Holiday Recipes

Tis' the season to fill your plate with joy!

The celebration of the Christmas holiday brings families and friends together year after year.

So why not cook up a feast for all to share this holiday season?!

If you are cooking for 5 or 25, try these holiday recipes from Chef Walter, which are sure to NOT disappoint!
Christmas Morning Rolls
Ingredients Needed:

1 pkg 24 frozen dinner rolls
1 pkg butterscotch pudding mix (not instant)
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
l/2 cup chopped nuts

Place rolls (still frozen) in greased bundt or tube pan. Sprinkle with pudding mix. Cook remaining ingredients until blended and pour over rolls. Cover and leave setting overnight at room temperature. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Christmas Cheese Ball
Ingredients Needed:

2 8 oz. pkgs cream cheese, softened
4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
8 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
1 jar kraft Old English Cheese
1tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp grated onion
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Combine cheeses with onion, and Worcestershire. Beat until well blended. Shape in a ball or several small balls for gift giving. Wrap in plastic wrap, then in foil; refrigerate overnight. 1 hour before serving, roll in pecans and parsley.

No Bake Christmas Cookies
Ingredients Needed:

2 cups Captain Crunch peanut cereal
2 cups miniature colored marshmallows
2 cups mixed nuts
2 cups mixed nuts
2 cups puffed rice cereal
1 pkg almond bark (white or dark), melted

Mix the first four ingredients in a large bowl. Melt almond bark in the microwave (or in a double boiler) according to package directions. Pour over the cereal/nut/marshmallow mixture. Stir to completely coat the dry mixture. Spoon by TBSP fuls onto waxed paper. Allow to cool. Store in a tightly covered container

Christmas Fruit Drops
Ingredients Needed

1-1/2 cup sifted plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup mixed candied fruit, finely chopped
1/2 cup nuts, chopped

Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, beat well. Blend candied fruits and nuts with flour mixture; blend into creamed mixture. Drop by tsp ful on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until brown. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for about 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Be careful, these burn easily.

Holiday Bread Pudding
A Dollywood Recipe
Ingredients Needed

6 slices day old bread
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup raisins
4 eggs
2 cups milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 deg. In a bowl, break the bread into small pieces and add the butter. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and raisins. Blend well. Pour the bread mixture into the large bowl and stir. Pour mixture into a baking pan and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until it springs back when pressed lightly.

Sweet Potato Sausage Balls
Ingredients Needed:

3 cups biscuit mix
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
1 pound sausage

Combine all ingredients well. Shape into balls and place on greased baking sheet with sides.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until brown
Real Banana Pudding
Ingredients Needed:

1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBSP flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 ripe bananas
1 box vanilla wafers

In a cooking pot, blend flour into sugar and then beat in eggs. Add milk and vanilla. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat. When boiling and thick, remove from heat. Allow to cool. Layer in an oven proof bowl alternating wafers, bananas and pudding. Repeat until all are used.

8 oz egg whites (about 4)
8 oz granulated sugar
Beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add sugar slowly with beaters running until stiff peaks form. Spoon meringue on top of pudding. Brown in oven set at 325 deg for 20 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned.

Ranch Pasta Salad
Ingredients Needed:

1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup shredded cheese
3 cups raw broccoli, chopped
1/2 bag tri-colored rotini noodles, cooked according to pkg directions
ranch dressing to taste

In a large bowl, mix onions, cheese, broccoli, and noodles. Toss with ranch dressing to your taste. Chill before serving.

Quick Christmas Chili
Ingredients Needed:

1 1/2 to 2 lbs lean ground beef
1 24 oz jar salsa (mild, medium or hot to your taste)
3 to 4 TBSP chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 or 3 15 oz cans beans of your choice. (I like pintos best)
V-8 or tomato juice to thin to proper consistency

Saute beef in a heavy soup pot until no color remains. Drain any excess fat. Add chili powder and cumin and stir to mix. Pour in salsa and beans and allow to come to a boil. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add juice to desired consistency. Bring back to a full boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes to blend flavors. Serve hot with grated cheese, sour cream and oyster crackers.

Christmas Cranberry Crisp
Ingredients Needed:
1 pkg yellow cake mix
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup chopped nuts
1 can apple pie filling
1 can (16 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce
Vanilla ice cream or Cool Whip (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry cake mix and spices in bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in nuts. Set aside. Combine pie filling and cranberry sauce in ungreased 13x9 inch pan. Sprinkle crumb mixture over fruit. Bake 45 or 50 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream or Cool Whip. For a change, you might like this with peach pie filling

Beef and Bean Dip
Ingredients Needed:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tsp chili powder
dash of ground cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 tsp salt
1 small can (4 ounces) chopped mild green chile, drained
1 can(about 16 ounces) undrained light red kidney beans
1 cup shredded Mexican Mix cheese, shredded
tortilla chips

Cook ground beef with 1/2 cup chopped onion until meat is browned and onion is tender. Stir in ketchup, chili powder, and salt. Add chopped chile and beans; mash mixture well. Heat through; top with cheese and remaining 1/2 cup chopped onion. Keep beef and bean dip warm in chafing dish, fondue pot, or crockpot. Serve with chips.

Spicy Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Ingredients Needed:

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 jalapeño pepper or serrano chili, halved and sliced (seeded, if desired)
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
kosher salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon honey

Heat oven to 450 deg. Toss the Brussels sprouts, jalapeño, oil, ginger, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, tossing once, until the Brussels sprouts are golden and tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drizzle with the honey and toss to coat. Tip This spicy and sweet glaze would be equally delicious on roasted cabbage or bok choy.

Looking for more holiday recipes? Check out the links below to entice your taste-buds! Or share some of your favorite holiday recipes in the comments below!

* Oh She Glows: Vegan Holiday Recipes
* Food and Wine: Vegetarian Holiday
* Holiday Recipes and Party Planning Ideas - Food Network
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