Christmas dinner recipe’s can be overwhelming for even the well seasoned cook, but for those just starting out and making their first Christmas dinner it can be terrifying! However, it need not be.
Think of what you and your guests enjoy eating and factor that in when making out your menu. Holiday dinner’s usually consists of foods we eat all year, just a bit fancier during the season. Fancy doesn’t have to mean complicated! Over the next few days we will put up some delicious recipe’s that are fairly easy to make, yet are always a big hit at family gatherings.
I’ll start with Potatoes Romanoff. They are a combination of scalloped and au gratin potatoes, the name just sounds like a difficult dish! One thing to keep in mind when making this recipe is you might run into a picky eater. If you know one will be among your guests, simply prepare a small amount of mashed potatoes as an alternative.

You will need:

2 quart casserole dish
medium saucepan
wooden spoon or whisk
Non-stick cooking spray ( we use Pam )

6 medium potatoes
1/3 cup onion, chopped fine
1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup margarine
1 Tbs flour

2 cups milk
1-2/3 cups shredded cheddar cheese,( we use sharp )
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream

Topping:
1/3 cup bread crumbs ( we use seasoned but plain works well )
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Few sprinkles of Paprika

Directions:

Spray casserole dish well with cooking spray.

Peel and wash potatoes, slice thin enough to yield about 4 cups and set aside.
Preheat oven to 375*

In medium saucepan, add margarine,garlic and onion and cook on low until softened. Add salt and pepper and stir in flour. Continue cooking over low heat and stir frequently( you don’t want lumps).
Once mixture bubbles, remove from heat and add 1-2/3 cups of cheese, sour cream, cream cheese and milk. Blend well with wooden spoon or whisk.
Continue cooking until mixture boils…stir constantly for about a minute.

Arrange potatoes in casserole dish and pour mix over them. Bake for 55-60 minutes.
Remove from oven.

Add bread crumbs to remaining cheese and sprinkle on top of potatoes, then sprinkle lightly with paprika. Return to oven for about 20 minutes. It’s done when top is lightly browned. Serve hot and enjoy!