Tuesday, December 3, 2013

{Twelve Days of Christmas} Day 3: Party Recipes

It's December 3rd and I haven't missed a post yet!  Ah-maz-ing!  Today, on the Third Day of Christmas, I thought I'd share a few of my go-to recipes for the holiday season!  These are all sure to be hits at your home or whatever get-together you plan on attending!

Mmmmm.  Bacon weenies!  (Photo via food.com)
Let's begin with an appetizer.  This is the BEST APPETIZER YOU WILL EVER EAT (you know, if you're not vegetarian or vegan)!  Bacon Wrapper Cocktail Weenies. If you make three batches to take to a gathering, you will head home with an empty platter (guaranteed) and a bunch of email addresses of all the people that want the recipe. I don't follow this exact recipe, but this is very close to the one stored in my brain.  A few tips... Buy two packs of weenies per lb of bacon.  When wrapping the weenies, leave the end flap of bacon facing up when packing them in a baking dish.  This way, they don't get soggy sitting flap-side-down in the grease, they crisp up and seal the bacon to itself preventing Bacon Slippage (because nobody wants Bacon Slippage, right?!)  Also, after basting 2 times or so, when all the brown sugar is soaked in the bacon fat, begin removing the grease.  Tilt the pan every five minutes or so and remove as much as possible.  This will help keep the bacon crisp and caramelize the brown sugar to perfection!  I'm salivating while I type!  keep an eye on it after 20-25 minutes.  It'll crisp up fast and you don't want it to burn.

Now, here's the main course that I swear by.  Williams-Sonoma: Christmas contains a recipe for THE MOST AMAZING TURKEY you'll ever eat! (Along with other delish goodies, as well).  Seriously, I've never been big on turkey dinners, but this one takes the cake.  Brined in salty, herby goodness, you'll never prepare a turkey another way after tasting this moist poultry perfection!

Time to skip to dessert! My love of pies has gotten me in some hot water these past few weeks.   You see, I'm in a weight-loss competition running from October 1st - December 31st, and I was doing great until, well, PIE.  Apple is my favorite.   For years I've been making this sour-cream-custardy version from Gourmet magazine's October 2004 issue which is the closest I can find to my Nana's version.  It is to die for.   I cannot get enough!  A few weeks ago, I tried this Deep-Dish Apple Bourbon Streusel Pie and it will now be a staple for holiday gatherings, too!  I may have added an extra Tbsp (or 4) of bourbon.  I use my own flour/butter/brown sugar/cinnamon crumble topping on both.  So.  Good.

Lastly, I just recently obtained an electronic version of Jennifer Dempsey's (aka Mother Thyme) Holiday Thyme and can't wait to try some of the delicious and festive sounding recipes she has come up with.  Ms. Dempsey is a local food blogger from the Buffalo area and is a mother of multiples, like many of you DTG readers!  I've tried many of the recipes from her blog Mother Thyme and have never been disappointed.  Check it out!

Did you miss the past two days?
Day 2 - Gifts for Her
Day 1 - Giving (hurry, you can still make the deadline for Holiday Cards for Heroes!)

What are some of your holiday go-to recipes?  I'd love to try something new!  Please share links in the comment section below.


  1. Ooh! Feel free to bring any of these this weekend!

  2. What is the recepie for the turkey?

  3. For the turkey, I follow the recipe in the book I listed - not sure if I can reprint with copyright laws. Just look up any turkey brine recipe and adjust to your tastes. This one used rosemary, thyme and sage.


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