It’s almost Christmas here at The Feathered Nester. And, I’m sharing it with you. Our Christmas decor, what’s for Christmas Dinner, and of course, all the recipes. Let’s see what’s going on around here!
The highlight of my Christmas decor is definitely our tree. Decorating our tree is like an annual walk down memory lane. Our ornaments are a mix of those made by family, purchased on our travels, and those gifted and bought over the years.
My husband and I got married about two weeks after Christmas, so my sister-in-law gave us an entire collection of beautifully, handcrafted ornaments. To this day, we put them on our tree every year. And, each year I buy a few new ornaments to commemorate the year.
Our new off-white sectional begged for colorful Christmas pillows. So, I didn’t disappoint. Generally, I turn to Pottery Barn or Home Goods for pillows. I stumbled on these red and white buffalo check and farmhouse style “Christmas Trees” pillow covers on Amazon, though. What a bargain! And, they’re perfect in this space.
For the past decade or so, we have served Prime Rib during Christmas. Last year we had it for Christmas Eve and Ribeye steaks and Lobster for Christmas Dinner. This year we are having Prime Rib on Christmas Day.
My husband is preparing the Prime Rib. I think he might be cooking it on the grill. But, I’m sharing my usual recipe with you.
Another Christmas Dinner tradition is serving Hash Brown Casserole (aka Cheesy Potato Casserole). If you’ve been around here a while, you know that I like cooking from scratch. But, Hash Brown Casserole breaks all the rules! It has condensed Cream of Potato Soup AND frozen, shredded Hash Browns.
It is creamy, rich, and sinfully delicious! Perfect for Christmas, right?
I don’t think Christmas Dinner would be complete without my newly discovered Potato Rolls. My family is hooked on them and they are really so easy to make.
These are the most divine rolls! Although the preparation is easy, the rising can be time consuming. So, I’m thinking of trying to flash freeze the dough rolls individually to bake later.
Rounding out our Christmas Dinner are Roasted Green Beans
and Carrot Cake.
So, let’s get to the recipes!
I’m sharing and/or linking all recipes below:
Prime Rib Roast
Nothing says the holidays like a Prime Rib Roast. It is one of our family's favorite dinners. Here is our family recipe.
- 7 lb. standing rib roast
- kosher salt and pepper
- vegetable or olive oil
- Make cross-cuts through the fat pad on top of the roast, only cutting through the fat – not the meat. Rub about 2 Tbsp. of kosher salt all over the roast. Refrigerate at least 24 hours and up to 4 days.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Heat 2 tsp of vegetable oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet until just smoking. Brown the roast on all sides, 6-8 minutes total. Let rest for 10 minutes. Place the roast on a V-rack or wire rack inside of a roasting or rimmed pan. Season with salt and pepper, and place the oven on a middle rack. Roast until meat reaches 110 degrees (about 3-4 hours).
- Turn off the oven, leaving the roast inside, until meat reaches 125 (for medium-rare). This will take between about 60 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes, then slice.
Hash Brown Casserole
Grandma’s Potato Rolls
Although this recipe calls for all-purpose flour, I have used Kamur flour with great results.
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 2 tsp (1 envelope) yeast
- 1 large potato
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup melted butter
- 7 cups all-purpose flour
- Wash, slice and boil potato in a sauce pan until tender. Be sure to use plenty of water but no salt! Remove boiled potato and mash. Set aside 1 cup mashed potatoes.Pour potato water into measuring cup. Set aside 1 1/2 cups potato water.
- In a custard cup, dissolve 1/4 cup warm water and yeast. Mix until yeast is dissolved. Add a dash of sugar to test yeast. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine lukewarm potato water, sugar, salt and yeast mixture. Begin mixing with dough attachment on stand mixer. Add lukewarm butter and eggs. Continue mixing.Add lukewarm mashed potatoes and gradually add in 1 cup of flour.Mix thoroughly adding remaining flour 1 cup at a time. Continue mixing between each cup of flour. Dough will begin forming a ball. Knead dough in stand mixer or by hand for 5 -10 minutes.
- Place dough in lightly greased bowl to rise. Lightly grease top of dough and cover with a towel. Place dough in warm place and let rise for 2 hours. Punch down. Begin rise #2 or dough can be refrigerated overnight. Remove from refrigerator and place dough in warm place. Rise for 2 hours.2 hours before baking, shape dough into desired rolls.Place dough on greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place until double in size.
- Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes. Butter tops of each roll after baking to preserve soft crust. Serve warm.
Roasted Green Beans
I am in love with this new custom wooden sign (harpergrayce.com) above our dining room buffet. We just got it a few weeks ago, and it says it all, “Gather Here With Grateful Hearts.” That’s what truly means the most to me. People gathering and sharing a special meal.