Christmas feasting from my family to yours: A brief recap of the turkey and sweet potatoes and pies and cookies and pancakes and eggs and tenderloins and twice-baked potatoes and all the soul-warming holiday food crammed into 2 short days.
Merry Christmas to all! I hope you and your family are having a blessed holiday season and continue to embrace the joy throughout the coming year–because when the magical Christmas cheer emanates from Jesus, it prevails year-round.
Regarding Christmas eats, I’ll go ahead and call this year a big success! (Only exception was the turkey breast that went bad before I could cook it on Christmas Eve, but the huge turkey legs more than sufficed.)
Beginning the festivities with Christmas Eve dinner:
- Herbs de Provence turkey legs (roasted with onions, oranges, and fresh thyme)
- Gravy (infused with those turkey pan flavors)
- Wild rice stuffing (half with hot Italian sausage, half without)
- Bourbon bacon pecan sweet potato casserole (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
- French green bean casserole
- Skillet cornbread
- Pear and gorgonzola salads with maple balsamic vinaigrette
- Honeybaked ham (not made by me)
- Citrus-spiced cranberry sauce
- Bourbon spiced pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream
- Cacao brownies (with a Biscoff cookie butter swirl!)
- Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
- Buckeye pie (courtesy of the sis)
Then, after visions of sugarplums and wrapping paper overload the next morning, came
…although pretty disconcerted because our daily eating habits are anything but aligned.
- Gingerbread pancakes with maple cream cheese and pecans with a side of fruit for my mom (the sweet tooth) and myself
- Eggs Benedict (featuring avocado, Honeybaked ham, poached eggs, and Hollandaise with thyme) plus peppered bacon for the savory-lover
- Finally the snacker rolled in the kitchen for pre-made coffee cake and baked cinnamon apples.
Next up, for the two of us who must eat 3 complete meals per day, I whipped together a late lunch of bagel melts with avocado, “Bruschetta” jack cheese, turkey bacon, fried eggs and sun-dried tomatoes. OMG YUM.
To ring it all in, I couldn’t hold back for dinner Christmas night:
- Beef tenderloin and pork tenderloin (seasoned with this insanely delicious Hawaiian rub, grainy Dijon, plus a honey orange Dijon glaze for the pork)
- Spinach mushroom artichoke twice-baked potatoes (seriously one of my fav things ever)
- Garlicky lemon broccoli (roasted alongside the meat)
- ciabatta rolls (courtesy of Publix) and leftover pear salad
- leftover feast of desserts from Christmas Eve