Our Chirstmas Dinner

Every year, my mom and I host the Christmas dinner at her house. Both sides of the family get together and we have a nice dinner.  I try to come up with something new to make every year so that we have some variety, since it’s a tradition to eat turkey every Thanksgiving. This year, I decided on making Garlic Pork Roast.
Below, I have combined the recipes from our Christmas dinner. Notice that I did NOT post the dessert. The dessert deserves a post all to itself. It was so good that my mom, the one that usually takes just a couple of bites of the dessert, finished the whole thing. I made Vanilla Bean Cheesecake in my brand-spanking-new mixer! It was so much fun, I think I was squealing the whole time!

Garlic Pork Roast:

My hubby carving the “pork beast”!

I actually already have the recipe for the pork roast HERE!

 Mushroom Onion Cream Risotto

I just realized the I forgot to take a picture of risotto that night! Sorry, here is an old one.

This was one of the three sides. I also already have this recipe on my blog. You can find it HERE!
Cranberry Walnut Green Beans

Ingredients:
1 lb fresh green beans
1 cup of dry cranberries
1 cup walnuts
2/3 cup sliced shallots
1/2 cup white wine
3-4 tbs olive oil
salt, pepper

Directions:
1. Blanch the green beans in a large pot. Drain the water and set aside.
2. Heat up the oil in the deep pan. Add sliced onion and cook until transparent
2. Add the cranberries, walnuts and wine. Saute for just a couple of minutes
4. Add the green beans, salt and pepper and mix well. Saute, stirring often for about 5-7 minutes.

Spiced Roasted Carrots

Ingredients:
4-5 large carrots, sliced into thin 1-inch long sticks
2-3 tbs olive oil
salt
pepper
heaping teaspoon of dry basil
heaping teaspoon of dry parsley
heaping teaspoon of dry thyme
heaping teaspoon of dry oregano
1/2 tsp paprika

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the carrots, oil and all the spices. Mix well. Let stand for about an hour
2. Spread the carrots on a baking sheet evenly
3. Bake the carrots for about 15 -20 minutes depending on the amount of carrots and the thickness.

Herb and Cheese Bread

Ingredients:
Large Uncut round sourdough bread loaf
1/2 cup olive oil
Dry basil and dry parsley
salt, pepper
2/3 cup shredded Italian cheese mix

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350
1. Cut the round loaf lengthwise and widthwise. DO NOT cut all the way through the bottom.
2. Combine the oil and herbs in a small bowl. Mix well
3. Drizzle the bread with herb oil, try to get in between the cuts. Sprinkle with cheese, try to get some inside as well.
4. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

We had a great Christmas dinner! I hope you had a great one too!

Happy New Year!!
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  1. It was a wonderful dinner and always special with the family!


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