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The complete Christmas meal

By: 6 December 2010 One Comment

The Christmas season is hectic for most of us.

You’ve got family gatherings, shopping, parties, church plays and, well, just a whole lot of things to do this time of year. Wouldn’t it be great if at least one thing — cooking that Christmas dinner — was a little easier?

Well, guess what? Our own Marci Nobles has a collection of recipes that will result in a complete Christmas meal, all the way from the brined turkey through the pumpkin pie for dessert. To be fair, she posted all of these recipes for Thanksgiving, but aren’t feasts for both holidays similar? Sure they are!

So make this Christmas a little easier. Grab that your laptop, desktop, or favorite mobile device, follow the recipes in the below links, follow the recipes and whip up a complete Christmas meal in no time.

* Brine, baby. Brine! You know what’s worse than cold turkey for Christmas? A dry one. Here’s a method that’s both simple and guarantees a juicy turkey your family and/or guests will love.

* Sweet potato praline casserole. A dessert disguised as a side dish. A favorite here in the South and other civilized parts of the nation.

* Chunky cranberry relish. Some people love the canned cranberry sauce and that’s all fine and dandy. Some people, however, prefer fresh cranberries when they’re used in recipes like this one.

* Burgundy mushrooms. This isn’t exactly a traditional Christmas side dish, but so what? Mushrooms are always great and they’re even better when swimming in a decent red wine. Surprise those guests with something unique, folks.

* Green bean casserole. An old favorite that cranks the “yum” and dials down the “nasty.” Want to see what I mean? Click the link and learn all about the denastification process.

* Broccoli cheese casserole. Here’s a sharp turn back into traditional territory. Always great stuff.

* Pumpkin pie. Everyone expects pumpkin pie at least twice a year — on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Make sure your guests get that fix before the new year.

More Christmas recipes here. Remember — check back every day through Christmas Eve for a new recipe.

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