Christmas Dinner Menu

Honey Baked Ham, let me wipe up my drool here, is obviously the main dish, but what to pair with it? 

I did a little digging around the internet and found that a lot of people pair macaroni and cheese, only, I wanted something a bit different.  I found just what I was looking for with this Two-cheese squash casserole.  This is essentially mac & cheese but with squash, if you want to think about it simply.

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Ingredients:

4 pounds yellow squash, sliced
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 cups soft breadcrumbs, divided
1 1/4 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Preparation:

Cook squash in boiling water to cover in a large skillet 8 to 10 minutes or just until tender. Drain well; gently press between paper towels.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic, and sauté 5 to 6 minutes or until tender. Remove skillet from heat; stir in squash, 1 cup breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and next 7 ingredients. Spoon into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir together melted butter, remaining 1 1/2 cups soft breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and garlic salt. Sprinkle mixture evenly over top of casserole.

Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until set.

Yum.


Slow cooker glazed carrots

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Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds baby carrots
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, cut into tablespoon chunks
  • 1/2 C brown sugar (plus a little extra)

Preparation:

  1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Place in carrots
  3. Top with butter and sugar (don’t stir it yet)
  4. Cook on High for about 4-5 hours (or low for 8-9 hours)
  5. After about 2 hours give the carrots a good stir. Stir again after another hour and every hour until done
  6. Take cooked carrots out of slow cooker and sprinkle a little extra sugar onto carrots while they are still hot

Seriously, they were the best glazed carrots and will be the recipe I use from now on.


Crock pot green beans

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Ingredients:

  • 4 (14 ounce) cans cut green beans
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4-5 slices bacon, cut into small pieces

Preparation:

  1. Pour 2 cans drained and 2 can undrained green beans in bottom of crock pot.
  2. Add chopped onion, bouillon cubes, pepper, garlic powder and cut up bacon. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover tightly and cook on Low for 4-6 hours.

I might make these with dinner tonight (I’m practically drooling after writing this post).  I’d love to add more side dishes to my recipe box, what are some of your go-to’s?

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Author: Katrina

My name is Katrina and I’m married to the love of my life, William, who is a first lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Together we have the most precious little girls, Elizabeth Lorraine and Alodia Claire. I'm so glad you're here!

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