Favorite Holiday Recipes

At the request of my friend Linda, who is collecting some Thanksgiving recipe suggestions, here are some of our family’s favorite holiday recipes. (Click on each title to download the PDF recipe).

Welsh Potato Stuffing – an Old Standby

My family has been making Welsh Potato Stuffing at Thanksgiving for generations. This recipe came over with my family from Wales, and has been handed down through the years. From my memories, it came down from my great-grandmother, Mary Hannah Wetzel, but of course I fondly remember my grandmother and my Mom making it, which is how I learned.

Grandma’s Ham Balls

This is another one that’s been around as long as I can remember, and it’s more of an appetizer or item for a party tray. My Grandma Cain’s ham balls are tangy, sweet and savory all at once! Just have to try them to love them – they’re usually the first thing to go when I bring them to any holiday gathering!

Corn Casserole

Some of my favorite cookbooks are local church cookbooks, and that’s where I got this recipe quite a few years ago, and it’s been a family favorite ever since! It’s on the sweet side (like a sweet cornbread), so not a “salty” corn recipe, like many are. Goes very well with ham!

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Got this recipe from my friend and co-worker at Kennesaw State University, Jaimie Ward. Three words: Best. Poundcake. Evah!

Mock Mincemeat Pie and Hard Sauce

My grandmother, Virginia Doerr (aka “Grog”), used to make a mincemeat pie for my grandfather every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It always smelled *so* good, but the thought of eating a sweet pie with meat in it just kind of grossed me out as a kid. So… last year I saw this on Bon Appetit – a mock mincemeat pie, made totally with fruit. It smelled exactly like my grandmother’s pie, but no meat! Tasted great! The original Bon Appetit recipe did not call for hard sauce, but my grandparents would be rolling over in their graves if there was mincemeat pie and NO hard sauce! *GASP*! Not to mention that hard sauce is just excellent, cause you know, it has alcohol in it. 🙂

Enjoy! I’ll post more recipes if I think of them (and/or *locate* them)!

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