Wednesday, December 20, 2006

~Christmas Dinner~

~Celebration Punch
~Sparkling Apple Cider
~Hot Buttered Rum

~Cheese Ball and Crackers
~Spinach Dip with Vegetables
~Spicy Sausage Balls

~Glazed Spiral Ham
~Scalloped Potatoes
~Baby Carrots with Herbed Butter
~Corn with Red Peppers
~Romaine with Gorgonzola and Walnuts
~Sauteed Green Beans
~Yeast Rolls

~Assorted Christmas Cookies
~Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge
~Pecan Pie
~Cherry Poundcake


Rebecca said...

Ever since we have been married, we haven't had more than 30 minutes to ourselves ALL of Christmas weekend so I have never had to have a menu. I am jealous! I hope to SOMEDAY be able to celebrate Christmas at OUR house and not be running around a million places.

I said that when we had kids it would change-and then I had one. Then I said when we had more and they grew up a bit...and they have. Hmmmm.... Will it EVER happen?

Beck said...

Your dinner sounds great, but the actual dinner part seems a big short on side dishes - I'm looking in my big Christmas cookbook for some ideas.... let's see:
- baby carrots and green beans in herbed butter?
- red cabbage and apples with bacon?
- my family does an asparagus salad, which is sort of iffy.

Kelli said...

Thank you, Clarice!

Rebecca, we had to announce, "Christmas is at our house, you are welcome to come and join us." Most of our family has taken it very well. :0)

Beck, thank you for the side dish suggestions. What kind of herbs are in the butter? I love asparagus! That's a great idea!


Anonymous said...

Your menu sounds wonderful. :-) To round out the dinner part, I though of suggesting a marinated green bean salad my family enjoys. It is one of those recipes that we only have at Christmas time. It includes green beans, peas, bell pepper, celery, onions, pimentos, and a cider vinegar and oil marinande. It looks very festive and Christmas-y on your plate with all the green and the red pimentos. It is delicious with ham and an easy, make-ahead dish as well.

Mrs. Harris :-)

Beck said...

Kelli, the recipe calls for tarragon. The asparagus salad IS yummy, and it's found in the Joy of Cooking cookbook, if you're curious.

smilnsigh said...

My thought is to add a green veggie with dinner. But I don't have any particular recipe for this, to share.

But --- It all sounds deeeeeeelicious! I want to come to your house tooooo. :-)

Anonymous said...

Your menu looks really good. We always have some kind of green bean dish with ours! My favorite is green bean casserole. Merry Christmas!

Julieann said...

Your menu already looks wonderful. I would add the green bean casserole to it---that is my favorite:)


Anonymous said...

Oh, yum. I think Christmas dinner is going to be quite lovely this year. With those sausage balls and ham and scalloped potatoes, I think I'm already full!

Anonymous said...

I would add some green beans. They always taste good with ham. I make mine with canned green beans (the cut kind, not the ones that say "no salt added") and bring them to a boil by adding a decent drizzle of oil and a good dose of sugar (yes, sugar), salt and pepper. Let them boil til the liquid has gone down a good bit, stirring every so often, then put to a simmer for several hours. These are delish-- I promise!

Amanda said...

Kurt's family has Swedish Meatballs, gafunta fish (I can't spell it) and glugg with Christmas dinner (well, they do it on Christmas eve). It's a tradition for me to make potato casserole. Here's the recipe:

Amanda said...

Oh, and we have announced that next year, Christmas is at our house. :)

Kelli said...

Mrs. Harris, your marinated green bean salad sounds delicious!!

Beck, I'm pretty sure my mother-in-law has that cookbook. I will have to look up the recipe, thanks!

Smilnsigh, you are right about it needing a green vegetable!

Becky and Julieann, Green bean casserole is perfect for the holidays!

Phillip, I guess we should double the meatball recipe? ;0)

Marybeth, thank you so much for the recipe, it sounds wonderful!

Amanda, I remember the glugg from a few years ago, it was very yummy! And good for you for having Christmas at your house next year!!

Anonymous said...

Your dinner sounds very similar to mine. With our ham, scalloped potatoes and rolls, we're having a mixed vegetable casserole, my mom's cherry pie jello (my kids would revolt if we didn't have this and I mean the GROWN kids!), and a spinach salad (with bacon crumbles, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries and chopped pecans) with a sweet oriental dressing.

Anonymous said...

I just realized that the menu doesn't include CORN! We can't have Christmas without CORN! What was I thinking? What were you thinking?

Sorry, corn at holiday feasts is tied up with childhood memories of living in the Philippines and British missionaries and stuff like that. I'm somewhat fanatical about it.

dot said...

We have just about the same thing every year and it's almost all carbohydrate. With ham or turkey, we always have cornbread dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potato casserole, and a gelatin salad. I have on occasion added potato salad, waldorf salad, macaronni and cheese, and chicken and dumplings. I had a 7 layer salad last year but it was barely touched. Your dinner so far sounds delicious!

Laurie said...

Looks wonderful Kelli, I am with the others just add a green veggie for a side dish.
We usually have a big dinner Christmas Eve. First church then home to roast duck and all the trimmings. Christmas day is usually a spread of mostly munchies ~ veggies and dip, cheese and crackers and a Christmas punch.
This year will be different since we are spending Christmas at my sisters' house!
Wishing you Love and Angel Blessings...Merry Christmas Kelli!!

Susie said...

Hi Kelli,
I've tried to comment a couple times, but blogger was being a beast. Your menu sounds wonderful!
I can't think of a thing to add that someone hasn't already suggested.
Merry Christmas!!

Kimberly said...

I'd be happy with what you've got planned. It all sounds yummy! Although, might I suggest a Sweet Patootie Souffle, for a vegetable dish? :) It's somewhere in the November Archives over at my place. I know I'll be making it for Christmas, if we get out of the snow and over to our family's.

Heather Anne said...

We are light on the meat and heavy on the veggies at our house so our menu will include at least 5 veggies along with potatoes. My family likes Harvard Beets, and they are so colorful on the plate (dangerous for the tablecloth though!), steamed baby carrots, steamed broccoli and cauliflower with optional cheese sauce, and hubbard squash with bacon and real maple syrup for a treat. The veggies aren't fancy, but that's okay since we have more room for rich desserts. Too often we enrich the veggies to the point that they become like a dessert and loose their nutritional value. I like to keep it simple! Leaves more fat grams for 7 layer chocolate pie!

Kelli said...

Copperswife, we would have the same kind of revolt if Orange Fluff was left out. :0) My brother-in-law is making it this year. Spinach salad is my favorite and your recipe sounds wonderful!

Dot, your menu sounds delicious!!

Laurie, I like how you have your big dinner on Christmas Eve. That way you don't have to spend Christmas Day in the kitchen!

Hi Sue! Blogger has been obnoxious for me, too! Merry Christmas!

Kimberly, I know your Christmas dinner will be delicious!!

Mmm...your menu sounds wonderful, Heather! We are light on the meat around here too. My favorite addition to veggies is a little butter and salt and pepper. :0)

THANK YOU to all for your suggestions and recipes! They all sound delicious! I talked to my mother-in-law and she is bringing the green beans, corn, pecan pie, and rolls. I'm going to make as many things ahead of time as I can. Thank you again for your help!


Rowan said...

Obviously American Christmas Dinner is quite different to the traditional English one - we start with melon and grapefruit salad, then we have roast turkey with sausagemeat stuffing, roast potatoes, roasted parsnips, sprouts, cranberry sauce and gravy. Tradition dictates Christmas pudding with brandy butter or sauce for afterwards but these days I use the leftover desserts from our big Christmas Eve dinner - there are always three or four to choose from so they don't all get eaten on Christmas Eve. I'm sure it will all be wonderful whatever you do - Merry Christmas!

Beck said...

Excellent final menu! We're eating our Christmas dinners (all three of them) at our parents and grandparents, so we get no say.

dot said...

Your final menu sounds wonderful! What time should we all be there?

on the Rock said...

A wonderful menu!

Merry Christmas to you and all your family! May you be lifted in the true spirit of God's love!

Anonymous said...

Kelli, your final Dinner Menu sounds just perfect!! I wish you and your family a most blessed Christmas. Love, Susan P.

theups said...

Wow, Kelli!! I think your menu sounds wonderful just like it is!! I don't think you need anything more at all.

Once again.... I am wishing I were your next door neighbor. :)

Mrs. U

Anonymous said...

Dinner sounds quite yummy! Enjoy!!

Jessica said...

Love the menu that you made up to tell us what your Christmas dinner consisted of! Very neat!