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Growing up, our biggest Christmas meal took place on Christmas Eve. We followed our Italian heritage of the Seven Fishes, and would then go to our grandmother’s house to have a ham dinner on Christmas Day. Since we no longer live near relatives, we have started our own tradition. After staying up late to clean up after Christmas Eve dinner, wrapping last minute gifts and preparing the stockings for Santa, who wants to get up the next day only to think about another extensive dinner? Not us! Instead, we host a simple ham dinner with friends and watch Christmas movies. No one has to work too hard, the food is tasty but simple, and everyone can relax. Spending time over the holidays is about good food and good friends, not cleaning pans and dishes. Thanks to these amazing recipes, you too can have Christmas Dinner ready in about an hour.
I know you must be thinking “she is talking about defrosting a casserole the night before to place in the oven…” But no — this meal will be ready to go within an hour, and the only prep for this Easy Christmas Dinner is the grocery shopping.
I found wonderful Hormel Cure 81 bone-in hams in a Cherrywood flavor at Walmart when I was doing some other shopping. I love bone in hams, as you can then create the most amazing Split Pea Soup for another meal. Though this ham comes with a seasoning packet, I thought I would try my own glazed ham recipe in addition to a super easy Southern Green Bean Casserole my friend brought to us one year.
For the glaze, you will need brown sugar, yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar and a 5 lb ham.
Simply mix all ingredients together and heat up the ham for 15 minutes covered. Then, uncover and cook for an additional 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes.
I told you, this could not be easier. Here it is finished warming and ready to eat.
Look how it just falls off the bone on the table.
For the short cut Southern Green Beans, you will need canned french cut green beans, bacon, apple cider vinegar and sugar.
Simply dump everything except the bacon into a skillet while the ham is cooking, and let all of the liquid evaporate.
Top with some cooked bacon. You can either make this while the ham is cooking or you can buy the pre-cooked variety.
Lastly, heat some rolls in the oven per the directions and you have dinner in about an hour. You’ll hopefully have plenty of Christmas Cookies left for dessert, but if not, just buy some peppermint ice cream.
If you set the table in china, it will look as if you spent hours in the kitchen.
This ham is so tasty and such a treat at Christmas time for the family.
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup yellow mustard
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 1 5- lb. precooked unglazed, Hormel Cure 81 bone-in ham
Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Place ham on a foil-lined sheet tray, and let sit at room temperature 15 minutes. Then, cover with foil and bake 15 minutes. Uncover ham, brush with half of the brown sugar mixture, and bake another half hour, basting with pan juices and the rest of the mixture every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest before slicing.
- 2 cans french style Green beans rinsed and drained.
- 8 pieces of Cooked Bacon
- 1/2 cup frozen green beans
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 3-4 tablespoons sugar.
Drain green beans
Pour any fat from bacon into a cup or container if cooking same day
Take your bacon out of your pan and add your can of green beans and onions.
Stir and season
Add vinegar and cook until liquids reduced and add your bacon.