When my husband and I got married, we came across the scheduling problem that some couples have around the holidays. What family do we visit on which day?
Since neither of our families wanted to “give up” Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day every year, we flip-flop annually. One of our families gets Thanksgiving Day and the other gets the day after. Then we see one family on Christmas Eve and the other on Christmas Day. This has worked well so far, but it does mean we usually need to bring a dish to 4 big family meals around the holidays and the 2 potlucks we have with friends.
Here’s my cheap favorites:
1) Sweet Potatoes – I’ve posted our step-by-step recipe here before, and they are a huge hit around the holidays! You’ll need sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, and orange juice. Combine them as shown and you’ll be all set for less than $4! For every day use, you could also try them out with these chicken breast recipes.
2) Corn Bread Dressing – My husband made this recipe for the first time last year and we LOVED it! You’ll need 2 pans of cornbread (either from a box, your favorite recipe, or find one like this one if you’d like), 2 stalks of celery, 1 onion, 4 boiled eggs, 1 teaspoon of sage, and 3-4 cups of chicken broth. Chop the celery, onion, and eggs and mix them into a large bowl with your crumbled cornbread. Stir or fold in the sage and broth. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes and enjoy for about $4-$5!
3) Pineapple Stuffing – This is another recipe I’ve posted here with pictures that MikeS sent in. It has been a huge hit with my husband’s family so far and I’ll be bringing it to my parent’s house Thanksgiving Day! You’ll need sugar, butter, eggs, white bread, and crushed pineapple. Combine them as shown and you’ll be all set for less than $3.75!
What holiday recipes do you like bringing to gatherings? Any other frugal ideas for us?
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