It’s that time of the year again and nothing says Christmas like an assortment of delicious drinks and tantalizing choices of food. That's why you need some new holiday recipes to try.
Christmas is a time when we serve traditional meals passed down from generation to generation, as well as a time to experiment with new recipes that we feel inspired to create. Christmas is much more than just presents and family gatherings. It’s about something that people all over the world can find common ground with… and that is food. Regardless of your background, during the holidays, food brings us together. We visit with our families and friends while enjoying a variety of drinks and tasty meals.
This is a time that we cherish and that many of us look forward to all year-long. They say the heart of a house is in the kitchen and when you think about it this expression makes a lot of sense. The kitchen is where we often gather for hours at a time cooking, talking and eating. There is something very cozy and inviting about a kitchen. Here are some amazing recipes to try for Christmas this year that happen to be some of my favorites and are some of the best new holiday recipes to try.
1. Peppermint Hot Chocolate
1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 quart milk
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
6 peppermint sticks (crush 3 of them and leave 4 peppermint sticks whole.
In a medium saucepan mix the cocoa with the milk over medium heat, stir slowly and gradually add the chocolate chips and the crushed peppermint. Continue to stir until all of the ingredients are completely melted. It should take approximately ten minutes. Bring the mixture to a boil and remove the saucepan from the heat right away. Serve each mug of hot chocolate with a peppermint stick. This is a real treat for the holidays!
2. Pumpkin Cauliflower Casserole
1 cup breadcrumbs
½ cup hulled and roasted pumpkin seeds
¾ cup crumbled goat cheese
1 tbsp. unsalted butter,
2 clove garlic
1 head cauliflower
2 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. salt
1 ½ cups of half-and-half
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. ground pepper
1 tsp. cumin seeds.
The first step is to preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Use a ½-quart buttered baking dish. Mix the pumpkin seeds with your breadcrumbs and the butter. Add the goat cheese and put it to the side. You can cut the pumpkin and the cauliflower into thick pieces. Mix the flour, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, salt, pepper, and garlic together. You want the pumpkin mix to be the first layer in your baking dish and then you can add 2 teaspoons of flour mixture on top of it.
You do the same thing with the cauliflower, but use ½ of the cauliflower with 2 teaspoons of flour on top. You continue to layer in the same order until you are done, but be sure that you end it with the pumpkin as the top layer. Be sure to add your half-and-half at the end. Cover the casserole with it and bake it in the oven for 28-32 minutes. Once it’s finished, add the breadcrumb mixture on top and bake for 25 more minutes.
3. Candied Yams
1 pound green apples
3 pounds yams
3 small onions
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ cup of honey
3 ½ tbsp. unsalted butter
Preheat your oven to 345 degrees F and mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Bake in a baking dish for one hour and stir occasionally. Once the yams are tender increase temperature to 500 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until the yams are browned. Serve while it’s hot!
These recipes are sure to please your family and friends this holiday season!