Amazing Holiday Dishes

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The holidays give you the right to go overboard with the menu. After all, you’re celebrating it with friends and family and no work-related issues to stress over with for the meantime. The table should be sparkling with mouth-watering dishes, whether it’s the Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Lunch or Labor Day Weekend. Good company should enjoy good food and if you wish to make this year’s holidays different and more special, here are amazing holiday dishes that will definitely steal the show.
Triple Cheese Potato Scallops
What’s not to like about the potato and cheese combo? Make that three kinds of cheeses. We all have our own version of potato dishes for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but this one is so good and tasty you need to make a new batch, stat.
½ cup Parmesan, freshly grated
3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
½ cup American cheese, cubed
4 lbs russet potatoes
1 stick butter
¼ onion, finely chopped
2 cups cornflakes cereal, crushed
1 tsp salt
3 cups whole milk
½ tsp ground black pepper
¼ cup flour
How to do it:
Clean and peel russet potatoes. Chop them into bite size pieces and place in a huge pot. Add  water and salt to the pot and cook in medium high heat. When potatoes are tender, remove from fire and drain. Set aside. Meanwhile, place ½ of the stick of butter into a skillet. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add flour until the mixture becomes pasty and pour the milk. Continue mixing until it thickens, then add the three cheeses. Season with salt and pepper.
Once perfectly thickened, pour the cheesy mixture into the potatoes and mix until well-coated. Get a microwave safe dish and melt the remaining half of the butter. Sprinkle crushed cornflakes into the melted butter, then pour the cheese and potato mixture. Bake in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees or until the cheese bubbles. Best served while slightly warm.
Turkey Pot Pie
Thanksgiving normally requires a turkey, but what will you do with the leftovers? There’s so much to be thankful for the next day that you just have to prepare this amazing dish for your family. Or if you’ve had chicken for Christmas Eve, this will also make a great Christmas Day lunch.
2 cups roasted chicken or turkey, chopped
2 tbsp flour
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup frozen peas (leftover vegetables is also an option)
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 can chicken broth
Olive oil for cooking
Mashed potatoes
How to do it:
Heat oil into a large pot and stir in onions. When translucent, add red bell pepper, carrots and celery and cook until soft. Add garlic and sauté until slightly browned. Pour chopped turkey and flour, carefully stirring so that turkey is well-coated. Add the chicken broth, season with salt and pepper and boil and cook 10 more minutes in low heat. Pour the thawed peas and simmer for 5- 7minutes. Remove the pot from fire and transfer the mixture into a baking dish. Cover with mashed potatoes and bake for 40 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Turn off oven and remove dish when the edges look golden brown.
You can find more of this article in our December 2014 issue of ModelsMania

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