Christmas Recipes Sure to Please

Christmas is a special time of year in New Brunswick. It marks the end of the year and celebrates family, friends and giving. Christmas dinner is always a big part of the festivities. Here are some recipes that we compiled to get you through the holiday season:

Turkey Recipes – How to Make a Juicy Christmas Turkey


Honey-Bourbon Glazed Ham


1 (9 1/4-lb.) fully cooked, bone-in ham
40 whole cloves
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup bourbon $
1/3 cup Creole mustard
1/3 cup molasses


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove skin from ham, and trim fat to 1/4-inch thickness. Make shallow cuts in fat 1 inch apart in a diamond pattern; insert cloves in centers of diamonds. Place ham in an aluminum foil-lined 13- x 9-inch pan.

2. Stir together brown sugar and next 4 ingredients; spoon over ham.

3. Bake at 350° on lowest oven rack 2 hours and 30 minutes, basting with pan juices every 30 minutes. Shield ham with foil after 1 hour to prevent excessive browning. Remove ham from oven, and let stand 30 minutes.


Honey-Bourbon Boneless Glazed Ham: Substitute 1 (4-lb.) smoked, fully cooked boneless ham for bone-in. Reduce cloves to 3 (do not insert into ham). Stir together brown sugar mixture as directed in Step 2; stir in cloves. Place ham in a foil-lined 13- x 9-inch pan. Pour sauce over ham. Bake as directed, reducing bake time to 1 hour and basting every 30 minutes. Makes 10 servings. Hands-on time: 10 min.; Total time: 1 hr., 10 min.

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Ginger Snap Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Cream


Crumb Crust:

5 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for greasing
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
16 gingersnap cookies
1 sleeve graham crackers (about 9 sheets)


2 cups pumpkin puree (about 1 1/2 cans)
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 banana, mashed
1 egg white
One 5-ounce can evaporated milk

Ginger Whipped Cream:

3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons candied ginger, minced


For the crumb crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the sides of a 9-inch springform pan with butter. Wrap the bottom of the pan in foil to prevent leaking. Combine the sugar, salt, 8 of the gingersnap cookies and the graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Drizzle in the butter and continue pulsing until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand. Pour the mixture into the pan and push into the base and halfway up the sides using a glass with straight edges.

Bake the crust for about 10 minutes, and then let cool completely while you make the filling.

For the filling: Stir together the pumpkin, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, eggs, banana, egg white and milk in a large bowl. Pour the filling into the baked crumb crust and bake for about 50 minutes. Let cool completely while you make the ginger whipped cream.

For the ginger whipped cream: Whip the cream with the sugar until soft peaks form using a hand mixer. Fold in the ginger.

Run a thin knife around the edge of the pie to release it from the pan. Load the whipped cream into a piping bag with a large star tip. Pipe rosettes around the perimeter of the pie and decorate with the 8 remaining gingersnap cookies.

Cook’s Note: Make sure you use a piping bag with a large star tip so the ginger bits in the whipped cream don’t clog the tip.

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Wine Pairing Ideas

You’ve likely heard that red wine complements red meat and white wine suits white meat, but that’s not the whole story: Texture matters too. Turkey can be dry, so if 
it’s the centrepiece of your meal, choose a wine that can complement it. Consider a crisp, mouthwatering white wine, such as a Riesling, or a light red wine with juicy berry flavours, such as a Pinot Noir.

If you just can’t decide, consider offering a variety of wines and letting your guests choose for themselves. This approach works especially well if you’re hosting a buffet or serving a family-style dinner rather than a formal one.

Try a GEWÜRZTRAMINER or a RIESLING with your Ham.

Try a PINOT BLANC or a SAUVIGNON BLANC with your Turkey.

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