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Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Dinner

Christmas is over for another year.... It's sort of like a wedding - you plan and organize and work for so long, looking forward to the day, then it's over in what seems like seconds! The day flies by much too quickly, for all the work that's gone into it...

I so enjoy Christmas Dinner - it's one of my favourite parts of Christmas. We alternate back and forth between my brothers' house and mine for dinner - one year here, the next year there. This year was my turn. We enjoy the traditional turkey with all the fixin's - lots of veggies, gravy, stuffing, etc. We always have the same kind of salad- it's a layered salad which we now refer to as "Christmas Dinner salad". It's made a day ahead and it is sooo good - I would be happy with just a plate of turkey and the salad - I could easily skip everything else... well, maybe not the Christmas Pudding...

Here is the recipe: of course you can try it any day, not just for Christmas ...

Layered Salad

In your prettiest clear glass bowl, layer the following, in this order:
iceberg lettuce (bottom)
choppped red and green pepper
chopped celery
sliced mushrooms
chopped red onion
frozen green peas, cooked ( I just zap them in the microwave for a few minutes, then drain them and spread on paper towel to allow to "dry off"). The peas are the last (top) layer.
Top with dressing:
1 to 1 1/2 cups Miracle Whip salad dressing mixed with 2 Tblsp. white sugar. Spread evenly over the peas, being sure to spread right to the edge of the bowl to "seal" . Garnish with parmesan cheese, grated cheddar and crumbled crisp bacon. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours.
I have not listed amounts of the veggies - this depends on the size of your bowl, as does the amount of Miracle Whip I use. This photo was taken after it has set for 24 hours. You can see the dressing starts to permeate the salad- I don't really have 3" of dressing!! It just looks that way....
"Christmas! 'Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart." ~ Washington Irving

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