For many folks, Christmas Eve is a night full of wonder and awe, family and friends, traditions and worship. It is an exciting night, when anticipation of things to come fills the air along with joyful Christmas music, laughter, food, and fun. What kind of a meal fits this amazing atmosphere but doesn’t take up all your time in the kitchen? This is my favorite Christmas Eve dinner – it takes little time to cook- allowing me ample time to spend with friends and family, and worshipping at church, but tastes delightful!
There is nothing tastier than a spiral ham, and cooking it is easy. Just unwrap your ham and place it on low in your crockpot or slowcooker all day. There is no need to add a thing. Just allow that ham to cook all day long, and at dinner time you will have a delicious and tender meat to enjoy. If you like, you can add a little sweet and sour sauce and a few pineapple rings when serving.
Another delicious Christmas Eve food that I love is sweet potatoes. These are quick and easy also. Take a few cans of already cut sweet potatoes, and pour them in a sauce pan along with their juices. Add some brown sugar, chunks of butter, and pumpkin pie spice and cook on medium until the potatoes are simmering. Transfer them to a pretty dish, top with marshmallows and your side dish is served!
For an added vegetable, my family loves sweet corn. We buy a large bag of frozen sweet corn, and pour the contents along with some water in a sauce pan and simmer until tender. We drain the juice, put them in a dish and top with a little butter. They are delicious and simple!
My little boy loves green beans, and no meal is complete without green beans. In this case, we open a few cans of cut, no salt green beans and heat them in a microwave safe dish in the microwave for about four minutes. It doesn’t get any easier than that, and our little boy is thrilled with his yummy dinner.
To keep my husband happy is pretty easy, too- he loves cranberry sauce. We open a few cans of Cranberry Sauce, slice it, place it on a pretty dish, and he is a happy camper. It’s a very simple detail, but it’s delicious, too!
Dessert is a fun undertaking – and you can even get the kids involved in this one! My family has made monkey bread for years and we still enjoy it. You need a package of frozen bread dough (make sure it is thawed by the time you are ready to make the dessert), a stick of melted butter, and a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Pull off small pieces of dough and roll into a small ball, dip in butter, roll in your cinnamon and sugar, and drop into an angel food cake pan. Repeat until the pan is about ¾ full. Bake according to the directions on the package. When its done, turn the monkey bread over onto a Christmas plate and you have a fun and delectable dessert.
I hope you enjoy your Christmas Eve this year, have a wonderful meal and a wonderful time with friends and family.