Skip to main content

Delicious Side Dishes From Christmas

Here are some of the dishes I made for a couple of our Christmas meals this year. The mushrooms, green beans and peas were brand new dishes for me, but they are new faves now! The Dijon glaze is a very old fave for us and the squash is a not-too-old fave. I hope you will enjoy them as much as we have.

Stuffed Mushrooms Florentine
24 large fresh mushrooms
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen leaf spinach
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup melted butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/8 tsp. pepper
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2-1/2 Tbls. grated Parmesan cheese
*****
Rinse the mushrooms. Remove and chop stems; set caps and stems aside. Cook the spinach according to the package, omitting the salt; drain. Place in a blender and process until smooth. Saute the garlic in melted butter over low heat for 1 minute; remove from heat. Dip the mushroom caps in the garlic butter mixture and place them in a 9x13 baking dish. Stir the stems and onion into remaining garlic butter and saute until tender; set aside. Mix spinach, cream cheese, bread crumbs and seasonings in a bowl. Stir in the mushroom stems, mixing well. Spoon the mixture into the mushroom caps. Sprinkle with the cheese. Bake at 375F for about 15 minutes. (Can be made ahead)



Ham Glaze Dijon
(from Grey Poupon)
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup brown sugar
*****
Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve on the side with your sliced ham. (Can be made ahead)



Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
(from Amy at The Finer Things)
4 cans whole green beans
bacon strips, cut in half
1 cup melted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. soy sauce
*****
Gather 10 green beans into a bundle and wrap a 1/2 strip of bacon around it, securing it with a toothpick. (It helps if you just dump all four cans of beans into a large bowl and pick out the longest ones as you go. I ended up with a small bowl of *leftover* beans at the end. You can just use those for something else later). Place your green bean bundles in a 9x13 casserole dish. Next combine the butter, sugar, garlic salt and soy sauce in a bowl; mix well. Pour over the bundles. Chill overnight or at least for several hours. Bake at 375F for 45 minutes to an hour or until the bacon is done.




Special Peas
1/2 lb. bacon, diced
2 Tbls. flour
8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 bunch green onions, sliced (reserve green part)
1 pint half & half (not fat free)
1 lb. frozen petite peas
1 Tbls. butter
*****
In a 3-qt. saucepan fry bacon until very crisp, being careful not to burn it. Drain most of the bacon grease off, leaving about 1 Tbls. Saute mushrooms and white parts of the green onions until soft. Stir in flour. Whisk in the half & half slowly to avoid lumps. Add salt & pepper to taste. Let simmer until thick and creamy, stirring often to keep from scorching. Add peas, butter and sliced green tops of onions Let cook until everything is nice and hot. (Can be made ahead)




Squash Casserole
1 cup butter, melted
2 boxes cornbread stuffing mix
6 cups yellow squash, sliced
1/2 of a medium onion, sliced
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
*****
Pour butter over the stuffing mix; mix well and set aside. Boil squash and onion in salted water for about 5 minutes; drain. In a large mixing bowl combine the squash and onions, 1/2 of the buttered stuffing mix, carrots, sour cream and soup. Mix well. Spread 1/2 of the remaining stuffing mix in the bottom of your casserole dish, pour squash mixture in and then top it with the remaining stuffing mix. Bake at 350F for about 30 min. (Can be made ahead)

Comments

Betsy Brock said…
The Mister would love those mushrooms..I think I'll make those for New Year's Eve! Yum!
Hi Lora

I like the squash casserole and the stuffed mushrooms and the string beans look yummy ...everything does!

Have a very happy 2010!
Wow..it looks so yummy!
sandy toe

Popular posts from this blog

Making Notebooks

Recently I tried out a new craft idea~and it was SO much fun!! And extremely frugal, too. That's always a bonus, right? So here we go: 1. Take your basic composition notebook (purchased at the back-to-school sales for .99 each). 2. Go to your craft supplies and get your Mod Podge ready, along with a good paintbrush. 3. Look through all those scrapbook papers you've been randomly collecting and choose some. 3. After choosing your paper for the cover of your book and trimming it to fit, start *painting* the cover with the glue. Next, give the back of your paper a good coat of glue, too. (I left the binding uncovered so that I could use a contrasting paper there later on). 4. Glue it on! Remember to smooth out any air bubbles under the paper. 5. Flip the cover open and make a few cuts on the corners so that they will fold over nice and neat, then add a little more glue to the edges of the inside cover and a little more to the paper edges. 6. Fold them over a

The Making of an Egyptian Death Mask

We are learning all about the ancient world this year with Story of the World I and loving it! We've been learning a lot about Egypt, of course, which is completely fascinating. Most recently we have studied the New Kingdom of Egypt, which includes the story of King Tut. So we decided making an Egyptian death mask in the style of King Tut's would be a fun project. First since it was too cold at the time to paper mache in the garage (it probably would have frozen instead of dried-ha) and it was too messy to do it in the house, we decided to pick up a couple of cheap craft masks at Hobby Lobby. Next we cut out cardboard shapes to complete the shape of the death mask, attaching them with hot glue. Vince even put a little detail on the *beard* with the hot glue per The Princess' request. Then the kiddos started to paint them with this metallic gold tempera paint. It worked okay for the cardboard, but would not coat the plastic of the mask. We thought maybe a second c

Door Hanger Chore Charts

My kids have had a chore chart for a while.  It's one of those magnetic boards and they share it.  However, it's not by their rooms and often they (and I) forget to update it.  Plus it's a little bulky.   When I saw the concept of a door hanger chore chart on Pinterest, I loved it!  It was compact, right there were the kiddos could see it coming out and going into their rooms, and it costs almost nothing to make.   I headed over to one of my favorite stores: Hobby Lobby, of course.  They  have these little wooden door hangers for .79.  I also grabbed a couple of packets of decorative buttons for $1.99 each.  I already had the clothes pins and the paint so those cost me nothing.   I began by painting the door hangers (I used tempera paints because that's what I had).  Then I grabbed a fine point Sharpie and the clothes pins and started writing chores on them, making sure to write them correctly so they will clip on the right direction.   The left