As a rule, I HATE most holiday food. Mashed potatoes? MASHED POTATOES? How did a mushy, bland, blah food get elevated to holiday food status? Green bean casserole? It's like someone hocked a loogie on some mushy green beans.
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Mixed Green Salad with Walnut Honey Dressing
I bought a box of mixed greens and topped them with toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, and blue cheese crumbles (me) or shaved Parmesan (everyone else). I made this walnut honey dressing from FunnyLove. It was amazing. Even my super-picky father-in-law liked it. I did add a bit more honey than the recipe called for.
My favorite kind of leftover is honeybaked ham leftover.
Sweet Potato Souffle
This was from Honeybaked Ham too. It's pretty much candy.
As I said, I don't like mashed potatoes to begin with. I was looking for a recipe that would allow me to peel, boil, and mash them the day before but that didn't call for sour cream or cream cheese (picky husband). I used this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Aside from blowing out the seam in the pastry bag (twice!), they were fairly easy to make. They weren't a hit though. I think next time, I'll just delegate day-of mashed potatoes to someone else.
It wouldn't be a holiday in Ohio if there weren't noodles. I just boiled some Reames frozen egg noodles in some chicken broth.
My family has been making the recipe from the red and white gingham Better Homes and Garden New Cookbook aka "The Good Book" for years.
Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries
I used another Pioneer Woman recipe for these. They were amazing, but took closer to an hour to brown up in our oven vs. the 30 minutes the recipe calls for. I did have to save a dish of sprouts pre-glaze for my father-in-law. He doesn't do well with foods that are "different."
You can't do much better than Buehler's rolls.
And for dessert...
I grew up eating this at Christmas at my Grandma's house. It's a fluffy meringue-type dessert with bit of walnuts in between the layers.
Christmas Crackers might be a new tradition.
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I also made the table kind of pretty. Paper cone trees FTW!