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Christmas Dinner: It's The Season For A Wonderful Feast!

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Easy Christmas Ham   Cheese Platters            Easy Gingerbread House

                

 

Christmas Ham Recipes That Are So Easy To Make

If roasted turkey is a staple during Thanksgiving, nothing spells C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S better than juicy, flavor-packed, oven-roasted ham!

This Yuletide Season, bring the whole family together by creating a wonderful feast built around the star of the Holiday dinner. Some may be intimidated to make their own baked ham at home, but it's actually quite simple. With a handful of great ingredients, a little elbow grease and a whole lot of love, you'll surely be able to whip up a great Holiday ham that will make the season a lot more brighter and memorable for your loved ones. 

Here are three wonderful recipes that could possibly make it to your yearly Christmas tradition.

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze (A Spicy Perspective)

Baked Ham - with Brown Sugar Ham Glaze! #easter #spring #ham #pork

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 pounds smoked ham
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt

via Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze (A Spicy Perspective)

 

Spiced Cider Baked Ham (Taming Twins)

Spiced Cider Baked Ham

Ingredients:

  • Coca-Cola Smoked (bone out) gammon (about 2kg)
  • 1 litre apple juice
  • Pack of cider spice mix
  • 1 onion, cut in half
  • 1 carrot, cut in half
  • 500ml bottle of cider

For the glaze:

  • 6 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 tablespoons of dark brown sugar

via Spiced Cider Baked Ham (Taming Twins)

 

Pineapple and Rum Glazed Ham (The Blond Cook)

Pineapple and Rum Glazed Ham – A mouth-watering ham glazed with a mixture of pineapple juice, dark rum, brown sugar, butter and seasonings!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (7 to 8 pound) fully cooked bone-in ham
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 (6-ounce cans) 100% DOLE® Canned Pineapple Juice
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ cup dark rum

via Pineapple and Rum Glazed Ham (The Blond Cook)

 

Cheese Platter Ideas For Christmas

 The main dish may be the star of the Christmas feast and dessert may end the party with a sweet note, but appetizers set the whole tone for the celebration.

On your Holiday party, fight the urge to purchase store-bought cheese and veggie stick trays from the grocery. Make your appetizer more personal and festive by picking the ingredients yourself and laying them out in a decorative way. A cheese platter may seem trivial and unimportant, but it actually tells your guests how much you prepared for the special day that you want to spend with them!

Here are some cheesy appetizer ideas that are perfect for your Christmas party! 

Vertical Cheese Board (StoneGable)

VERTICAL CHEESE BOARD- fruits-stonegableblog.com

The cheeses:

  • one hard cheese: sharp cheddar
  • one soft cheese: Borsin
  • one “stinky” cheese: French Bleu
  • two favorites: havarti and manchego

The meats:

  • hard salami
  • pepperoni
  • sporessata

And the fruits:

  • cherries
  • grapes
  • clementines
  • pomegranates

 

Christmas Tree Cheese Board (CakesCottage)

 Christmas Tree Cheese Board

Ingredients

  • ½ lb / 200 g Cheddar Cheese, cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • ½ lb / 200 g Smoked Gouda Cheese, cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • ½ lb / 200 g Monterey Jack Cheese, cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • ½ lb / 200 g Mozzarella Cheese, cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • 1 lb (450 g) each seedless green and black or red grapes
  • 1 pkg (40 g) fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 Tbsp. Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 piece celery (2 inch)

via Christmas Tree Cheese Board (CakesCottage)

 

Holiday Cheese Wreath (Five Heart Home)

Holiday Cheese Wreath ~ this easy and festive Christmas party appetizer is made by arranging cubes of cheese in a ring, accenting with cherry tomatoes and a garland of rosemary, and finishing off with a bell pepper bow! | FIveHeartHome.com

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cheddar cubes
  • 8 ounces Colby Jack cubes
  • 8 ounces Monterrey Jack cubes
  • 8 ounces Swiss cubes
  • Approximately 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary

via Holiday Cheese Wreath (Five Heart Home)

 

Easy Gingerbread House Ideas You Can Do At Home

Gingerbread house may be one of the most iconic edible decorations during Christmas! Kids are especially in love with these miniature brown houses decorated with snow-like white royal icing and colorful candies.

Of course, kids would love it even more if they have the chance to make and decorate the gingerbread house. Because let's face it - it's much more fun making these tiny Holiday treats than breaking them and eating the candy piece by piece.

Here are some recipes and a few tips on making your very own gingerbread house this Christmas. For those who would like to try their hand at making an authentic gingerbread house, there's a great recipe from Frog Prince Paperie. For those who want to take the easier route and make "gingerbread" houses from graham crackers, you'll find great tips from Hapiness is Homemade and No Biggie.   

 

White House Gingerbread (Frog Prince Paperie)

 

Get professional help for making your gingerbread houses this holiday season with this gingerbread house tutorial with tips from gingerbread PRO Nikki Wills of Tikkido.com!

Ingredients:

  • 2 C granulated Sugar
  • 1 C plus 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 C Crisco solid shortening
  • 3 T molasses
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ t salt
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 6 C flour
  • 1 T ginger
  • 1 T cinnamon

via White House Gingerbread (Frog Prince Paperie)

 

Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses (Happiness is Homemade)

 

Kid Decorated Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses

What you'll need:

  • Honey Maid Graham Crackers – 5 per house
  • Royal Icing
  • Paper Plate or Cardboard
  • Bread Knife or Serrated Knife
  • Disposable Piping Bag
  • Assorted Candy, Pretzels, Dried Fruit, Etc. for Decorating 

Ingredients for royal icing:

  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs whites
  • 1/4 tsp of Cream of Tartar

via Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses (Happiness is Homemade)

 

Tips for Gingerbread House making (No Biggie)

Gingerbread House making tips - NoBiggie.net

"I’ve come up with a few helpful tips to make this tradition easy and easier on the budget."
  1. Use Graham Crackers
  2. Hot Glue
  3. Mount the house to a cardboard base
  4. Shop the bulk candy section
  5. Have little squeeze bottles ready

via Tips for Gingerbread House making (No Biggie)

 



Make Christmas cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean up time in half.

 

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