How To Cook An American Christmas Dinner

Learning how to cook an American Christmas dinner is a daunting task for anybody. An American Christmas dinner usually includes turkey or ham, but it is the side dishes that make an American Christmas dinner most memorable.


If you want to make dressing for Christmas dinner, you will need:

  • 1 large pan sweet cornbread
  • 1 loaf of potato bread
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped finely
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 quarts turkey stock, warmed
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  1. Cut the bread and cornbread into one-inch cubes. Place cubed bread on cookie sheets. Let the bread dry out naturally for two days before the Christmas dinner or place in a 150 degree oven for two hours.
  2. Mix the dried bread, celery and onion in a large baking pan. Add the sage, black pepper and eggs. Mix together gently.
  3. Pour the stock in two cups at a time. Add stock until the mixture is wet but not watery.
  4. Cut butter into slices. Put the butter slices over the top of the dressing.
  5. Cook in a 350 degree oven for at least one hour. You may need to cook it for another 30 to 45 minutes until it is set and does not jiggle when you touch it in the center.

Cranberry Sauce

To make cranberry sauce for your Christmas dinner, you will need:

  • 1 lb. cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over medium low heat.
  2. Cook for ten to twenty minutes until berries burst. Let cool and thicken before serving with your Christmas dinner.

Sweet Potato Casserole

If you want to make sweet potato casserole for Christmas dinner, you will need:

  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  1. Melt butter. Add to the mashed sweet potatoes. Add sugar and salt.
  2. In another bowl, beat eggs. Add flour and vanilla to eggs. Add to potatoes. Put into a baking dish.
  3. Mix together the pecans, flour, butter and brown sugar. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potatoes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes.

Pecan Pie

If you want to make pecan pie for your American Christmas dinner, you will need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 unbaked pie shell
  1. Beat eggs slightly. Add the sugar and syrup. Mix well.
  2. Add butter, vanilla and pecans. Pour into unbaked pie shell.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, until set. Be sure not to over bake the pie.
  4. Let cool. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream as dessert after Christmas dinner.



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