Southern Eats

Christmas Cooking

Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Drops
Roasted Turkey & Gravy
Sweet Potato Custard
Corn Pudding Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Pineapple Yum Yum
Pecan Pie
Poppy Seed Cake
Pumpkin Pie
Ice Tea
Christmas or any holiday meal is always a big deal in the South. Cooking usually starts a couple of weeks before Christmas with decorated sugar cookies in festive shapes, coconut center chocolate candies, and fudge. I usually make lots of these to snack on over the holiday season. Cooking for the big day starts the day before with cakes, pies, sweet potato custard, cornbread to make the dressing with, and any other prep work I can do ahead of time. Don't forget to make plenty of ice tea!

The main dish will usually be a turkey or a ham, depending on how tired of turkey we are from Thanksgiving. If we go for ham, it will be a spiral sliced honey glazed ham. If we go for turkey, it will be roasted in a Nesco or similar type roaster, although you can use the oven if you don't have a roaster. We prefer the roaster because it leaves the oven free for other dishes and doesn't heat up the kitchen nearly as much.

We usually have a variety of side dishes but there are a few that are mandatory. It isn't a holiday meal to us without sweet potato custard, mashed potatoes, dressing, corn, and green beans. Of course you have to have rolls and a salad to go with it too. We always have more desserts than we can possibly eat with favorites being pecan pie, poppy seed cake, and pumpkin pie.

Remember, it is important that the whole family sit down to eat together. This is a family holiday not a cafeteria holiday! The guys will just have to miss an hour of the football games during the meal.

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