The turkey and ham is one of the most important parts of any Christmas dinner. Buy whatever size turkey and ham you think you will need for your dinner, I usually buy a little larger than I actually need, that way we can enjoy afterwards.
Place turkey on cookie sheet to prepare. Make sure to check both ends of the turkey to be sure the neck, giblets, etc. have been removed before cooking. Drizzle olive oil all over turkey and rub in well. I even spray a little butter spray over it too. You can never have a too juicy turkey. Sprinkle salt and pepper to your liking over turkey. Lift up skin part of breast and place a couple of sprigs of rosemary and thyme underneath with a little olive oil too, then place flesh flap over meat. Place turkey in your roaster now and dress with baby carrots and small cut up potatoes, then salt and pepper the vegetables. Place aluminum foil over entire bird and cook at about 350 degrees for however long the turkey cooking directions tell you for your size bird. About 15-20 minutes before it should be done, remove foil covering and place back in oven for the turkey to brown. This makes for a delicious and juicy recipes Christmas favorite turkey. If you like to stuff your turkey, alter the cooking directions as determined on packaging for stuffed birds. I usually make a large pan of stuffing separately.
The ham is very simple. Get your large slow cooker or crock pot out. Make sure you a honey coated or sugar coated fully cooked ham. Place in slow cooker, add some pineapple rings to the ham with toothpick and drizzle a little maple syrup over to help juices set in. Put on low for 2-4 hours and your ham will be all ready to go when your dinner guests arrive. This recipes Christmas is quick and takes hardly any time to prepare.
For stuffing recipes Christmas, simply buy a package of stuffing mix, place in large mixing bowl, chop 1 small onion into bowl, and add a little minced garlic, salt and pepper, 2 cans of turkey broth, fresh or dried herbs you like the taste of, then mix all together. Line large casserole dish with butter cooking spray to keep from sticking and cook at 350 degrees for about 1 ½ hours until top is browned.
Some recipes Christmas desserts that are fast, tasty and easy are ambrosia and apple walnut salad. The ambrosia you get large bowl put in 1 whole container cool whip, the larger ones, 1 can mandarin oranges, 1 can crushed pineapple, 1 can cherries, 1 cup chopped pecans, 1 pack mini-marshmallows and 1 package of shredded coconut. Mix all together with rubber spatula and place in your serving bowl. Refrigerate and take it out when desserts are to be served. Sprinkle a light dusting of nutmeg over the top of it.
The recipes Christmas for apple and walnut salad is just as simple. Cut up about 8 medium size apples, the kind of your choice, add 1 cup of chopped walnuts, ½ -1 cup of mayonnaise, you don’t want it to be all mayonnaise, just a nice light coating on apples, 1 cup raisins and mix all well together. You can garnish this tasty Christmas dish with a sprinkle of the walnuts on the top and maybe a few cherries if you’d like.
These recipes Christmas dishes are simple and easy and do not take up all your time in the kitchen on the holidays. Maybe using these you will get to enjoy visiting with family more. Happy holidays.