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Do you have certain holiday traditions that you do each year? Growing up, I remember ours just like it was yesterday. We would go to my moms parents house on Christmas Eve, have dinner with moms side of the family and do our gift exchange with my grandparents. Then, we would load up and drive home. Once home, we would do Christmas with each other and then go to bed. The next day, we would go to my dad's moms house and do Christmas with my dads side of the family. After exchanging gifts with my grandma, we would go home and rest, play with our gifts from everyone and when younger, my grandparents would all come over that afternoon to see what Santa brought us. Of course the tradition continued like that until I got married. Then it was time to have our own traditions.
The first couple of years, we still went home, but once Broxton came along, we had to change it... Now, we have our own traditions. I will admit I was pretty nervous the first year I decided to host Christmas at our house. That meant I had to cook for everyone and it had better be good. There are two items that are must haves:
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Prep Time 10 min.
Cook Time30 min.
2 can (10.5 oz. each) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup milk
2 tsps. soy sauce
¼ tsp. black pepper
4 can (14.5oz.each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
2⅔ cups French's® Crispy Fried Onions, divided
Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 1 1/3 cups onions in a 3-qt. casserole.
Bake at 350° F, uncovered, 25 minutes or until bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions.
Bake 5 minutes longer or until onions are golden brown.
Another must have is a bread of some sort...
We love the cornbread that has actual nib-lets of corn in it...
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Prep Time 5 min.
Cook Time 45 min.
2 pkg. (8.5oz.each) corn muffin mix
1 can (14.75oz.) Del Monte® No Salt Added Cream Style Corn
1 can (15.25oz.) Del Monte® No Salt Added Whole Kernel Corn, well drained
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a glass or metal 9-inch square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Stir together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl; batter will be slightly lumpy. Pour batter evenly into prepared pan.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until deep golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before cutting.
As you set out to make the best meal and make great memories...
Make sure you take a second to read the Stress Relief Tips from Del Monte:
DEL MONTE'S TOP FOUR HOLIDAY MEAL STRESS RELIEF TIPS
* STRATEGY #1: FAKE THE FANCY
Use special garnishes to make each dish look more spectacular without the stress. For instance, try lining your meat platter with lemon leaves, clusters of rosemary sprigs, and citrus wedges.
* STRATEGY #2: HAVE A SECRET INGREDIENT
Even adding just one special ingredient can totally reinvent your favorite dish without creating more more work for you. Add apple cider to your gravy for a sweet change up or add cranberries to your horseradish sauce for a tangy twist.
* STRATEGY #3: WORK IN TECHNICOLOR
Go the extra mile by introducing different and surprising colors into your traditional holiday menu (instead of more complicated and stressful recipes). If your holiday dinner table looks a little drab, add a dish in radiant yellow like Del Monte's Cheddar Corn Casserole.
Del Monte Cheddar Corn Casserole recipe:
* STRATEGY #4: TWIST YOUR TRADITION
Experiment with simple, easy ways to enhance your holiday staples without the fuss. You could add crispy bacon to your green bean casserole, stir some caramelized onions into your mashed potatoes, or make a double-nut pie by combining both pecans and walnuts.
What is a MUST HAVE food item for your holiday meal?