On my blog, I often mention how much I love to cook. That’s why, when I created Jazzi, I wrote her so that she loves to cook, too. Even more, she loves to invite people over for meals. So do I. Since it’s the Christmas holiday, and Jazzi’s hosting her entire family at her house, I thought it would be fun to share her Christmas menu and a few of her recipes. I’ve never shared recipes with you before except in my books, so I hope you enjoy them:
Jazzi bakes a 17-25 lb. ham braised in Coca Cola (a 2 liter bottle, the coca-cola doesn’t cover the ham but comes up the sides a little). She scores the skin, puts the fully cooked ham in her oven on low--covered with foil--and heats it overnight. Before everyone comes, she drains it, turns up the oven to 350, and adds a glaze, then returns it to the oven for twenty minutes.
Molasses Glaze: (combine and heat until melted in saucepan)
1/2 c molasses
2 Pinches of ground cloves (a little goes a long way)
1/2 c yellow mustard
6 T pineapple juice from can of sliced pineapple
1/3 c raw (or light brown) sugar
4 T butter
Brush entire ham with glaze, then stick pineapple slices on top of it. Roast until heated.
For every holiday meal, Jazzi’s mom brings cheesy potatoes—(an old recipe from a really old church cookbook):
2 lb. bag hash brown potatoes, thawed for 1 hour
1 can cream of chicken soup
Pint sour cream
8 oz. grated Cheddar cheese
1 stick melted butter
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 c. potato chips or corn flakes, crushed on top.
Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.
Franny brings the green bean casserole.
Jazzi makes traditional stuffing and gravy and a cranberry salad.
My friend Reta’s Cranberry Salad:
Put 1 pkg. (16 oz.) cranberries in a food processor and finely chop.
Add 2 c sugar and mix well. Refrigerate and allow to sit at least 24 hours.
Drain the juice from cranberries.
Add 1 pound of seedless grapes, cut in half.
Add 1 c. chopped pecans
Add ½ container Cool Whip or 1 small whipping cream, whipped with a little sugar to taste.
Refrigerate until time to serve.
Gran and Samantha bring deviled eggs. Jerod’s parents bring mulled cider and rolls. Jazzi makes an apple crisp and a Texas sheet cake. She uses the Barefoot Contessa’s apple crisp recipe, but doesn’t tell Gran. It would hurt her feelings. https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/old-fashioned-apple-crisp And she uses The Pioneer Woman’s Best Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe: https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/the_best_chocol/
She doesn’t admit that to Gran either😊
Well, that’s a start for Jazzi’s holiday planning. I hope your holiday table is every bit as delicious and filled with happiness.
P.S. I love comments, if you’re in the mood to share some.