My First Christmas Dinner

December 26, 2008 · 14 comments · Print This Post

in Dinner, Holidays / Entertaining, Poultry

My First Christmas Dinner

This year CK and I decided to celebrate Christmas at home. This meant that I would be cooking my first Christmas Dinner, from start to finish, all on my own. I also thought it would be an ideal time to test out a rather puzzling Jennie-O turkey I received a few weeks ago that claimed to go from the freezer to your table (without defrosting) in approximately 4 hours. I know…it sounds totally absurd, right?

To cut down on the amount of work I would actually have to do on Christmas, I prepped all of my sides on Christmas Eve. Then yesterday all I had to do was sip a glass of champagne, pop the space-age turkey in the oven, and warm everything up. You’d think this would have cut down on the disastrous state of the kitchen but it really didn’t. As CK is more than aware, if I know how to do one thing really well it’s making a mess in the kitchen.

Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey

In the end, the turkey in a bag came out moist and very flavorful. It also produced a huge amount of pan drippings that I made into real honest to goodness gravy, and the best part was that I didn’t have to scrub or soak the roasting pan at all. Since it was just CK and I eating dinner we now have enough leftovers for a small army. Do you think it’s alright if I have Sweet Potato Casserole for breakfast?

My Christmas Menu:

Roast Jennie-O Homestyle Oven Ready Turkey

Ina Garten’s Sausage Stuffing (My Note: I left out the sausage).

Tyler Florence’s Creamed Spinach

Sweet Potato Casserole (My Note: I added marshmallows to the top too).

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nick December 26, 2008 at 10:38 am

Looks awesome Erin! Christmas alone is sort of soothing huh? I did it last year with my girlfriend and we had a grand, no stress, time.

I’ve always wondered about those Jennie-o turkeys. Seemed too good to be true! Very cool that it actually makes a decent bird.



2 Melissa Doherty December 26, 2008 at 11:47 am

Looks delicious! I’m glad you guys had a relaxing time at home ; )


3 Bavarian Erin December 26, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Yummy! I hope that you enjoyed your relaxing and flavorful day. I’m looking forward to a year like that, as opposed to the traveling and hurrying and worrying and stressing. Thanks for trying out that turkey, I’ve been too afraid to! Regarding the sausage stuffing, my sister used the same recipe for Thanksgiving but included the sausage. It was the most delicious stuffing ever, but more suitable for an entree and not a side. Happy Holidays!


4 A Mom Anonymous December 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm

By all means leftovers for breakfast are acceptable! It’s food isn’t it? 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed your holiday and congrats on making all of the dinner start to finish!


5 LizAndrsn December 26, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Nice to hear the space-aged Jeanie-O is a winner. We won your basic 14lb frozen bird and it was tasteless and provided almost nothing in the way of pan drippings for gravy.

Sweet potato casserole is awefully close to sweet potato pie in my book. By all means enjoy what you enjoy!


6 Megan December 26, 2008 at 8:22 pm

What a fabulous job you did! I love sweet potato casserole!


7 ovenhaven December 26, 2008 at 9:02 pm

I think you did a great job with your first Christmas dinner! I hope you had a lovely time celebrating Christmas in the comforts of your own home, with your loved one 🙂 Happy holidays!


8 carrie December 27, 2008 at 1:54 pm

good job, momma!

you totally win hands-down in success for ‘first holiday dinner’. My first was a thanksgiving, and my turkey, while deliciously golden and crispy on the outside was sushimi RAW about 1 inch in through the center. oops.

so good job to you! enjoy those leftovers (or send them to me.. they look DELISH!)



9 Julia December 29, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Good for you! Everything looks delicious!


10 Abbey December 29, 2008 at 11:40 pm

Since we were in Kentucky for Thanksgiving, we made our Turkey Dinner for Christmas…only a few days late. (We had Christmas Dinner on Saturday…whatever…better late than never!) It was so yummy and I’m still enjoying leftovers of turkey, baked mac & cheese from Martha (THE BEST recipe I’ve ever tasted), and dressing from Paula Deen. So we have all the healthy stuff leftover. 😉 YUM!!

PS For Christmas I FINALLY got my KitchenAid Mixer!!! HOORAY!!!!! When I got it I thought, “Oh! I can’t wait to tell Erin…she’ll be so excited for me!” 🙂 Hee hee hee


11 Abbey December 29, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Oh! And tonight I used my mixer to make yeast rolls. It’s just the freaking best!! I Love It!!


12 Lys December 30, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Congrats!!! I almost got that turkey but was determined to try a Barefoot Contessa recipe – and I hear ya on the leftovers.

Now to play chef for tomorrow’s dinner – oy vey – someone pass the advil..


13 noel February 20, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Oh wow! The stuffing recipe is very very close to my moms which I’ve loved for years now.


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