they always go to for light shows. But there’s one thing that everybody has during the holidays. Food. Families all around the world bond over food. Sitting down at the table, surrounded by loved one can be the best feeling in the world, for most. Here’s our list of Christmas recipes perfect for your family.
Delicious, Savory Foods to add to your Main Course
Honey Glazed Ham:
Servings:15 Total time: 1 hour 35 mins
–1 (5 pound) ready-to-eat ham
– ¼ cup dark corn syrup
–¼ cup whole cloves
–2 cups honey
–⅔ cup butter
Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Step 2: Score ham, and stud, with whole cloves. Place ham in foil lined pan.
Step3: In the top half of a double boiler, heat the corn syrup, honey and butter. Keep glaze warm while baking ham.
Step 4: Brush glaze over ham and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Baste ham every 10 to 15 minutes with the honey glaze. During the last 4 to 5 minutes of baking, turn on broiler to caramelize the glaze. Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes before serving.
A more affordable version of a holiday favorite, Honey Glazed Ham. You can even use pre-cut ham to make the process easier and faster.
A remix on your everyday green bean casserole:
Servings:6 Total time: 45 mins
– 2 (9 ounce) packages frozen cut green beans, thawed
-10 slices bacon
-10 small fresh mushrooms, chopped
-½ teaspoon garlic powder
-½ teaspoon onion powder
-1 cup half-and-half cream
-¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
-Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place green beans into a 1 quart or similar sized casserole dish.
Step 2: Fry bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crispy. Remove to drain on paper towels. Drain off some of the grease, leaving enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Add mushrooms to the grease in the pan and season with garlic powder and onion powder. Cook and stir until tender, about 4 minutes.
Step 3: Pour the half-and-half into the pan with the mushrooms and stir to scrape the bacon flavor from the bottom of the pan. Simmer until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Pour this mixture over the green beans. Crumble bacon over the top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 4: Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the sauce is bubbling and the top is toasted.
Many people like a nice green bean casserole around the holidays. But what if we add a twist… maybe some bacon and fresh mushrooms will do the trick.
Fun, easy treats to make with your Family
Christmas Tree Brownies:
Servings: 15 Total time: 2 hours 15 mins
–1 box (16 oz) Supreme original brownie mix
(Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box) SAVE $
–Miniature candy canes (2 inch), unwrapped
– 1 or 2 drops green food color
– Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting (from 16-oz container)
– Decorating Decors red and green candy sprinkles or miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
Step 1: Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Line 9-inch square pan with foil, allowing some to hang over edges of pan. Grease bottom and sides of foil with shortening or cooking spray. Make brownie mix batter as directed on box. Spread in pan
Step 2: Bake 28 to 31 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 1 1/2 hours. Freeze in pan 15 minutes. Using foil to lift, remove brownies from pan, and peel foil away. To cut brownie into triangles, cut into 3 rows. Cut each row into 5 triangles (See More About This Recipe). Set aside leftover pieces for snacking.
Step 3: Break off curved end of candy cane; insert straight piece into bottoms of triangles to make tree trunks.
Step4: Stir food color into frosting. Spoon frosting into small resealable food-storage plastic bag; partially seal bag. Cut off tiny bottom corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe frosting over brownies. Sprinkle with decors.
A delicious treat to share with the people around you. It’s simple and sweet to make during your break. Would be best if you eat it warm. 🙂
Christmas Butter Cookies:
Servings: 40 Total Time: 1 hour
–1 c. butter (no substitutions)
–1/2 c. sugar
–1 large egg
–1 tbsp. vanilla extract
–3 c. all-purpose flour
–1/2 tsp. baking powder
–Assorted colored granulated sugars for decorating
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350ºF. In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. Increase speed to high, beat until light and creamy. At low speed, beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour and baking powder just until blended.
Step 2: Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Wrap each piece with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 1 hour.
Step 3: Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Wrap each piece with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 1 hour.
4: Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. If you like, brush colored sugar remaining on cookie sheets onto piece of waxed paper to use again. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings.
Step 5: When cookies are cool, prepare ornamental frosting if you like, use to decorate cookies as desired. Sprinkle colored sugars as desired on frosting before it dries. Allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store cookies in tightly covered container up to 2 weeks.
This is a fun treat to decorate. It’s easy and you can show off your work with your family and friends. Also good with milk.
Champurrado (A traditional Mexican chocolate drink):
Serving: 12 Total Time: 35 mins
-1 ½ cups water
-1 cinnamon stick
-1 whole clove
-1 pod star anise (Optional)
-4 ¼ cups milk
-2 tablets Mexican chocolate (such as Chocolate Ibarra®)
-¾ cup pinole (coarse ground maize flour)
Step 1: Bring water, cinnamon stick, clove, and star anise to a boil in a saucepan; remove from heat and allow spices to steep until water is fragrant, about 10 minutes. Strain.
Step 2:Bring water, cinnamon stick, clove, and star anise to a boil in a saucepan; remove from heat and allow spices to steep until water is fragrant, about 10 minutes. Strain.
A traditional Mexican drink to enjoy with your family. This would probably be good with ice cream.
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