Christmas ham and all the trimmings

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A great way to make a traditional Christmas feast.

Christmas ham and all the trimmings

Turkey is the traditional meal of Thanksgiving, but ham rules Christmas. There’s something elegant about sitting down to a nice roasted ham, scalloped potatoes, and vegetables. It’s a moment of quiet respite before the little kids start tearing into their presents, but a moment of respite it is.

Christmas ham

Ingredients:

  • 1 ham*
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey

* Your ham should weigh at least one pound per guest, more if it is a bone-in ham.

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to the temperature listed on the ham.
  2. Make shallow cuts into the side of the ham and liberally coat it with salt and pepper. Begin baking the ham according to the time listed on the package.
  3. When there is an hour left, mix the apple cider vinegar, mustard, and honey in a bowl and brush it over the outside of the ham. Repeat every fifteen minutes until the ham is done.

Scalloped potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and sliced into one-eighth inch thick slices
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. If you are making the ham at the same time, adjust the cooking times according to the tips below.
  2. Use the stick of butter to grease the bottom of the baking dish, then cut the rest of it into pieces and scatter around the bottom of the dish.
  3. Add the potatoes, onion, and garlic. If the potatoes are stacked higher than the baking dish, take some of them out so that they are just below the edge of the dish. Pour in the heavy cream until it covers the potatoes.
  4. Bake the potatoes for an hour or until they are soft. Increase the cooking time by fifteen minutes for each twenty-five degrees the temperature is less than 350 degrees F. Decrease cooking time by five minutes for every twenty-five degrees the temperature is over 350 degrees F.

Green beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 strips hickory smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 pounds green beans
  • 4 cups chicken broth

Directions:

  1. In a pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the bacon and let it cook for fifteen minutes. This should render out most of the fat in the bacon.
  2. Remove the bacon and add the onion. Cook it for ten minutes or until it starts to turn opaque.
  3. Add the green beans and broth to the pan along with the bacon you crisped. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook the green beans until they are very tender, about ten minutes.
  4. Take it easy for dessert and serve Christmas-themed sugar cookies you bought from the grocery store! Merry Christmas.

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