Holiday Recipe Exchange: Dinner Recipes

I thought it would be helpful to put together some ideas for Christmas dinner. I’ll follow that up with a compilation of holiday treats for dessert or to give as gifts.

Let’s start with this year’s Christmas Eve menu:

  1. Spinach Lasagna
  2. Collard Greens with Bacon
  3. Garlic Cheese Bread
  4. Ice Cream Sundae Bar

All those recipes can be found here


Next up, the more traditional turkey dinner, with my new favorite cooking technique, wrapping the spatchcocked turkey in a bourbon, maple syrup, and butter-soaked cheesecloth:

Spatchcock Roasted Turkey with Bourbon and Maple Syrup (recipe here)

Garlic Mashed Potatoes (recipe here)

Christmas dinner here will be a standing rib roast:

Standing Rib Roast (recipe here)

Photo by JeffreyW

Roasted Smashed Potatoes (recipe here)


I had a request for some easy potluck sides:

almost there

French Onion Casserole (step by step photos of recipe here)

  • 2-3 tbsp of butter
  • 3 large sweet onions (or 4 medium yellow onions),thinly sliced
  • 8 oz shredded Swiss Cheese
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup (substitute mushroom soup for vegetarian)
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • pepper
  • 8 slices of French bread

skillet, shallow 2 qt casserole or baking dish (glass)

Melt butter in skillet over medium heat and add onions. Sauté until onions are translucent, a little caramelization is ok.

In baking dish, layer onions, 2/3 of the cheese and pepper to taste.

In skillet, heat milk, soup and soy sauce, stirring to blend well.

Pour soup mixture over casserole and fold in gently to mix.

Top with bread slices.

Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered for 15 minutes, bread should be brown and toasted. If not, turn oven to broil to crisp the bread (watch closely). Remove casserole, return oven temperature to 350. Push bread slices into sauce, top with remaining cheese, return to oven and bake an additional 15 -20 minutes until cheese is melted.


I love taking Jicama Slaw to get-togethers, it is so unexpected and fresh.  Jicama Slaw (recipe here)

And finally, I make these as appetizers – they are so simple and really look great on a plate. You can prep them ahead of time and just pop them into the oven just before guests arrive.

Wild Stuffed Mushrooms (recipe here)

That should be a good start. You can access all the holiday recipes here.

Now it’s your turn, let’s share some recipes and maybe we can find something new to try this week (that’s how I got the French Onion casserole recipe).

If you celebrate, what are you cooking up for the holidays?

(BTW, this entire post was composed with 25 lb of puppy on my lap…so let me know if I missed something or something is unclear)



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