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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas No. 12–The Big Meal

17 December 2012 2 Comments

The 12th post in our It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas series is all about the food!  If you’ve missed any of our other Christmas themed posts, I hope you’ll check them out!

My contribution to Christmas dinner this year is cooking the turkey, stuffing and potatoes.  I cooked a turkey at Thanksgiving and was really happy with how it turned out so I will be following the same recipe.  Same with the potatoes.  The stuffing however will be a first time recipe.  It’s a Betty Crocker recipe, so I’m sure it will be delicious.  I thought I would share with you the recipes I will be using in case any of you are starting to plan your menus.

The Turkey:  Mom’s Roast Turkey  (click to view recipe)
Cooking the turkey breast side down resulted in the best turkey meat I’ve ever eaten.  This recipe is pretty easy and was a hit with everyone.  I didn’t stuff the bird for Thanksgiving but I will be for Christmas.  I am anxious to see how this impacts the cook time and quality of the meat.  If this is your first time cooking a turkey I would recommend this recipe.  You’re guests will think you’re a pro!
Mom's Roast Turkey{image source} 

The Stuffing:  Betty Crocker’s  Bread Stuffing  (click to view recipe)
This will be a new recipe for me.  It looks straight forward enough and should provide just enough stuffing for the bird we bought.  To tell you the truth, I’m not a hug stuffing fan, so I will have to rely on critiques from everyone else.  I’ll be sure to let you know if it receives a passing grade.  It sure does look tasty!Bread Stuffing{image source}

The Potatoes:  Garlic Mashed Potatoes (click to view recipe)
These potatoes were a hit at Thanksgiving too!  I think the secret here is to whip them until you can’t whip them anymore.  The hint of garlic makes them a little more exciting than your every day potatoes.  If you’re feeling really indulgent you can use cream instead of milk.  Merry Christmas!Garlic Mashed Potatoes{image source}

Have you planned your menu for the big day yet?  Are you cooking or do you have the pleasure of having someone cook for you?  There is a team effort happening around here.  It’s nice to have help with a few side dishes.diana

2 Comments »

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said:

    I’m making the side dishes for our Christmas Eve meal. Mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, french baguette, and Snicker salad.

  • Gabbi said:

    You are such a grown up cooking the turkey, stuffing and potatoes by yourself! I find that so intimidating to take on.

    We are doing two celebrations this year…one before Christmas at my sister’s house with my side of the family and one on Christmas Eve/Day with my husbands side of the family. I’m making homemade butter cream and coconut cream filled chocolates for both celebrations…and then I’m also making peanut butter pie and veggie medley for my sister’s house. :)

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