Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Recipes

Do you have special recipes that you only make during the holidays?? These favorite and familiar dishes become part of our family traditions. They become centerpieces in our family's cherished memories of holiday celebrations.

One recipe that we look forward to every year is this breakfast casserole. We eat it every Christmas morning, but we don't usually make it during the year. However, I did make it and put it in the freezer to eat after my two home births, which were also very special occasions.

Christmas Morning Brunch Casserole

1 pound sausage
1 cup grits
2 TBSP butter
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
3 eggs, beaten

Brown sausage and drain. Place in bottom of 9x13 baking dish sprayed with Pam.

Cook grits according to package directions. Stir in butter and grated cheddar.

Mix together milk and eggs. Add to grits and mix well.

Pour egg and grit mixture over sausage in pan.

Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour.

The following recipe of my Mom's is something that we like to make whenever we have ham. It is a great accompaniment to ham, pork chops, or chicken. It is also a popular dish to take to church pot lucks. I always take home an empty dish!

Party Potatoes

2 pounds frozen hash brown potato cubes, partially thawed
2 cups sour cream
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Put into a 9x13 inch baking pan sprayed with Pam. Top with crumbled pototo chips or Ritz crackers or something similar. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

This recipe is definitely a long-time family favorite! We have it every Thanksgiving and Christmas; however, my Dad can't go that long with out his "fix," and has it about once a month throughout the year! This is the best sweet potato casserole you will ever eat!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Peel, quarter, and cook sweet potatoes until fork-tender. Mash well. Measure out six cups and proceed with recipe. (Recently, I learned that baking your sweet potatoes in the jackets is a preferable cooking method, as it preserves more nutrients as well as more flavor. I tried that this year, with great results!)

Beat together thoroughly:

6 cups whipped sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
4 eggs, beaten
2/3 stick butter, melted
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tsp vanilla-butternut flavoring

Pour mixture into greased 9x13 or 10x12 baking dish and cover with topping:

2 cups brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped pecans
2/3 stick butter, melted

Mix topping with hands. Sprinkle on top of sweet potato mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 35 miknutes.

This can be made ahead and refrigerated for 3-4 days or frozen to serve at a later time.

And now for a new recipe, I guess you can't live in the deep south for very long without learning to like and make banana pudding! This recipe is quite easy to prepare and so creamy and delicious! My husband and sons are very happy that I finally mastered this popular southern dessert!

Banana Pudding

2 large boxes instant vanilla pudding
2 8-ounce containers Cool Whip
5 cups milk
1 8-ounce container sour cream
1 box vanilla wafers
6 large bananas, sliced

Mix vanilla pudding and milk together in mixer on low speed until thickened. Add sour cream and one container of Cool Whip. Blend together thoroughly.

Layer vanilla wafers in bottom of 9x13 pan. Top with vanilla filling, and sliced bananas. Repeat layers. Top with remaining container of Cool Whip. Refrigerate overnight or for several hours. (This is better the next day.)

I'd love to be introduced to some of your family's favorites!


Donna G. said...

The Christmas Morning Brunch recipe sounds great! I'm saving the recipe. I love breakfast casseroles, but I've never had one with grits.

Desi said...

Oh, my stomach is rumbling! Sounds yummy!

You inspired me to post a couple of our favorite holiday recipes as well!

LOL! I hope mine are as mouth watering as your sound!!

tlmalcolm said...

Love, Love that Sweet Potatoe Casserole! Had it first at your mom's years ago! I have a recipe but this one sounds much better. Here's our family's special recipe to go with Ham.
Scalloped Pineapple
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained but reserve 1/2 cup to add to mixture
4 cups firmly packed cubed white bread (crusts removed)
In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the pineapple and lemon juice. Gently fold in bread cubes. Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes or until top is lightly golden. Serve warm. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Rebecca's Refining said...

It is funny because for years I only made sweet potato casserole at holiday time....then I decided to make it throughout the year!! That is definately one of our favorites!
We also enjoy the party potatoes...I make that alot too, it is such a great side-dish! Unfortunately, I don't have many in my household with a love for grits.....don't think I will try that one!
Don't know if you remember mom's cranberry salad....every year I plan to make it, yet I never do! There is always next year, right?! :)

busymomof10 said...

Interestingly, we had the Party Potatoes recipe at my Mom's house on New Year's Day and she is making hers a bit differently now. She uses cream of celery soup, instead of cream of chicken, and the shredded hash browns, instead of the cubes, and put crushed cornflakes on top. It was Delicious, and better than mine that I made at Christmas, so I thought I would update this post with her changes.

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