Tips and Secrets For the Perfect Christmas Meal

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  1. Copper Creek

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    Share your favorite recipes, tips, secrets, table settings etc. so we can all have the the perfect Christmas meal!
     
  2. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    It's just DH and me so we're pretty relaxed about the whole thing. Other than ham and baked sweet potatoes (NO marshmallows, lol), we haven't decided what else we'll have. Whatever dinner will be, we'll do most of the work the day before so we can both take it easy on Christmas day. As for table settings, we'll probably have candles and a nice bottle of wine. We're kind of simple like that!
     
  3. Copper Creek

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    Here is my recipe. These are great for a mini and light dessert.
    Chocolate Orange Truffles

    Ingredients
    • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
    • 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
    • zest of one orange
    • 2-1/2 teaspoons orange extract
    Outer Coating:
    • 1 lb dark chocolate melting wafers

    Instructions
    1. Pour milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate in a large bowl and set aside.
    2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix together cream and orange zest and bring to a boil; immediately pour over chocolate chips in the bowl. Let stand for 1 minute then mix until the chocolate is completely smooth. Add in orange extract. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about 45 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken.
    3. With a large wooden spoon, stir mixture for 10-15 seconds or just until it lightens in color (do not overbeat or it will not be the right texture). Spoon rounded teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets (they don't have to look pretty). Place baking sheet in the fridge and let chill for at least 10 minutes.
    4. Using your hands, gently roll each spoonful into a ball.
    5. Follow the directions on the candy coating packaging and melt chocolate (I melted mine in the microwave according to the package directions).
    6. Dip each chocolate orange ball in the candy coating and push around until completely covered; allow excess to drip off (I use two forks when I dip these truffles and that way the excess chocolate can drip through before I remove it from the bowl). Place each truffle on wax paper; let stand until set. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2015
  4. Chef JimmyJ

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    Here's a few Recipes that I've done over the Hoilidays. Enjoy...JJ

    This is a nice bite for arriving guests...
    Gingered Smoked Salmon Spread

    1Lb Cream Cheese...Room Temp
    1/2C Mayonnaise
    1/4C Sour Cream
    1Tbs Soy Sauce
    1tsp Hot Sauce...Sriracha (Asian) or other
    1/4tsp Black Pepper
    1Lb Smoked Salmon...or other Smoked Fish, Flaked
    1/4C Chopped Crystalized Ginger
    1/4C Chopped Scallion

    Process the first 6 ingredients until smooth...

    For Fine Spread...add remaining and Pulse to desire consistency...

    For Chunky Spread...Fold in remaining with a spatula...

    For a Change of Pace!

    Substitute... Ginger and Scallons with...
    1/4C Chopped Fresh Dill
    2T Chopped Capers
    2T Chopped Fresh Chives

    For a nice Supper that won't greak the bank...

    Roast Apple Pork Loin


    Loins are very lean so it is important to smoke them to a critical Internal Temp (IT). The addition of a Brine adds flavor, helps maintain moisture during and after cooking and tenderizes the meat. Pork Loins are the muscle that center cut Pork Chops are cut from and though internally lean, usually come with a thin layer of Fat on the top. This can be removed easily, if desired. Pork Loins are Roasted at 325°F and depending on the thickness, usually 3 to 6", will take no more than 1 to 3 hours to get to an IT of 140 to 150°F. It is important to understand that Pork is very safe and and if not fed trash, is parasite free compared to what Grandma ate and cooked to Death, an IT of 165°F or more! The USDA says pork is fully cooked at an IT of 140 to 145°F because the Trichinae parasite is killed at 137°F. It is fine to roast to 140° then let the meat rest 20 to 30 minutes. This time lets Carryover Cooking let IT rise to 145°F. At this temp the meat will be slightly Pink which may freak out some people but is a juicy and perfectly cooked. For those that refuse to eat pink meat, smoke to 150°F with a rest and the Pork will still be moist but no pink.

    To ease your mind, Read this... https://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/trichinae/docs/fact_sheet.htm


    Apple Pork Brine

    2-12oz.Cans Apple Juice Concentrate
    1C Apple Cider Vinegar
    1/4C Molasses
    1/4C Mustard
    1/2C Kosher Salt
    2T Pickling Spice (optional)
    1T Sage, rubbed
    1Gal Water

    Combine all and Brine the meat at least over night, 24-48 hours would be better.

    Mild Seasoning Rub (All Purpose)

    1/2C Sugar in the Raw (Turbinado)
    2T Sweet Paprika (Hungarian)
    1T Kosher Salt
    1T Chili Powder* (contains some Cumin and Oregano) Ancho Chile is same without cumin, oregano etc.
    1T Granulated Garlic
    1T Granulated Onion
    1tsp Black Pepper, more if you like
    1/2tsp Grnd Allspice

    For more heat add Cayenne or Chipotle Pwd to taste, start with 1/2tsp and go from there. Makes about 1 Cup
    Apply your desired amount of Rub to the meat. Place in a Sprayed Roasting Pan and go in the preheated 325 Oven..
    Note*...Some Chili Powders can be pretty Hot. McCormick and Spice Island are Mild...

    Apple Pork Topper


    3C Apple Sauce
    3T Dijon Mustard
    3T Brown Sugar
    2T Apple cider Vinegar
    1tsp Rubbed Sage
    1/2tsp Black Pepper
    1/2tsp Salt
    1/8tsp Cinnamon

    Optional: 2-3 Apples, peeled, diced and sauteed until golden brown and tender in 2T Butter.

    Place all in a pot and simmer on low until thick but still pourable. Adjust sweet/salt to taste. Spoon over Pork Roast, during last 30 minutes of Cook time or when an IT of 110° is reached. The high oven temp will caramelize the topping. Remember to.Pull and rest the meat, Uncovered, when the IT reaches 140°F. The hotter surface will cause a 5-10° Carryover rise and overcook the meat if you go to a higher IT. Serve the remainder, hot, over the sliced pork at the table...JJ

    Care to partake of a little Holiday Cheer? This is a favorite of my family and adds a Sunny Summer touch to the Cold nights!

    Smokin' Great SANGRIA!


    In a Pitcher large enough to hold a Gallon plus Fruit, combine...

    1C Brandy or more...cheapo E&J, Christian Bros.
    1C Triple Sec...orange liqueur.
    2C Apple Juice or Cider
    2C Orange Juice...Fresh or Simply Orange
    1-2 Sliced Oranges...Lemons and Limes, Optional.
    1-2 Diced Apples
    2 1/2Qt Red Wine...Riunite Lambrusco is my fav.
    *NOTE* You will use most of the 3 Liter Bottle, add more after a couple of glasses are served. Or if you have room, dump it all!
    Additionally, if you choose a really Dry Red Wine, you may need to add a bit of Sugar. The Lambrusco is on the sweet side so no additional sugar is needed.

    Mix and CHILL WELL. I stick it in the Freezer for an hour or more. When serving No Ice. Just Sangria and some Fruit...A Scoop of Fruit Sherbet is tasty and keeps it cold...

    "CAUTION" This goes down smooth and as Grandma liked to say, " This will kick your Duppa! "
    DRINK RESPONSIBLY....Please!?!

    Enjoy...JJ
     
  5. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The trick to the perfect Christmas dinner is this:




    Pick your relative who cooks the best, go eat there!
     
  6. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    I was going to say "Eat at @BBQJOE 's" for the perfect Christmas meal [​IMG] I bet you can put out a mean spread BBQJ!
     
  7. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to. Things are looking like I might have to again.





    (I don't want to talk about it)
     
  8. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Ok, you don't have to.
    [​IMG]

    I was just kidding with you BBQ.
     
  9. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ees ok, I know.
     
  10. Copper Creek

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    Come on! I know this place has good ideas.
     

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