I love Christmas. You might think I am crazy but one of the things I love the most is having family in and out of our home all day and preparing wonderful meals for them. Yes, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day but I do a lot of planning ahead and overnight dishes to help.
Christmas Eve Menu
At this time, I am very uncertain of who will be with us on Christmas Eve but we tend to have someone over and I love having food ready to go for our guests.
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo ~ The rue takes a while to get perfect but it is so worth the wait! I can also make it the day before as the flavor improves overnight in the refrigerator and it is easy to reheat.
Broccoli Cheddar Cornbread
Pigs in the Blanket with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Cheese Ball & Crackers
Vegetable Tray with Ranch Dipping Sauce
All of these things are easy to heat up as leftovers in the middle of the day on Christmas too.
Christmas Day Menu
Overnight Breakfast Casserole ~ I love that you can put this together the night before and finish it in the morning.
Pecan Cinnamon Rolls ~ Decadent and a perfect companion to a steaming cup of coffee.
BBQ Pulled Pork ~ I will put this on to cook on Christmas Eve before bed and let it cook throughout the night and through mid-morning. Then, I will pull it apart, remove any fat, and add barbecue sauce, placing it in a dutch oven to sit in the refrigerator until it needs to be heated for dinner.
Crock Pot Cheesy Potato Casserole ~ When the pork comes out of the crock pot, these potatoes will go in and be ready for dinner at about 6 PM.
Green Bean Casserole ~ PennyMom is bringing this and it is always a family favorite.
Watergate Salad ~ If it is Christmas, we have to eat this salad. It is so wonderful! (We used toasted pecans instead of walnuts.)
Crock Pot Caramel Pie ~ I will make these the day before and then top them a few hours before we eat.
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