Well, hey there! How was your Christmas?? We did it! We did all the things, we wrapped all the presents, hurrah, we all survived!
I know it’s a little late, but I thought I’d share our Christmas menu with you in case you are still looking for some entertaining ideas, or some things to bring along to your next holiday get-together! I’ll get it together next year and post BEFORE (well, maybe)!
Their title isn’t elegant, but these little balls of deliciousness are utterly divine. Like, indescribably divine. My grandma heard this recipe on the radio once upon a time. She called in for the recipe which was delivered forthwith, and they been on our Christmas menu ever since. Tangy, sticky, sweet, smoky, and savory all in one perfect bite sent directly from Heaven. Kids love them, husbands love them, I want to marry them…
KBRX Christmas Hamballs
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb cooked ham
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup of crushed graham crackers
- a few dashes Worchestershire
- 1 TBS mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 TBS mustard
- 1 cup orange juice or pineapple juice
- 1 cup brown sugar
Mix the first 8 ingedients in a very large bowl and form into balls. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes in a 9×11 baking dish, then drain off the fat as best you can. Add half of the sauce and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and pour the rest of the sauce over the top and serve warm. You can even move the hamballs to the slow cooker after they come out of their second round of baking and pour the sauce over them in there. They’ll stay beautifully until you’re ready for them!
Roasted potatoes and Brussels Sprouts.
Because your health matters this holiday season and you need to get your veggies in. Also, they are simple and scrumptious. I just halved 8-10 Brussels sprouts and quartered some pretty red potatoes. Tossed them with salt, pepper, olive oil and rosemary and threw them on a baking sheet for 35 minutes on 375. Remove them from the baking sheet and put them in an oven proof serving dish, and keep them warm in the oven until you’re ready!
Ree Drummond’s cheese grits.
Keep them proper and pristine for Christmas dinner. Make them do double duty for brunch in the morning! Add some salsa and you’re brunchy heaven. These would also be sooooo good with some green chiles added to them. The cayenne gives them a little kick but not so much that your kids will even notice!
Also a tradition! A whole almond is hidden inside someone’s portion of pudding, and whoever finds it is said to have good luck for the year. This makes a lot! You could easily halve it for a smaller crowd. And it’s make ahead up until you get to the whipped cream! Fold the cream in just before your guests arrive.
Grandma Norma’s Rice Pudding
- 8 cups milk
- 1 1/4 cups rice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup of cream, whipped
Bring the rice and milk to a simmer, simmer 30 minutes until the rice is tender. Let it cool completely in the fridge. Honestly, this is better if you make it the day before, it gives the milk a chance to be completely absorbed into the rice. Whip up your cream until it’s thick and fluffy and gently fold it into the rice mixture.
Wishing you a belated Merry Christmas, and a healthy, happy New Year! I hope you’re doing something glamorous! Let me know if you try any of these recipes and how they turn out!