Saturday, December 04, 2010

Monthly Recipes

My late mother-in-law, whom we called "Sudie," loved Christmas and
always fixed a wide variety of family recipes that my husband and
father-in-law looked forward to all year. She passed away in 2005 and we still miss her very much, especially during the holiday she loved best. I thought I'd share some of her recipes.

Appetizer: Garlic Cheese Roll

1 lb. sharp yellow cheese (cheddar) grated fine
1 small package cream cheese
1 c. chopped nuts (I believe she always used pecans, since we are in Texas!)
1 pod or more (to taste) garlic, minced fine
Paprika and chili powder

Mix cheese & cream cheese together until smooth and evenly blended; add garlic and blend again. Add nuts. You may then need to refrigerate depending on the temperature of your ingredients and kitchen. On waxed paper, roll mixture into one or more "logs" and even out the ends. Roll log(s) in a mixture of paprika and chili powder. (I believe she used more paprika than chili powder. I'm sure my daughter would recommend smoked paprika.) Roll the log up in waxed paper until ready to serve with crackers.

Sudie would always make two or three extra cheese rolls and send them home with my husband, who would slice them and eat with crackers for a snack or a meal, if I was busy.

Wild Rice Dressing

In a large bowl, mix:1 3/4 c. prepared (cooked) wild rice (Save 1 c. of water from cooking rice.)Note: This is NOT the wild rice mix, but 100% wild rice.
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3/4 c. diced celery
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. dried sage
2 T. oil
1 slightly beaten egg
To this mixture add:
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 c. water kept from cooking rice
Pour mixture into one large (about 11 x 17) or two small (about 8 x 8) shallow dishes and bake at 375 degrees until liquid is absorbed and dressing firms up a little. It will not be "solid" like
cornbread dressing. The recipe doesn't specify how long to bake it and I can't recall, but I would plan about 40 - 45 minutes.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!


Estella said...

The Wild rice dressing sounds delicious!

Gary Turner said...

Rosey and i love rice so we will try the recipe for sure. We hope yal have a happy, happy and merry, merry.

Jo Graves said...

The Cheese roll sounds delish to me, yum. I'm definitely trying that - would be a great one for when you have to take a plate of something to an afternoon tea or similar.

linda s said...

I'm going to try the cheese roll for the Christmas Eve smorgasbord. My husband is Norwegian and I had to learn to cook all the specialities he and now my children crave at Christmas. DMIL is 99 and still last weekend she was rolling the shortbread and the ginger snaps with 3 generations more to help her. Family traditions are so wonderful.

Victoria Chancellor said...

Gary, thanks for the holiday wishes and same to you and your family. Hope to see you soon!

Victoria Chancellor said...

Jo and Linda, I'm sure you will love the cheese roll. I don't think I mentioned it, but each recipe makes one large or two smaller logs. Experiment with types of cheese to get the exact flavor you like, and make a day ahead so the flavors blend. Have a great holiday season.

Victoria Chancellor said...

Thanks, Estella. The wild rice is not only delicious, but nutritious as well! Happy holidays.