Well for our family Christmas dinner we have a traditional ham dinner. We get a big whole Honey Baked ham. I order it quite a bit ahead and keep it in the freezer.
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It comes with a wonderful crunchy sweet glaze already on it. Our side dishes include cheesy potatoes my hubby's aunt brings, fruit salad my sis-in-law brings, my family's recipe for broccoli salad (which I'll talk about later in post), sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping, the calico beans I mentioned in yesterday's post, crudité platter, cheese platter, dinner rolls and desserts.
For dessert this year I'll make Pioneer woman's pecan pie as I mentioned in prior post. I'll also make these pineapple upside down cupcakes I have on my pinterest board. I'm going to be working on getting my icons on here soon so you can check out my pinterest and instagram too. Anyway, sorry sidetracked - back to desserts. My sis-in-law will bring a kid friendly dessert (like brownies) and my aunt-in-law usually brings a dessert too. My mom-in-law used to do a lot of the cooking and we always had Christmas dinner at their house, but due to her dementia it just isn't possible anymore. So sad. Topic for another post someday.
I can't wait to check out the other yummy menus today!!
Before I go I'll share the broccoli salad with you. I've been making it so long I don't really measure anything anymore so I'll try to describe it the best I can. For our big family gathering I probably use about 5-6 or so heads of broccoli. So you can make it smaller sized too. The night before Christmas I cut up the broccoli into bite sized chunks. I then make a traditional dressing my Gram always made which involves stirring together about 1 cup of real mayo and adding 2 Tbsp sugar and 2 tsp. white vinegar. Mix until smooth and creamy. For large broccoli salad double dressing. I then coat the big bowl of broccoli with dressing, cover it and put it in fridge overnight to marinade. The next day I add chopped sweet red onion (add to your taste), bacon (about a pound for big bowl cooked and crumbled into small pieces) and raisins (add also to your taste). It's such a great combo of salty, sweet, tangy and crunchy. A family favorite that now my hubby's family never lets us go through a holiday meal without it.
I'm linking Blogmas Day 11 with Sandra Diary of a SAHM