gallamore west: Holiday Entertaining: A Dinner and Dessert Recipe

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Entertaining: A Dinner and Dessert Recipe

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It's been such a fun couple first weeks of December, as we deck our halls and get our shopping done for Christmas.  I'm about 90% done and pretty soon I'll be kicking up my feet and relaxing... ahhh, that's probably wishful thinking!  But amongst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, one of my favorite things to do is entertain.  But not in an over the top, crazy fancy way.  We have four little ones so our get togethers are casual and cozy, and comfort food tops my list every holiday season.  I love sharing an easy holiday recipe with you, so today I'm sharing TWO of my favorite holiday recipes:  Creamy Macaroni and Cheese topped with crushed Town House Crackers, and a Hot Chocolate Station with all of the fixing, along with Chocolate Dipped Town House Crackers topped with crushed peppermint.  

Both are easy to make so you won't be spending all of your time stressing out in the kitchen, and both of them taste delicious for your adult and children guests alike.  Here's the recipes:

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Town House Crackers

15 ounce elbow noodles
1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
5 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons heavy cream

25 Town House Original Crackers, crushed
2 1/2 tablespoons butter

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Boil noodles until cooked al dente.  Drain and return to the pot.  In a small mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream, salt, pepper and garlic.  Set aside.  Stir the cheddar, cream cheese, and into the noodles and stir vigorously to combine.  Slowly pour in milk mixture and stir to combine.  Pour macaroni into an 8x8 baking dish (or into individual serving dishes like I did).  In a frying pan, melt 2 1/2 tablespoons butter and stir in crushed crackers.  Stir until light brown, then promptly remove from heat. Sprinkle generously over macaroni.  Bake for 15 minutes until bubbly and the cracker topping is golden brown.

The addition of the Town House Original Crackers crushed in top takes this Macaroni & Cheese from ordinary to absolutely decadent. 

Now, let's move onto dessert! 

Chocolate Dipped Town House Crackers with Crushed Peppermint

2 sleeves Town House Original Crackers
1 cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, melted
2 Peppermint Candy Canes, crushed

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Unwrap two peppermint candy canes and seal in a small plastic bag.  Using a rolling pin, crush the candy canes into small pieces.  Set aside.  Melt mini chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl at 50% power until melted.  Dip each Town House Original Cracker in melted chocolate until coated about halfway up the cracker.  Gently shake over the bowl to remove excess chocolate, then place on cookie sheet.  Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Once you have a cookie sheet full of these, place entire cookie sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate is hardened, about 20 minutes.  Remove from refrigerator and serve alongside your Hot Chocolate Station for a delicious sweet, salty treat!  

Or package up to deliver to a friend or neighbor.  These Chocolate Dipped Town House Crackers with Peppermint really do make a delicious, easy treat.

Looking to add Town House Crackers to your holiday menu?  I picked mine up at Target, where I happened to cross off most of my Christmas shopping list too!  You can find them in the Crackers/Cookies aisle.  

I've shared some of my favorite holiday recipes with you.  What are some of your favorite holiday dishes?  Leave me a comment and let me know- I'd love to hear what your favorites are too.  Happy Holiday Baking- I hope that you are enjoying the season! xoxo 


Kara said...

I love all your recipes. I have to make that mac and cheese.

Kara said...

I love all your recipes. I have to make that mac and cheese.

Samantha said...

They both look delish! I love making dips for Town House Crackers, but now I want to try both of these! #client


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