Did your family or ancestors serve traditional dishes for the holidays? Was there one dish that was unusual?
My memories about Christmas food seem to be identical to my memories about Thanksgiving food. I have no special memories of Christmas Eve Food. Christmas Day was the turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, mashed turnips, stuffing and canned cranberry sauce. Of course pies for deserts.
Since our grandparents liked in Nantucket Island Massachusetts we never had holiday dinners with them. My parents didn't speak much about what they had growing up.
My Dad use to cook the turkey liver, gizzards and heart. It was a treat to eat these while waiting for the big meal to finish cooking. I don't know how long he cooked them, I only know he boiled them. He would also cook the neck but he was the only one who would eat that. I have tried to cook this items but some how it doesn't turn out right. I can still see the little aluminum pot he use on our gas stove in New York in my mind's eye. He used the same pot when we moved to Florida only we had an electric stove.
Many of my favorite Holiday treats I learned about after I left home. As a nurse many of my patients gave me gifts of food, such as Pumpkin Rolls. One year one of my patients gave me this wonderful red tin of the thinnest ginger type cookies. They were wonderful. The other's ones I like but for the life of me can't remember their name are a anise flavored lacy flat type of cookie, usually sprinkled with power sugar. I have had patients make those for me also. They are wonderful. It is a good thing I don't make them because I would eat them all.
|Wassail cooking on the stove|
12 oz Orange Juice Concentrate
12 0z Lemonade Concentrate
6 oz Pineapple Concentrate
8 quarts of water
6 cups of sugar
1 tsp ground cloves
2 TBSP of butter
Hints: I cut the sugar to 4 cups. Since I don't have a pot big enough to hold 8 quarts plus, I only mix it with 4 quarts of water and dilute it again when I serve it. Since I can't find 6 oz Pineapple Concentrate anymore I use the whole 12 oz.
My other new tradition is to have a Christmas brunch since all my kids have many home to go visit it is easier to have a brunch and not cook the big turkey meal. I do those do the night before casseroles and put them in the oven in the morning.
Here is one I tried last year. So here is the French Toast Casserole, or what is left of it this morning. I forgot to take a picture yesterday. It was good and liked by all.
FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE
13 X 9 greased baking dish
Cut bread loaf in half. Cut one half into cubes leaving the other half aside. Place cubes into greased casserole dish.
Cube cream cheese and place on top of bread in casserole dish. Cube remaining bread and place on top of this.
1 lb. pork sausage
1 Tbs. butter
4-6 slices bread (enough to cover bottom of casserole dish)
1 cup grated cheese
1 1/2 cup milk
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 bunch green onions (sliced)
1/3 cup green pepper (diced)
1 cup Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/4 cup milk
1 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)
Brown sausage, then set aside to cool. Remove crust from bread. Butter 9 x 13 casserole dish and line with bread. Top bread with cheese and sausage. Beat eggs and add milk, mustard, onions, and green peppers. Pour over sausage and bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate this portion over night.
Next day: Dilute soup with 1/4 cup milk. Pour this over top of casserole. Sprinkle with sliced mushrooms and bake uncovered.
Bake at 300 degrees for 1 ½ hour I do my soup the night before and hold the mushrooms, I am the only one who would eat them.
Enjoy your Holiday foods!