Christmas may be the “most wonderful time of the year,” but the holiday hustle and stress certainly are not. Keeping track of what’s on sale and where – it’s mind-boggling. For those of us on a tight budget keeping track usually involves making a spreadsheet in Excel and copious amounts of coffee. Live in an urban area? The added traffic near the malls makes your already nightmare commute into an impossible task (you’d have more luck escaping L.A. with Kurt Russell than any NJ highway near the Garden State Plaza Mall – seriously). As Christmas day approaches, you’re ready to Fa-la-la-la your way into the closest sanitarium just so you can relax. You’ve memorized and mastered the cooking schedule for all the scrumptious dishes you’re going to cook (this comes at the cost of forgetting to put on matching shoes when you leave the house). When Christmas day finally arrives and your home and dinner table look like a feature from Better Homes & Gardens circa 1958, your mind finally allows you to enjoy the holiday. The smiling faces of your family and guests cements that feeling so much more. And makes a month of hustle and stress totally worth it.
With all the stress you put yourself through preparing for Christmas, you deserve to coast through the rest of the year as stress-free as possible. Last month, I wrote out a quick recipe to make your Thanksgiving leftovers interesting. Your yuletide feast falls under the same category of How Do I Make This Interesting for Another Two Days? – especially if your family cooks tons of food for only a few people. Like the Thanksgiving Sliders, these Yuletide Sliders use the Red Copper™ Brownie Bonanza™ to transform your traditional sit-down dinner into an on-the-go comfort sandwich. Brownie Bonanza™ takes the guesswork out of portioning. Plus, the nonstick surface makes cleanup a breeze.
Your favorite leftovers with enough to create a single layer in a 9 X 13 pan – such as
- Ham or Faux Ham, Rib Roast, or your family’s favorite meat / meat substitute product
- Mashed potatoes
- Glazed baby carrots (sliced)
- Green bean casserole
2 Cans of your favorite pre-made biscuits
- Preheat your oven according to the directions on the biscuits.
- Set up your Brownie Bonanza™. Make sure the lifting tray is secured in the baking pan.
- Open one can of biscuits. Separate biscuits and layer the bottom of your Brownie Bonanza™ pan.
- Place a thin layer of your ham or rib roast on top of the biscuits.
- Spread a layer of mashed potatoes over the turkey, about ¼-inch thick.
- Add a thin layer of glazed baby carrots that have been sliced.
- Spread a light layer of green bean casserole over the mashed potatoes, just enough to cover.
- Open second can of biscuits. Separate biscuits and layer on top, so all the fixins are covered.
- Lightly coat the divider grid with nonstick cooking spray.
- Firmly, but gently push the divider grid down over the biscuits, until it hits the bottom of the Brownie Bonanza™ pan.
- Bake according to the biscuit package instructions.
- When finished, remove Brownie Bonanza™ from oven. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- Heat gravy to desired temperature, either via stovetop or microwave. Set aside in a separate bowl.
- Set the pan stand on a sturdy surface.
- Place the brownie pan on pan stand, making sure brownie pan is centered to prevent tipping and spilling. Lift tray will lift from the brownie pan to create a serving tray.
- Carefully remove the divider grid.
- Serve Yuletide Sliders with a side of gravy, for dipping.
This recipe can be customized with your favorite traditional Christmas dinner favorites. Just remember not to layer the ingredients too thick, otherwise you may run out of room in the pan!