We had a wonderful Christmas holiday and hope that you did too! We celebrated with Brandon’s family in Idaho the weekend before Christmas, cooking and bringing nothing but a few bottles of wine.
We celebrated with my family on Christmas eve and brought several varieties of sweets. They look really nice plated together, don’t they?!
All of my sweets were gluten-free and while none of the recipes were my own, I put my own creative flare on each of them. Here are the recipes for you to use as you see fit:
- Polar bear peanut butter cups (So cute! However, these are crazy sweet! You’ve been warned! )
- Raw chocolate macaroons (So good and so easy!)
- Christmas tree meringues (We made several batches of these and while I would follow the instructions again, I would advise you to work quickly — the meringue liquefies if too warm — and don’t get too ambitious with the size of these trees. We found that keeping the base the size of a silver dollar worked best.
On Christmas day, Brandon and I had a leisurely morning and then hosted a brunch with my parents and Grandma. We cooked a feast and it was delicious! The frittata especially drew rave reviews.
Here was the menu:
- Kale frittata
- Aebleskivers with jam (a Danish Christmas specialty!)
- Perfectly crispy hashbrowns
- Turkey breakfast sausage
- Assorted fruits
- Orange juice
I started with this recipe for the frittata and then changed it… again.
- Using the same technique, I made the following alterations:
- I swapped the pepperoni for thin-sliced honey ham from the deli
- I also swapped the Parmesan for reduced-fat smoked gouda from Trader Joe’s
- I halved the onion, using only 1/2 a medium size onion
- I added 1 c. of diced mushrooms. I cooked these and the onion down for about 10 minutes, prior to adding the other ingredients
- I added a couple of pinches of the Pasta & Co. House Herbs (similar to Italian Seasoning)
- Finally, I used too large of a frying pan, so I added 2 more eggs to even things out. It turned out great!
After we went for a nice long walk, we also made tamales (from scratch!) on Christmas evening. I’m still working on that post and will share it soon!