Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas tasties...

This post has one purpose... To remind me next year of what I/we made for various holiday events this year.

For Treats for Troops:
Peppermint "puppy chow" (rice Chex with melted white chocolate and crushed candy canes)
Bacon "crack" (saltines with a brown sugar and butter syrup baked on them with crumbled bacon on top)
Christmas "crack" (popcorn covered with melted white chocolate with red and green m&ms and pretzel pieces and red and green sprinkles)
Sugar cookies - lots and lots and lots of sugar cookies
Ghirardelli chocolate chip cookies
Betty Crocker double chocolate cookies (never ever ever use these again! Tasted like they had wax in them. The store actually gave me a full refund for all six packages when I returned 2 of the 6 packages I bought for TfT. )
Chocolate fudge with crushed candy canes on top 
Pretzels dipped in chocolate with green and red peanut butter m&ms stuck on them and drizzled with white chocolate (a HUGE hit though time-consuming to make)

For Christmas Eve dinner:
Ham with the glaze
Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, pepper and crumbled bacon

For Christmas dinner:
Roast beef (two cuts of eye round beef totaling 12lbs - one slightly smaller than the other to account for rarer and more well done cuts) with horseradish mustard, fresh thyme, salt and extra black pepper rubbed on it
Yorkshire pudding from Jamie Oliver's recipe (make the batter a day ahead and use a blender/mixer... And a decent sized bowl! If your sister talks you into using the 30 year old blender... Make sure the bottom is fastened on tightly... No repeats of batter running everywhere!)
Beef gravy for the Yorkshire pudding with fresh thyme, shallots, garlic, butter, flour, and beef stock (make early!)
Horseradish cream sauce for the beef with fresh chives, Colman's mustard, and heavy whipping cream (My sister CTH made  this)
Sautéed green beans with fresh garlic (my niece GCT made these)
Scalloped potatoes (CTH made these too)
Fresh greens with homemade dressing (GCT made these too)

The food this year for all of the meals we had was fantastic! Hopefully I can match or top it next year. :-)

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