The following is a list of all entries from the Holiday Dishes category.
I know I haven’t posted in a while, but now that I’m back in school, I have been so incredibly busy with homework, drill team practices, and school events that I’ve barely had time to cook! I’m finally on Thanksgiving break, though, and I want to post some recipes that may be fun alternatives to the classic Thanksgiving dishes. Like these little pies; they’re a perfect alternative to pumpkin or pecan pie. And don’t be fooled by their stereotype, these are NOT just for summertime! They make a refreshing, delicious little treat anytime of year, especially on your holiday table. Plus, what relative won’t be impressed by mini pies!?
Mini Lemon Meringue Pies (Pie Crust recipe by Paula Dean, Lemon Curd recipe by Anne Burrell)
- 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
See the recipe on one of my past posts.
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 c sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place all of the crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 1 hour. Form the pastry into 24 small balls; press with fingers into the bottom and up the sides of ungreased miniature muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes, until lightly browned.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, zest, sugar, eggs and salt and whisk to a homogeneous consistency. Place in saucepan and bring to a medium heat. Cook, whisking, constantly until the mixture has thickened, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter, 2 pats at a time until it’s incorporated and has a silky consistency.
Pour the lemon curd into the pie shells and bake for 10-15 minutes or until it’s set. Let them cool.
Whisk the egg whites with the salt and cream of tartar in an electric mixer until they’re frothy. On the lowest speed, slowly add in the sugar a couple tablespoons at a time until the egg whites are thick, shiny, and stiff. Put the meringue in a pastry bag and pipe it onto the pies. Put the pies under the broiler until the meringue is browned and toasty. Happy Holidays!
I promise, these are the easiest, fastest, most delicious Christmas cookies ever! They’re great to set out for your dinner guests tomorrow, and even better for a post-Christmas snack the rest of the week! Really all you have to do is melt some white chocolate almond bark (it doesn’t really have almonds in it!), drizzle it on some flat pretzel chips, and then sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. How hard was that?
You could also modify these to fit any season by using food coloring to color the white chocolate different colors for Valentine’s Day, Easter, the Fourth of July, or even Halloween. You could also add different colored sprinkles or candies to them to give them some pizzazz! Get creative and have fun with them! Happy Holidays everybody!
These cupcakes are like little, choclate-y bundles of happiness! They’re so comforting and make you feel like you’re back in your grandma’s kitchen. Plus, who can resist that combination of chocolate and cream cheese? It’s so tangy and sweet at the same time and satisfies all of your holiday cravings. Happy holidays everybody! (P.S. For those of you keeping track, there’s only 5 days until Christmas. )
- 1 1/2 c flour
- 1 c sugar
- 5 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 c water
- 1/3 c oil
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. vinegar
Start by combining the dry ingredients for the cake.
Then add in the oil..
..and the water. The cocoa powder made the water turn brown…I don’t have dirty water. Stir all the ingredients together.
After the ingredients are combined, add the vanilla, baking soda, and vinegar. The baking soda and vinegar make a cool little science experiment in your cupcakes. Mix that in as well.
Then, grab some cute Christmas cupcake liners with penguins on the bottom and line a mini muffin tin.
Fill the cupcakes up about 3/4 of the way full. Make sure to spill a little on the pan, just for good measure.
Then combine all the filling ingredients and put a little dollop on each cupcake. Bake them at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Makes 36 cupcakes.
Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without the cranberry sauce! It’s one of my favorite dishes on the table, but I decided it was time for something different from the ordinary stuff out of a can. That kind just get a little boring after a while. Anyway, there are lots of advantages to making your own cranberry sauce. You can control the tartness and sweetness of the dish, you can control the texture, and you can make it way in advance, like I did, and then serve it whenever you’re ready! Is there any reason not to make your own?!?!?!?!
The Ultimate Cranberry Sauce
Start by putting the cranberries in a saucepan. They’re always in season around the holidays so they should be easy to find, but you could always use frozen ones, too.
Then, add the water and cranberry juice….
…and the orange peel. Just use a vegetable peeler to peel off the orange zest of the orange. I only used about 2 or 3 strips because the flavor really does concentrate when it’s cooked and you don’t want it to overpower the cranberry’s flavor.
Then, just turn the burner on high and bring the mixture to a boil.
You’ll start to see the cranberries pop!
Yummm….looks like the holidays in a pot!
When the cranberries come to a boil, turn down the heat and let them simmer for 15 minutes.
They should start to get thick and syrupy. Just transfer them to a Tupperware container and let them set up in the fridge until dinnertime. That’s one thing less to do on the big day!
We are a football-loving family, so the Super Bowl was a big event in our house! We didn’t have a party or anything, but we did have some awesome food! Our Super Bowl spread included Italian Cheese Pizza, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Taco Dip, Deviled Eggs, and Brownies! My dish was the shrimp, but I’ll give the recipe for them all!
This is a recipe that my family makes for just about every party/special event that comes our way! It’s something that everyone will love (even the kids!) because it’s so simple. Believe me, you’ll be making this dip for every reason imaginable!
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 salsa, more as needed
- cheddar cheese
- grape tomatoes
- black olives
Blend together the cream cheese and salsa, adding more salsa if needed. Place in a decorative dish and refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes. Top with the cheese, sliced lettuce, quartered tomatoes, and sliced olives. Serve with tortilla chips and dig in!