Quick and Easy Holiday Side Dishes

By Sydney Brant & Josh King

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Ingredients:asparagus-ingredients

  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 10 pieces of bacon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 1-2 cloves of minced garlic

 

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.

2. Sprinkle olive oil on a baking sheet.

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3. Wash and dry asparagus.

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4. Cut of ends off of asparagus.

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5. Cut strips of bacon in half laterally so you have two long strips.

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6. Wrap each individual piece of asparagus with one strip of bacon.

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7. Place asparagus on sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic.

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8. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is crisp.

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Marshmallow Sweet Potato Dish

Ingredients: sweet-potato-ingredients

  • 2 15-ounce cans of sweet potatoes *labeled as “canned yams”
  • ¼ cup of orange juice
  • ¾ cup of all purpose flour
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ½ cup of margarine
  • 1 ½ cups of mini marshmallows

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Place sweet potatoes in an 8×8-inch shallow baking dish and pour orange juice over.

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2. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt; mix together and cut in margarine. Sprinkle over sweet potatoes.

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3. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with marshmallows and broil until browned.

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Christmas Mac and Cheese

Ingredients: mac-and-cheese-ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni or cavatappi
  • 1 quart milk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces Gruyere, grated (4 cups)
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)

Directions:  

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2.Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.

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3. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4-quart) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. (This step may take longer than expected. To speed up the process it helps to use whole milk rather than non-fat.)

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4. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a 3-quart baking dish.

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5. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs and sprinkle on the top.

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6.Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.

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