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How To Cook Up An Amazing Christmas Dinner!

Updated on November 10, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Savory & Sweet Combine In This Over-The-Top Feast!

I love how the savory, sagey slow baked Turkey and Baked Dressing flavors combine with the sweet tastes in the baked ham and candied sweet potatoes. When you eat it, you may finding yourself dipping a bite of turkey IN the sweet potato sauce. It just all mixes perfectly to make the most satisfying dinner I've ever had. I'll proudly admit most of it is my late mom Izzy's traditions passed down with my touches and a few new dishes added here and there. Mama could draw a crowd for holiday dinners and her homemade pies and peanut brittle were the crowning jewels on the celebration.This lens is a legacy to my grown kids, and to grown kids everywhere who want to start a new holiday tradition of their own. Bon appetit! And do invite several guests -you'll need them to eat it all!

Get The Roaster I'm Getting! - You'll Love It Forever!

T-fal J11197 Specialty Nonstick 16 x 11 x 9.25-Inch Roaster with High Domed Lid
T-fal J11197 Specialty Nonstick 16 x 11 x 9.25-Inch Roaster with High Domed Lid

I currently own a Tfal roaster, have had it for years and it's still like brand new. But we moved into a house recently with a much smaller oven, and discovered at Thanksgiving that my roaster does not FIT into the oven!! So I'm downscaling in size just a tiny bit, enough to be able to perform roasting magic once again! These roasters clean up like a dream and cook beautifully.


Grocery Shopping List!

How NOT To Forget Anything!

First start by jotting down all the items in the recipes here. You also will need incidental things like flour, sugar, salt, pepper, milk, half & half, butter, eggs, etc. If you can buy a few items a week, this is really not too hard on the grocery budget! You'll want to sort your list by where the item is in the store to avoid running around like crazy. Happy Shopping!

How To Make The Magic Happen!

Put on some Christmas music, tie on your festive apron, and let's COOK!

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A Word About Dessert Selection For Holiday Meals...

I like to include something for everyone, so my rule of thumb is at least one each of pie, cake, cookies, homemade candy. Two of each -even better! Remember you can freeze individual dessert servings of the leftovers for your family to enjoy for months!

One of My Little Illustrations... - Of My HoHo Pups!

Mr. Turkey

Thaw Mr. Turkey 48 hours minimum in refrigerator before your planned dinnertime.

Clean out all the extras stuffed inside, scrub outside of turkey. Place 1 apple cut in 1/4's, 1 onion chopped in large pieces, and 1 stalk of celery cut in chunks in cavity of turkey. Butter outside of turkey, place in large roaster. Put enough water in pan to fill 1/3 of way up. Start at 350 and after 30 minutes, reduce heat to 275. Bake for 4-6 hours, basting every hour or so. Around 2 hours before dinnertime, remove about 4 cups of broth to start cooling for gravy.

Turkey Gravy

Bring 3 cups of turkey broth and 1/2 cup fresh coffee to boil. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir in thickening quickly with a whisk as it boils. Simmer for a couple minutes. Remember it's easy to add more thickening; hard to remove it. If it lumps on you, just strain gravy with a large strainer into serving bowl. Also remember it will thicken more as it cools, and you don't want to have turkey broth Jello!


1 cup COOLED turkey broth, 3 tbsp. cornstarch, well combined

Baked Dressing

Fill 13 X 9 pan with chopped dry bread pieces. Combine 2 tbsp Sage, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and 2 tsp baking soda in small bowl. Sprinkle mixture over bread. Break 4 eggs over bread, stir all to combine. Pour in 2 cups turkey broth and combine. Add 1 onion chopped and 2 stalks celery chopped fine, mix well. Bake at 300 for one hour.

Baked Ham With Dad's Glaze

Place ham in small roaster or other covered baking pan. Stick several whole cloves in top of ham. Prepare glaze and baste with it before, during and just before end of baking time - 300 for one hour will do nicely.

Dad's Glaze:

In small bowl combine 1 cup brown sugar, a 6" long squirt of mustard, 1 tbsp honey and 1/2 cup pancake syrup. Mix well.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Drain large can of yams and place in buttered casserole dish. Combine 3 tbsp. butter chopped in pieces, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar or Splenda, and 1/2 cup pancake syrup. Pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Top with marshmallows. Bake at 300 for 30 minutes or until bubbly hot.

Divine Mashed Potatoes

Peel an amount of potatoes to fill the pan of your choice. Cut up in large chunks and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, simmer until potatoes are fork-tender; drain.

Add about 2-3 tbsp. butter to hot potatoes. Mix on low speed with blender until combined. Add small amount of heavy cream - start with 1/2 cup, you can always add more - and beat potatoes until fluffy. Top with pepper and lump of butter.

Green Bean Casserole

Drain 2 cans green beans. Combine 1 can cream of mushroom soup and 1/2 can french fried onions in casserole. Stir in green beans. Top with a few pats of butter. Bake 30 minutes at 300. Remove and top with remaining onions. Return to oven for 5 minutes.

Au Gratin Cauliflower & Turnip Casserole

In large saucepan, boil cauliflower and 2 cut up turnips until tender. Drain and set aside.

In casserole dish, beat 1 egg slightly and stir in 1/2 cup cream or half and half. Stir in 8 oz. your choice of cheese. Stir in hot vegetables. Top with bread crumbs. Bake at 300 for 30 minutes.

Feisty Corn Casserole

2 cans yellow & white corn, drained

In casserole, beat 2 eggs slightly. Stir in 1/2 cup milk. Stir in corn, a few pats of butter and 1 cup chopped red, green and yellow peppers. Stir in 1 tsp dry onion flakes. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 300 for 45 minutes.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Relish

Mince 1/2 bag fresh cranberries in food chopper. Combine with 1 peeled chopped orange. Add zest from orange peel. Add 1 tbsp sugar or Splenda. Best refrigerated overnight.

The Dessert Buffet!

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