What to Eat in December
by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
What to eat in December is on everyone’s mind as we approach the holidays and the busiest time of year. Who has time to seek and hunt down more recipes than what graces our holiday table?
I have put together a collection of 25+ recipes to take some of the guesswork out of your menu planning. This should leave you with a little more time to enjoy the sparkle of the season!
From applies to dessert, everything is represented here, so browse away.
And have the Merriest Holidays ever! ~s
Happy Appies for Game Day and Impromptu Get-Togethers
Classic Antoine’s style NOLA Oysters Rockefeller using preshucked oysters and no shells make an easy appetizer for entertaining.
Spanakopita Bites take all the flavors of the phyllo wrapped feta and spinach pastries and place them in a simple bite sized tart.
Crab Stuffed Shrimp are easy to prepare baked, butterflied shrimp with a savory and delightful crabmeat stuffing.
Whether keeping on hand to go with leftover turkey and ham sandwiches or as a fabulously popular potluck side, mustard potato salad is always welcome.
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (Balela) is a delicious bean salad with Greek flavors, is a snap to make and it’s very healthy for you!
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad combines two favorite vegetables in a festive and classic marinated raw salad with lots of fruity crunch.
Warming Soups and Stews
Caldo de Camaron is a tomato based Mexican shrimp soup flavored with ancho and pasilla chiles and vegetables in a lightly spicy broth.
Sweet Potato, Chilli and Coriander Soup is made with kumara, the New Zealand type of sweet potato, and rocks delicious Asian flavors.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup is a hearty favorite made with dried split yellow peas in the slow cooker or crockpot.
Soft Homemade Dinner Rolls are pillowy soft with added butter, eggs and are on the table in just over two hours start to finish.
Marzipan Stollen is a festive and traditional German holiday fruit and nut bread filled with delicious almond paste.
Country style cranberry walnut bread is chock full of both fruit and nuts, sweetened with a hint of cinnamon and molasses.
Great Start Breakfasts
Monte Cristo Waffle Sandwich is the classic Monte Cristo ham sandwich- cleverly disguised inside a waffle.
Huevos Rancheros are a Mexican favorite of eggs with a tomato-based sauce with chiles, served on fresh corn tortillas.
Fat Rascals are a type of English Yorkshire scone or rock cake with a pleasant plump rascal face of almonds and cherries with currants as well.
Comforting Winter Casseroles
Cavatini, the old Pizza Hut standard, has a trio of pasta shapes with three kinds of meat mixed with veggies and cheese and baked until piping hot.
Swiss Chalet Mac and Cheese brings the wonderful flavors of a Swiss fondue to your everyday macaroni and cheese.
Taco Noodle Hot Dish combines the flavors of a taco and cheese in an American goulash type casserole for pure comfort.
Santa’s Favorite Sides
Old-Fashioned Chestnut Dressing or Stuffing
Old-Fashioned Chestnut Stuffing or Dressing is a traditional moist dressing often associated with Christmas and made with chestnuts.
Tender caramelized roasted cauliflower florets with savory garlic and Parmesan are a simple yet healthy side dish.
This simply creamy noodles side dish makes comfort food of any supper.
Delicious Snow Day Dinners
Tender beef cutlets in a tomato based gravy, easily made in the slow cooker.
Baked pork chops with a savory bread stuffing (or dressing).
Chinese Chicken with Black Pepper Sauce is an easy restaurant style stir-fry with a peppery brown sauce and Szechuan bite.
December’s Best Desserts
Vanilla cheesecake bursting with color atop a sugar cookie crust.
Apple mincemeat pie with layered apples over a smaller amount of mincemeat make for a very fruity, not overwhelmingly spicy, delicious autumn or holiday pie.
This Italian Cream cake is a Southern buttermilk Bundt cake with coconut, pecans, and cream cheese frosting.
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