Celebrate the Seasons ♥ · Winter

Our Christmas Dinner

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Every year our family looks forward to our Christmas dinner. Prime rib with horseradish sauce, elegant holiday potatoes, strawberry spinach salad, French green beans, fresh baguettes & Crème Brulee for dessert.  As the holiday is fast approaching I wanted to share with you two of my favorite recipes, strawberry spinach salad & my elegant holiday potatoes. At Easter we make these two recipes served with ham. By the way, the strawberry spinach salad recipe is my all-time most requested recipe ever!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

 

Dressing:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon grated onion (opt.)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons poppy seeds

Shake until blended- set aside.

Measure 1/3 cup sugar, set next to the dressing above (you’ll be adding it to the dressing just before serving)

Salad:

  • 1 large bag spinach- triple washed
  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • ½ cup cashew pieces
  • 1 cup (+) fresh sliced strawberries
  • 2-3 Granny Smith apples-(pears work great too!) Peeled & chopped-make sure this is done last so your apples don’t turn brown.

Mix together in a glass bowl. Add your sugar to the dressing, re-shake & add to salad.

Serve immediately.

Elegant Holiday Potatoes

  • 7-8 Medium Red Potatoes
  • (about 2 ¼ pounds)
  • 8 Ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 /4 Cup Chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Pint Whipping Cream (2 cups)
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter- softened

Boil potatoes in jackets, cool; peel & slice by hand . Shred Cheese. Spray 2- quart Casserole or 9 x 13 pan. Alternate layers of Potatoes, Onion & Cheese in Casserole. Sprinkle with Salt. Pour Cream over Potato-cheese layers. Dot with Butter. Bake partially covered with foil for 55-65 Minutes at 350 °.

Serve this with Prime Rib as well as Sliced Ham.

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