Alternative Christmas Meal Plans For Small Families

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Instead of preparing an entire turkey with stuffing, buy just a breast.

* De-bone and remove skin from a large turkey breast
* Butterfly the breast
* Cover with plastic wrap and pound lightly to ensure that meat is an even thickness
* Remove plastic wrap and cover butterflied breast with your favorite stuffing (leaving aprox. 1 inch around the edges uncovered)
* Roll breast up and tie securely with butchers twine
* Cook covered in a 375* oven on low rack for aprox. 1 hour per pound , basting frequently with melted butter
* Uncover and cook an additional 10-15 min
* Let stand 10 minutes before removing twine and slicing

The roast turkey breast will not leave adequate drippings for making gravy, but Sage Scalloped Potatoes are a delicious alternative to mashed potatoes and gravy.
Sage Scalloped Potatoes
Ingredients

* 4 cups potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
* 3/4 cup finely minced onion
* 2 tbsp. flour
* 1 tsp. salt
* 1/8 tsp. pepper
* 1 ½ tbsp chopped fresh sage
* 2 tbsp. butter
* 1 ½ cups hot milk/cream

Method

* Grease a 2 quart casserole dish
* Layer ½ potatoes and ½ onions
* Sprinkle salt and pepper and ½ the Sage and ½ flour mixture on onion and potato layer and dot with ½ the butter
* Repeat layers and pour the cream/milk over top
* Sprinkle with salt and pepper
* Cover and bake at 375° for 40-50 minute
* Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes

Cornish Hens

Cornish Hens with Cranberry Stuffing are a great alternative to turkey .
Ingredients

* 1 cup Chopped Fresh Cranberries
* 1/4 cup minced Onions
* 1/8 cup Sugar
* 1/4 cup chopped Celery
* 2 Tbsp. Parsley
* 1/4 tsp chopped Fresh Rosemary
* 1/4 cup melted Butter
* 4 cups dried Bread cut into cubes
* Salt and Pepper

Method

* Combine berries and sugar and let set for half an hour
* Saute onions, celery and parsley
* Add crumbs and seasonings
* Add cranberry and sugar mixture and stuff into hens
* Cook Hens according to package directions

Mashed Parsnip and Potato Bake

* Peel and chop equal amounts of potatoes and parsnip and 3 cloves of garlic and boil in salted water until fork tender
* Drain and mash as you would making mashed potatoes adding butter and salt and pepper to taste
* Place mixture into a buttered casserole dish and dot with butter
* Bake in very hot oven until top is golden brown

Pineapple Baked Loin of Pork

When cooking for only a few people, a boneless Pork Loin with Pineapple is a simple alternative.
Ingredients

* Boneless loin of Pork
* 1 can crushed Pineapple undrained
* 1/4 cup light Soy sauce
* 1 tbsp crushed garlic
* 2 tbsp liquid Honey
* Salt and pepper

Method

* Combine all ingredients and pour over pork in a roasting pan
* Cook pork uncovered according to package directions, basting frequently
* Cover with as many pineapple chunks as possible and broil for the last 5 minutes of cook time

French Fried Sweet Potatoes

Be sure to use sweet potatoes and not yams as they are much firmer and will not break as easily while cooking. These fries can be made sweet or savoury.

* Cut sweet potatoes as you would cut regular potatoes for french fries
* Soak in cold water for aprox 10 min
* Rinse and pat dry
* Deep fry in light oil until crispy and browned
* Season hot fries with garlic salt and pepper, or cinnamon sugar

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