Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Eve - Part 2: The Food and The Recipes

When my sister and I were growing up, my Mom always served a "party supper" on Christmas Eve. We have tried to continue that fun tradition. Not only is it Special and Out-of-the-Ordinary, it provides some leftovers to put out for snacking on Christmas Day, while waiting for our big Christmas Dinner, which is usually served mid-afternoon.

This Christmas Eve, I served two Rotisserie Chickens, Grilled Sausage, Boiled Shrimp, a Veggie Tray, Cheesy Spinach Pinwheels, Cheese ball and Crackers, Spinach Dip, 7-Layer Mexican Dip and tortilla chips, cream puffs, and assorted Christmas goodies.

I am going to share a few favorite recipes from our Christmas Eve meal.

Cheesy Spinach Pinwheels
1 can Crescent Rolls
Gourmet spreadable cheese with garlic and herbs
4 slices (1 ounce each) thinly sliced deli ham or turkey
Fresh spinach leaves
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Separate dough into four rectangles. Press seams to seal.
Spread each rectangle with about 1 1/2 Tablespoon of spreadable cheese to within 1/4 inch of edges.
Top each rectangle with 1 thin slice of ham.
Top ham with fresh spinach leaves.
Starting at short side, roll up each rectangle, pinching sides to seal. Cut each roll crosswise into six slices, for a total of 24 slices.
Place slices on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Yield: 24 pinwheels

Tiffany's Cheese Ball

Mix together:

2 packages cream cheese
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
3 TBSP Ranch seasoning mix
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Shape into two balls. Roll in chopped pecans and chill well. Serve with a plate of crackers.

Melinda's Spinach Dip

2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tsp dill weed
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 loaf white mountain bread from the deli

Thaw spinach. Squeeze out all extra moisture and set aside.

Beat together cream cheese and mayonnaise. Add spinach and all other ingredients and mix well.

Scoop out a loaf of white mountain bread and fill with dip. Cover wtih aluminum foil and bake in 375 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Serve dip warm wtih pieces of scooped out bread. (I purchased an extra loaf to cut up so I had plenty of bread for dipping.)



Ms. Sarah said...

thanks for sharing. i am going to try a few of these

Donna G. said...

I just finished eating, but this food still looks good! The tacky sweaters . . . not so much. =)

Donna G.

mommyx12 said...

Now this is a party supper. I am amazed how wonderful things look!! You must be really good in the kitchen. Me, I try to avoid that room like the plague!!

Rebecca's Refining said...

I so miss that tradition! We tried to keep up with it for a few years, but it got to be too expensive....time consuming...and fattening! However, you have inspired me to try again...maybe "adapt" it to our tastes and budget next year!
BTW, I received my Bartholomew book...can't wait til next Christmas to read it!!! :)

tlmalcolm said...

I like your tradition for a party supper. Our Christmas Eve supper is somewhat similiar but I add a lasagna and pot of meatballs with a spiral cut ham. This way on the day after Xmas there are left-overs. Because around her on the day after you'd better know how to use a micro-wave and open the frig if you want to eat!!:)

busymomof10 said...

I know what you mean about the day after Christmas! I try not to do any cooking either, but there are usually plenty of leftovers from Christmas Day! the day after Christmas is definitely a lazy day around here!!

Wait, I just realized that I did cook on the Day After -- I cooked my turkey carcass in the roaster oven overnight, and deboned that in the morning. Then, I took some of the turkey pieces and broth and made a delicious pot of turkey vegetable soup! My MIL loves it when I do that! Then, I took the rest of the turkey pieces and made some turkey salad for lunch!

So, I guess I just can't stay out of the kitchen!!! ;)

kristilea said...

Well, it all looks just fantastic! What a wonderful tradition. You had everything laid out so nice, it just looks amazing!

We were blessed enough to have a wonderful spiral glazed ham and a new patato casserole recipe that I tried. Oh, and cream corn...we love cream corn.

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