Tri City’s Favorite Holiday Recipes

By Alexes Niekamp and Sabrina Flick

Most of us enjoy the holidays. We like to spend this time with our families, decorate, play games, and sit by the fire, but what is your favorite holiday recipe that you and your family share? Well, some of our own Tri-City Prep students and staff members shared their family recipes with us. You can make these recipes also if you would like!


Chicken Casserole submitted by Mr. Burgess

The story behind the recipe:

“My mom always had to make extra because when my friends heard that she was making this, they would invite themselves over,” said Mr. Burgess.

What is needed?

1 pound of boiled chicken breast, shredded

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium container of sour cream
  • 1 bunch of broccoli, just blanched to the deep green color
  • 2 cans sliced water chestnuts
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Thickened broth for taste and consistency of batter as needed
  • 1 large corn bread stuffing or herb seasoning
  • Pepperidge farm stuffing box or bag

Directions

Prepare the chicken and broccoli by boiling until ready. Chicken must be completely cooked.

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and add chicken and broccoli. Also add chicken broth to achieve a just-before-runny consistency of the batter.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees until the mixture is bubbling in the middle.
  3. Add the stuffing topping after the bubbling begins and for the last fifteen minutes of baking, so that it just browns well.

Family Hot Chocolate: Plain and Mexican Styles submitted by Annie Quillin

The story behind the recipe:

“We love chocolate in our family; so we all help to make it and it’s just been a family tradition for, like, ever. I personally love to help make it because it smells so wonderful,” said Annie.

What is needed?

Plain Style:

  • 1 teaspoon pure hot chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 8 cups heated milk or dry milk poured into a cup
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Peppermint
  • Cloves to taste
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Marshmallows (optional)

Mexican Style:

You use the same ingredients but you substitute Cajon pepper for cinnamon and nutmeg.

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together and serve

Kiffles (pronounced “kiffla”): Hungarian cookies submitted by: Shelli Thompson

The story behind the recipe:

“These are Hungarian pastries that my grandma’s parents taught her, then she made them for my dad who made them for me and now I make them for my family. We usually make them at Christmastime for family and friends!” said Shelli.

What is needed?

½ pound of butter, softened

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ pound cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Powdered sugar
  • Jar of jelly, jam, or preservatives

Directions

Cream butter, vanilla, and cream cheese, then add flour and mix until smooth.

  1. Chill overnight.
  2. Roll the dough flat in powdered sugar and cut into 2 inch squares. Fill the dough with ½ teaspoon of jelly filling.
  3. Roll up from corner to corner and bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until light borwn.
  4. When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Fantasy Fudge submitted by Nick Magdaleno

What is needed?

  • ¾ cup butter/margarine
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 evaporated milk
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 7 ounces marshmallow cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup nuts (optional)

Directions

Microwave butter for 1 minute.

  1. Add sugar and milk to butter and mix well.
  2. Microwave the mixture for three minutes, then mix.
  3. Microwave the mixture for two minutes, then mix.
  4. Microwave the mixture for three minutes, then mix.
  5. Microwave the mixture for two and a half minutes, then mix.
  6. Stir in chips until they are melted.
  7. Add remaining ingredients- marshmallow cream, vanilla, and optional nuts.
  8. Place the mixture into a pan and chill it.

Christmas Clam Dip submitted by Mrs. Valentine

The story behind the recipe:

“My mother-in-law gave me this recipe for my wedding shower (too many years ago to count) and included a note asking me to serve the clam dip every Christmas during one of our get-togethers. It became a standard dors d’oeuvre for our family time together. Everyone became so familiar with the delicious taste, that the one time I forgot an ingredient (the garlic salt) I was in big trouble! My mother-in-law is no longer living, but every Christmas we think of her while eating her special Clam Dip. We know she’s looking down at us from heaven with love and approval!” said Mrs. Valentine.

What is needed?

1 cream cheese package

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 can of minced clams
  • Parsley flakes
  • Crackers of your choice

Directions

Drain the clams on paper towels and set aside.

  1. Combine softened cream cheese, lemon juice, and garlic salt.
  2. Then add drained clams and mix.
  3. Arrange in a ball and sprinkle with parsley and serve with crackers.

Tabbouleh (Middle Eastern Salad) submitted by Mary Rizk

 What is needed?

  • 1 cup of parsley
  • ¾ cups of tomatoes
  • ½ cup of green onions
  • ½ cup of mint dressed up with burghul

Directions

  1. Chop everything up.
  2. Mix it all together. It should have a chewy texture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Happy Holidays to you and your families. Enjoy these delicious recipes!

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