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Re: Easy Christmas Buffet...

Also try chili sause and cranberry sauce in a can, use the smooth kind, it so much better than grape jelly.

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All good choices, what time do you want us??

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Just check to make sure it doesn't have MSG.That can make for a very bad party if it does. We have a Magic Wok near us and NO Msg in anything. I Might do that for Thanks -Giving, or Christmas for us. Thank-You for the Great Idea!!It's just the 2 of us.

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Re: Easy Christmas Buffet...

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EDITED TO ADD:  This recipe is a rough guide:  Use only the fruits you like, all brown sugar, etc.  Make it your own!  This is close to the recipe I use and can't find!  I make it in the crock pot rather than the oven.  I add canned plums because it makes it pretty, I also sprinkle in a tiny bit of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg (fresh ground is best), and sometimes cut down on the brown sugar, or even put in a little maple syrup because some of the versions have a LOT of brown sugar.  But you get the idea.  There tons of recipes close to this one.  My old one came from a Southern Living recipe.

 

The bonus is you make it long before the guests arrive and turn on the crock pot and the HOUSE smells fabulous!!!!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) can sliced pears, well drained
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can apricot halves, drained
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans sliced peaches
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries (optional)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  2. Drain the fruit and arrange it in an oven-proof casserole dish. Dot the fruit with butter or margarine. Mix the sugars and the curry powder together, sprinkle over the top of the fruit.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) until slightly brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
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Re: Easy Christmas Buffet...


@BeccaLou wrote:

Also try chili sause and cranberry sauce in a can, use the smooth kind, it so much better than grape jelly.


 

 

 

we use strawberry jam and bbq sauce. it is great for small bite sized hot dogs, chicken bites, or meatballs.

 

also great......equal parts brown sugar, ketchup, and bourbon.

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I must say these forums are putting  excitement toward the Holidays for me. You wiill never know how much I need that, I also need energy, minus anxiety of the season. Over the years my energy has left the building.So Thank-You everyone!! ! Happy Holidays!!

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Re: Easy Christmas Buffet...


@lulu1 wrote:

@nana59 wrote:

Help!  I'm hosting Christmas for 12.  The past two years I have ordered Italian dishes from a great restaurant....but I'm tired of that menu.  Any suggestions for an easy buffet? My arthritis gets in the way of doing anything that requires too much preparation.  Thank you....


@nana59

If the Italian selections were a hit with your guests, I'd stick with it.  Tried and true dishes become a tradition guests look forward to. 

 

A spiral ham would be a nice addition.


I agree-people like it-it's easy for you=tradition-order ItalianSmiley Happy

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Re: Easy Christmas Buffet...

If your guests like chinese food, you can order an assortment of chinese food and request that each guest bring a dessert.  You can order platters if party sandwiches from a local deli and also order the salads.  All you need to do is furnish the chips.  

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Re: Easy Christmas Buffet...


@Sooner wrote:

This is close to the recipe I use and can't find!  I make it in the crock pot rather than the oven.  I add canned plums because it makes it pretty, I also sprinkle in a tiny bit of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg (fresh ground is best), and sometimes cut down on the brown sugar, or even put in a little maple syrup.  But you get the idea.  There tons of recipes close to this one.

 

The bonus is you make it long before the guests arrive and turn on the crock pot and the HOUSE smells fabulous!!!!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) can sliced pears, well drained
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can apricot halves, drained
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans sliced peaches
  • 1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries (optional)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  2. Drain the fruit and arrange it in an oven-proof casserole dish. Dot the fruit with butter or margarine. Mix the sugars and the curry powder together, sprinkle over the top of the fruit.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) until slightly brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

@Sooner  It sounds wonderful. I would pop a  few whole cloves in as well