Friday Favorites – Christmas Entertaining (Episode 75)

If you’re much like me, you’ve probably rushed around to finish all of your shopping and get the gifts wrapped so that you have next week to focus on food.  Granted, I do make a lot of homemade gifts, so I don’t have ALL of my gifts done.  But, I would much rather spend the week before Christmas in my kitchen listening to Christmas music while I cook and bake.  It sure beats pushing your way through the super-crowded stores looking for last minute gifts! I suppose that it’s also a good time to clean the house if you have guests coming, but we won’t talk much about that.

Since I spent last week introducing you to more cookies than you could ever possibly bake during one holiday season (that’s a challenge… I dare you!), I thought it would good to focus this week’s Friday Favorites post on holiday entertaining!  After all, we can’t live on cookies alone (or can we?).

Snacks and Apps

The Main Event

  • If ham is your idea of the perfect main dish for your Christmas feast, be sure to have a look at this Honey and Brown Sugar Crusted Ham from Megan’s Cookin’.  I don’t think I’m going to be hosting the Christmas feast in my family, but I might have to make this ham anyway!
  • Perhaps you will be serving a smaller crowd for Christmas, or you just want to make something for a special someone… Then, you can’t go wrong with my POM-Cider Glazed Pork Chops.

On the Side

  • You can’t go wrong with potatoes and Brussels sprouts for the holidays. Right now I can’t get enough of these Balsamic Glazed Skillet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts. Seriously… We’ve been having them on a regular basis at my house for weeks!
  • No holiday dinner is complete without some dinner rolls. These Potato Rolls from Dine and Dish look like they would please just about any crowd!
  • I always love mac and cheese… This version is one of my favorites and has a more “grown-up” taste that your guests are sure to love!
  • I stretch out cranberry season as long as I can.  It’s not the holidays for me without some cranberry dishes.  I’m especially loving this Cranberry Chutney from Sugarcrafter!
  • Soup is a great addition to any holiday dinner table.  I love this Roasted Red Pepper Soup from Good Life Eats. It’s packed with flavor from smoked paprika and cilantro!

Save Room for Dessert

6 Responses to Friday Favorites – Christmas Entertaining (Episode 75)

  1. Eliana says:

    Thanks for the love Jen :)

  2. What a great guide, Jen! Thanks so much for including me in the listing. Happy weekend to you!

  3. Tracy says:

    Thanks for including my chutney! This is a great collection of holiday dishes that I am bookmarking for next week!

  4. SnoWhite says:

    Yummy guide!!

    That cranberry apple pie seem so festive for a dessert – great idea!

  5. megan says:

    Great round-up! Thanks for including me. :)
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Tracey says:

    I like the way you think Jen! I did most of my Christmas shopping this weekend so I could spend this week in my kitchen baking :) Lots of edible gifts here too, but at least I won’t have to brave crowds at the store.

    Thanks for including my mushrooms!

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