Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mulliga's Christmas Spectacular - Holiday Recipe Roundup

Every time December rolls around, things get festive here at Shangrila Towers. This holiday season is no different, and we're rolling out Yuletide posts all the way up to Christmas Day. Today, we'll look at some of my favorite Christmas and holiday recipes from around the Web - Mulliga-tested, and Mulliga-approved:

Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Topping

I've linked Simply Recipes here before, and one of my favorite recipes from Elise is this marvelous combination of two holiday favorites - sweet potato pie and pecan pie.

Some tips - if you don't care for it or you're pressed for time, you can skip the pecan topping. Additionally, don't be too wedded to Elise's heavy cream measurements or her cooking times - ovens and ingredients vary widely. Just make sure the filling isn't too solid or too watery when you put it in the oven.

Green Beans and Bacon

This is what we cook in lieu of the traditional green bean casserole, and it's so simple it barely needs a recipe. Chop some good bacon into quarter-sized pieces, fry it up in butter/olive oil with garlic and onion, and then add in freshly boiled green beans. Fast, easy, and freaking delicious.

Thumbprint Cookies

I tend to like most Ina Garten recipes. They're usually easy to make, usually involve lots of butter, and usually come out tasting like a million bucks. For these cookies, we nix the coconut and roll them in chopped almonds. My coworkers gobbled them up in about half a day.

Standing Rib Roast

Okay, on second thought, we're not going to give away the secrets of our prime rib - the family's signature recipe. All I'm authorized to say is that it involves healthy amounts of parsley, garlic, kosher salt, and love - Merry Christmas and happy experimenting!


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