Christmas dinner is a time for the family to gather and take pleasure in each other’s company. Food helps to make the day all the better. Instead of fretting about what to serve, come up with a simple menu that leaves more time for socializing and is still tasty. Here are some ideas to consider.
Forget about trying to come up with something different. Stick with basics. If the family is used to having baked ham for Christmas, purchase a ham and stick it in a roasting pan. Add some broth and raw vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and onions. Cook according to the instructions and add the glaze an hour or so before the ham is ready.
A green bean casserole is a traditional favorite for many people. Make it a little special by using whole cooked green beans instead of the cut variety. Dump the usual cream of mushroom soup and go with a different combination. Cream of potato combined with cream of chicken is one possibility. Remember that freshly ground pepper and sea salt will add more taste. Bake the casserole and remove from the oven just long enough to add the French-fried onions to the top. Return the dish to the oven so the onions can brown slightly. Serve immediately.
The family loves mashed potatoes, so they are a must for the dinner. Add something special by using cream cheese in the potatoes. Another variation is to use cream rather than milk.
How about dressing rather than stuffing this year? Bake two pones of cornbread several days in advance and place them in the freezer. Take them out to thaw Christmas morning, and crumble them thoroughly. Add in a half-teaspoon of sage, freshly chopped and sautéed onion and celery, salt and pepper to taste, and enough chicken stock to thoroughly saturate the cornbread crumbles. For a creamier taste, add in some cream of chicken soup. Bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit for a half-hour or until firm. For gravy, mix some of the ham juices with a little flour in a frying pan.
Christmas is a time to be together, not slave all day in the kitchen. Keep it simple and there will be less cleanup and more time to spend with the family.