Darling Christmas Dinner

Nothing like reminiscing about Christmas dinner in the middle of January! Seems I have a little recipe sharing catch-up to do!!  Anyhow, this year was the first time my mom and I cooked Christmas dinner together at her house instead of traveling to visit family.  The pressure was on!!  If I learned anything from watching the holiday cooking specials on the Food Network it’s – keep it simple!!  The holidays, and even entertaining in general, are all about enjoying the people you’re with not slaving over the stove.  So here is how we mastered a perfectly simple and delicious Christmas dinner.

My dad helped out BIG TIME by smoking our turkey in the Old Smokey Smoker Cooker.  It was moist, juicy and had great flavor – way to go, dad!  It was the perfect base for a great meal.

To compliment the smoked bird we made homemade cranberry sauce, roasted sweet potatoes and sautéed green beans.  A healthful, colorful Christmas feast.

Homemade Whole Cranberry Sauce Ingredients:
2 packages of cranberries
1 cup of water
1 cup of orange juice
1 cup of sugar

  1. Combine water, sugar and orange juice in a medium saucepan and bring to boil.
  2. Add cranberries, return to boil.
  3. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes until cranberries pop, stirring occasionally.
  4. Cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time.
Cranberries Popping - Cook until syrupy consistency

Cranberries Popping - Cook until syrupy consistency

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Roasted Sweet Potatoes:
1 sweet potato per person
Olive oil
Sea salt

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Wash potatoes and chop to cubed pieces.  Raw sweet potatoes are so hard to chop – be careful!  You might want to microwave them a couple of minutes first to soften before chopping.
  3. Toss potato chunks in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt on baking dish.
  4. Bake for about 40 minutes – turn once midway through baking to evenly roast on all sides.

Sautéed Green Beans
Green beans
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

  1. Rinse beans and cut off ends.
  2. Toss green beans in sauté pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Cook on medium heat; stir to cook all of the beans.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Depending on how crunchy vs. soft you like these babies you can cover them with a lid and let them steam while sautéing a bit or just barely cook them.  My dad likes them barely done, so I had them on the stove for about 4 minutes – just to heat up.
Christmas Turkey Dinner

Christmas Turkey Dinner

Zach-n-Dad-o-Meter: Our men loved this festive meal.  All of the flavors went together like a delicious food puzzle of perfection.  The best part was that the four of us had a blast together enjoying the evening, sipping wine and being thankful for the Reason for the Season.  Oh, and the leftover turkey sandwiches with mayo and cranberry sauce…mmm…

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