Wonderful Christmas foods – blogmas day 10

Only 2 more days till Christmas and I still don’t have Christmas dinner planned yet (yikes)! We don’t have a lot of people coming over which is a good thing but still this year I have been behind on so many things, present buying, food preparing, Christmas card sending, hopefully 2018 will be more organized. Isn’t it crazy how fast this year went. I feel like January 2017 was just a few weeks ago! Now I take my SAT in 2 weeks and I am 10 times more nervous about that than Christmas dinner! I have been preparing for months but it is just so insane how one test can determine so much. On another note, is anyone else cooking Christmas dinner this year? If yes then please leave a comment below if you have any tips & tricks that might help me. I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my family and that was a success but for some reason I am nervous, so I would love some help! 

So for todays post I wanted to share with you some wonderful Christmas foods that you can make on Christmas day or just during the winter. 

ENJOY 🙂

Breakfast 

Christmas Morning Egg Casserole 

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 2 cups diced cooked ham
  • 2 tablespoons butter, or as needed
  • 7 slices bread, crusts removed
  • 1/2 pound American cheese, cubed
  • 3 cups milk
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Spray a 9×13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Spread ham into the bottom of prepared casserole dish. Butter one side of each bread slice; cut slices into cubes. Arrange buttered bread cubes atop ham; layer American cheese over bread cubes.
  3. Whisk milk, eggs, mustard powder, and salt together in a bowl; pour over American cheese layer. Cover dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove aluminum foil from casserole.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and eggs are set in the middle, about 1 hour.

Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 slices white bread, toasted and cut into cubes
  • 8 ounces mild Cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Crumble sausage into a medium skillet. Cook over medium heat until evenly brown; drain.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together mustard powder, salt, eggs and milk. Add the sausage, bread cubes, and cheese, and stir to coat evenly. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Cover, and bake 45 to 60 minutes. Uncover, and reduce temperature to 325 degrees F. Bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until set.

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Appetizers 

Baked Stuffed Brie with Cranberries & Walnuts

Ingredients

  • 1 small wheel of brie (about 6 to 8 inches), chilled
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed, plus extra for (optional) design
  • 1 egg, beaten with
  • 1 teaspoon water

Directions

  1. Score the side of a wheel of brie all the way around with a sharp paring knife. Cut directly on the “equator” through the rind. Using a long piece of string or dental floss, wrap the string around the brie on the newly made cut. Loop one end of the string over the other (a half knot). Then pulling the ends of the string in opposite directions, cut the brie in half.
  2. Press the dried cranberries on one cut side of the brie, and the walnuts on the other. Quickly put the 2 sides back together with the cranberries on top of the walnuts. Press together and stuff back in any cranberries or walnuts that fell out.
  3. Roll out a thawed sheet of puff pastry on a floured surface to about 1/8-inch thickness. Place brie in center of pastry. Gently pull up edges to ensure you have enough dough to entirely wrap the brie. You can trim off the corners if there is too much dough. Brush the dough with the egg wash. Fold one edge of the dough over the brie and then the opposite side. Fold over the remaining edges and complexly encase the brie. You can trim off excess pieces of dough, if necessary. Flip the brie over so the seam is at the bottom; gently press in the sides to snug the dough against the brie. Brush the top and sides of the wrapped brie with egg wash.
  4. If you choose to decorate the brie with cut-out shapes of additional puff pastry, use very cold (almost still frozen) dough to ensure sharp lines. Lightly brush the decorative pieces with egg wash. Place the brie in the freezer for one hour (this is a crucial step; see note below).
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Place the brie on the prepared baking sheet. Bake on the center rack in preheated oven until it is browned and leaking cheese, about 20 minutes. (Only rarely does the brie not leak through, but 20 to 25 minutes is about how long it takes to melt the cheese and brown the pastry.)

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

 Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut in half
  • 1 pound pitted dates
  • 4 ounces blue cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Slice dates in half, and open them up. Pinch off pieces of blue cheese, and place them into the center of the dates. Close the halves of the dates, and wrap a half-slice of bacon around the outside. Secure each one with a toothpick. Arrange in a baking dish or on a baking sheet with sides to catch any grease.
  3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bacon is crisp. Turn dates over after the first 20 minutes for even cooking.

King Crab Appetizers

Ingredients

  • 2 (12 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (6 ounce) can crab meat, drained
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch paprika

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 12 tartlet pans.
  2. Divide rolls in half and press into the prepared tartlet pans. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, crab, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese, green onions and Worcestershire sauce. Spoon 1 teaspoon of mixture into tarts and garnish with paprika.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until light brown. These freeze wonderfully.
  5. Just reheat before serving.

Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup un-toasted walnut halves
  • 1 cup un-toasted pecan halves
  • 1 cup unsalted, dry roasted almonds
  • 1 cup unsalted, dry roasted cashews
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  2. Combine walnut halves, pecan halves, almonds, and cashews in a large bowl.
  3. Add salt, black pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper; toss to coat.
  4. Heat sugar, water, and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until the butter is melted. Cook for 1 minute and remove from heat. Slowly pour butter mixture over the bowl of nuts and stir to coat.
  5. Transfer nuts to the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
    Bake nuts in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir nuts until the warm syrup coats every nut. Spread into a single layer, return to the oven, and bake until nuts are sticky and roasted, about 6 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

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Dinner 

Christmas Lasagna 

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound Jones No Sugar Pork Sausage Roll sausage
  • 3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) 4% small-curd cottage cheese
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 6 slices provolone cheese (about 6 ounces)
  • 3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions 

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and crumble beef and sausage until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add next seven ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add parsley; stir in cottage cheese, ricotta and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°. Spread 1 cup meat sauce in an ungreased 13×9-in. baking dish. Layer with three noodles, provolone cheese, 2 cups cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup mozzarella, three noodles, 2 cups meat sauce, remaining cottage cheese mixture and 1 cup mozzarella. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce and mozzarella (dish will be full).Cover; bake 50 minutes.
  5. Uncover; bake until heated through, 20 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Ingredients

  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (6 to 7 pounds), skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Brush turkey with oil. Combine the remaining ingredients; rub over turkey. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until tender. Yield: 14 servings.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables Recipe

 Ingredients

  • 2 pork tenderloins (3/4 pound each)
  • 2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 pound carrots, halved and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Place the pork in a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray; arrange the potatoes, carrots and onion around pork. Drizzle with oil. Combine the seasonings; sprinkle over meat and vegetables.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 450° for 30-40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°, stirring vegetables occasionally. Yield: 6 servings.

I found these recipes on Taste of Home

Desserts

Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on un-greased cookie sheets. Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger, and fill the hole with preserves.
  3. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over warm cookies.

Flourless Hot Cocoa Cookies

Ingredients

  • Hot Cocoa Mix:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows (such as Kraft(R) Jet-Puffed)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper.
  2. Combine cocoa powder, white sugar, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Mix in confectioners’ sugar, egg whites, vanilla extract, and salt until the dough is smooth. Fold in marshmallows.
  3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven, rotating halfway through baking, until edges are set, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets. Remove carefully, as centers are soft.

Soft Christmas Cookies

 Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients until fully absorbed. Cover dough, and chill for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

Coconut Macaroons III

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, coconut and salt. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla using your hands until well blended. Use an ice cream scoop to drop dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about golf ball size.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until coconut is toasted.

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Thank you so much for reading my blogmas day 9 post. If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will respond, also if you are new follow my blog and join me on my blogging journey! 

I will be taking a break from December 25 – January 5 so there will be no new posts going up during this time! But don’t worry because there will be 2 more blogmas posts before this break so make sure to watch out for those 🙂

MerryChristmas

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