Easy Does It Christmas Recipes
Since both my husband
and I have family to see at Christmas time, we spend time with his
family at our house on Christmas Eve and my family at their house on
Christmas day. My mom always makes a big beautiful dinner and we
have so much going on at the time, I usually make a snack buffet
table for the Christmas Eve celebration at our house.
It is very simple and helps keep my stress level down. I can make
all of it ahead of time and just set the table up later. I don't get
fancy with the table decorations, but do include a pretty poinsettia
tablecloth and pretty holiday paper plates and napkins. It's now a
tradition that everyone looks forward to because it's easy and
provides delicious snacks all day long. The best part is that by
using paper plates, there are no dishes or pots and pans to wash!
The only clean up involved is putting away any leftovers, that is,
if there is any!
Here are a few tips to plan your own snack buffet. When you have
time, take out a piece of paper and start writing down some
possibilities. Write down any recipes that come to mind as you read
Trays of things to
dip is always popular. I like to put out a veggie platter with
ranch dip (I use the packet of `Uncle Dan's' found in the
grocery store to make the dip) and an assortment of crackers
with my popular recipe 'clam dip'.
A tray of sandwich
makings. I load a tray with deli meats and cheeses, and other
sandwich makings such as onion, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise, and
mustard. You might try a tray of club sandwich makings or Reuben
sandwich makings. You can also experiment with different breads
such as party rye or sourdough.
Candies. Each year I make two or three of our family's favorite
recipes which are included below. What's your family's favorite
cookie and candy recipes?
Irish Cream recipe below served over ice is wonderful and a
special treat. We also buy pop and beer and this seems to make
everyone happy. You might have a favorite punch, eggnog or hot
buttered rum recipe you'd like to serve.
things. I always have the Chex®
Don't forget that you
can have family members or other guests contribute! This will give
you more variety and less work! Just tell them to bring a snack-type
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (6-ounce) can minced clams, save juice
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt to taste
Combine cream cheese and clams. Stir in just enough clam juice to
make a nice consistency for dipping. Add remaining ingredients and
thoroughly combine. Serve or cover and chill. Serve with crackers or
1/4 Box Saltine Crackers
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Butter or Margarine
1 large bag Chocolate Chips
Chopped Walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cover a large cookie sheet with aluminum
foil. Grease with butter. Cover with saltine crackers. Bring 1 cup
sugar and 1 cup butter to a boil & continue to boil for 2 1/2
minutes. Pour over crackers & spread fast. Bake 5-7 minutes. Spread
a large bag of chocolate chips over, like icing. Top with chopped
walnuts if desired.
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 2/3 c. Whiskey
1 tsp. instant coffee
2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix on high for 30 seconds.
Refrigerate. Shake well before serving over ice. Should keep for at
least 2 months.
Peanut Butter Bon Bons
1 - 1 1/2 lbs. Box Powdered Sugar
2 Cubes Margarine (1 cup)
1 Cup Peanut Butter
Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Almond Bark
Mix all ingredients except chocolate. Shape into round balls. Chill.
Insert toothpick & dip into melted chocolate. Chill until set.
I know the recipes aren't for the health conscious, but it's only
once a year! Here's to hoping you have an 'easy does it' Christmas
celebration this year.
© Monica Resinger
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