Taste of Tuesday: Christmas Party Prep

~ Good Morning Sunshines ~

How are you!? Did you see yesterday's post?  I got lots of comments about my sweater (swoon), but I also touched quickly on one very important thing about Christmas (other than what to wear); the menu!  Today I am on "house arrest" because we are having work done on our bathroom, so what better time to menu plan right!?  We have Christmas events galor this week so although I haven't made any of these recipes yet they are officially on the menu, so giddy up friends!

First is the dessert I am making for Wake's pre-school Christmas party: Santa Hat Brownies.  His classroom is 100% nut free (incl. tree nuts) so I thought this recipe would be perfect for a few reasons; 1) it's nut free - duh! 2) it's super easy to make, and 3) it's festive & cute so the kiddos will love it!

Recipe & Photo Cred: Daisys World

1 pan of favorite brownies cut into rounds
12 - 16 small strawberries washed & hulled
1 batch vanilla - mascarpone buttercream (recipe found here

To assemble, pipe a ring of frosting on top of each brownie.  Cut off the base of a strawberry so it is flat and place it upside down on each brownie, pushing slightly to secure in place. Top the tip of the strawberry with a dot of frosting to finish Santa hat.


Next are all the recipes I plan on making for the Christmas Dinner/Party

Maple Pecan Baked Brie
recipe courtesy of Shannon Rainka

Photo Cred: Cooking Channel TV

Brie (Two wedges)
1 stick of butter
1 C of Brown sugar
*Optional - jam, jelly, or fresh fruit.  I'll use raspberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter and stir in the brown sugar.  Drizzle butter mix over the Brie and add nuts and jam or fruit.  Bake 10 - 15 minutes and serve hot with salty crackers. 

Boozy Cranberries

Recipe & Photo Cred: Bake.Love.Give

1 12 oz bag fresh cranberries
1 C firmly packed brown sugar
1 C water
2 oz Crown Royal Maple
granulated sugar for coating

* Place brown sugar, water and Crown Royal Maple in a medium saucepan.
* Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, do not boil.
* Remove from heat, stir in cranberries, cover and refrigerate overnight.
* Place about a cup of sugar in a large bowl or cake pan.
* In small batches, strain excess liquid from cranberries and roll in sugar.  Transfer to a baking sheet to dry in a single layer. 
* After cranberries have dried for about an hour, repeat rolling in sugar to thoroughly coat any remaining liquid.  Transfer back to baking sheet to try for at least another hour.
* Once dry, store in an airtight container in a cool location.
* Remaining liquid can be bottled and refrigerated as a delicious simple syrup.

Copycat Krystal Burgers

Recipe & Photo Cred: Bellalimento

1 lb ground hamburger meat
1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix
1 C mayo
1 C shredded cheddar cheese
yellow mustard
dill pickle chips
dinner rolls

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Into a deep sided pan, brown your hamburger meat.  Remove from heat, drain excess fat & then return to pan.
* To pan add: onion soup mix, mayo & cheese. Mix to combine.
* Without tearing the dinner rolls apart, CAREFULLY cut them in half.  Remove top portion.  Place bottom half of buns onto a sheet of aluminum foil (large enough to cover)
* Spread meat mixture evenly on top of bread bottoms.  Place a dill pickle chip on top of each bun.  Top with a squeeze of yellow mustard.  Place tops of buns on top of mixture.
* Wrap aluminum foil around burgers.  Place onto a rimmed cookie sheet and into oven for approx. 5-10 mins until bread is toasted.  

Mmmmmm I'm really hungry now...how about you!?  Have a great Tuesday lovies and don't forget to stop back by here tomorrow for my Mid Week Muse link-up which is all about Christmas Casual! 

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