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This Maple Glazed Ham with Cranberries and Sweet Potatoes is a great recipe that combines all the best flavors of the season and a great idea to use leftover slices of your holiday ham!
You know it's the holidays around the house when you smell the ham baking in the oven. It just has that aroma of "special occasion" food that immediately brings me back to Christmas dinners around our dining room table in my childhood home. I want to give you a warning though - this recipe is so easy, you're going to want to serve it to your family year-round!
I can remember Christmas dinner as a kid, all dressed up with black Mary Jane shoes, tights, and red plaid dresses. My mom would put ribbons in our hair and, most years, my sister and I were dressed alike. Of course on Christmas morning we'd be in our pajamas, but as soon as lunch time came around, we'd do our hair and put on our dresses, just for the family to come over for dinner. I loved getting all dressed up and as I grew up, I looked forward to doing the same with my own kids!
And then God decided to bless me with three boys, and that idea proceeded to go right out the window - ha! There was one year that Silas loved wearing ties to church every week, but that was fleeting. Now I'm just happy they have their faces wiped and all wearing clean pants before we venture over to my Mom's house to exchange presents with the rest of the family on Christmas day. I can't blame it all on them though - having three coordinating kid outfits is pretty stressful! And honestly, the boys couldn't care in the least.
As far as the holiday dinner is concerned, you don’t need to look any further than the Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham – it’s the perfect centerpiece to your table and is available in a variety of glaze flavors, so it’s so simple to prepare. You can even cook sweet potatoes and cranberries right along with the ham in one roasting pan!
yield: 16 servingsAuthor: Kelly Millerprint recipe
Maple Glazed Ham with Cranberries and Sweet Potatoes
A maple glaze for ham with cranberries and sweet potatoes baked together in a roasting pan for a holiday dinner.
This ham is absolutely fabulous! And that amazing maple syrup glaze on both the ham and sweet potatoes is irresistable!
In our family, it's impossible to have a family holiday dinner without Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham at the center of the table. The are endless leftover ideas for this delicious ham - from soups, sandwiches, and more, Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham can be used for easy, savory dishes the whole family will enjoy. I love using sliced ham leftovers to pack lunches for my husband and kids through the week with nice freshly sliced cheese, tomato, lettuce, and their favorite condiments - pesto is mine! I also like to cube the ham and add it to broth, beans, carrots, and a few cups of spinach with seasonings to taste, and let it cook away in the slow cooker for a great and easy weeknight soup. So many wonderful leftover ideas! They are available at grocery stores nationwide, as well. For more recipes and meal inspiration, visit www.Smithfield.com or Facebook.com/CookingwithSmithfield - I've found so many more recipes I can't wait to try!
What is your favorite leftover recipe for your holiday ham? Leave your ideas in the comment section below, I'd love to hear from you!
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These Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie tray this year! Brownies made with pumpkin, ginger, and molasses, frosted, and topped with a gingerbread man cookie - so cute!
One of my favorite things to do as the Christmas season draws closer, is to make a list of all the different cookie recipes I'm planning on baking. We have a lot of people on our gift list, and I honestly love giving out personalized Christmas cookie trays to family and friends. We all have those people in our lives who are special to us and we want to give a gift to them during the holidays that lets them know how much we treasure their friendship. I will admit though, it can be a daunting task selecting special gifts for so many friends!
Instead, I make an assortment of my favorite homemade cookies interspersed with my favorite Pepperidge Farm® cookies. I have high hopes every year of making delicious gingerbread man cookies with the boys, and I fail every time! On the few occasions that I actually had time to do cut out cookies, they tasted horrible or were hard as a rock. I opt for Pepperidge Farm® Ginger Family cookies every year instead - they are absolutely adorable and delicious as well. My kids love them, too!
Inspired by our favorite Ginger Family cookies, I created these Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies. These are so fun! A pan of pumpkin gingerbread, topped with chopped pecans, chocolate chips, and frosting with a Pepperidge Farm® Ginger Family cookie "standing" in the frosting snow. It's easy to get the kids involved in these delicious Christmas themed brownies!!
yield: 16 browniesAuthor: Kelly Millerprint recipe
Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies
Gingerbread brownies with vanilla frosting and gingerbread cookies as garnish.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup molasses
2 egg yolks
1 whole egg
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup miniature semi sweet chocolate chips
1 can vanilla frosting
15 Pepperidge Farm® Ginger Family cookies
white sanding sugar
In the bowl of a stand mixer, blend butter, molasses, egg yolks, and eggs. Add in pumpkin and vanilla, beating well.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture just until moistened.
Spread batter into a well greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes. Cool completely.
Frost brownies and cut into 15 small squares. Top each square with a standing gingerbread cookie and sanding sugar. Serve immediately or package for gift-giving.
The base Pumpkin Gingerbread Brownies are so tasty and pair perfectly with the sweet frosting and sanding sugar. I'm planning on packaging individual brownies in treat bags for sweet treat gifts to give to friends and family!
In addition to Pepperidge Farm® Ginger Family cookies, I've included Milano® and Pirouette cookies as well, you can find them at your local Target. Click here for a Cartwheel offer! They just look so pretty on a plate, don't they? These are great to have on hand during the busy holiday season to set out for unexpected guests. I just love how the Christmas season encourages us to get together with out loved ones, don't you? No need to be extra stressed during this time of year when there are yummy cookies to share! Be sure to check out more yummy recipes and fun tutorials here.
Which Pepperidge Farm® cookies are you planning on including your cookie tray? Let me know in the comment section below!
I hope you have enjoyed all the fall recipes I've shared with you lovely readers this season! I update this post each year with as a reference guide with all Thanksgiving recipes in one post. With Turkey Day just a few days away, I just would like to wish each and every one of you and blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.
Here is a roundup of my Thanksgiving recipes all in one place! Happy cooking!
My family likes to munch from the moment we all get together! It doesn't help that the yummy turkey smell hits you when you walk through the door at my mom's house. That gets our tummies growling! Here are some great apps to calm the hungry masses!
Of course I included my favorite roast turkey recipe, as well as some alternatives - who says it HAS to be turkey? Depending on the size of your crowd, you might need to plan a second main dish to feed them all - there's only so much oven space!
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This Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole is super cheesy and delicious! Cooked chicken combined with seasonings and elbow macaroni and cheese sauce, topped with bread crumbs - perfect for a holiday potluck!
I recently read a meme posted on Facebook by a local weather station that stated: When you live in Pennsylvania, if you're not happy about the weather, just wait 6 hours. That has never been more true where I live than this week!
Yesterday I woke up to a cloudless sky, sun shining, and unseasonably warm. In fact, when I went out to run some errands and realized as I came back that the boys were still inside watching TV, I made them go out and play. The radio station had just reported that in a few short hours, the temperature was about to drop 15 degrees, the wind was going to majorly pick up, and it was supposed to start raining. I honestly couldn't fathom that level of change in that short of an amount of time, but I wasn't going to have the boys waste precious hours burning energy outside.
Oh man, was I so glad I forced them to play out that morning! I had to quick run out again later Saturday night and the heat was blasting in my car because I was shivering so badly. I love winter, but I'm not quite ready for it to be here just yet. Anyone agree with me?
This delicious Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole was created to take the classic macaroni and cheese side dish that we all know and love, and incorporate a few more ingredients so it qualifies as a meal. I call it a complete success and I know you will, too! This is a wonderful comfort-food addition to any holiday get together as well. We have both a Christmas party and a school community potluck coming up this month that I can't wait to bring this dish to! I also love that this dinner can use up cooked chicken that might have hanging out in your pantry - a time-saver AND it uses up leftover food - score!
yield: 6 servingsAuthor: Kelly Millerprint recipe
Chicken Mac & Cheese Casserole
Classic baked macaroni and cheese combined with cooked chicken, peas, and seasonings for a complete weeknight dinner recipe.
prep time:cook time: 35 MINStotal time: 35 mins
8 oz Barilla® Elbows
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup frozen peas
2 - 4 cups cooked chicken chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a deep skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk and chicken broth.
Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and continue cooking until thickened. Stir in 1 cup cheese and whisk until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in peas, chicken, and drained macaroni noodles. Transfer to a 2 quart baking dish.
Top with remaining shredded cheese and bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow casserole to cool 10 minutes before serving.
This is totally comfort food at it's finest, I'm telling you! Certainly feel free to replace the chicken with leftover Thanksgiving turkey or even ham if that's what you have on hand. Either of those would taste wonderful in this casserole!
I was able to pick up a box of my favorite Barilla®Elbows during my last trip through Target and I was totally impressed with the variety of Barilla pasta that Target carries! Barilla's Classic Blue Box pasta allows you to bring enjoyment to you and your family every day happily and healthfully. Click here to learn more about Barilla's wonderful products. Don't forget to grab this Cartwheel offer for 20% off of Barilla Pronto Pasta expiring 11/26.
What pasta dish is your favorite potluck recipe? Let me know in the comment section below!